Four Pioneers Grab NEC Soccer Honors

Nov. 13, 2008

Fairfield, CT - Senior goaltender Matt Jones (Stoke-on-Trent, England) was named First Team All-Northeast Conference, leading a group of four Pioneers who garnered All-Conference awards, announced Thursday night at the annual awards banquet on the eve of the conference tournament. Seniors Anthony Anzevui (Newcastle, England), Jason Tessitore (Orange, CT) and David Backman (Gothenburg, Sweden) were all named to the league's second team.

Jones started every game in the net for Sacred Heart from the moment he stepped on campus, playing a total of 71 games in his four year career, spending over six thousand minutes in the goal. In that time period he has recorded 21 shutouts, leading to 30 wins with a 0.97 goals against average. On September 5 against Maine he accomplished the rare feat of a goaltender scoring a goal when he netted the game-winning penalty kick against Maine. He was a second-team All-NEC selection as a freshman in 2005 and earned first team honors last season. He was also a Second Team All-Region selection as a freshman and a third team All-Region honoree last season.

Tessitore was an all-NEC first teamer as a freshman and closed out a standout career by leading the Pioneers in scoring (five goals, two assists, 12 points) for the third time in his four years. The forward amassed 25 goals and tallied 57 points in his four years.

Anzevui was one of the best defenders in the Northeast Conference over his career, starting 57 games in his four year career. In each game, he was matched up against the opposition's top forwards, shutting down some of the best players in the NEC and in the Northeast. As a freshman in 2005 he earned first team All-NEC honors.

Backman was a four year starter in the Pioneer backfield. He has led all Pioneer defensemen in scoring in each of his four seasons. He started every one of the 71 games the Pioneers have played during his career, scoring six goals and firing off 66 shots. This season he was second on the team in scoring with two goals and two assists on the season. Last year he was a first team All-NEC honoree.

The four seniors led a Pioneer senior class that finished their career with 30 victories and two trips to the NEC playoffs.