Men's Soccer Places Three Players on USC-All Region Teams

Men's Soccer Places Three Players on USC-All Region Teams

KANSAS CITY, Mo.—For only the third time in program history, UMass Boston men's soccer placed three players on the United Soccer Coaches (USC) All-Region Team, the organization announced on Monday afternoon. 

Junior Nilton de Andrade (Fogo, Cape Verde) was named to the New England First Team, while senior Nick Fontana (Marshfield, Mass.) and junior Yuran Teixeira (Praia, Cape Verde) each earned spots on the Second Team. It's the first All-Region accolades for all three players.  

UMass Boston was one of three Little East Conference programs to have a player on the All-Region team. LEC Regular Season Champion Eastern Connecticut State University had two honorees, while LEC Tournament Champion Keene State College placed one player on the All-Region Team. 

The Beacons three honorees are tied for the second-most in program history for a single-season. UMass Boston placed four players on the All-Region Team in 2016. 

De Andrade becomes the fourth player in program history to earn First Team All-Region honors. The red-shirt junior led UMass Boston with 12 goals, eight assists, 32 points and finished tied for second on the team with his three game-winning goals. He led all of Division III with his 6.37 shots per game and ranked 12thwith his 2.74 shots on goal per contest. 

In 19 starts, de Andrade recorded at least one point in 13 games and scored a goal in nine contests. He became the third in Beacon in program history to reach 100 career points on October 22, when he scored twice in a 3-0 win over Framingham State University. 

Fontana closed out his career with his first career All-Conference and All-Region selection. The red-shirt senior came back from a season-ending injury last year, to put together the best season of his career. He finished second on the team in goals (nine) and points (20) and paced the Beacons with four game-winning goals, while starting 18 of 19 games. Fontana put together one of his best stretches of the season from October 22-29, when he scored a goal in all three games and posted the game-winning goal in two contests. 

After being named to the Second Team by the Little East Conference, Teixeira earns his first career All-Region accolades. The junior split his time between anchoring the Beacons back line and the team's midfield. Offensively, he finished tied for second on the team in goals (four) and assists (three) and third overall with 11 points. He also tied de Andrade with his three game-winning goals. On the defensive side, Teixeira helped UMass Boston post 11 shutouts in 19 games and helped the defense set a new program record with just 12 goals allowed all season long.