Blaisdell named NE-10 men's soccer top freshman; Prete, Murphy earned all-conference honorsNovember 6, 2007
The Assumption College men's soccer team had finished the 2006 season with eight straight defeats in which they were shutout four times. With a new coach on board in JEREMY BONOMO and a quality list of newcomers the scenario has changed quickly.
The Greyhounds finished 6-9-3 overall and down-the-stretch posted a 5-3-2 mark and became virtually unbeatable on their 'home' turf with a 4-0-1 mark in their last five games. The six wins was as many as the team had won in the previous two years combined and the most in a single season since they won six in both 2002 and 2003.
Now the expectation for 2008 is extremely optimistic as the Greyhounds will be among the favorites for a postseason conference playoff berth.
Freshman forward STEPHEN BLAISDELL (Peabody, MA/Bishop Fenwick), one of just three players to start all 18 games for the Greyhounds, established himself as one of the Northeast-10 Conference most productive offensive players with a 7-6--20 season. He earned Freshman-of-the-Year honors and second-team all-conference honors.
Blaisdell led the Greyhounds in scoring and was tenth in goals, eighth in points and seventh in assists in the conference. He scored two goals in each of the final two games, both 4-1 victories, over Southern New Hampshire and Post, CT.
Another freshman, midfielder JEFFREY SWAN (Fairfield, CT/Fairfield Ludlowe) also stood out with 4-7--15 as one the conference top playmakers. His seven assists is the fifth-best in Hounds' history.
Only Blaisdell, senior defender/captain JOE DRAIN (Milton, MA/Milton) and freshman goalkeeper BRANDON SULLIVAN (Halesite, NY/St. Dominic's) played and started all 18 games.
Also, on the very positive side for the Greyhounds, junior forward PAUL MURPHY (Wilbraham, MA/Minnechaug) established a career-best with nine goals (19 points) and earned third-team Northeast-10 Conference all-star honors. Sophomore defender AUSTIN PRETE (Glastonbury, CT/Glastonbury) continued to play at an all-conference level and was recognized by the conference coaches on the third all-star team.
Sullivan rewrote the Greyhounds' goalie record book posting a 1.42 goals-against average with 100 saves (second in the conference) and an .803 save percentage and four shutouts---both among the conference leaders. He set the team records for games (18), starts (18) and minutes played (1675)- breaking Paul Osella's record from 1987.