BEVERLY, Mass.- Senior forwards Abdulla Al Khalifa (Riffa, Bahrain) and Diego Slobotzky (Mexico City, Mexico) competed as two of 40+ student-athletes from 29 schools in the 2015 New England Intercollegiate Soccer League (NEISL) Senior All-Star game on Sunday, November 29 at Brandeis University.
Al Khalifa and Slobotzky are the first student-athletes from Endicott to ever play in this game as they finished out their collegiate careers by joining forces with Ryan Madden (Curry), James Sheldon (Roger Williams), Sam Martins (Wentworth) and Colin Macdonald (Western New England) to represent the Commonwealth Coast Conference (CCC) on the NEISL White team.
Fans were treated to a 3-2 come-from-behind win by the NEISL Whites led by Roger Williams University head coach James Greenslit.
All three of the White team's goals were scored in the final ten minutes of the second half. Al Khalifa scored the NEISL White's first goal to make it 2-1, and Slobotzky nailed the game-winner with just over a minute remaining in regulation.
Three goals in the final ten minutes of the match was said to break the 41-year-old NEISL record for most goals scored in the final ten minutes of a NEISL all-star match.
In four full seasons playing for the Gulls, Al Khalifa totaled 52 points on 21 goals and 10 assists to rank second all-time in program history in career goals and third in career points. Al Khalifa recorded a conference-leading 28 points (12 goals, four assists) to lead the Gulls and tied for first with four game-winning goals on his way to earning All-CCC First Team honors in his career-high senior season.
Slobotzky was named to the All-CCC Second Team for his efforts on this pitch this season, as he was second on the team with eight goals and tied for second in points (20) and assists (4), while pacing the squad with 64 shots. In his four years, Slobotzky amassed 20 goals, 11 assists and 51 points and ranks first in the program all-time in career shots (171) and shots per game (2.59), tied for third in career goals and fourth in total points. Slobotzky was an All-CCC First Team selection in 2014.
Endicott (16-3-4) finished as the runners-up in both the Commonwealth Coast Conference (CCC) Championship and the Eastern College Athletic Association (ECAC) Division III New England Championship to round out the best season in program history in wins (16), points (120), points per game (5.22), goals (43), goals per game (1.87), game-winning goals (16), assists (34), assists per game (1.48), shots on goal (156), save percentage (.870), goals against average (0.62), and shutouts (13).