WILLIMANTIC, Conn. – In the second report of the year, Eastern Connecticut State University junior defender Brendan D’Arcy (West Hartford) has been selected Little East Conference Defensive Player-of-the-Week in the sport of men’s soccer after the Warriors posted two shutout wins during the week of Sept. 2-8.
A three-year starter and 2018 second-team All-LEC selection last year, D’Arcy played all 180 minutes in two non-conference shutout wins. A left back, D’Arcy helped limit two opponents to an average of 11 shots, with an average of 4.5 reaching goal junior keeper Kyle Boutot (Tolland).
Eastern’s defense has posted three shutout wins in as many non-conference matches this year, allowing a total of only 11 shots to reach goal. Joining D’Arcy in last week’s starting lineup on defense were junior David Noel (Armonk, NY), junior transfer Emmanuel Agyemang (East Hartford) and freshman Jared Caroline (South Windsor).
Coming off a season-opening 6-0 non-conference home win over Medgar Evers College Aug. 31, Eastern downed WPI, 1-0, last Wednesday in Worcester, the Engineers appearing in last year’s New England poll every week. This past Saturday, Eastern allowed only four shots in a 3-0 victory over Lasell University at Rick McCarthy Field.
D’Arcy, who was also credited with his first point of the year with an assist against Lasell, leads the team in minutes (248) and average minutes (82.7).
In the first weekly Little East Conference awards program of the fall last week, Eastern freshman midfielder Andres Mayuri (West Hartford) was selected as LEC Rookie-of-the-Week.
Eastern visits Trinity College in a non-conference match Tuesday at 7 p.m. Coming off a 2-13-0 season in 2018, the Bantams are 1-1-0 and coming off Saturday’s 3-2 home loss to Clark University. Eastern ended a six-game losing streak at the hands of Trinity last year with a 4-3 home win on a header by then-freshman Patrick Agyemang (East Hartford) three minutes into overtime.