UNITED SOCCER COACHES RELEASE
KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Each named All-NESCAC earlier this season, sophomore German Giammattei and seniors Cutler Coleman and Dane Lind of the Amherst College men's soccer team are heading into the final weekend of the Division III soccer season as All-Region honorees after being named to the 2019 All-New England Region Teams by the United Soccer Coaches Monday afternoon.
Comprised of 11 forwards, 12 midfielders, 14 defenders and three goalkeepers, 40 total student-athletes were named All-New England Region, with 14 players selected to the First Team, 15 student-athletes named to the Second Team and 11 competitors named to the Third Team. Including the Mammoths trio, 16 student-athletes from NESCAC institutions earned the distinction.
Voted on by member coaches across Division III, Giammattei led Amherst with a First Team Selection, while Coleman and Lind landed on the Second and Third Team, respectively. The United Soccer Coaches All-America Teams will be announced this Thursday, Dec. 5, in conjunction with the Final Four banquet.
The reigning NESCAC Player of the Year, Giammattei clinches the first All-Region nod of his career as a member of the First Team after an exceptional fall up front for the Mammoths so far this season. A native of Pinecrest, Fla., Giammattei has been nearly unstoppable on attack, logging a point in all but four of his 20 starts for Amherst to set new single-season program records in goals (23) and points (51). Also dishing out five helpers this season, the sophomore forward has gone 3-for-3 on penalty kicks, amassed six multi-goal games, including three hat tricks, and has recorded nine game-winners to rank second in the nation in the category. Owning a 20.7 shot percentage, Giammattei currently ranks fourth in Division III in goals per game (1.15) and total goals and fifth in the country in points per game (2.55) and total points.
Earning All-Region Third Team honors last fall, senior captain Coleman moves up to the 2019 Second Team after another standout season as one of the top two-way players in the nation. A mainstay in the Mammoths' midfield in 18 starts, the Winter Park, Fla. native's high energy and high intensity play has made him one of the regions' most disruptive forces on both sides of the ball - logging a score and two assists for four points while also acting a a crucial component of an Amherst defense that has allowed just 13 goals all year to own the 8th-best goals against average in Division III (0.60). Holding opponents to only 84 shots on frame and a 7.1 shot percentage so far this fall, only two teams in the Mammoths' 21-game slate have had multi-goal games, with no opponent netting more than two scores against the Purple & White.
Making his first appearance on the All-Region Teams, Lind continues to dazzle in a noteworthy senior campaign for the Mammoths - breaking his own program single-season assist record with 11 helpers in 19 contests en route to earning Third Team distinction. In a breakout season on attack, the forward has netted 11 goals, including a score in each of the first four rounds of the NCAA Championship tournament and the game-winner in the Mammoths' 3-1 Elite 8 win over RPI, and dished out 11 assists to rank second on Amherst in points with 33 (47th in nation). A native of San Juan Capistrano, Calif., Lind has been an invaluable playmaker heading into the final weekend of the Division III soccer season, ranking 20th in the country in assists per game (0.58) and 19th overall in total assists.
Returning to the Final Four for the fourth time in program history, and for the first time since their national title run in 2015, Amherst next hits the field this Friday, Dec. 6 at 5PM when they take on Centre College in a National Semifinal matchup at UNCG Stadium in Greensboro, N.C.