AUBURN, Mass. – Brendan Whitson, a soccer star from a few years back at Auburn High School, is still tearing it up at the next level.
Whitson, who graduated from Auburn High in 2010, was recently named a first-team selection to the Massachusetts State Collegiate Athletic Conference (MASCAC) Men’s Soccer All-Conference Team after a phenomenal junior season at Worcester State University.
Whitson, who transferred this past season after two standout years at Nichols College, led Worcester State with nine goals and 23 points. Whitson, a striker, finished the regular season second in the MASCAC in points, third in goals and tied for fifth in assists.
In 54 career games, Whitson has 26 goals, eight assists and 60 points.
“My teammates have given me great passes and set me up for great scoring opportunities,” Whitson said. “I wasn’t really sure if I’d be named to the all-conference team. I was hoping for the best, and I’m very fortunate to get this recognition.”
Under the direction of third-year head coach Jason Willis, Worcester State ended the season at 4-11-2 overall and 2-3-2 in the MASCAC. The Lancers earned their second-straight postseason berth and were defeated, 2-1, by Bridgewater State in the quarterfinal round of the conference tournament.
Despite the sub-par record, Whitson said the team has a bright future.
“Even though we didn’t have a great record, we have the potential to play a lot better next season,” Whitson said. “We were a much better team than our record reflects. We should have a chance to go far into the playoffs next year.”
The MASCAC is the nation’s oldest Division III men’s and women’s playing conference. MASCAC member schools are Bridgewater State University, Fitchburg State University, Framingham State University, MCLA, Massachusetts Maritime Academy, Salem State University, Westfield State University and Worcester State University.
Two other institutions, the University of Massachusetts-Dartmouth and Plymouth State University, are affiliate members of the conference in men’s ice hockey.