Parsons, Four Bears Honored by NEWMAC
NEW LONDON, Conn. – Coast Guard has placed four players on the New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) Men's Soccer All-conference team voted by the league's seven head coaches. Head Coach Chris Parsons was also named Coach of the Year by his peers for the second time of his career.
Senior Greg Kennerley and junior Richie Burns were each named to the first team while junior John Rendon and sophomore Matthew Bogdan were named to the second team. It was the first All-conference selection for Burns, Bogdan, and Rendon while it is Kennerley's second consecutive honor after being named to the second team last season.
Kennerley, a co-captain, leads the team with 12 points coming off four goals and four assists while being an anchor on the back-line for the Bears.
Burns has been a standout in goal all season long. The two-time NEWMAC Defensive Player of the Week has posted a 10-4-1 record with a conference leading five shutouts and a 0.85 goals against average.
Rendon has been a driving force in the middle of the field for the Bears. The co-captain has posted three goals, including the game-winner in a 2-1 double overtime win over Springfield College, to go with his three assists on the season.
Bogdan tallied one goal of his own and set up his teammates on six others. His six assists were a team high and were tied for fifth in the NEWMAC.
Parsons, who is in his 11th season as Coast Guard coach, has led the Bears to six postseason berths and captured the 2008 ECAC Championship. He was also named NEWMAC Coach of the Year in 2007.
Coast Guard, who lost to Springfield in the NEWMAC semifinals 2-0 last Saturday, open up the ECAC Tournament tonight as the number two seed and will play host to seventh-seeded Western New England University at 7:00 p.m.