SUNY Cobleskill Sweeps NEAC Men's Soccer Weekly Awards

SUNY Cobleskill's Chris Gardener & Rashawn Best
SUNY Cobleskill's Chris Gardener & Rashawn Best

LATHAM, N.Y. – The North Eastern Athletic Conference (NEAC) has named SUNY Cobleskill’s Chris Gardener and Rashawn Best NEAC men’s soccer Players of the Week

Chris Gardener (Hudson, N.Y.) picked up Offensive Player of the Week honors. The sophomore scored in each game at the Utica College Invitational where the Fighting Tigers went 1-0-1. Gardener scored on his only shot against SUNY New Paltz in a 2-0 Cobleskill win. The Hudson, New York native scored the lone tally for the Fighting Tigers in a 1-1 double-overtime draw against Utica.

Rashawn Best (Brooklyn, N.Y.) was named Defensive Player of the Week. The first-year Fighting Tiger allowed one goal over two games for a 0.45 GAA. Best needed to make two stops to shutout SUNY New Paltz on Saturday. On Sunday against Utica, Best made seven stops in the double-overtime draw. Best improved his save percentage to .778 on the season, which is third in the NEAC.


The North Eastern Athletic Conference (NEAC) has 12 NCAA Division III member institutions which include: Cazenovia College, Gallaudet University, Keuka College, Lancaster Bible College, Morrisville State, Penn College, Penn State Abington, Penn State Berks, Penn State Harrisburg, SUNY Cobleskill, SUNY Poly, and Wells College. Associate members are: Alfred State (M Lacrosse), Cedar Crest College (W Swimming), College of Saint Elizabeth (M Tennis & M Volleyball), D’Youville College (W Lacrosse), Hilbert College (M&W Lacrosse), Medaille College (M&W Lacrosse), Rutgers University – Camden (M Golf), SUNY Potsdam (M Volleyball) and Wilson College (M Volleyball). The NEAC has also partnered with the North Atlantic Conference in the sport of men’s tennis and women’s tennis. For more information, please visit: