Montclair, NJ (11/2/11) – The Montclair State men's soccer team placed seven players on the 2011 New Jersey Athletic Conference All-Conference Team announced on Wednesday.
Seniors Kevin Zalewski (Parsippany, NJ / Parsippany), Kevin Brown (Wayne, NJ / Wayne Valley) and Will O'Connor (Wyckoff, NJ / Ramapo) were named to the First Team along with sopohmore Dan Mendoza (Hackensack, NJ / Hackensack). Senior Sean Pauls (Denville, NJ / Morris Knolls) was chosen to the Second Team with junior Anthony Rogic (Boonton, NJ / Morris Catholic) and freshman Brian Cullen (Clementon, NJ / Highland Regional) earning Honorable Mention honors.
All six players were instrumental in helping the Red Hawks (14-2-3) to a 5-1-2 mark in the NJAC this season while clinching the No. 2 seed and a first-roud bye in the NJAC Tournament. Montclair hosts William Paterson at home on Wednesday afternoon.
O'Connor and Rogic each earn their second All-Conference honor. O'Connor was a 2010 Second-Team selection while Rogic also garnered Honorable Mention accolades last year.
Zalewski was one of the top scorers in the NJAC this season with a team-leading 25 points on 10 goals and five assists. He ranks fifth in the league in points scored, sixth in goals and third in assists. He also led the league in game-winning goals with six. Mendoza is also ranked in the Top 10 in the NJAC in points and goals with 24 and a team-leading 11 goals. He currently ranks sixth in scoring and fifth in goals scored. Pauls and Cullen are third and fourth on the team in scoring at 17 (six goals, five assists) and 10 points (four goals, two assists).
Brown, O'Connor and Rogic helped Montclair State form one of the top defensive units in the NJAC in 2011. The Red Hawks rank second in the league in goals allowed (13) and tied for the conference lead with nine shutouts. Brown and O'Connor have also contributed on the offensive end with a combined three goals and three assists.
Rogic is ranked second in the NJAC in goals against average at 0.70 while making 49 saves and a .790 save percentage in 19 contests. He is fifth in saves and leads the conference in shutouts with seventh.