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November 9, 2010

 

CARVALHO NAMED LITTLE EAST DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE YEAR
Four Anchormen Tabbed All-Little East

Providence, R.I.óRhode Island College senior back Corey Carvalho (Dartmouth, MA) was named the Little East Conference Defensive Player of the Year for the second straight season and joined junior midfielder Hector Espildora Fortuno (Malaga, Spain) as a First Team All-LEC selection.

 

Junior forward Bruno Costa (Pawtucket, RI) and senior midfielder Jose Ruiz (Providence, RI) were named Second Team All-Little East.

 

 

 Senior Corey Carvalho

 

Carvalho played in 19 games, starting 18 of them, totaling two goals and one assists for five points. He scored the Anchormenís lone goal in a 2-1 loss to Coast Guard in the season-opener on Sept. 1, while netting the game-winner in the clubís, 1-0, win over Husson on Sept. 11. Carvalho and his defensive mates held their opponents to 86 fewer shots (283-197), while limiting scoring to just 18 goals against in 19 contests. He was named the Little East Conference Menís Soccer Defensive Player of the Week once on the season.

 

 

 Junior Hector Espildora Fortuno

 

Espildora Fortuno was an offensive and defensive catalyst from his center midfield position. He was also a key component of the teamís set pieces, taking most of the free kicks in the offensive zone. The transfer from Dean College played in 15 games, starting 14 of them, totaling six goals and eight assists for 20 points. Espildora Fortuno led the team in assists and points. He scored twice, which included the game-winning goal, in the Anchormenís, 2-1, win over Bridgewater State on Sept. 21. Espildora Fortuno posted multiple point efforts on three occasions, including a season-high five points on two goals and an assist as RIC defeated Western Connecticut, 7-0, on Sept. 25.

 

 

 Junior Bruno Costa

 

Costa earned a spot on the leagueís All-Star teams for the second consecutive season, having been named to the First Team in 2009. He played in 17 games, starting 14 of them, totaling seven goals and four assists for 18 points. Costa was second on the team in goals and assists, while ranking third in points. He registered a season-high five points, on two goals, which included the game-winner, and one assist as RIC downed Johnson & Wales, 5-0, on Oct. 26.

 

 

 Senior Jose Ruiz

 

Ruiz proved to be a physical presence in the midfield, playing in 16 games, starting all of them. He had six goals and two assists for 14 points. Ruiz was tied with Espildora Fortuno for third on the team in goals, while ranking fourth with 14 points. He scored game-winning goals in back-to-back games as RIC defeated Western Connecticut, 7-0, on Sept. 25 and Framingham State, 3-1, on Sept. 29. Ruiz posted a season-high seven points, with a hat trick and an assist, in the win over the Colonials. He was named the Little East Conference Menís Soccer Offensive Player of the Week once on the season.

 

Head Coach John Melloís team finished the season with a 10-7-2 overall record and a 4-2-1 (third place) mark in the Little East Conference. RIC reached the 10-win plateau for the seventh time in nine years.

 

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