The Albertus Magnus menís and womenís soccer teams made history in the fall of 2011 as both squads broke numerous program records en route to one of their best seasons in program history.
In addition to setting program records for wins in a single-season, both teams earned multiple individual honors, led by the teamsí head coaches, who both earned the conferenceís Coach of the Year accolade. Menís soccer head coach Jim Bernardo í98 earned the honor for the second-straight year, while womenís soccer head coach Nick Wajnowski í06 was tagged as the Coach of the Year for the first time in his coaching career.
The Albertus menís soccer team finished the 2011 season with a perfect 10-0 record in Great Northeast Athletic Conference (GNAC) play for the first time in program history. As the GNAC Regular Season Champions, the Falcons earned the top seed in the GNAC postseason tournament. After an early departure from the GNAC Tournament, the Falcons earned their second-straight ECAC Tournament bid then defeated Endicott College 3-2 for their first-ever ECAC Tournament victory.
The Falcons finished the year with an overall record of 17-4-1 as the 17-win season marked a program record in wins in a single-season.
Senior Jamal Howard (West Haven, Conn.) and junior Stephen Zapata (Hamden, Conn.) were among the teamís standouts as they were both named to the All-New England First Team by the NCAA.
Howard was named the 2011 GNAC Player of the Year as he finished the season with 50 points on 22 goals and six assists. He was also named to the GNAC All-Conference First Team and then earned a spot on the All-Tournament Team for his efforts.
Zapata finished the 2011 season as the Nationís leader in assists with 23 on the year, including a 1.15 average per game. Zapata joined Howard on the GNAC All-Conference First Team as well as teammates Donato Piroscafo (Naugatuck, Conn.), Chris Long (West Haven, Conn.) and Nick Hamasian (Hamden, Conn.). Hamasian was also selected to the All-New England Second Team.
Freshman Lindsley Barrett (Shelton, Conn.) was named the 2011 GNAC Rookie of the Year for his efforts on the season, while he also made the GNAC Second Team. Jesse Plona (Trumbull, Conn.) and James Lucchesi (Norwalk, Conn.) earned Third Team honors.
The Albertus Magnus womenís soccer team recorded a program record for wins in a single season as the Falcons finished the year with an overall record of 12-7. With a mark of 9-4 in conference play, their nine wins also set a program record in single-season league wins. For the first-time ever in program history, the Falcons hosted a GNAC Tournament contest and won their first-ever postseason game with a 2-0 victory over Simmons College.
Senior Sarah Boudreau (Pascog, R.I.) was named to the GNAC All-Conference First Team, while Kelly Marchitto (West Haven, Conn.) was named to the Third Team. Meghan Loughman (Trumbull, Conn.) and Shannon Skidmore (Terryville, Conn.) were named to the GNAC All-Tournament Team as well.