Assistant Sports Editor
Pride men’s soccer is bringing home the hardware this season, as multiple players have been awarded various NEWMAC accolades for their performances in the regular season and postseason.
After a stellar NEWMAC tournament performance, sophomore forward Christian Schneider has been recognized as the tournament’s most outstanding player.
“When they went to announce the winner I didn’t think it was going to be me,” said Schneider. “When I heard my name called I was shocked and was at a loss of words. Winning the award was an incredible feeling, one that I’ll never forget. I have to thank my friends on the team for pushing me every game to give it my all and never quit.”
Up to this point in the season, Schneider has netted seven goals and nine assists, good for third and second on the team respectively.
Dan Murphy’s name will now sit atop the men’s soccer program’s record books for total assists in a season.
Murphy acquired his 12th assist of the season on Saturday on the exhilarating final play of the NEWMAC semi-final game against Clark. Murphy crossed a ball into the box with 4:53 to go in the first overtime period to his teammate Cam Powell. who placed a header just under the crossbar. This led the Pride to a 3-2 victory.
Murphy is proud of the accomplishment and gives most of the credit to his teammates.
“It’s an awesome feeling, but I couldn’t have done it without my teammates,” said Murphy. “The assists came from balls in the box and our players are fantastic at being in the right spots. We all do our jobs very well.”
Murphy added on another assist in the NEWMAC final against Wheaton to set his historic total at 13.
On top of scoring the winning overtime goal in the NEWMAC semi-final, Powell was named the NEWMAC Defensive Player of the Year on Tuesday.
“I am incredibly honored to be recognized for my play this season and I have my teammates and coaches to thank for it,” said Powell. “I’m just another member on this team that does their job. We as a family are successful.”
Powell believes that he would not be as successful as he is if it were not for his loving and supportive family.
“My family have come out to watch almost every game or scrimmage since I first started playing soccer,” he said. “It is their endless support and love that has helped me become the athlete and person I am today, I am very grateful for them.”
Another member of the Pride to bring home some hardware this season was senior superstar Luke Alvaro. He was named NEWMAC men’s soccer player of the year earlier this week, and he is happy to know his hard work is paying off.
“The team and I have put in so much work this past off-season and this year,” said Alvaro. ”It’s great to see it paying off.”
Alvaro had many people to thank for helping him get to this point.
“My mom and Coach Siebert have influenced me so much,” he said. “They have made me a better person on and off the field. I also want to thank my friends and my teammates.”
Alvaro at this point in the season has compiled 18 goals, which is the most in the NEWMAC conference. He has also tallied five assists.
Springfield had a record six players earn NEWMAC All-Conference honors, as Alvaro and Harrison Davis were named to the first team. Schneider, Murphy, Xavi Arroyo, and Powell were named to the Second Team.
One can debate whether the Pride is the best Division III team in New England. But if there is one thing that is for certain, it is that this team is the most athletic and talented in Springfield program history.