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2002 Amherst Men's Soccer Milestones


TEAM ACCOMPLISHMENTS

  • Finished with a 13-5-1 overall record (6-3 in conference play) and a No. 16 ranking in the final NSCAA/adidas national poll.
  • Secured the No. 4 seed in the NESCAC Postseason Championship Tournament, where they edged visiting Tufts University 2-1 in the first round and downed top-seeded host Bowdoin College 2-1 in the semifinals before falling to conference champion Williams College, 3-0, in the title game.
  • Earned an at-large bid and a first-round bye in the NCAA Tournament, blanking SUNY Cortland 1-0 in the second round before being eliminated by St. Lawrence University, 1-0, in their first appearance in an NCAA Regional Championship game since 1997.
  • Claimed the outright Little Three Championship with consecutive regular-season wins over Wesleyan University (2-0) and Williams (3-0).
  • Posted a nine-game winning streak during the season, including a string of five consecutive shutouts.
  • Garnered their third straight NESCAC Rookie of the Year award (Joe Gannon 06 in 2002, Andrew Syfu 05 in 2001 and Frank Perry 04 in 2000).

INDIVIDUAL ACCOMPLISHMENTS

    Senior quad-captain midfielder Carlo Valdesolo (Andover, MA)
  • NESCAC Fall All-Academic.


  • Junior midfielder Tim Canon (Easthampton, MA)
  • Named Second-Team All-NESCAC for the second consecutive season.
  • First-Team NSCAA/adidas All-New England.


  • Junior forward Frank Perry (Hartford, CT)
  • Earned Second-Team All-NESCAC honors for the second consecutive season.


  • Sophomore midfielder Andrew Syfu (Hobart, IN)
  • Third-Team NSCAA/adidas All-New England.


  • First-year forward Joe Gannon (Hanson, MA)
  • Named the NESCAC Rookie of the Year and Second-Team All-NESCAC.
  • Fourth-Team NSCAA/adidas All-New England.
  • Finished fourth in the NESCAC in assists per game (0.47), seventh in points per game (1.53 per game) and eighth in goals per game (0.53 per game).
  • Earned NESCAC Player of the Week Honors on Monday, October 14, after combining for six points in a pair of respective conference wins over Connecticut and Colby Colleges. *Played perhaps his best game of the season on Wednesday, October 2 - a 7-1 win over visiting non-league foe Springfield College - when he notched his first career hat trick with a trio of first-half scoring strikes.


  • First-year goalkeeper Greg Lockwood (Vancouver, WA)
  • Earned NESCAC Player of the Week honors on Monday, November 4, after tallying four saves in a 2-0 win at Trinity College and seven saves in a NESCAC Tournament win over Tufts.
  • Led the NESCAC with a 0.82 goals against average.
  • Seventh in the NESCAC with 4.64 saves per game.


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