NEWTON, Mass. – The Mount Ida College men's soccer team, in the midst of the most successful season in program history, had three representatives on the Great Northeast Athletic Conference (GNAC) All-Conference teams and snagged one of the conference's major awards when the end of the year honors were announced on Monday afternoon.
Mount Ida Head Coach Joe Campbell was honored as the GNAC Coach of the Year for the first time in his four-year tenure as the leader of the men's program.
Campbell led the Mustangs to a 5-2-2 record in conference play, earning the Mustangs a trip back to the GNAC playoffs. Behind Campbell's leadership, Ida posted an 8-7-3 overall mark, marking the first winning season since the 2008 campaign. Mount Ida's signature win during the 2013 season came on October 14th, when they Mustangs bested the eventual tournament champions, Johnson & Wales, 2-0 on their home turf to hand the Wildcats their first and only loss on the season.
Martinez, a gifted goal scorer at the head of the Mustang attack, led the team with eight goals, good enough to tie him for fourth in the conference. With his assist, Martinez tallied 17 points on the year. The crafty sophomore netted three penalty kicks and had two game-winning goals while appearing in 15 games for the Mustangs.
As a freshman, Grothusen appeared in all 18 games for Mount Ida, making starts in 13 of them. A solid defender, Grothusen anchored a back-line that posted eight shutouts and a team goals against average of 0.95. The freshman defender also chipped in an important goal this year, scoring to put the Mustang's level in a 2-1 win over conference foe Suffolk on October 18th.
Also being recognized by the GNAC was senior midfielder Kevin McKeon (Santa Rosa, Calif.), who was selected as the Mount Ida representative to the 2013-14 Men's Soccer All Sportsmanship team.
The Mustangs have been selected as the #6 seed in the ECAC New England men's soccer tournament, and will face Worcester State in Worcester on Wednesday at 7:00 pm.