Montclair, NJ (11/2/10) – Senior defender Mike Krol (Howell, NJ / Howell) was selected to the First Team and led five Montclair State players named to the 2010 New Jersey Athletic Conference All-Conference Team released on Tuesday.
Krol was chosen along with Second-Team members Dan Mendoza (Hackensack, NJ / Hackensack) and William O'Connor (Wyckoff, NJ / Ramapo). Senior Coron Short (Dayton, NJ / South Brunswick) and sophomore goalkeeperAnthony Rogic (Boonton, NJ / Morris Catholic) were tabbed Honorable Mention.
Krol earns his third All-NJAC accolade and second consecutive First-Team selection. He was a Second-Team honoree in 2008. One of the top defenders in the NJAC the past three seasons, Krol appeared in 18 games this year and collected three assists while playing a key role in helping the Red Hawks rank among the best in the NJAC this season. In 19 games this season, MSU has allowed just 15 goals in addition to posting nine shutouts.
O'Connor and Mendoza are honored for the first time. O'Connor teammed with Krol giving MSU a solid 1-2 punch on the defensive unit. He also scored once, netting a goal in a 2-0 win over Eastern Connecticut and had one assist in Montclair's 5-0 conference-opening win against Rowan on September 16.
Mendoza leads Montclair in scoring this season with eight goals and seven assists. An NJAC Rookie of the Week selection this season, Mendoza scored twice in a 5-1 victory against The College of New Jersey on September 25 and had the game-winning goal against Kean in a 2-1 triumph on October 13. Mendoza currently ranks fourth in points scored (17) in the NJAC and is fifth in goals and fifth in assists.
Short was named Honorable Mention for the second straight season. The senior started all 19 games this season and scored four goals for eight points. He notched the game-winning goal in MSU's 2-1 double-overtime win over Rutgers-Camden on October 2 and last Saturday scored once as the Red Hawks topped Richard Stockton in the opening round of the NJAC Tournament.
Rogic took over in goal for MSU this season and currently leads the NJAC in shutouts (7) while also ranking sixth in saves (53) and save percentage (.791). Rogic is third in goals against average (0.75).