MEDFORD, Mass. – Conor Coleman, Tyler Kulcsar, Sterling Weatherbie, and Coach Josh Shapiro of Tufts University men's soccer have earned All-New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) honors for the 2017 season, as announced by the league Thursday.
Coleman has been named the NESCAC Player of the Year, while also being selected to the All-NESCAC First Team. Kulscar is also on the First Team, Weatherbie the Second Team, and Shapiro has been named Coach of the Year.
It is the first time Coleman has earned NESCAC honors and it is also the first time a member of the Jumbo men's soccer team has been recognized as Player of the Year. The senior co-captain has been a force on the Tufts defense that has only allowed one goal all year along and put together 17 shutouts. He came up with big stops all season, especially in the conference tournament championship game, helping to secure the Jumbo's first-ever NESCAC crown. On offense, he recorded two goals off penalty kicks and assisted on two others.
Kulcsar, a senior midfielder, is receiving a NESCAC honor for the first time in his career. He has played a huge role in keeping the pressure off of Tufts' defense. The unit has only allowed 41 shots on goal all year long. He's helped out on offense as well, recording an assist in the Jumbos' 3-0 win over Keene State. Kulcsar scored the winning goal in last year's national championship game.
For Weatherbie, the other co-captain and a junior defender, this is his first career conference award as well. He has done a great job securing the outer flanks for the Jumbo defense, snuffing out many would-be cross attempts before they can materialize. Weatherbie has also played a large role in sending the ball forward to create offensive scoring opportunities. He has scored two goals on the year, the most recent coming in the squad's 3-0 win over Bates in the NESCAC quarterfinal.
Shapiro has earned the Coach of the Year honor for the second time in his career with the Jumbos, the first coming in 2014. He guided this Tufts team to a 7-1-2 record in league play for the top seed in the conference tournament, and their first-ever NESCAC title. Tufts is 15-1-2 overall this fall and ranked #3 in the most recent United Soccer Coaches national poll.
With three First Team honors, Tufts tied with Hamilton for most in the league. The Jumbos, Continentals and Bowdoing each had four players on the All-Conference Teams overall. With six total honors, the Jumbos had two more than anyone else in NESCAC.
They now enter the NCAA field, having won the last two of three national championships. The Jumbos are set to host an opening round regional here at Bello Field this weekend. Tufts has a first round bye and will take on the winner of St. Joseph's and Mitchell on Sunday at 1 p.m.
Written by Curtis Stoychoff, Athletic Communications Intern