STANDISH, Maine – Three members of the Saint Joseph's College men's soccer team attended the United Soccer Coaches National Convention in Philadelphia during the week of January 15th.
Head Coach Adrian Dubois and Assistant Coach Will Pike '11 made the trip to accept the 2017 United Soccer Coaches NCAA Division III New England Region Coaching Staff of the Year Award and junior defender Dalton Gaumer (Corona, Calif.) attended to collect his United Soccer Coaches NCAA DIII Third Team All-America honor.
"It was a tremendous honor to for our staff to earn the regional coaching staff award," adds Coach Dubois. "It was a humbling experience to receive the plaque with so many established and elite coaches in the crowd. We were also thrilled for Dalton and proud to attend the All-America ceremony where he joined the select group of top players from around the country."
Under the watch of Dubois during his fourth year, Saint Joseph's posted the finest season in the 29-year history of the SJC men's soccer program. The Monks went 19-0-2 with a 9-0-1 record in GNAC play and, for the second-consecutive year, captured the conference championship and advanced to the NCAA Tournament. In the first round, St. Joe's clinched the first national tourney win in team history with a 2-1 triumph over Mitchell College and held defending national champion Tufts University scoreless before falling to the Jumbos – on their home field - in penalty kicks in the second round.
The Monks capped the regular season ranked 17th in the D3Soccer.com national poll and sixth in the United Soccer Coaches regional poll and currently lead NCAA DIII Men's Soccer in goals against average (.047), won-lost-tied percentage (.952), and save percentage (.983). Saint Joseph's is also second in the nation in shots per game (22.76) and shots on goal per game (11.57), fifth in assists per game (2.95) and total assists (62), and sixth in points per game (9.33), total goals (67), and total points (196).
Saint Joseph's College is Maine's only Catholic liberal arts college, providing a supportive, personalized and career-focused education for more than 100 years. From its 474-acre campus on the shores of Sebago Lake, the College offers more than 40 undergraduate programs to a population of approximately 1,000 students. Saint Joseph's College Online provides certificates, undergraduate and advanced degrees for working adults through an online learning program. For more, visit www.sjcme.edu.