Senior goalkeeper Gary Poulin (Hauppauge, NY) and junior Kyle Arestivo (Northport, NY) have both been selected to the NSCAA 2013 College Division Men's Scholar All-East Region Team. This is Poulin's second time earning the award as he currently holds a 3.58 GPA in Marine Engineering Systems while Arestivo holds a 3.69 GPA in the same major. This is the first time in program history that Merchant Marine has placed two players on the NSCAA Scholar All-East Region Team in the same year.
Poulin was also selected as the Landmark Conference Men's Soccer Senior Scholar-Athlete last week.In his senior year, Poulin recorded five shutouts and made a total of 74 saves. He also made seven total saves, including three that are highlight-reel worthy, in the Mariners double overtime victory over Catholic that clinched USMMA's spot in the Landmark Conference Tournament.
"Gary is the highest achieving goalkeeper in the long history of USMMA soccer," said Merchant Marine Head Coach Michael Smolens. "He has achieved all this success on the field, while excelling in the classroom in a very challenging major and within the structure of our Regimental program. Our coaches are very proud of all he has accomplished here and can't wait to see the success he has in the future."
Arestivo totaled four goals and four assists, totaling 12 points, for the Mariners in 2013. His biggest moment of the season also came in the double overtime victory over Catholic in which he slotted home the game winning penalty kick.
"We are very proud of the manner in which Kyle has progressed since his arrival on campus. He has he been a standout performer for us in the midfield and an outstanding student in the classroom since his arrival on campus. Kyle has also developed into a tremendous leader at the Academy, which will serve him well here and in the future, both on and off the field."