Nguyen Named New England Soccer Journal's Midfielder of the Year, Giammattei & Shahmirzadi to All-Rookie Team

Nguyen Named New England Soccer Journal's Midfielder of the Year, Giammattei & Shahmirzadi to All-Rookie Team

MILTON, Mass. – Senior Luke Nguyen has been named the New England Soccer Journal's Midfielder of the Year, while first-years Alex Shahmirzadi and German Giammattei each landed on the NESJ All-Rookie Team, as recently announced by the organization.

A First-Team United Soccer Coaches All-Region selection and All-NESCAC First Team honoree, Nguyen continues to rake in the postseason accolades as the New England Soccer Journal's top midfielder. Ranked tied for second on the Mammoths and ninth in the conference in goals with five and fourth on the team in points with 13 (T-12th NESCAC), the Old Lyme, Conn. native potted three game-winners on the season, two of which came in 1-0 victories, and racked up a 55.2 shot on goal percentage in 16 appearances for Amherst.

The NESCAC Rookie of the year, Giammattei captures a spot on the NESJ All-Rookie team after a sensational debut campaign in which he tied for first on the Mammoths and second in the conference in both goals and points with seven and 17, respectively. The Pinecrest, Fla. native tallied two game-winners this fall in addition to dishing out three assists, including the lone goal in Amherst's 1-0 shutout win over Bridgewater State in the First Round of the NCAA tournament.

Shahmirzadi picks up NESJ All-Rookie honors after helping anchor a Mammoths' defense that posted a 0.94 goals against average and nine shut outs on the season. A native of Fairfax, Va., Shahmirzadi started each of the final 13 games of the fall for Amherst en route to dishing out two assists in 17 appearances as a mainstay on the defensive unit.

The Mammoths finished 2018 with a 14-5-1 overall ledger and a 6-3-1 mark in league play, while advancing to the conference semifinals and to the program's ninth consecutive NCAA Sweet 16.

End of the Year Awards
Player: Weatherbie (Tufts)
Striker: Allers (Western Connecticut State)
Midfielder: Nguyen (Amherst)
Defender: Greenspan (Babson)
Goalkeeper: Marcucci (Connecticut College)
Breakout: Braun (Tufts)
Rookie: Meireles (Salem State)
Coach: Murphy (Connecticut College)

All-Rookie Team
Goalkeeper: Kingston (Bowdoin)
Defenders: Hanlon (Babson), McFarlane (Middlebury), Daly (Tufts), Pilja (Endicott)
Midfielders: Shahmirzadi (Amherst), Meireles (Salem State), Ward (SJC)
Forwards: Giammattei (Amherst), Agyemang (Eastern Conn.), Ramirez (Gordon)

The New England Soccer Journal's article announcing the end of the year awards can be found here, while its article highlighting All-Rookie selections can be found here.

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.