Masterson, Mele, Amster Earn Top NJAC Men's Soccer Honors

Montclair, NJ (11/4/08) – Seniors Owen Amster (Somerville, NJ / Somerville) and Tyler Masterson (Long Valley, NJ / West Morris Central) were awarded two of the top honors by the New Jersey Athletic Conference on Tuesday as the league announced its All-Conference Team. Amster and Masterson were chosen Defensive and Offensive Player of the Year respectively, while senior Nick Mele (Delran, NJ / Delran) was named the Goalkeeper of the Year for a second straight season.

Montclair, the NJAC regular-season champion and currently ranked No. 3 by the NSCAA, placed six players on the team, including five First-Team selections. The Red Hawks went a perfect 9-0 during conference play and are 18-0-0 overall.

In addition to the trio of awards, senior Eric Pfeifer (Wyckoff, NJ / Ramapo) was named the recipient of the David Logar Award, given annually to the player who best displays the attributes of leadership and courage.

Also named to the First Team were juniors John Esposito (Hillside, NJ / Hillside) and Joseph Cullen (Clementon, NJ / Highland) while defender Mike Krol (Howell, NJ / Howell) was named to the Second Team.

A three-time NJAC all-conference selection, Masterson currently leads the NJAC in total points (36) and points per game (2.00). He currently ranks tied for first in goals scored (13), and second in the conference in assists (10). A two-time NJAC Offensive Player of the Week selection in 2008, he also registered six goals and two assists for 14 points in NJAC competition.

Amster earns the league’s top defensive honor after helping to lead the Red Hawks to its second NJAC regular season championship in three years. The anchor of a defensive unit that surrendered only six goals in the regular season en route to a conference-best 12 shutouts, Amster is part of a MSU back line that currently leads the NJAC in fewest goals allowed per game (0.33) and team goals against average (0.34).

Mele, a Week 8 NJAC Defensive Player of the Week selection, currently leads or shares the NJAC lead in goals against average (0.32), save percentage (.875), shutouts (9), and shutouts per game (0.53). Mele, an All-American in 2007, collected his second All-NJAC accolade.

Esposito ranks right behind Masterson on the team in points with 28 on 11 goals and six assists. Esposito is third in the conference in points, fourth in goals and eighth in assists while leading the league in game-winning tallies with five. Cullen is third on the Red Hawks in points and ranked fourth in assists with nine. He also has four game-winning goal, which is tied for third in the NJAC. Krol as appeared and started all 18 games this season and has two assists from his defensive position.