Junior midfielder Drew Montano earns NSCAA All-East Region third team honors to go with his All-NE-10 second team accolades this fall.
Avon, Conn. native led Stonehill with 19 points on seven goals and five assists this fall
EASTON, Mass. (December 11, 2014) – Stonehill College junior midfielder Drew Montano (Avon, Connecticut/Avon) has earned All-East Region third team honors for men's soccer from the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA)/Continental Tire, it was announced yesterday.
Montano, a second team All-Northeast-10 Conference selection this fall, led Stonehill in points (19) for the third consecutive season with seven goals and five assists, a total that was good for sixth in the NE-10. The junior was one of the driving forces behind Stonehill's vastly improved offense in 2014, as the Skyhawks scored 35 goals (5th in NE-10) after finding the back of the net just 13 times a season ago. Montano was one of four Skyhawks to start all 18 matches this season, and his three game-winning goals were tied for the most in the conference.
Montano recorded a point in his first game of the season, assisting on Stonehill's second goal as the Skyhawks posted a 3-0 victory over Assumption College in the Catholic Cup semifinal that served as the season opener for both teams on September 5th. On September 24th against Bentley University, Montano scored his first goal of the season and the only goal of the contest, lifting Stonehill to its first victory over its archrival since 2005.
The 2012 NE-10 All-Rookie selection followed up that performance with his first multi-point effort of the season, as he registered a goal and an assist in Stonehill's 3-1 win at The College of Saint Rose on September 27th. Three games later, Montano sparked Stonehill's comeback from a 2-0 deficit against Franklin Pierce University with a goal in the 44th minute as the Skyhawks eventually posted a 3-2 victory, their first-ever triumph over the Ravens in 17 all-time meetings.
The Avon, Conn. native led Stonehill and ranked sixth in the NE-10 with 19 points this season.
Montano racked up three more points on a goal and an assist in his next game, a 3-2 Stonehill win at the University of New Haven on October 11th. The Avon, Connecticut native continued his hot play in the second half of the season on October 18th, as he factored into both Stonehill goals in a 2-1 victory over American International College at Skyhawk Field. Montano provided an assist on classmate R.J. Aprile's (Carmel, New York/Kennedy Catholic) 35th minute goal before scoring the game-winner with just 1:06 remaining in regulation.
Montano turned in his finest performance of the season in Stonehill's 4-3, double overtime victory at Saint Michael's College on October 28th. He scored the equalizer in the 69th minute with the Skyhawks trailing 2-1, before netting the game-winner three minutes into the second overtime session on a shot that rattled off the crossbar and the post before finding its way into the net. Montano registered his final point of the season, an assist, in Stonehill's 3-2, Senior Day comeback victory over Le Moyne College on November 1st.
Since arriving in Easton in 2012, Montano has started each of the 48 games that he has appeared in, leading the Skyhawks in points as a freshman (13), sophomore (6), and junior (19). He has recorded career totals of 38 points on 13 goals (five game-winners) and 12 assists. In the classroom, Montano has been named to the NE-10 Commissioner's Honor Roll on three occasions, and the Athletic Director's Honor Roll once.
A 2012 graduate of Avon High School, Montano earned All-North Central Connecticut Conference (NCCC) and All-Hartford Courant honors as a junior, before scoring 32 goals and collecting All-New England accolades as a senior.
Stonehill capped its 11-6-1 campaign by hosting Merrimack College in the quarterfinal round of the NE-10 Tournament, the Skyhawks' first home NE-10 playoff game since 1994. Stonehill's 11 wins this season were the team's most since 1993, while the nine conference victories set a new program record.