Westwood, Mass. (November 14) -- The MIT football team leads the way on the New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) All-Conference Teams and major awards as 15 Engineers were recognized. Senior quarterback Udgam Goyal (Frisco, Texas) was named as the league's Offensive Athlete of the Year, while head coach Brian Bubna was tabbed as the Coach of the Year. Overall, MIT had seven First Team honorees and six players named to the Second Team.
First Team honorees include Goyal, senior wide receiver Eddy Garcia-Montes (Miami, Fla.), junior offensive lineman Will Roberts (Sacramento, Calif.), freshman offensive lineman Nathan Basinger (Dalton, Ohio), senior defensive back Mitch Maisel (Newtown, Pa.), senior linebacker Andrew DeNucci (Newton, Mass.) and junior defensive lineman Ben Bennington (Harrisonburg, Va.).
On the Second Team, the Engineers had junior tight end Christian Moroney (Mandeville, La.), senior running back Miguel Wagner (El Segundo, Calif.), sophomore wide receiver/returner Keithen Shepard (Vancouver, Wash.), sophomore defensive back Tyler Ray (Suwanee, Ga.), senior defensive lineman Tyler Wasser (Brecksville, Ohio) and junior defensive lineman CJ Reilly (Sandwich, Mass.).
In addition, senior defensive back Riley Quinn (San Carlos, Calif.) was named to the NEWMAC All-Sportsmanship Team.
Goyal, now a two-time First Team All-Conference selection, leads the NEWMAC with 18 touchdown passes and a passing efficiency of 131.1. He is also third in completion percentage and fifth in yards per game at 57.0% and 163.6 yards, respectively. In 2017, Goyal was named as the Google Cloud Division III Football National Academic All-American of the Year.
In his first season, Bubna has guided the Engineers to the program's first NEWMAC Championship (second conference title overall) and the team's second berth in the NCAA Tournament. The Engineers, who have been ranked No. 1 in New England for seven weeks, sit at 9-1 overall with a 6-1 league mark following a 22-7 Senior Day win over Springfield College.
Garcia-Montes picked up First Team honors for the second straight year at wide receiver after leading the team and ranking third in the league in receptions with 43. A Second Team Academic All-American in 2017, Garcia-Montes also ranks in the top 10 in the conference in yards per catch, touchdowns, yards and yards per game.
On the offensive line, Roberts and Basinger were both named to the First Team for the first time. The duo has helped block for an offense that is averaging 301 yards and 23.1 points per game while allowing only two sacks (ranked second in the nation).
Maisel, an Academic All-District honoree in 2017, has posted a career-high 48 tackles this season with seven pass breakups. For his career, he has 129 tackles, three forced fumbles, seven interceptions and 14 pass breakups.
DeNucci leads the Engineers in tackles with 55 that includes 32 solo stops and a career-high nine tackles for loss. For his career, he has 150 total tackles, 21.5 tackles for loss and three fumble recoveries. This season, he has recorded at least a half tackle for loss in all but two games and has picked up seven tackles on five occasions.
Bennington, who has 38 tackles that includes 3.5 sacks for 16 yards, posted a nine-tackle performance vs. Catholic earlier in the season. He also had a pair of fumble recoveries that includes one for a touchdown and is seventh in the NEWMAC in sacks.
Moroney is honored at tight end as he has appeared in all 10 games for the second time in his career. Previously playing on defense, he has 54 total tackles in 27 career games to go along with two forced fumbles and one pass breakup.
In seven games, Wagner piled up a team-leading 492 rushing yards and five touchdowns. He is ranked third in the league in rushes at 155, fifth in touchdowns and eighth in total yards while averaging 70.3 yards per game.
Shepard is Second Team both as a wide receiver and a returner as he ranks in the top 10 in the league in yards per catch (13.7), touchdowns (6), yards per game (49.3), receiving yards (493) and receptions (36). Shepard leads the Engineers with 1,217 all-purpose yards that includes 399 kickoff return yards, 318 punt return yards and one return touchdown.
Appearing in all 10 games, Ray has 46 total tackles with 6.5 tackles for loss of 15 yards, one blocked kick and a team-high nine pass breakups that ranks third in the NEWMAC. Ray's top game came in a home win over Merchant Marine as he registered a season-high 11 tackles.
Wasser is currently ranked eighth on the team in total tackles with a career-high 40 that includes 22 assisted stops. He also has 1.5 sacks, 5.5 tackles for loss, one forced fumble and one blocked kick. For his career, he has 105 tackles that include a season-high eight in a home win over Catholic.
Reilly is a repeat honoree on the All-Conference Second Team as he has 39 tackles, three tackles for loss and a blocked kick while appearing in all 10 games. He has recorded five tackles in five games, including five solo stops at WPI where he also had a tackle for loss.
Quinn, who has appeared in four games this season, earns his first spot on the All-Sportsmanship Team. The award is intended to recognize one student-athlete from each team, in every sport that best demonstrates the ideals of the NEWMAC and its Code of Conduct, regardless of his/her overall performance or statistics for the season.
The Engineers take the field for the first round of the NCAA Tournament on Saturday, November 17th at No. 13 ranked Johns Hopkins University. Kickoff is set for Noon in Baltimore, Md.