WINTHROP, Mass. – Senior defender Travis Cole (Beckley, W.V.) and freshman forward Robert Danielian (Watertown, Mass.) have been selected to the 2018 Great Northeast Athletic Conference Men's Soccer All-Conference team, it was announced on Monday afternoon by the conference office. Both players earn Third Team honors while sophomore Morgan Mercier (Lincolnville, Maine) was named to the GNAC All-Sportsmanship Team. The men's soccer program was also recognized by the conference, earning the Institutional Sportsmanship Award as voted on by the GNAC Men's Soccer Head Coaches.
Cole earned GNAC Third Team honors for the second time in his career, also earning the recognition following the 2016 campaign. He appeared in and started 16 games on the year for Emmanuel, missing two games due to injury early in the year. The defender helped Emmanuel post a 1.56 goals against average to rank fifth in the GNAC. Cole added three points on the season on a goal and an assist.
Over his three seasons with the Saints, Cole played in 45 matches, earning 43 starts. He accumulated 13 total points on five goals and three assists. He served as a team captain in 2017, when he was also named to the GNAC Academic All-Conference squad.
Danielian makes his first appearance on the All-Conference team following a standout rookie campaign in which he led the squad in goals (7) and points (16). The Watertown, Mass. native ranked tied for 10th in the GNAC in goals and tied for 14th in points as a freshman. Emmanuel posted a 4-0-0 record when Danielian scored in GNAC play this year as five of his scores came in conference action. He earned GNAC Weekly Honor Roll status during the week of September 17. His 16 points on the year marks the highest total by an Emmanuel freshman since the 2011 season when James Carroll '15 recorded 16 points.
The Institutional Sportsmanship Award for the Men's Soccer program marks the first time that Emmanuel has been recognized with this honor since the team was founded in 2002.
The Saints wrapped up the 2018 campaign with an overall record of 5-11-2, going 4-5-2 in GNAC play to earn the No. 8 seed. The Saints travelled up to Saint Joseph's College (ME) and gave the #5/10 Monks all they could handle, falling by a 1-0 score in the GNAC Quarterfinals. Cole was the lone senior on this year's roster as the squad looks to build with a lot of young talent in years to come.