This summer, merrimackathletics.com is counting down the top 10 moments of Merrimack College teams and student-athletes in 2009-10, one of the greatest years ever for Warrior athletics. Check back each Tuesday and Friday as we reveal this year's top-ten Merrimack Moments.
NORTH ANDOVER, MA – In a historic season for Robbie Sabadoz (Ottawa, ON), it took a pair of goals from the sophomore, his school-record 18th and 19th in the regular season finale to defeat rival Lowell 2-0 and secure fifth place in the Northeast-10.
For Sabadoz, it was the culmination of an incredible year that saw him lead the conference in scoring while accounting for all of his teams’ goals in an astonishing nine games.
Sabadoz was named the Northeast-10 Player of the Year and the Scholar-Athlete of the Year and was an All-East Region first team, All-America honorable mention, and All-District Academic team selection.
“It felt really good to end the season with two more big goals and beat one of our biggest rivals in soccer,” said Sabadoz. “Tying the school record for goals was awesome, but I was actually a little disappointed after that game that I didn’t beat it. I had a couple good chances late in the game that I could have put away. I still have two more years!”
He tallied multiple goals in five different matches and was ranked fifth in the country in goals per game.
But Sabadoz, who is the third NE-10 Player of the Year in program history and first since 1997, carried Merrimack when the team needed him most.
Following a 2-1 overtime loss to #20 Le Moyne on October 17, the men’s soccer team had four regular season games remaining and had a 7-6-1 record, 5-4-0 in the conference and had its playoff hopes in question.
Sabadoz took over in a 4-2 win over Saint Michael’s scoring twice, igniting what became a four-game winning streak to conclude the season. After wins over Southern Connecticut and Bentley, the Warriors hosted rival Lowell on Senior Night, needing a win to lock up fifth place.
And Sabadoz dominated, firing eight of Merrimack’s 20 shots and scored in each half in the 2-0 victory, while netting his sixth game-winning goal in 11 Warrior victories.
His final goal of the game, which was on a breakaway in the 87th minute, was his 19th of the season, tying the program record for goals in a season, set by Rich Fleming in 1996.
“He obviously had a great year by the numbers he put up, but the most impressive thing is that he missed the first two games of the season and came out so strong from the time he set foot on the field,” said head coach Tony Martone.
Sabadoz was also named the Merrimack Male Scholar-Athlete of the Year and was a finalist for the Merrimack Male Athlete of the Year.
In just two seasons at Merrimack, Sabadoz has 28 goals, eighth all-time in school history and just six goals away from fourth on the all-time list.
Merrimack Moments 2009-10
#10 – Sabadoz ties school record for goals in 2-0 win over Lowell
#9 – Coming June 18