Westwood, MA --- Senior Riley Doherty (Shrewsbury, MA) and junior Ben Rickson (West Warren, MA) headlined WPI's NEWMAC Men's Soccer All-Conference honorees as voted upon by the conference head coaches following the regular season. Doherty and Rickson were named to the first team while sophomore Rufus Adams (Duxbury, MA), junior Mark Calnan (Winchester, MA) and junior Jackson Conroy (Reading, MA) were named to the second team. Junior Luke Lindholm (Sterling, MA) represented the Engineers on the NEWMAC All-Sportsmanship scroll.
Doherty, the 2015 NEWMAC Rookie of the Year and 2017 All-NEWMAC second teamer, helped guide the Engineers to a league-leading 0.53 goals against average through the conclusion of the conference tournament. Offensively, the captain and four-year starter netted the equalizer in a 1-1 draw with regular season co-champion Babson and handed out an assist in non-conference victories over UMass Dartmouth, Elmira and Mitchell. For his career, Doherty scored four goals - one game-winner - and doled out three helpers for 11 points, and made 60 starts, in 66 games played.
Rickson, another key member of the defensive unit helped the Engineers lead the NEWMAC with only nine goals against in the regular season, provided the offense with a goal in a 1-1 tie with MIT. The Crimson and Gray were also second with just four goals allowed in the seven conference matches.
Adams went 12-3-3 with seven clean sheets and a pair of shared shutouts in 1,600-plus minutes, including all 690 versus conference opponents. In addition to a double OT stalemate with eventual-NEWMAC champion Springfield, the sophomore stymied Emerson and Clark. He also registered a career-best seven saves versus Endicott in non-conference action.
Calnan notched five goals and led the league with four game-winners on the season, including two in NEWMAC contests. Three of the four were in consecutive games at Emerson and Wentworth, and versus Wheaton en route to NEWMAC Offensive Athlete of the Week honors.
Conroy also had a knack for making goals count as two of his three on the season were the lone markers in 1-0 games at Worcester State and against Clark. He also provided a goal and an assist versus Mass. Maritime to go with helpers versus Endicott and Emerson.
Look for more on the All-Sportsmanship team later this month.