HADLEY, Mass. – Three members of the Amherst College men's soccer team have garnered All-NESCAC honors for their stellar efforts on the field in 2018, while first-year German Giammattei has been named the NESCAC Rookie of the Year.
Midfielders Luke Nguyen '19 and Cutler Coleman '20 earned First Team distinction, while forward Fikayo Ajayi '19 secured Second Team praise. Voted the NESCAC Rookie of the Year, Giammattei is the fifth Mammoth to earn the honor and the first since 2006.
Representing Amherst on the First Team, Nguyen becomes a first-time All-Conference honoree after clinching Second Team All-Region recognition a season ago. Second on the Mammoths and tied for eighth in the league in points with 13, the Old Lyme, Conn. native has netted five goals (T-7th NESCAC), including three game-winners, and added three assists in 14 appearances as a dependable and dangerous two-way player.
Joining Nguyen on the First Team is Coleman, who lands All-League accolades for the first time in his collegiate career after a following a breakout sophomore season with an equally impressive junior campaign. A disruptive force on both sides of the ball, the Winter Park, Fla. native has started 15 contests for the Mammoths, chipping in two goals, including a game-winner, and an assist for five points so far this fall.
A standout forward from London, England, Ajayi claims the first All-NESCAC nod of his career as a Second Team honoree. Leading Amherst with 16 starts on the year, Ajayi ranks second on the Mammoths with five assists and has tallied three goals to tie for 15th in the league in points with 11 as a persistent offensive threat.
The fifth NESCAC Rookie of the Year in program history, Giammattei joins Franklin Perry '04 (2000), Andrew Syfu '05 (2001), Joseph Gannon '06 (2002) and Matt Lewis '10 (2006) as Mammoths to collect the top first-year prize. Leading Amherst in points and tied for the team-high in goals, Giammattei has netted six scores to rank third in the NESCAC and dished out two helpers to post 14 points on the year (T-4th league) while appearing in all 17 games in a sensational debut season.
Earning an at-large bid to the 2018 NCAA Division III Championship after compiling a 12-4-1 overall record, Amherst returns to action this weekend, Saturday, Nov. 10 at 11 a.m. when they battle Bridgewater State at Hitchcock Field in the First Round of the national postseason as hosts of the regional pod.
|In Oct. 2018, Amherst proudly recognized Ted W. Beneski '78, P'08 and Laurie M. Beneski P'08 for their extraordinary generosity and commitment to the College by naming the men's & women's soccer program in their honor. The College's naming of the Beneski Soccer Program celebrates the Beneskis' love for Amherst athletics and their longstanding investment in helping Amherst students excel as learners, as players and teammates, and as citizens.|