PISCATAWAY, N.J. (April 28, 2014) -- The Rutgers men's soccer team annouonced its annual team awards and honored its outgoing seniors following last weekend's alumni game.
Seniors forward Kene Eze (Sayrville, N.J.), goalkeeper Sean Matteo (Pitman, N.J.), defender Joe Setchell (Kings Lynn, England) and midfielder Todd Webb (Toms River, N.J.) were each honored with commerative framed jerseys for their service "On The Banks".
George Dochat Sportsmanship Award
George Dochat is credited with being the “Father of Rutgers Soccer.” An outstanding educator and coach, Dochat was a former Physical Education Department head. He originated the soccer program in 1938 and remained head coach for 30 years. Over that span he amassed an excellent 141-116-21 record. It is in the memory of this great man that the Rutgers Sportsmanship award is given. The annual award is bestowed upon the player whose character, both on and off the field, best exemplifies the virtues of courage, honor and fair plays.
2014 Winner: Ross Tetro
Tetro appeared and started all 20 games in the backfield for the Scarlet Knights in 2013. He scored the game-winner against upcoming Big Ten opponent Penn State in RU’s 4-1 victory. In addition to helping RU to five shutouts during the season, including games with No. 7 Louisville and No. 19 Memphis, he also totaled five shots,
The Alfred B. Sasser Award
Alfred Sasser Jr. was a soccer and lacrosse player at Rutgers from 1945-49. His father felt that his son gained so much from participating in these two sports that he wished to establish trophies in his son’s name to encourage others’ involvement. The Alfred Sasser Soccer Trophy is awarded annually to that member of the senior class who has demonstrated the highest qualifies of leadership, initiative, team sports and loyalty.
2014 Winner: Joe Setchel
Setchel anchored a backfield that totaled five shutouts in 2013, including games with No. 7 Louisville during the American Athletic Conference Tournament run, No. 19 Memphis, as well as USF and Cincinnati. The Kings Lynn, England native made 17 appearances last season with 16 starts.
Bob McNulty MVP Award
A loyal servant to the game of soccer, Bob McNulty was one of the sports’ pioneers in the United States. He touched and inspired thousands of players, coaches, referees and fans during his 25 year involvement in the game. His eight year association with Rutgers coincided with the program’s greatest successes.
2014 Winner: Nathan Bruccoleri
Bruccoleri appeared in and started all 20 games last season, logging three points from a goal and an assist. He was named to the Duke Soccer Classic All-Tournament team after posting a goal against Elon. Bruccoleri also recorded an assist in the American Athletic Conference play-in game vs. Cincinnati, as RU exploded for five goals against the Bearcats en-route to a quarterfinal upset of Louisville and advanced to the AAC semifinals.
Art Brinkmann Award
Created in 1999, the Art Brinkman Award is given annually to the team’s top goal scorer. It was named in honor of Art Brinkmann, the school first soccer All-American and top goal scorer during the 1950’s.
2014 Winner: Kene Eze
During his senior campaign, Eze led the Scarlet Knights in points (20) and finished the season with a team-leading eight goals along with four assists. He exploded for four goals in the AAC play-in game victory over Cincinnati, marking the most goals by a player in the American in 2013. It was also a new career high for the senior Scarlet Knight. His senior season saw Eze miss six games due to injury, but he stormed back to the field to end the year with a nod to the Third Team NSCAA/Continental Tire Division I Men’s Soccer All-Northeast Region squad and help his Scarlet Knights to the semifinals of the American Athletic Conference Tournament.
Richard Ferraro Award
This award was established as a memorial to Richard Ferraro, who exemplified the prototypical Rutgers soccer player on and off the field. It is given to the player who was most inspirational to the team’s success and demonstrated the dedication, spirit and values of the Rutgers soccer program.
2014 Winner: Kieran Kemmerer
On the field, Kemmerer appeared in nine games, including starts against Bucknell and UCF. He recorded his first career assist in the 5-1 American Athletic Conference play-in game victory over Cincinnati. In the classroom, Kemmerer posted a perfect fall grade point average of a 4.0 in engineering.
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