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November 8, 2017

 

ELIMANE SEYE NAMED LITTLE EAST MENíS SOCCER DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE YEAR
Four Anchormen Tabbed All-Little East

Providence, R.I.-Rhode Island College senior back Elimane Seye (Providence, RI) was named the Little East Conference Menís Soccer Defensive Player of the Year for his performance during the 2017 season.

 

Seye was also named First Team All-Little East and was joined on the top squad by senior forward Komla Dogbey (Providence, RI) and junior midfielder Dennis Vazquez (Providence, RI). Senior back/midfielder Ty Catunto (New Bedford, MA) was named Second Team All-Little East.

 

 

 Senior back Elimane Seye

 

Seye has earned First Team All-Little East in each of the past two seasons. He anchored a RIC defense that allowed just 25 goals in 19 games and posted nine shutouts. The talented defender played in 19 games, starting all of them. He registered three goals for six points. He tallied the game-winner in the teamís, 2-1, victory against Bridgewater State on Sept. 13 and the 1-0 win vs. Keene State on Oct. 21. Seye was named the Little East Conference Defensive Player of the Week twice on the season.

 

 

 Senior forward Komla Dogbey

 

Dogbey, one of the most decorated menís soccer players in program history, earned his fourth All-Little East selection. He is a three-time First Team All-LEC selection (2015, 2016, 2017) and was a Second Team All-LEC honoree as a freshman (2014). He played in 18 games, starting all of them. Dogbey has seven goals and two assists for 16 points. Dogbey was second on the team and fifth in the Little East in scoring on the year. His seven goals also ranked him fifth in the league. He tallied the game-winner in the teamís, 1-0, victory against UMass Dartmouth on Oct. 7 and also netted the game-winner in the clubís, 3-2, win over Plymouth State on Oct. 28 that clinched a share of the LEC Regular Season Championship. Dogbey was named the Little East Offensive Player of the Week once on the season.

 

 

 Junior midfielder Dennis Vazquez

 

Vazquez is making his second appearance as an All-LEC selection, earning Second Team honors as a sophomore in 2016. He played in 19 games, starting all of them. Vazquez had eight goals and five assists for 21 points on the season. He led the team and was third in the LEC in scoring. His eight goals ranked him third in the league, while his five assists had him fourth in the conference. Vazquez had a pair of two-goal games on the season and notched three-game winners for the Anchormen. He put in the game-winner in a 1-0 win at Eastern Connecticut on Sept. 16 and the 3-2 win at home against Southern Maine on Sept. 23. He also netted the game-winner in the teamís, 2-0, win over UMass Boston in the semifinals of the LEC Championship on Nov. 1. Vazquez was named the Little East Offensive Player of the Week once on the season.

 

 

Senior back Ty Catunto

 

Catunto played in 18 games, starting 17 of them. After starting the season at midfield, he moved into the back third was a key performer in the RIC defensive until that allowed just 22 goals on the season. Catunto recorded an assist in the teamís, 2-1, win over Bridgewater State on Sept. 13.

 

Head Coach John Melloís team finished the season with a 9-8-2 overall record and a 5-2 (first place tie) mark in the Little East Conference. The Anchormen shared the Little East Regular Season Championship with Western Connecticut, marking the second straight season RIC won the league title. RIC reached the finals of the Little East Championship for the third consecutive season where it fell, 1-0, at Western Connecticut on Nov. 4.

 

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