HADLEY, Mass. – Sophomore forward German Giammetti captured the conference's top prize and was named the 2019 NESCAC Player of the Year and two other Amherst College men's soccer team student-athletes secured All-NESCAC honors for their efforts on the field, as announced by the league office Thursday.
In total, 22 student-athletes were named to the All-Conference teams, with 11 players earning First Team accolades, and 11 student-athletes claiming Second Team nods.
In addition to his Player of the Year selection, Giammetti lands on the All-NESCAC First Team alongside senior captain and midfielder Cutler Coleman, while senior forward Dane Lind earned Second Team distinction.
Voted on by coaches across the conference, Giammetti is the just the second Mammoth in the history of the program to capture NESCAC Player of the Year, joining Spencer Noon (2011), and he becomes the second straight player since 2000 to earn Rookie of the Year honors one year and Player of the Year honors the following season (AJ Marcucci, Connecticut College - 2017, 2018).
Smashing single-season program records in an explosive year on attack, Giammetti is now atop the Amherst leader board in single-season goals (20) and points (44 / 10th in nation) in a fall where he has thrice been named the lone NESCAC Player of the week - a first for the conference. Leading the conference in goals by a 12-marker margin, the Pinecrest, Fla. native currently ranks eighth in Division III in the category and has seen two of his scores come off penalty kicks and seven stand as game-winners. Also dishing out four helpers and owning a 24.4 shot percentage, Giammetti has started all 16 games he has appeared in this season, and boasts six multi-goal games (three hat tricks) and scores in eight of 12 contests against NESCAC foes.
Solidifying his spot as one of the conference's most disruptive forces on both sides of the ball, Coleman picks up his second consecutive First Team selection while in the midst of a stellar senior campaign for the Mammoths. Starting 15 contests for Amherst, the Winter Park, Fla. native is one of nine Mammoths with a marker this season, owning a 1G-1A-3P stat line as a defensive minded midfielder. He has been instrumental in holding opponents to 11 goals and a .074 shot percentage while aiding a team 0.63 goals against average as a mainstay on patrol in the midfield.
Earning the first All-Conference honor of his career, Lind claims a well-deserved spot on the Second Team as one of Amherst's top playmakers. Potting seven scores (T3 NESCAC), including two game-winners, and dishing our a NESCAC-high 10 assists, Lind ranks only behind Giammetti in the league in points with 24. A native of San Juan Capistrano, Calif., Lind is one helper away from setting a new single-season program record and his 0.67 assists per game currently ranks ninth in Division III.
Ryan Grady of Middlebury and head coach Josh Shapiro of Tufts join Giammetti as 2019 major award winners, with Grady claiming Rookie of the Year honors and Shapiro voted Coach of the Year.
Earning an at-large bid to the NCAA Division III Championship after producing an unblemished regular season and compiling a 14-1-2 overall record, Amherst returns to action this weekend, Saturday, Nov. 16 at 1:00PM when they battle Thomas College (10-8-1) at regional host Keene State in the First Round of the national postseason.