CORTLAND — The State University of New York Athletic Conference (SUNYAC) announced its annual men’s soccer awards Tuesday morning, naming Plattsburgh State’s Matt Hamilton the SUNYAC Player of the Year while Nick Economou received Rookie of the Year honors. The awards are voted on annually by the conference coaches.
The Cardinal duo was joined by four other members of the Plattsburgh State men’s soccer team on the 2013 SUNYAC All-Conference Team. Tom Greene, Nick Parrella and Fabian Chaparro received spots on the second team while Alexis Archilla rounded out the Plattsburgh contingent on the third team.
Hamilton becomes the sixth Cardinal men’s soccer player to receive the league’s highest honor as the Huntley Parker Player of the Year and the first since Bart Misiak in 2009. The senior midfielder out of Keeseville was also the lone Plattsburgh State representative on the All-SUNYAC First Team, earning all-conference honors for the second straight season. In his second season as team captain, Hamilton was named the Most Valuable Player of the 2013 SUNYAC Tournament after helping lead the Cardinals to their eighth conference title over the weekend. He has appeared in all 21 games, logging more minutes than all but one of his teammates, leads the league with five game-winning goals and is tied for fourth in conference scoring with 18 points.
In addition to Rookie of the Year honors, Economou earned a spot on the All-SUNYAC Second Team after making an immediate impact on the Plattsburgh State defense. A center back from Vestal, N.Y., Economou helped stabilize a young defense that limited its opponents to 0.90 goals per game. He added two goals this season, with his first goal coming in his collegiate debut against Rutgers-Newark. He has appeared in 20 of 21 games and accumulated more minutes played than any other Cardinals.