WILLIAMSTOWN, MA – Two members of Bill Kangas' record setting Williams men's ice hockey team (19-6-2) that earned the Eph program's first ever berth in the NCAA Tournament have been named to the New England II-III All-Star team.
Senior captain and defenseman Zander Masucci (Far Hills, NJ) and first year goalie Michael Pinios (Montreal, Que.) named to the New England II-III All-Star team. The New England II-III All-Stars will be honored at a dinner at The Prince Restaurant in Saugus, Mass., on Wednesday, April 13.
Musucci and Pinios comprised half of the four players from the NESCAC who were named All-Stars this season.
Masucci and Pinios were significant contributors to the 2015-16 Eph team that posted the program's best NESCAC regular season record (14-2-2), earned the top seed in NESCAC Tournament, won a school record 19 games, earned the first ever NCAA Tournament berth, and posted the first win in an NCAA Tournament game, downing Salem State 7-1.
The Ephs advanced to the NCAA quarterfinals, where they were defeated on the road by SUNY Geneseo 2-1.
A team of resilience the Ephs won four games this past season coming back from two-goal deficits.
Zander Masucci was named the NESCAC Player of the Year and to the all-conference First Team. Rookie goalie Pinios was named the NESCAC Rookie of the Year and was named to the all-conference Second Team. In addition, Masucci was a finalist for the Joe Concannon Award (top American born) New England DII-III player.
Masucci was second on the Eph team in points with 20. Masucci netted seven goals and registered 13 assists. Both of Masucci's game-winning goals this season 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.
Michael Pinios is the first Eph player to earn Rookie of the Year honors in NESCAC. He appeared in 18 of 27 games in his debut season, playing 1083:44. Pinios denied 450 of the 479 shots he faced for a .939 save percentage. He sports a goals against average of 1.61 and he fashioned a record of 13-4-1 that included two shutouts.