Three Earn Little East Conference Honors

Three Earn Little East Conference Honors

Nov. 12, 2009

NORTH DARTMOUTH, MA- Two members of the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth men's soccer team have joined Head Coach Henry Almeida in receiving Little East Conference post-season honors.

Junior midfielder Jason Couto (Somerset, MA/Somerset HS/Bristol CC) has been named first team All-Conference, while freshman defender Brady Paradis (Tiverton, RI/Providence Country Day) was named second team All-Conference.

Couto led UMass Dartmouth with five goals and two assists for 12 points this season, while Paradis saw action in all 18 games.

"We're pleased for both of them," said Almeida. "Jason's been a true leader for us and a calming influence on the entire team. His first team honor is well-deserved. Brady started every match for us. We're excited for him making the second team as a freshman. It's an indication of the big things to come."

Almeida received the coaching award in his second season at UMD. "I'm honored," said Almeida. "When you look at the experience and the resumes of the coaches in the Little East, just to be a part of that is fantastic. I started 14 years ago as the freshman coach at Dartmouth High School, and to be Coach of the Year at the collegiate level is great. It gives me a lot of thirst to come back and do even better next year."

"Henry was worked tirelessly to re-establish this program to where it was in its glory years," said UMass Dartmouth Director of Athletics Ian Day. "He took a team that was picked to finish next to last in the Little East to one that came very close to winning a tough conference and earning an NCAA berth."

The Corsairs finished the season at 10-7-2, finishing fourth in the Little East Conference and advancing to the conference finals.