German Giammattei Named Program's First-Ever National Player of the Year

German Giammattei Named Program's First-Ever National Player of the Year
UNITED SOCCER COACHES RELEASE

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – A nearly unstoppable force up front all season for the Amherst College men's soccer team, sophomore forward German Giammattei has been named the 2019 United Soccer Coaches' National Player of the Year - the highest individual honor in Division III soccer.

"The most important thing I can say is that while everyone knows that German is a great soccer player what they might not know is that he's an even better person," commented Amherst head coach Justin Serpone. "He's as a good of a teammate as he is a goal scorer and that's saying something. We look forward to his leadership over the next two years. He's just getting started." 

Capping off a record-smashing season with another program first, Giammattei becomes the first-ever Mammoths men's soccer player to receive Player of the Year accolades since the awards inception in 1996 and is just the second sophomore and fourth non-senior to win the nation's top individual prize. He joins Jeremy Payne of Messiah (2012) as the lone sophomore standouts to earn the distinction, while Alex Blake (2001, Williams) and Rob Mouw (1998, Wheaton) earned junior season selections.

The fourth overall honoree hailing from a NESCAC institution, and first since Dana Leary in 2006, the Pinecrest, Fla. native adds to an impressive sophomore haul that already includes First Team All-America, First Team All-New England Region, First Team All-NESCAC and NESCAC Player of the Year honors after leading Division III in goals scored alongside Witman Hernandez (SUNY Oneonta) with 26 markers this fall. The forward was also thrice named the lone NESCAC Player of the Week - a first for the perennially talent-filled conference - and to the NCAA Championships' All-Tournament Team.

Starting 22 of the Mammoths' 23 contests this fall, Giammattei was held without a point in just five games all season en route to recording a staggering four hat tricks - including three tallies in Amherst's 3-0 National Semifinal victory over Centre - and seven total multi-goal games. Putting 66 of his 119 shots on frame in 2019 for a 50.5 shot on goal percentage and an eye-popping 21.8 shot percentage, the sophomore also dished out five assists to finish the year atop the program's leader board in both single-season goals (26) and single-season points (57) after needing just 13 games to break the previous program-best marks that were set in 2008 (16G, 35P).

Accounting for 44.8% of the Mammoths' goals (58), Giammattei went 3-for-3 on penalty kicks and potted 10 game-winners, including three in the national postseason and two in overtime, on his journey to tying the New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) scoring record - with the forward joining Alex Blake of Williams (2001) as the most prolific single-season goal scorer in league history.

On a national level, Giammattei closed out 2019 inside the top-five in six offensive categories: leading Division III in goals scored (26), ranking second in total points (57), second in game-winning goals (10), fourth in goals per game (1.18), fifth in points per game (2.59) and fifth in shots on goal per game (3.00).

Seeing action in 42 contests donning the Purple & White with 38 starts, Giammattei has compiled a 33G-8A-74P stat line in his first two seasons in the Pioneer Valley as he looks to edge closer to Spencer Noon's '13 program records for career goals (49) and career points (117).
 
"This is an incredible accomplishment for German and our program," Serpone noted. "I'm so proud of him and happy that he's been recognized in such an important way."  

Amherst concluded a historic season on the field as the 2019 NCAA Division III Runner-Up - amassing a 19-2-2 overall ledger while setting new program benchmarks in single-season wins (19) and single-season goals scored (58).

National Players of the Year will be formally honored for their accomplishments at the United Soccer Coaches All-America Ceremony & Reception on Saturday, Jan. 18, 2020 at the Baltimore Convention Center in conjunction with the United Soccer Coaches Convention.