CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Junior Nicholas Diamantoni (Boca Raton, Fla.) and sophomore Austin Freel (San Diego, Calif.) were named to the Capital One Academic All-District men's soccer team as announced by the College Sports Information Directors of America on Thursday. They will represent MIT on the national ballot and will vie for Academic All-America honors to be voted on at the end of November.
Appearing on the national ballot for the second time in his career, Diamantoni has appeared in 15 games so far this season, making 12 starts. A pivotal part of the team, he is known for his speed and his ability to break through the opposing defense, scoring one goal and notching four assists for six points up to this point in the 2013 season. Majoring in mechanical engineering with minors in biological engineering and management science and a concentration in Spanish, he most recently researched in the Center for Biomedical Technology in Madrid, Spain during the summer of 2013.
Freel is making his first appearance on the All-District list following a strong first half of the season. He has played in all but one of the 16 games so far, making 14 starts. He is third on the team with his six goals and six assists for 18 points and is currently ninth in the New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) standings with his 18 points.. The computer science major was a software engineering intern at Intuit over the summer, where he built a social budgeting app prototype. He has also interned at UCSD Cancer Center and UCSD Structural Engineering lab.
MIT is the all-time Division III leader in producing Academic All-Americas and ranks third across all NCAA divisions with 203 honors. The men's soccer team has received 13 awards since 1990.
The 2013 season is slowly coming to a close; MIT's senior day will occur at the final game of the regular season on Saturday, Nov. 2 against NEWMAC foe WPI at 1:00 p.m. As they have been for the past few weeks, the Engineers are first in the NEWMAC standings, just half a game ahead of Wheaton College. The seedings for the upcoming NEWMAC Championships, which will begin on Wednesday, Nov. 6, will be released after the final contests have been completed on Saturday.