|Zander Masucci '16|
LAKE PLACID, NY— Players from 18 different schools — including nine athletes participating this weekend in the NCAA Division III Men's Ice Hockey Championship in Lake Placid — can boast 2016 CCM DIVISION II-III MEN'S HOCKEY ALL-AMERICAN selection in the starry squads announced this evening at the event's student-athlete banquet.
Hobart College led the way with four selections, followed by three from NCAA semifinalist Geneseo State, and two honorees each from seven schools, including NCAA semifinalists UMass-Boston, St. Norbert College and Wisconsin-Stevens Point.
Williams College senior captain and defenseman Zander Masucci was named to the First Team. Masucci is the 11th Eph to earn NCAA DIII All-America honors and the ninth Eph All-American who has played for current Eph head coach Bill Kangas.
Senior goalie Jamie Murray of Babson College is the only First Team repeat selection from 2015. It is his third consecutive First Team selection. Of the 30 All-Americans, 25 are from the United States and 5 are from Canada. The three leading sources are Michigan (5), Minnesota (4) and New York (4).
Masucci played in all 27 games for the Ephs this year as they registered a NESCAC best regular season record of 14-2-2 and advanced to the first NCAA Tournament in Eph men's ice hockey history.
The 2015-16 Ephs finished with a school record 19 wins and compiled a record of 19-6-2. Williams won its debut game in the NCAA Tournament downing Salem State 7-1 at home, but lost the following weekend in the national quarterfinals at SUNY Geneseo 2-1.
Masucci was second on the Eph team in points with 20 on seven goals and 13 assists. Both of Masucci's game-winning goals came in one-goal wins over NESCAC foe Trinity. In his career Masucci played in 99 games for the Ephs, scoring 12 goals and assisting on 28 goals for a career point total of 40.
Earlier this season Masucci was named to the All-NESCAC First Team and named the NESCAC Player of the Year.
"Zander's been an amazing leader in all aspects of our team and he has translated that into his strong play leading the team in minutes, shots blocked, and plus/minus," noted Bill Kangas. "Zander is a key reason why we allowed the fewest power play goals and yet also had the most successful power play in the league. He's a guy we've leaned on quite a bit. He is one of the top scoring defensemen in NESCAC."