Jorden Scott Named MAAC Menís Soccer Coach of the Year
FAIRFIELD, Conn. – First year men’s soccer head coach Jorden Scott was named the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference (MAAC) Anaconda Sports Coach of the Year for the 2013 season as announced at the leagues Awards Banquet on Thursday night. Manhattan also had three players earn spots on All-MAAC Teams, including two freshmen.
Scott, who took over the program after three years as an assistant, led the team to a 5-3-2 conference record and a top four seed in the tournament for just the fifth time in program history. It is also the first time since 2001 that the Jaspers have qualified for a four-team format since the 2001 season. The five MAAC victories tied a program record while the 17 points is a new school best.
Junior midfielder Tommy Amos and freshman forward Daniel Laguna Kennedy were named to the All-MAAC Second Team for their efforts in 2013. Amos, a co-captain this year, was third on the squad in points (6) while leading the Jaspers with four assists. He also netted one goal this season in the season finale against Niagara. Laguna Kennedy was the leading scorer on the team this year, finding the back of the net seven different times. The 6’1” forward had three multi-goal games, scoring twice on the road against Delaware (Sept. 6) and Siena (Oct. 26) while burying two goals in a 5-2 win over Fairfield at Gaelic Park on Oct. 9. He was also named the MAAC Rookie of the Week on Oct. 14 and earned a spot on the 2013 MAAC All-Rookie Team.
Joining Laguna Kennedy on the All-Rookie team was freshman back Andrew Melitsanopoulos. The 6’2” defender started all 17 games on the backline this season and helped Manhattan post four shutouts throughout the course of the year. Melitsanopoulos was named MAAC Rookie of the Week on Nov. 4 after he scored two goals, including the game-winner, in the Jaspers’ 3-2 comeback win over Marist.
Along with the stellar play on the field, Manhattan placed nine student-athletes on the MAAC All-Academic Team. Seniors Daniel Festa, Samuel Howard, and Christopher Lands was named to the squad along with juniors Eugene Heerschap, Reese Akers,and Jake Scavetta, as were sophomores Tylor Borgeson, Robert Maffei and Alex Shackley. In order to be named the All-Academic Team, a student-athlete must earn a cumulative grade point average of 3.20 or better on a 4.0 scale. Manhattan’s nine student-athletes were the third most in the MAAC this year behind Siena’s 10 and Iona’s 12.