FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 

November 10, 2003

 

 

RIC Menís Soccer Receives Little East Accolades;
Len Mercurio Named Coach of the Year;
Kyle Teixeira Earns First Team All-LEC Kudos;
Cory Lopes and Brian Schimmel
Named Second Team All-LEC

 

Providence, RIóThe Little East Conference announced its awards for the 2003 menís soccer season with Rhode Island College garnering four honors.

 

Head Coach Len Mercurio was named the Little East Conference Menís Soccer Coach of the Year. Mercurio guided the Anchormen to an 11-8 overall record and a 5-2 (third place) finish in the Little East. This is the second time in his coaching career that Mercurio has been named a Coach of the Year, having earned it while at Bryant College in 1992. He also received the New England Fair Play Award that same year.

 

Mercurio just completed his sixth season at RIC and has compiled a career record of 86-71-10 as a collegiate head menís soccer coach. Mercurio was formerly the head coach of the LASA (Luso American Soccer Association) All-Star team in 1996. In 1994, he was the head coach of the Rhode Island Stingrays, a USISL professional team. The squad was the winner of the first Rhode Island International Tournament, which featured competitors from Spain and the Netherlands.

 

Mercurio was Bryant Collegeís head menís soccer coach from 1991-93, compiling a record of 33-19-2. Prior to coaching the Bulldogs, Mercurio was an assistant coach at Brown University from 1984-90 where his duties included coaching both the junior varsity and freshmen teams as well as recruiting.

 

As a professional soccer player, he played for the Carolina Lightnin' of the American Soccer League in 1981, 1982 and 1983. Mercurio also played for the New England Sharks in 1981.

 

He had an outstanding collegiate career at the University of Rhode Island from 1977-80, earning All-American honors in 1979. He is currently tied for the Rams all-time lead in career goals scored. Mercurio was third in the country in scoring as a junior in 1979. He was named All-New England in 1978, 1979 and 1980. He was also the New England All-Star gameís MVP in 1978. He is a member of the University of Rhode Island Athletic Hall of Fame (1995) and was inducted into the New England Soccer Hall of Fame in 1994. He holds a bachelor of arts degree from URI, which he received in 1981.

 

In addition to his coaching duties, Mercurio is an operation technician for WPRI-TV Channel 12 in East Providence. He resides in Johnston, Rhode Island with his wife Tina-Marie, a RIC graduate, and their two children, Michael (12) and Marina (10).

 

Sophomore forward Kyle Teixeira (Warren, RI) was named First Team All-Little East Conference for the second consecutive season. Teixeira played in 19 games, starting 18 of them. He had 24 goals, a new RIC record for a single season, with six assists for 54 points. He led the Little East in goals and points. Teixeira scored the game-winning goal in seven of RICís 11 victories this fall. He is currently among the national leaders in goals and points per game.

 

Sophomore forward Cory Lopes (Somerset, MA) was named Second Team All-Little East Conference. Lopes played in 15 games, starting all of them. He had six goals and a team-high seven assists for 19 points. Lopes scored two game-winning goals on the season. He missed the teamís final four regular season games to an illness, but returned to play in the squadís semi-final playoff loss, 2-0, at Keene State on Nov. 5. Lopes was a First Team All-Little East selection as a freshman in 2002.

 

Senior midfielder Brian Schimmel (Cumberland, RI) was named Second Team All-Little East. Schimmel played in 19 games, starting all of them. He had one goal and two assists for four points.

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 

November 10, 2003

 

 

RIC Menís Soccer Receives Little East Accolades;
Len Mercurio Named Coach of the Year;
Kyle Teixeira Earns First Team All-LEC Kudos;
Cory Lopes and Brian Schimmel
Named Second Team All-LEC

 

Providence, RIóThe Little East Conference announced its awards for the 2003 menís soccer season with Rhode Island College garnering four honors.

 

Head Coach Len Mercurio was named the Little East Conference Menís Soccer Coach of the Year. Mercurio guided the Anchormen to an 11-8 overall record and a 5-2 (third place) finish in the Little East. This is the second time in his coaching career that Mercurio has been named a Coach of the Year, having earned it while at Bryant College in 1992. He also received the New England Fair Play Award that same year.

 

Mercurio just completed his sixth season at RIC and has compiled a career record of 86-71-10 as a collegiate head menís soccer coach. Mercurio was formerly the head coach of the LASA (Luso American Soccer Association) All-Star team in 1996. In 1994, he was the head coach of the Rhode Island Stingrays, a USISL professional team. The squad was the winner of the first Rhode Island International Tournament, which featured competitors from Spain and the Netherlands.

 

Mercurio was Bryant Collegeís head menís soccer coach from 1991-93, compiling a record of 33-19-2. Prior to coaching the Bulldogs, Mercurio was an assistant coach at Brown University from 1984-90 where his duties included coaching both the junior varsity and freshmen teams as well as recruiting.

 

As a professional soccer player, he played for the Carolina Lightnin' of the American Soccer League in 1981, 1982 and 1983. Mercurio also played for the New England Sharks in 1981.

 

He had an outstanding collegiate career at the University of Rhode Island from 1977-80, earning All-American honors in 1979. He is currently tied for the Rams all-time lead in career goals scored. Mercurio was third in the country in scoring as a junior in 1979. He was named All-New England in 1978, 1979 and 1980. He was also the New England All-Star gameís MVP in 1978. He is a member of the University of Rhode Island Athletic Hall of Fame (1995) and was inducted into the New England Soccer Hall of Fame in 1994. He holds a bachelor of arts degree from URI, which he received in 1981.

 

In addition to his coaching duties, Mercurio is an operation technician for WPRI-TV Channel 12 in East Providence. He resides in Johnston, Rhode Island with his wife Tina-Marie, a RIC graduate, and their two children, Michael (12) and Marina (10).

 

Sophomore forward Kyle Teixeira (Warren, RI) was named First Team All-Little East Conference for the second consecutive season. Teixeira played in 19 games, starting 18 of them. He had 24 goals, a new RIC record for a single season, with six assists for 54 points. He led the Little East in goals and points. Teixeira scored the game-winning goal in seven of RICís 11 victories this fall. He is currently among the national leaders in goals and points per game.

 

Sophomore forward Cory Lopes (Somerset, MA) was named Second Team All-Little East Conference. Lopes played in 15 games, starting all of them. He had six goals and a team-high seven assists for 19 points. Lopes scored two game-winning goals on the season. He missed the teamís final four regular season games to an illness, but returned to play in the squadís semi-final playoff loss, 2-0, at Keene State on Nov. 5. Lopes was a First Team All-Little East selection as a freshman in 2002.

 

Senior midfielder Brian Schimmel (Cumberland, RI) was named Second Team All-Little East. Schimmel played in 19 games, starting all of them. He had one goal and two assists for four points.

 

     In upcoming action, eighth-seeded RIC will play at top-seeded Roger Williams in the opening round of the ECAC Div. III Tournament on Wednesday, Nov. 12 at 1:30 p.m.

 

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