ECAC Honors Several Soccer Stars With Long Island Connections

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Martieon Watson. Photo: Stony Brook University.

Several Long Island college soccer players were honored by the Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC) including Stony Brook’s Martieon Watson, who was named the Division I Offensive Player of the Year.

Watson tallied seven assists to go along with two goals in the 2018 campaign, giving the defensive midfielder 11 total points. His season got off to a quick start when he dished out three assists in the team’s first two games.

He picked up a season-high three points in the Seawolves’ 2-1 win over Binghamton on October 6 when he scored the game-winning goal in the 85th minute.

This isn’t the first honor Watson has received this season. The Trinidad native earned the America East Midfielder of the Year Award and was named to the First Team All-Conference and All-Academic Team. He was also a member of the All-America East Tournament Team.

In Division II, Adelphi’s Paolo Marciano was named the ECAC Rookie of the Year. He started in all 23 games for the Panthers as he tied for the team lead in goals with 12. Marciano led the team in game-winning goals with five and scored two goals in three separate games throughout the season. He was also named Northeast-10 Rookie of the Year.

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Paolo Marciano. Photo: Alan J. Schaefer via Adelphi Univ.

At Division III, Hauppauge’s Kristen Ritter of Misericordia University was named ECAC Defensive Player of the Year. Playing more than 1,800 minutes this past season, she anchored a defense that allowed 0.55 Goals Against Average. Ritter also helped lead the Cougars to an NCAA Elite 8 appearance.

For her efforts during her senior season, she was named Second-team United Soccer Coaches All-American, First-team United Soccer Coaches All Mid-Atlantic Region, MVP of the MAC Freedom Tournament and MAC Freedom Defensive Player of the Year.

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Kristen Ritter. Photo: Misericordia University

The ECAC is a college athletic conference comprising of schools that compete in 15 sports. It has 220 member institutions in NCAA Divisions I, II, and III, ranging in location from Maine to South Carolina and west of Missouri.

Name School Class Position ECAC Team
Martieon Watson Stony Brook University Senior Midfield DI Men’s Team
Sean Nealis (Massapequa) Hofstra University Senior Defense DI Men’s Team
Danielle Pearse (Seaford) Central Connecticut Senior Forward DI Women’s Team
Lucy Porter Hofstra Sophomore Midfield DI Women’s Team
Madeline Anderson (Westbury) Hofstra Senior Defense DI Women’s Team
Kerianne Scorce (Massapequa) Adelphi Junior Forward DII Women’s Team
Nikki Bermudez (Oceanside) NYIT Sophomore Defense DII Women’s Team
Jess Hawley (Rockville Centre) NYIT Senior Defense DII Women’s Team
James Thristino (Pt. Jefferson Sta.) Adelphi Senior Forward DII Men’s Team
Bernd Schulter NYIT Graduate Student Forward DII Men’s Team
Patrick Guier Adelphi Graduate Student Midfield DII Men’s Team
Paolo Marciano Adelphi Freshman Defense DII Men’s Team
Kristen Ritter (Hauppauge) Misericordia Senior Defense DIII Women’s Team
Daniella Ford (Elmont) Farmingdale State Junior Goalkeeper DIII Women’s Team
Alyssa Gaynor (East Northport) Farmingdale State Senior Defense DII Women’s Team