SHU Places Three on All-NEC Men's Soccer Squad

Nov. 15, 2007

Fairfield, CT - Juniors Matt Jones (Stoke-on-Trent, England) and David Backman (Gothenburg, Sweden) were named First Team All-Northeast Conference and junior Luke Gagliardi (North Branford, CT) received second team honors as the league announced postseason awards Thursday night on the eve of the men's soccer conference tournament.

Jones, who was a second team all-NEC pick as a freshman in 2005, is tied for the league-lead with seven shutouts. He is also third in the conference in save percentage (.851) and fourth in goals against average (0.80).

Backman has helped spearhead Sacred Heart's near impenetrable defense in recent weeks, as the Pioneers - who have won a school Division I record ten games this season - have allowed just four goals while posting a 5-1 mark over their last six league matches.

Gagliardi heads into postseason play with one goal and one assist to his credit.

Sacred Heart is seeded third in the NEC playoffs. The Pioneers will face Saint Francis (PA) in the semifinals Friday afternoon at Monmouth. Game time is set for 1:30 pm.