ATLANTA, Ga. - A quartet of NJIT recipients highlighted the ASUN Conference Men's Soccer Postseason Awards, announced Thursday night at the league's virtual banquet. The Highlanders' Rene White captured the Player of the Year award, Samuel Reisgys was voted Goalkeeper of the Year, Freshman of the Year honors went to Alejandro Rabell while Fernando Barboto took home Coach of the Year. Stetson's Ian McCauley was named the recipient of the Defensive Player of the Year award.
White was voted Player of the Year after leading the ASUN in nearly every offensive category this season including shots (44), points (34) and goals (16). Nationally, those 16 goals rank second while his point total of 34 has him in seventh place among all NCAA players. A four-time ASUN Player of the Week this season, White becomes the second Highlander player to capture the award in the past three years (Mamadou Guirassy, 2017). He was also named to the All-Conference Second Team a year ago and was an All-Freshmen Team honoree in 2016.
Stetson's McCauley claims the Defensive Player of the Year award after earning the honor in the Preseason rankings as well. The senior anchored the Hatters' defensive unit that registered a 1.45 GAA on the year while surrendering 27 goals in 18 total matches. The Sept. 23 Defensive Player of the Week, McCauley is now a two-time First Team All-Conference selection (2017) and has added a pair of assists along with one goal on the year for Stetson.
Goalkeeper of the Year, Reisgys earns the honor during his inaugural collegiate campaign and is the first NJIT player to receive the award. A three-time ASUN Defensive Player of the Week this season, Reisgys led the league in save percentage (.763) while ranking second in GAA (1.25) and third in saves (58). He also collected three solo shutouts on the year (VCU, Liberty, North Florida) and allowed 18 goals in 14 matches with a 6-3-4 overall record.
Rabell, a forward from Puerto Rico, captured the Freshman of the Year award after recording six assists and four goals for 14 points during the regular season. His six assists are tied for first in the conference while the 14 points rank third entering the ASUN Championship. Rabell has played in 15 of NJIT's 16 matches this season, starting 11.
Barboto collected Coach of the Year honors after guiding his NJIT squad to its first ASUN Regular Season title and No. 1 seed in program history with a 5-1-0 record in the league. The Highlanders, who earned a first-round bye, have conference-highs in 39 goals, 31 assists and 109 points entering tournament play. Barboto becomes the fourth different coach in the last four years to win the award.
The First Round of the 2019 ASUN Men's Soccer Championship kicks off Nov. 8, with a pair of matches. No. 3 North Florida faces No. 6 Liberty in Fort Myers, Fla., at 5 PM ET (Facebook Live), followed by No. 4 Stetson battling No. 5 Lipscomb in Newark, N.J., at 7 PM ET (Highlander Sports Network).
Player of the Year: Rene White, NJIT
Defensive Player of the Year: Ian McCauley, Stetson
Goalkeeper of the Year: Samuel Reisgys, NJIT
Freshman of the Year: Alejandro Rabell, NJIT
Coach of the Year: Fernando Barboto, NJIT
ASUN First Team All-Conference
GK - Samuel Reisgys, NJIT
*D - Ian McCauley, Stetson
D - Thomas Delplace, FGCU
D - Noah Gulden, Lipscomb
MF - Ryan Medilah, FGCU
MF - Ben Locke, Lipscomb
MF - Andrew Nino, NJIT
MF - Sebastian Chalbaud, Stetson
*F - O'Vonte Mullings, FGCU
*F - Rene White, NJIT
F - Shak Adams, FGCU
* - denotes unanimous selection to the first team
ASUN Second Team All-Conference
GK - Lute Lillo-Portero, Stetson
D - Austin Eager, Lipscomb
D - Joao Costa, NJIT
D - LJ Estes, North Florida
D - Gabriel Diniz, Stetson
MF - Kareem Riley, FGCU
MF - Connar Lufkin, Jacksonville
MF - Juan Zapata, NJIT
F - Ivan Rosales, FGCU
F - Gerald Cubero, NJIT
F - Thomas Radon, NJIT
F - Jake Hawker, North Florida
ASUN All-Freshmen Team
*F - Alejandro Rabell, NJIT
*MF - Ruben Pedersen, Lipscomb
*GK - Samuel Reisgys, NJIT
*MF - Robbie Soronellas, North Florida
MF - Mason Tunbridge, Jacksonville
MF - Seth Clark, Liberty
D - Arrio Rusnak, NJIT
D - Bendeguz Burka, North Florida
D - Herbie Steigelman, North Florida
D - Calum Ferguson, Stetson
MF - Gio Rodriguez, Stetson
* - denotes unanimous selection to the all-freshmen team
ABOUT THE ASUN
The ASUN Conference is an NCAA Division I league with nine member institutions committed to Building Winners for Life. The ASUN meets the challenge of maintaining the highest standards in academic and athletic achievement through a true balance between student and athlete. Six ASUN schools reside in Nielsen Top 50 national media markets, and all nine are in top 80 markets. The ASUN includes a blend of the most prestigious and dynamic private and public institutions in the region: Florida Gulf Coast University, Jacksonville University, Kennesaw State University, Liberty University, Lipscomb University, New Jersey Institute of Technology, University of North Alabama, University of North Florida and Stetson University. Bellarmine University in Louisville, Ky., joins the ASUN for the 2020-21 academic year.
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