December 18, 2013

Four Engineers Named NSCAA Regional Scholar Honorable Mentions

KANSAS CITY, Kan. – Four MIT men's soccer players were named to the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) Division III Men's Scholar All-East Region Honorable Mention Team this week. Senior Andrew Fijan (West Chester, Pa.) and juniors Chester Chambers (Columbia, Md.), Nicholas Diamantoni (Boca Raton, Fla.) and Jason Adler (Scarsdale, N.Y.) were all honored. This is the first time in the history of the program that so many Engineers have been named Honorable Mentions during the same year.

In order to be eligible for this award, a student-athlete must be at least a junior, have attained a cumulative grade point average of 3.30 (4.0 scale) or higher, and have started more than 50 percent of the team's games.

Fijan appeared in and started 19 games throughout his senior season, scoring one goal in MIT's 7-0 win over Framingham State (10/23) with less than 10 minutes remaining in the game. He was named to the New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) Second Team All-Conference, the Academic All-Conference team and was selected as a New England Intercollegiate Soccer League (NEISL) All-Star. Known for his speed, Fijan was part of the dangerous MIT defense that allowed just 25 goals all season.

Chambers played in all 20 games during the season, starting 11 of them. His lone goal of the season was the game-winner against Salve Regina (10/9). He also notched four assists, bringing his point total to six. The midfielder was named to the conference's Academic All-Conference team.

Appearing in all but one game and making 16 starts, Diamantoni scored one goal and racked up six assists for eight points. His one goal of the season was the game-winner against Wentworth Institute of Technology (9/7). He was tabbed to the league's Academic All-Conference team and appeared on the CoSIDA Academic All-District list for the second consecutive year.

Playing in 16 games and making 13 starts, Adler tallied one assist in the 3-1 victory over Wentworth Institute of Technology (9/7), setting up the final MIT goal that was scored with less than 10 minutes remaining in the game. He was also tabbed to the NEWMAC Academic All-Conference team.