Bingham Named Athlete of the Year; Four Men's Soccer Players Named to All-Conference Team
BOSTON, Mass. – After a very impressive sophomore season, Sean Bingham (Garden City, N.Y.) was named the New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) Athlete of the Year, as announced by the league office on Tuesday afternoon. He is the second played in MIT men's soccer history to ever receive the honor, the last being Nick Nestle in 2003. Bingham was named the conference Rookie of the Year last season.
With the award, Bingham earned an automatic spot on the All-Conference team and was joined by three of his teammates. Bingham, fellow sophomore Austin Freel (San Diego, Calif.) and senior Matthew Monheit (Abington, Pa.) were named to the First Team, while senior Andrew Fijan (West Chester, Pa.) was tabbed to the Second Team. For the first time in his career, Mike Singleton was named Coach of the Year for leading the Engineers to a record of 13-4-2 and an undefeated record of 6-0-1 in conference play.
Bingham leads the team with his 21 goals and three assists for 45 points so far this season. He is first in the NEWMAC in goals, points, and shots, is fifth in the country for Division III in goals and recently broke the MIT school record for goals scored in a season. With two years left in his career, he is currently tied for third in the MIT record book for career goals with 37. He is one of just two Engineers to have played and started all 19 games this season. This is his first time being named First Team All-Conference, after appearing on the Second Team last year.
Having played in 18 games this season and started all but one of them, Freel is appearing on the All-Conference team for the first time. He is third on the team in both goals (6) and points (18) and tied for second in assists (6). He was most recently named to the Capital One Academic All-District men's soccer team as announced by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) for the first time and will appear on the national ballot to be voted on later this month.
This is the first time in his four years at MIT that Monheit has been tabbed to the All-Conference team. He is just one of two Engineers to have played and started all 19 games this season. He is second on the team with his eight goals and 24 points and first with eight assists. He is also tied for fourth in the conference in assists. He scored the lone goal of the game against Tufts University last month to lead the Engineers to a 1-0 victory. He also scored MIT's only goal against Coast Guard in the semifinals of the NEWMAC Tournament this past weekend.
Fijan has played and started in all but one game this season, scoring his lone goal of the season in MIT's 7-0 win against Framingham State University at the end of last month. He is a pivotal part of the MIT defense that has allowed just 23 goals so far this season.
After remaining undefeated in NEWMAC play, the Cardinal and Gray earned its first regular season title in a decade and the right to host the upcoming NEWMAC Tournament. In the semifinals against Coast Guard, MIT advanced over the Bears in penalty kicks, 5-4, following an amazing save by sophomore keeper Jake Amereno (Commack, N.Y.). At the finals the following day, Tech fell to Wheaton College, 1-0, but received good news on Monday afternoon in the form of an at-large bid to the NCAA Tournament. The Engineers will make their fourth national's appearance in program history when they travel to Williams College to face Western New England University at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, Nov. 16.