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November 18, 2011

 

2011 Rhode Island College Menís Soccer
Season Summary

(11-8 Overall; 5-2 in the Little East Conference)

Providence, R.I.óHead Coach John Melloís (Career record: 83-58-19, .578) team finished the 2011 season with an 11-8 overall record and a 5-2 (second place tie) mark in the Little East Conference.

 

Rhode Island College qualified for the Little East Conference Tournament for the ninth consecutive season, but fell to second-seeded Keene State in overtime, 3-2, in the semifinal game. The Anchormen reached the 10-win milestone for the eighth time in the past 10 seasons.

 

 

 

Senior goalkeeper Nick Clark (East Bridgewater, MA) closed out his two-year career at RIC having played in 37 games, starting 35 of them. He posted a 21-13-2 career record to go along with 143 saves, a 0.99 goals against average, a .794 save percentage and nine shutouts in over 3,392 minutes of action. Clark is fourth in career goals against average and tied for sixth in shutouts.

 

As a senior in 2011, Clark was named the Team MVP after playing in 18 games and starting 17 of them. He finished with an 11-7 record, while registering a 1.18 goals against average, 83 saves, a .798 save percentage and three shutouts in over 1,608 minutes. Clark made a season-high 13 saves in RICís, 4-1, win over Westfield State on Oct. 19. He was twice named the Little East Goalkeeper of the Week and made one of the biggest saves of the season against UMass Boston on Sept. 24. Clark stopped a penalty kick with 56 seconds remaining to preserve RICís, 2-1, victory over the Beacons.

 

As a junior in 2010, Clark played in 19 games, starting 18 of them. He posted a 10-6-2 record, while recording a 0.82 goals against average, a .789 save percentage and six shutouts in 1,750 minutes. Clark made a season-high eight saves in a 3-1 victory at Framingham State on Sept. 29. In the semifinals of the conference tournament, he lifted his teammates into the Little East Final by making the deciding save in penalty kicks (5-4) in a 0-0 draw at defending champion and second seed Eastern Connecticut.

 

Prior to joining the Anchormen, Clark spent two seasons at Dean College, where he was named All-Region XXI after his sophomore season. He played in 22 games at Dean, finishing with a 1.28 goals against average and 124 saves.

 

 Clark is a business major and a 2008 graduate of East Bridgewater High School.

 

Senior forward Bruno Costa (Pawtucket, RI) finishes his career with RIC having played in 73 games, starting 55 of them. Costa totaled 35 goals and 13 assists for 83 career points. He closes out his career having tallied 11 game-winning goals for the Anchormen. Costa is fifth all-time at RIC in career goals and sixth in points.

 

As a senior in 2011, Costa was named Second Team All-Little East. He played in 16 games, starting in 12 of them. He had six goals and four assists for 16 points. Costa was second on the team in goals and points, while ranking third in assists. He led the squad with three game-winning goals. Costa finished with a pair of goals in RICís, 4-1, victory over Framingham State on Sept 28, and also notched goals in four consecutive games from Oct. 19 to Oct. 29. During that stretch, Costa posted the game-winning goal in double-overtime to give the Anchormen a 2-1 win over Plymouth State on Oct. 22.

 

As a junior in 2010, Costa was named Second Team All-Little East after playing in 17 games, starting 14 of them. He totaled 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.

 

As a sophomore in 2009, he was named First Team All-Little East. Costa played in 19 games, starting 12 of them. He had 15 goals and two assists for 32 points, leading the Anchormen in both goals and points. He scored game-winning goals in RICís, 1-0, win over Western Connecticut on Sept. 26, in a 5-3, victory over Southern Maine on Oct. 24, and a 6-1 win over Johnson & Wales on Oct. 29. Costa posted two four-game point streaks on the season, while netting hat tricks in a 4-2 win over Westfield State on Oct. 21 and the victory over JWU. He was named the Little East Conference Menís Soccer Offensive Player of the Week once on the season.

 

As a freshman in 2008, he played in 20 games, starting 16 of them. Costa recorded seven goals and three assists for 17 points. He led the team in goals, game-winning goals (four) and points, while tying for third in assists. He was named the Little East Rookie of the Week twice and the Offensive Player of the Week once.

 

In 2007, Costa played and started in one game, but broke his ankle and was lost for the season in the clubís opener on Sept. 1 and was granted a medical hardship waiver.

 

He is an accounting major and a 2007 graduate of Tolman High School.

 

Senior midfielder Hector Espildora Fortuno (Malaga, Spain) finishes his two-year career with the Anchormen having played in 29 games, starting 28 of them. Espildora Fortuno departs RIC having tallied 13 goals and 14 assists for 40 career points. He is tied for 12th in assists and is 18th in career points at RIC.

 

As a senior in 2011, Espildora Fortuno was named First Team All-Little East. He played 14 games, starting all of them. He had seven goals and six assists for 20 points. Espildora Fortuno led the team in goals and points, while ranking second in assists. He recorded five of his seven goals in his final two games of the season. With his team trailing, 3-1, at the half against Johnson & Wales on Oct. 26, Espildora Fortuno scored three goals, including the game-winner in overtime, to guide his team to a 4-3 victory over the Wildcats. In the Little East Conference Tournament semifinal match against Keene State on Nov. 2, Espildora Fortuno registered a pair of goals in RICís, 3-2, loss to the Owls.

 

As a junior in 2010, he was named First Team All-Little East. Espildora Fortuno played in 15 games, starting 14 of them. He had six goals and eight assists for 20 points. Espildora Fortuno led the team in both assists and points. He scored twice in RICís, 2-1, win over Bridgewater State on Sept. 21, including the game-winning goal. He also posted multiple point efforts on three occasions, including a season-high five points on two goals and an assist as the Anchormen defeated Western Connecticut, 7-0, on Sept. 25.

 

Prior to coming to RIC, Espildora Fortuno spent two seasons at Dean College, where he played in 21 games and totaled 18 goals and three assists for 39 points. He was named All-Region XXI and Team MVP after his sophomore season in which he led the team in goals for the second straight season.

 

He is a business major and a 2008 graduate of Lowell Catholic High School.

 

Senior forward Mike Patriarca (Warren, RI) wraps up his two-year career at RIC having played in 38 games, starting 35 of them. In two seasons, Patriarca notched 14 goals and four assists for 32 career points.

 

As a senior in 2011, Patriarca was named Second Team All-Little East. He played in 19 games, starting 17 of them. Patriarca had six goals and one assist for 13 points. He was tied for second on the team in goals and was fourth in points. He netted a pair of game-winners against Endicott on Sept. 14 and Western Connecticut on Oct. 8.

 

As a junior in 2010, Patriarca played in all 19 games, starting 18 of them. He scored a team-high eight goals and also notched three assists for 19 points, which was good for second on the team. Patriarca had a pair of two-goal games in a 4-1 win against Berkeley College on Sept. 4 and a 3-2 conference victory at Southern Maine on Oct. 23, scoring the game-winner in both contests.

 

Prior to coming to RIC, Patriarca spent two seasons at Roger Williams, where he played in 37 games and started 18 of them. He had two goals and one assist for five points with the Hawks.

 

He is a marketing major and a 2007 graduate of Mt. Hope High School.

 

Senior defender Troy Silvia (Bristol, RI) closed out his career with the Anchormen having played in 72 games, starting in 48 of them. Silvia totaled six goals and two assists for 14 points.

 

As a senior in 2011, Silvia was named Second Team All-Little East. He played in 19 games, starting all of them. He tallied a pair of goals for four points, while his goal in the final two minutes of regulation against Plymouth State on Oct. 22 forced overtime and helped guide RIC to a 2-1 victory over the Panthers. Silvia also scored on a penalty kick in a 4-0 win over Southern Maine on Oct. 29.

 

As a junior in 2010, Silvia played in 19 games, starting 17 of them.

 

As a sophomore in 2009, he played in 13 games, starting one of them. Silvia had two goals and two assists for six points, and posted a season-high three points, with a goal and an assist, in RICís, 5-0, win over UMass Boston on Oct. 31.

 

As a freshman in 2008, Silvia played in 21 games, starting 11 of them, and had two goals for four points.

 

He is a physical education/health major and a 2008 graduate of Mt. Hope High School.

 

Junior midfielder Donald Dane (Derry, NH) played in 14 games, starting all of them. Dane finished the year with three goals and one assist for seven points. He notched a pair of goals, including the game-winner, in RICís, 2-1, victory over Castleton State on Sept. 4.

 

Junior defender Sean Maguire (Portsmouth, RI) played in 19 games, starting all of them. One of the teamís three captains, Maguire was a standout back who helped anchor RICís defensive unit. He earned Little East Conference Defensive Player of the Week honors in early October after guiding his squad to back-to-back victories. Maguire also made a crucial team save late in the game against UMass Dartmouth on Oct. 1, helping to preserve the, 2-0, shutout victory.

 

Junior midfielder Carlos Medina (Pawtucket, RI) played in eight games.

 

Junior defender Tucker Shepard (Tiverton, RI) played in 16 games, starting 15 of them. Shepard finished the year with a pair of assists for two points, including a critical assist in RICís, 4-3, come-from-behind victory over Johnson & Wales on Oct. 26.

 

Sophomore midfielder Ignacio Cespedes (Fitchburg, MA) was named Second Team All-Little East. He played in 17 games, starting 15 of them. He had six goals and two assists for 14 points. Cespedes was tied for second on the team in goals, while ranking third in points. He netted a pair of goals, including the game-winner, in RICís, 3-1, victory against Bridgewater State on Sept. 20. He followed that performance with another game-winning goal in the next match, as the Anchormen topped UMass Boston, 2-1, on Sept. 24, helping him earn Little East Conference Offensive Player of the Week honors.

 

Freshman midfielder Peter Amoriggi (Smithfield, RI) played in 19 games, starting five of them. Amoriggi finished the season with five points. He notched his first career goal in a 4-3 loss to Lasell on Oct. 12, and also totaled three assists, which was good for fourth on the team.

 

Freshman forward Emmanuel Asiedu (Lincoln, RI) played in 19 games, starting 11 of them. He had four goals and one assist for nine points. He posted his first career goal in RICís, 2-1, victory over UMass Boston on Sept, 24 and also scored the game-winner against Westfield State on Oct. 19.

 

Freshman goalkeeper Christopher Duarte (Cumberland, RI) appeared in three games, starting two of them. Duarte (0-1) made seven saves in 143 minutes of action, posting a 4.39 goals against average and a .500 save percentage.

 

Freshman defender Patrick LaRoche (Gardner, MA) was Second Team All-Little East. He played in 18 games, starting in all of them. Melloís first-ever freshman captain, LaRoche was a huge asset for RICís defensive unit. He led the team with seven assists to go along with one goal for nine points on the season. His first career goal came off a corner kick in a 4-0 win over Southern Maine on Oct. 29. He was named Little East Conference Rookie of the Week in late October after recording three assists. LaRoche set up two goals in the Anchormen's, 4-1, win at Westfield State on Oct. 19, then helped RIC secure a 2-1 victory at Plymouth State  as his free kick found Costa for the "Golden Goal" in the second overtime period on Oct. 22.

 

Freshman midfielder Jordan Moniz (Tiverton, RI) was injured and missed the entire season.

 

Freshman midfielder Godwin Nyanti (Providence, RI) played in three games for RIC.

 

Freshman midfielder Samuel Oddih (Pawtucket, RI) played in five games for the Anchormen.

 

Freshman midfielder David Ricci (Smithfield, RI) played in 19 games, starting in 18 of them. He had one goal for two points, netting his first career goal in RICís, 4-3, loss to Lasell on Oct. 12.

 

Freshman midfielder Geoff Sampaio (Tiverton, RI) played in 10 games, starting in two of them.

 

Freshman defender Jeff Sampaio (West Warwick, RI) played in three games, starting one of them.

 

Freshman goalkeeper Kevin Stone (Wakefield, RI) saw action in two games in the field as a forward.

 

Freshman forward Jose Zarraga (Providence, RI) played in 14 games, starting two of them.