Six Men's Soccer Players Earn NESCAC Honors - Watkins Is Player Of The Year
November 11, 2010
Six members of the Middlebury College men's soccer team were named to the All-NESCAC squad today. Senior Harrison Watkins (San Francisco, Calif.) was named the NESCAC Player of the Year, and was joined on the first team by senior Jake Edwards (Easton, Conn.) and juniors Tyler Macnee (Williston, Vt.) and Tim Cahill (Glastonbury, Conn.). Named to the second team were senior Carson Cornbrooks (Williston, Vt.) and junior Robbie Redmond (Morristown, N.J.). The group recently won the NESCAC Championship and are preparing to host an NCAA Regional this weekend.
Watkins helped the Panthers earn their third conference crown this past weekend at Bowdoin. It is the second-straight year that a defender has won Player of the Year, while Watkins joins 2008 honoree Brian Bush as the only Panthers to receive the conference's top award. In addition to being named Player of the Year, Watkins was recognized on the All-NESCAC first team for the second consecutive fall. The dynamic back is part of a defense that has allowed a league-low seven goals, while also tallying five times, tying him for the team-lead. The Panther defense has stymied opponents all season long and Watkins has been a key component to their success. Through 17 games, Middlebury has posted 13 shutouts and has allowed on average roughly 2.9 shots on goal per game.
The man behind Watkins on the Middlebury defense is Cahill, a first-team selection in goal. The junior ranks among the national leaders in goals against average this season. He is second overall in the conference with a 0.42 GAA while playing nearly every minute of every game. Cahill owns a .854 save percentage, a 13-3-1 record, and 11 shutouts heading into NCAA Tournament action, as he did not allow a goal over the Panthers' first seven games of the season.
Macnee, who earned second-team honors a year ago, takes a spot on the first-team in '10. The former NESCAC Rookie of the Year leads the team in scoring this season with five goals and two assists for a dozen points. He has come on strong down the stretch, with three goals in his last three games. Macnee now owns 22 goals in 51 career games.
Edwards was named to the first-team for the Panthers in the midfield. He is tied with Macnee for the Panthers' points lead, registering three goals and a team-best six assists (5th NESCAC). Edwards tied the school record with three assists in a game earlier this season, owning 13 over the past two years.
Redmond earns All-NESCAC honors for the second straight season at Middlebury. The midfielder scored in a 2-0 win at Castleton this season, earning assists in three different games. He owns 18 points in 54 games through three seasons as a Panther.
Cornbrooks was also a second-team selection, as a top senior leader on the team. He earned a goal in a win at Plymouth State this season, earning helpers in four different contests. Cornbrooks has played in all 77 games since arriving on campus in the fall of '07. He owns seven goals and 11 assists for 25 career points.