September 29, 2008




Providence, RIóThe Little East Conference honored Rhode Island College freshman goalkeeper Justin OíConnor (North Kingstown, RI) and sophomore midfielder Mike Diogo (Bristol, RI) for their performance in menís soccer this past week.


OíConnor was named the Little East Conference Menís Soccer Goalkeeper of the Week, recording a pair of shutouts to post a 1-0-1 record with a 0.00 GAA and a 1.000 saves percentage. On Sept. 23, he made six stops in a 0-0 double overtime tie at Bridgewater State. Four days later, OíConnor stopped all five shots he faced to backstop the Anchormen to a 1-0 Little East Conference victory at UMass Dartmouth, extending Rhode Island Collegeís unbeaten streak to seven matches. For the season, he has played in eight games, starting six of them. OíConnor is 4-2-2 with four shutouts, a 0.79 goals-against average and a .846 save percentage in 681:47 of action.



 Freshman Goalkeeper Justin O'Connor


Diogo was named the Little East Conference Menís Soccer Rookie of the Week. He notched his first collegiate game-winning goal against Little East Conference foe UMass Dartmouth on Sept. 27. Diogo cracked the scoring column in the ninth minute with his third tally of the campaign to post the lone goal of the match. For the season, he has played in 10 games, starting six of them. He is second on the club in goals (three) and points (6).



 Sophomore Midfielder Mike Diogo


Head Coach John Melloís team is currently 5-3-2 overall and 2-0 in the Little East. In upcoming action, RIC will host LEC rival Western Connecticut on Saturday, Oct. 4.