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December 14. 2013 8:08PM

NH College Notebook: Three Penmen soccer players receive All-America honors

Three players from the Division II national champion Southern New Hampshire University men's soccer team were named to the National Soccer Coaches Association of America/Continental Tire All-America Team.

Senior Pierre Omanga and graduate student Callum Williams were First Team selections while sophomore Dominic Samuel was selected to the Second Team.

Omanga, the Northeast-10 Player of the Year and an NE-10 First Team selection as well as a Daktronics First Team All-America choice, finished the season ranked third nationally in goals with 21. Omanga tallied 10 game-winning goals on the season and scored at least one goal in 14 of SNHU's 24 games.

Omanga was also the Most Valuable Player of the Northeast-10 Championship after totaling three goals in three games, including the only goal in a 1-0 win over Merrimack in the final, and was named the Most Outstanding Offensive Player of the NCAA Championship.

Samuel and Williams were integral members of a Penmen defensive unit that led the country in team goals-against average (0.45) and finished seventh in shutout percentage, recording 13 clean sheets in 24 games. Samuel, a Northeast-10 First Team and Daktronics Second Team All-Region selection, started all but one game and finished with three goals and an assist on the season, including two goals in the East Region final against LIU Post.

Williams, the Northeast-10 Defensive Player of the Year and a Daktronics First Team All-American, started all 24 contests and finished with two goals and two assists, including a tally in the NCAA semifinal against Rockhurst.

In addition, Omanga, Williams, Samuel, junior Yannick Kabala of Manchester and junior Miguel Carneiro were named to the NSCAA/Continental Tire All-East Region Team.

Kabala, Omanga, Samuel and Williams were First Team selections while Carneiro was selected to the Second Team.

Kabala, a midfielder, was a Daktronics Second Team All-Region selection as well as a Northeast-10 First Team All-Conference choice. Starting all 24 games, the center midfielder was essential to SNHU's success as the Penmen ranked among the national leaders in offense and defense.

Carneiro, a midfielder who garnered Northeast-10 Second Team accolades, started all 24 games for SNHU and finished with three goals and six assists for 12 points.

Southern New Hampshire captured the second NCAA Division II national championship in the history of the program in 2013, finishing 22-1-1 overall and ending the season on a 23-game unbeaten streak.

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New England College men's soccer forward Rob Lucas of Hooksett has been named to the NSCAA All-New England Region Second Team for his performance this past season.

He also earned North Atlantic Conference First Team All-Conference honors this season. Lucas started all 19 games for the Pilgrims and finished the season second on the team in scoring with 23 points, including eight goals and a conference-high seven assists.

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Keene State College junior Caitlyn Shea of Salem helped lead her team to its eighth straight and Little East Women's Swimming & Diving Championship.

She won three individual titles, including breaking the 200 and 500-yard freestyle records.

She eclipsed a pair of championship meet records that were previously held by former Keene State standout Jackie Foster.

Shea completed the 200 freestyle race in one minute, 57.22 seconds, while touching the wall at five minutes, 13.02 seconds in the 500 freestyle event. She also captured the 200 butterfly individual title with a time of two minutes, 13.49 seconds.

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Salem State University junior Rachael Carter (Merrimack) is off to a solid start this season and returned to her home state Thursday, scoring a game-high 24 points to lead Salem State past Plymouth State University, 57-54. Carter finished with a double-double as she also grabbed a game-high 14 rebounds for the Vikings (4-5).

Carter has started eight of nine games this season and is averaging 20.2 points per game.


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