(Fairfield, CT) - Marcello Castro (Panana, Brazil) was named both Northeast Conference Men's Soccer Player of the Year and Defensive Player of the Year, announced at the NEC Men's Soccer Post Season Banquet Thursday night at the Trumbull Marriott. He was also named to the All-NEC First Team with SHU Goalkeeper Alex Fait (Ottawa, ON), while midfielder Edwin Victor (Bridgeport, CT) made the All-NEC Second Team.
"Marcello is simply the best player in the NEC," said head coach Joe Barosso. "He's the best defensive player because he can play any position. When I need defense, he is there. When I need offense, I can bring him up to score. He is always the best player on the field, and he can definitely play at the next level."
Castro led the Pioneers with six goals as a back this year, including four game winners. This is the second consecutive year he won Defensive Player of the Year, but the first time ever that a Pioneer won the Player of the Year award.
Fait was among the top goalkeepers in the NEC this season, going 10-4-4 playing every minute in goal for the co-regular season champion Pioneers. He also recorded eight shutouts with a goals against average 0.70, third best in the NEC. He stopped 68 of the 81 shots he faced, surrendering just 13 goals, including six in conference play for the third best save percentage in the NEC as well (.840).
Victor recorded one assist, but helped control the pace of the game throughout the season, most notably during SHU's nine-game unbeaten streak to close out the regular season.
#1 Sacred Heart hosts #4 Fairleigh Dickenson University in the Semifinals Friday morning at 11:00 a.m. at Fairfield University's Lessing Field, the site of the 2011 Northeast Conference Men's Soccer Championship.