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five men’s soccer players all-region;
mules finish ranked 12th

Cody Antonini :Jason Daniels Matt Cecconi Danny Way :Eric Williams
Final NSCAA poll
# School (1st place votes) Rec Prev.
 1 Messiah 23-1  3
 2 Lynchburg 20-5-1 nr
3t Wis.-Oshkosh 19-1-3  5
3t Bowdoin 15-2-3  6
 5 Ohio Wesleyan 18-2-2  2
 6 Middlebury 15-4-1 14
 7 Calvin 16-3-5 17
 8 Merchant Marine 13-3-5 nr
 9 Trinity (Texas) 19-3-1  1
10 Amherst 13-2-5 24
11 Johns Hopkins 15-4-4 nr
12 Muhlenberg 13-3-6 21
13 Wis.-Whitewater 14-2-4 15
14 Babson 16-4-2 nr
15 Loras 16-7-1 nr
16 Medaille 16-4-4 nr
17 Christopher Newport 20-2-1  4
18 Emory 14-3-2 12
19 Washington (Mo.) 14-1-5  8
20 Swarthmore 16-1-4  9
21 Stevens 15-2-3 13
22 St. Lawrence 17-3-2  7
23 Dominican 19-1-2 10
24 Williams 12-3-2 19
25 Kenyon 15-3-2 nr

Others receiving votes: Texas-Tyler, Montclair State, North Park, Eastern Connecticut State, Salisbury, Carnegie Mellon, William Paterson, Rochaester, York (Pa.), North Carolina Wesleyan, New York University, Brockport State.

A program-record five members of the Muhlenberg men’s soccer team received All-Mid-Atlantic Region honors from the National Soccer Coaches Association of America.

Following a year in which they went 13-3-6 and advanced to the “Sweet 16” of the NCAA Tournament, the Mules were ranked 12th in Division III in the final NSCAA poll. It's their highest year-end national ranking since the 1995 “Final Four” team ended up at No. 3. Muhlenberg also came in at No. 14 in the final poll.

Making the all-region first team for the second year in a row were junior Cody Antonini and senior Jason Daniels.

Antonini (far left) led the Mules in scoring with 39 points on 16 goals and 7 assists. Heading into the national semifinals, he was tied for ninth in Division III in total goals and tied for 12th in total points. An All-Centennial Conference first-team selection for the second straight year, Antonini will enter his senior season tied for ninth on the program’s all-time scoring list with 78 career points.

Daniels (second from left) had a fantastic season in goal, leading the CC and ranking 20th in Division III with an .873 save percentage. He was 30th in the country in goals-against average (0.60) and recorded 32 saves while allowing only four goals (one on a penalty kick) in the Mules’ five postseason games. He finished his career with a record of 24-7-8 in two years as a starting goalie, making the All-CC first team both years.

Senior Matt Cecconi, sophomore Danny Way and senior Eric Williams were named to the all-region third team.

Cecconi (center) and Williams (far right) were both starters on the Mule back four, Cecconi at right back and Williams at center back. Muhlenberg allowed only 14 goals in 22 matches, ranking 24th in Division III in team goals-against average, and recorded 12 shutouts. Way (second from right) scored 13 goals in his first season as a starter and was the offensive star of the postseason, with 5 goals and an assist in the CC and NCAA tournaments.

Muhlenberg’s previous high of four all-region selections came last year.

Click here for the complete all-region team.

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