This is my first blog in a little over a week after our two heartbreaking loses to Coast Guard in double overtime off a set piece. I’ve been up to my neck in homework and trying to reflect upon the season as a whole. This year we have broken a number of records and have helped the program continue to grow. First however, it is important to acknowledge some individual honors; I want to congratulate Ryan Malone, Drew Vanasse, Danny Amato and myself for being named all-conference, tying the most players selected in program history. I also want to congratulate John Mankus for being selected to the New England senior all-star game, an honor he truly deserves.
I believe it is really important to thank the Athletic Training staff for all they have done for us this year. I know at times throughout the season half our team would be in there with some sort of injury and you took us in with a smile. All of you were able to fix us up and get us playing again within a couple days. I know for me personally, without them I do not know how I’d be able to walk by the end of the season. Thank you for all you have done for us this year, the team really appreciates it.
Finally, hosting ECAC’s this weekend and being the number one seed is going to a great way to end the season. The record among the final four ECAC teams is 53-17-10. That proves how good the competition will be and how close every team was this year.
Throughout the year we played some amazing soccer and just got a bit unlucky at times to not make the NEWMAC finals for the third straight year. As Fowler said when we heard the news, “the fortune favors the deserving” and I believe that we have put in the effort and hard work all season long to deserve being the top seed this weekend. Whatever happens this weekend, we as a team have grown enormously from preseason until now. We have created some memories that could never be replaced. Only two games separate us from becoming ECAC champions and I know we are going to send the seniors out with a win at home to end their college careers.
Well that got pretty emotional real quick… I hope you’re ready for this weekend and the Pirate Flag nation will be out in full support on Saturday at 12! Play like a champion.