Despite being just its first season in the conference, two Lake Erie players, junior forward Marco Gaudio (Cambridge, England/Impington Village College) and sophomore goalkeeper Ricky Carreira (Toronto, Ont./Dante Alighieri Academy), were recognized as All-GLIAC first team selections. The two become the first Lake Erie players in any sport to receive these GLIAC honors.
Only conference leader Ashland managed more first team selections than the Storm (1-16-1, 0-12 GLIAC). Click here for the full GLIAC release.
Gaudio is in his first year at Lake Erie after transferring from the College of Southern Maryland, where he led the country in goals last season with 41. This season, Gaudio was almost the sole force of offense for the Storm has he netted eight of the team's 14 goals. The 5-8 junior was a determined force throughout the year on the Lake Erie frontline and also tied for the team-high with two assists. A versatile forward, Gaudio was capable of doing whatever was asked of him on the season, including dropping back to the midfield and taking the Storm's corner kicks. In Lake Erie's lone win of the season over Walsh on Sept. 28, Gaudio scored two goals including the gamewinner.
Carreira played every minute in goal for Lake Erie this season and was one of the nation's top defensive forces. He led both the country and GLIAC in saves with 168 and saves per game with 9.33. Carreira made twice as many saves as the second place goalie in the GLIAC while his .774 save percentage ranked second in the conference. His 168 saves rank second in Lake Erie history in saves for a season and he is already third in career saves with 224, just 55 shy of career leader Mike Hughes (1995-96). The sophomore had nine games of double-digit saves, including a career-high 18 in a shutout of Seton Hill on Oct. 7 in a scoreless tie. The sophomore was just one of three underclassmen to make the GLIAC first team.