BOSTON, Mass.—#10/15 UMass Boston men's soccer placed a program-record four players on the National Soccer Coaches of America Association (NSCAA) All-Region Teams Thursday afternoon, the NSCAA announced.
Junior Marcelo Cunha (Goiania, Brazil) and sophomore Denis Martinez (Chelsea, Mass.) each earned First Team honors, while forwards Mohamed Kenawy (Revere, Mass.) and Ocane Williamson (Spanish Town, Jamaica) were selected to the Third Team.
UMass Boston's four players mark their most All-Region honorees in program history. The Beacons placed three players on the NSCAA All-Region team in 2014. Cunha and Martinez are the first Beacons to earn First Team All-Region honors since 2011, when Stefanos Galouzis ('13) was named to the First Team. The pair are also the first duo to earn First Team honors in the same season.
UMass Boston tied with #2/3 Amherst College and Middlebury College for the most All-Region selections this fall.
Cunha anchored UMass Boston's backline to their best statistical season in program history. The junior center back helped UMass Boston set new single-season records for goals against average (0.67), fewest goals allowed (16) and most shutouts (11). He started and played in 22 of the Beacons' 23 games and led all backs with his three goals and seven total points. Cunha scored the game-winning goal in the Beacons' regular-season win over conference rival Rhode Island College and added an assist in UMass Boston's 1-1 tie at NCAA participant Babson College.
Martinez earns First Team All-Region honors after being named a Second Team All Little East Conference selection. The sophomore defensive midfielder was a rock in the Beacons midfield, starting each of the Beacons' first 20 games, before suffering a knee injury. He recorded one goal and one assist in 21 appearances, and helped serve as the safety net ahead of the Beacons' vaunted back three. Martinez scored his only goal against conference foe Eastern Connecticut State University.
Kenawy becomes only the third multiple-time NSCAA All-Region selection in program history, joining Romeo Zeqo ('08) and Pedro Dasilva ('15). After being named to the NSCAA Second Team as a freshman, Kenawy earns Third Team honors this season after enjoying a breakout campaign. He led the entire LEC with his 43 points and six game-winning goals and finished tied for first in assists (nine) and tied for second in goals (17). Kenawy recorded at least one point in 15 of his 20 appearances and multiple points in 10 contests.
He sits in second place in program history for points and third in goals and assist in a single-season and tied for first in game-winning goals. In the first round of the NCAA Tournament, Kenawy scored the game-winning goal and added an assist against Kean University to lead the Beacons to their first-ever NCAA Tournament win.
Williamson broke onto the collegiate scene with a huge freshman season, en route to Third Team All-Region honors. The freshman forward paced the entire conference with his 18 goals and tied for second with 41 points. Williamson scored a goal in 11 of his 21 appearances, including four goals and an assist in the LEC Semifinals against Eastern Connecticut State University. His 18 goals rank second-most in a single-season in program history, while his 41 points are tied for third. He also tacked on four game-winning goals, with two coming against conference opponents.