DANBURY, Conn. – Endicott men's soccer sophomore back Carter Ocko (Danvers, Mass.) has been recognized by the Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC) as a 2015 Division III New England Men's Soccer First Team All-Star as announced Thursday by the conference office.
In his second season for the Gulls, Ocko earned the Commonwealth Coast Conference (CCC) Co-Defensive Player of the Year award, in addition to being placed on the All-CCC First Team. Ocko also collected National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) Division III All-New England Region First Team honors and was the program's first-ever NSCAA All-American as he earned a Third Team selection.
Western New England University placed senior back Colin Macdonald (West Newbury, Mass.) on the First Team with Ocko and Gordon College's junior midfielder Caleb Cole (Coatesville, Pa.) landed on the Second Team to round out the representatives of the conference.
In 17 matches this season, Ocko anchored a Gulls' defense that finished first in CCC in goals against average (0.62), and shutouts (13). The sophomore back also recorded two assists and helped Endicott in ranking No. 18 among all NCAA Division III soccer programs in team goals against average (GAA), and No. 20 in shutout percentage (0.57). From September 12 to October 5, the Gulls posted a string of eight straight shutouts – due in large part to Ocko's play – and did not allow a goal for 822:19 consecutive minutes.
The Gulls (16-3-4) finished as the runners-up in both the CCC Championship and the Eastern College Athletic Association (ECAC) Division III New England Championship to complete the best season in program history.