January 17, 2011

Men’s Soccer Trio Nabs NSCAA Scholar All-Region Accolades

NORTH ANDOVER, Mass.- The Merrimack College men's soccer team recently had three student-athletes earn NSCAA Scholar All-Region honors. Juniors Robbie Sabadoz (Ottawa, Ont.), Nicholas Lo Coco (Gloucester, Mass.) and Victor Plaza (Jundiai, Brazil) were all recognized for their excellence in the classroom.

A co-captain of the Warriors, Sabadoz ranked first on the team with 23 points on nine goals and five assists. The striker made 16 starts and appeared in 17 matches in 2010. He was selected to the Northeast-10 All-Conference first team, Daktronics All-Region first team and NSCAA All-Region first team.  A business major, Sabadoz's 3.87 GPA is tops on the team.

Lo Coco, a co-captain of the team, anchored Merrimack's backline that surrendered 1.69 goals per game this season. The defender made 16 starts and appeared in 17 contests. Lo Coco was tabbed to the Northeast-10 All-Conference third team this fall. He tallied his first collegiate goal October 12 in the Warriors' 4-0 win over Assumption.  Lo Coco owns a 3.66 GPA as a business major.

Plaza made 15 appearances on the season and earned 13 starts.  The midfielder fired six shots with a pair being on frame. He was selected as a captain for the 2011 season along with Sabadoz and Lo Coco. Majoring in business, Plaza carried a 3.47 GPA.

For the second-straight year, Merrimack received the NSCAA Team Academic Excellence Award. The Warriors sported a 3.27 grade point average, the highest in Tony Martone's tenure as head coach.

Merrimack owned a 9-8-1 overall record while posting a 5-7-1 mark in the league this year. The Warriors did not suffer a loss at home all year long, finishing with an 8-0-1 record at Warrior Field. Martone's team reached as high as No. 14 in the national rankings. Merrimack reached the Northeast-10 Conference playoffs for the seventh-consecutive season and received the eighth seed. Despite netting the game's first goal in the 60th minute, the Warriors were bounced from the tournament by No. 1 Franklin Pierce.

The Blue and Gold captured six-straight victories to start the season. Following a regular season loss to the Ravens, Merrimack claimed a 1-0 win over then-ranked No. 2 Southern N.H. in front of packed stands at Warrior Field behind a first-half tally by Sabadoz.