Montclair, NJ (12/14/11) – Senior defender Kevin Brown (Wayne, NJ / Wayne) was named to the First Team while sophomore Dan Mendoza (Hackensack, NJ / Hackensack) and senior Kevin Zalewski (Parsippany, NJ / Parsippany) were chosen Second and Third Team, respectively as the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) announced its South Atlantic All-Region Team on Tuesday.
The three played a large role in helping Montclair State to the greatest season in its history as the Red Hawks advanced to the NCAA Division III Men's Soccer Championship for the first time in school history. MSU, which fell to eventual national champion Ohio Wesleyan in the national semifinals, finished the year 19-4-3 and were ranked No. 4 four in both the NSCAA and D3Soccer.com national polls. All three players were named First-Team All-NJAC last month.
Brown, who was named to the All-Tournament Team at the Final Four in San Antonio, TX, anchored one of nation's top defenses as the Red Hawks finished second in the NJAC and 38th overall in Division III in goals against average allowing 20 goals in 26 games (0.75 GAA) while posting an NJAC-leading 12 shutouts. Montclair also surrendered just 11 shots per game total, including five matches of five or less. Brown also contributed offensively as well with two goals, none bigger than his goal with 16:12 remaining against Stevens in the Sectional Final at Amherst the punched Montclair's ticket to the Final Four.
Mendoza and Zalewski provided the offensive punch for the Red Hawks who ranked 11th overall in Division III in total goals scored (62). Mendoza led the team in scoring with 16 goals and 34 points while Zalewski finished with 11 goals and a team-best six assists for 28 points. The two also combined for 11 game-winning goals during the season.
Mendoza, who was also named to the All-Tournament Team in San Antonio, had the game-winning goal in MSU's 1-0 season-opening victory over New Paltz on September 2 and later put together a streak of six conseucitve games with a goal scoring eight times during that span, including a goal and assist in a 3-0 win over then-No. 12 and undefeated William Paterson on September 21. Mendoza would come up big in the post season scoring twice against the Pioneers in a 2-0 victory in the NJAC Tournament semifinals as Montclair advanced to the conference championship game for the fifth time in six years. He collected one goal in the Red Hawks' 5-0 win over Framingham State in the first round of the NCAA Tournament and the following day registered both goals, including the game-winner in the second overtime as MSU moved on to the Sectional Tournament with a 2-1 win against Dickinson.
Mendoza ranked second in the NJAC in both total points and goals and was 15th in the nation in the latter category.
Zalewski also ranked in the Top 20 in the NJAC in points (7th), goals (9th) and assists (4th) as he recorded at least one point in 14 of 26 contests. He scored the game-winning goal in Montclair's 3-2 win over Pacific Lutheran in Seattle on September 9 and also had the lone score as Montclair State edged New Jersey City, 1-0 in October. Zalewski also had gam-winners in wins over Muhlenberg College (2-1 on October 19), at NYU-Polytechnic (1-0 on October 22) and at Ramapo (2-1 on October 24). He also scored once in the Red Hawks' 5-0 win against Framingham State in the NCAA Tournament at MSU Soccer Park.