Three from Men's Soccer Are All-Little East Conference Honorees
NORTH DARTMOUTH, Mass. - The Little East Conference has announced the 2013 major award winners and all-conference honorees for men's soccer. Earning Rookie of the Year honors for the Beacons was Edmilson Barros (Boston, Mass.). Barros along with Marcus Pizzetti (Malden, Mass.) was named First Team selections, while Rolando Barbosa (Fogo, Cape Verde) was named a Second Team honoree.
For Barros, he became the fourth player in program history to earn the Rookie of the Year honor, and first since the 2010 season. In just his freshman season, Barros was one of the conference's most dangerous forwards tallying 12 goals which ranked second in the Little East. Of those 12 tallies, three were game-winners (t-4th in the conference). He also handed out three assists to finish the year with a combined 27 points putting him in fourth in the LEC. This season, he recorded at least one point in 11 of the 19 games he started in. He recorded a career-best two goals and four points in a game twice. Against Little East Conference opponent Western Connecticut State University he fired home one goal, while picking-up one assist in the Beacons 4-2 win.
Pizzetti, who transferred to UMass Boston, after a standout career with Bunker Hill College, made an immediate impact this season to earn his First Team All-Conference honors. On the year, Pizzetti netted a total of 12 goals and finished with six assists for a team-leading 30 points, which also had him setting second at the end of the LEC postseason. He ranked tied for second in the LEC in game-winners with three, and finished fourth in shots with 68. In only his fourth match of the year, Pizzetti unloaded three goals and two assists for a career-best eight points in the 7-0 rout of Emmanuel College. He would drive home two goals, while also handing out one assists in the 4-0 win over Massachusetts Maritime Academy. To close out the year he recorded two goals and one assist as the Beacons went 1-1 narrowly missing out on their first postseason appearance since 2006.
In 2013, Barbosa finished third on the team in goals with eight and points with 18. He finished with one game-winner to lead UMB to only their eighth double-digit win season in program history. In the Little East, Barbosa finished the year ranked ninth in points averaging just over one point per game. His eight goals tied him for eighth in the conference amongst all forwards. In only his second game of the season he recorded three points (1 g, 1 a) in the 3-1 win over Newbury College. He would later record two goals against Emmanuel College and at Western Connecticut State University. In his final game of the season he netted one goal and assisted the game-winner in the 2-1 conference victory over Plymouth State University.