NORTH DARTMOUTH, Mass. – The Little East Conference announced its annual men's soccer All-Little East teams and major award winners. Earning conference Offensive Player of the Year honors was sophomore Stefanos Galouzis (Watertown, Mass.), making him only the second player in the program's history and first since 1996 to earn the conference's top offensive honor.
Galouzis' also found his name on the First Team All-Conference list alongside junior midfielder Victor Hugo Costa (Malden, Mass.). Goalkeeper Brycen Dowd (Mansfield, Mass.) garnered Second Team All-Conference honors. The two first team all-conference selections marked the first for men's soccer since the 2006 season. It was also in 2006 that UMass also had a goalkeeper earn an all-conference selection, in Paul Maniscalco.
For Galouzis, his sophomore season was highlighted by a conference leading 31 points. His 12 goals on the year currently rank him second in the LEC. The Watertown, native also added seven assists this season, to lead UMass to their first 11-win season since 2006. Throughout the year, Galouzis served as the go-to forward for UMass. On four different occasions, Galouzis recorded two more goals in a match, which included a hat-trick in the season opener at Suffolk University. His final three games of the season saw him score a combined four goals, while also tallying two assists for a combined 10 points.
The all-conference nod was the first in the career of Costa, who this past season established himself as one of the center-midfielders in the Little East. On top of being able to control the speed of any game, Costa also demonstrated the ability to go to goal, having scored a total of six times this season. His playmaking ability earned him a combined five assists. Starter in 15 of the 16 games this season, Costa was the foundation to a Beacons offense that scored 43 goals in 2011.
Securing the Beacons defensive third season, while also putting together the best year of his collegiate career was Dowd. Starter of every match this fall, Dowd posted a combined 59 saves in 1,443 minutes of playing time. His current goals against average of 0.94 rank him third amongst active conference goalkeepers. Of his 11 victories this season, seven were via shutout, which set a new single-season program record at UMass. Two of those shutouts came against conference opponents Western Connecticut State University (4-0) and Southern Maine (3-0).
Men's Soccer returns to action tomorrow when they travel to Vermont to face Norwich University in the first round of the ECAC New England Region tournament. The Beacons enter this year's tournament, as the fourth-seed, while Norwich enters the tournament as the fifth seed. Start time for tomorrow's match is scheduled for 1 p.m.