Westwood, Mass. (November 16) -- The New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) announced the 2017 Football All-Conference Teams on Wednesday afternoon as MIT had nine players earn All-Conference recognition. Voted by the league's head coaches, the Engineers had six First Team honorees, two Second Team selections and one member of the All-Sportsmanship Team.
Honorees on the First Team include junior quarterback Udgam Goyal (Frisco, Texas), sophomore running back John Robertson (Brentwood, Tenn.), junior wide receiver Eddy Garcia-Montes (Miami, Fla.), junior offensive lineman Cullen Clairmont (Cheshire, Conn.), senior linebacker Matt Nicolai (Northport, N.Y.) and senior defensive back Rob DiSanto (Havertown, Pa.).
Goyal started nine games for the Engineers, completing 170 passes for 1,922 yards and 14 touchdowns while also adding 337 rushing yards and five rushing TD's. Robertson was the team's leading rusher with 882 yards and 11 touchdowns in eight games this season. Averaging 110.2 yards per game, Robertson posted touchdowns in six of eight games, including three multi-touchdown games and three games of 100 yards or more. Garcia-Montes was the leading receiver for the Engineers as he had 55 receptions for 719 yards and six touchdowns, highlighted by a 119-yard, two-touchdown showing at Merchant Marine.
Clairmont helped anchor an offensive line that allowed just five sacks on the year and blocked for a rushing attack that averaged 169.8 yards per game. Clairmont started all 10 games at left guard as the Engineers scored 19 rushing touchdowns while averaging 378.4 yards of total offense and 26.8 points per game.
Nicolai led the team with 81 total tackles that included 45 solo stops, five tackles for loss, three interceptions and two pass breakups. He finished this season with five double-digit tackle performances that included a season-high 12 tackles in a home win over Endicott. He also posted a pair of interceptions and 10 tackles in a road win at Merchant Marine. DiSanto finished his senior season with 35 tackles to go along with four tackles for loss, three interceptions and a team-high nine pass breakups. He also added one forced fumble and one fumble recovery.
For the Second Team, sophomore defensive lineman CJ Reilly (East Sandwich, Mass.) and sophomore offensive lineman Frank Ozello (Thousand Oaks, Calif.) were both honored for their play in the 2017 season.
Reilly finished the season with 38 total tackles that included 1.5 sacks, 5.5 tackles for loss, one pass breakup and one blocked kick while appearing in all 10 games. The sophomore had four games with at least five tackles, including a season-high seven stops in a home shutout of Norwich. Ozello started all 10 games at left tackle and was a key part of the offensive line that allowed just five sacks while powering the offense to 378.4 yards per game as the Engineers finished 7-3 overall. For the season, MIT scored 30 or more points on five occasions, including a 51-6 home win over Maine Maritime in late September.
Senior defensive back Mitch Turley (Westfield, Ind.) was named to the league's All-Sportsmanship Team, as selected by the institution's head coach. The starting strong safety in all 10 games, Turley posted 66 total tackles to go along with two fumble recoveries for 34 yards, two interceptions for 20 yards and six pass breakups. In addition to his solid play on the field, the mechanical engineering major is heavily involved in volunteer work both in Boston and abroad.