Panthers Earn New England Honors - Watkins Is All-American
January 5, 2010
Three members of the Middlebury College men's soccer team earned post-season honors when the NSCAA (National Soccer Coaches Association of America) announced its post-season teams. Junior Harrison Watkins (San Francisco, Calif.) earned first-team All-New England honors, while also earning a spot as a first-team All-American. Senior Colin Nangle (Westport, Conn.) and sophomore Robbie Redmond (Morristown, N.J.) were both second-team All-New England selections. The group helped lead the Panthers to a 10-5-2 season with a trip to the NESCAC Championship game.
Watkins and Nangle helped anchor a Panther defense that allowed just 0.86 goals/game this season. Middlebury earned seven shutouts in '09, winning five of its last six games and seven of nine.
Watkins, who was also a first-team All-NESCAC selection, played in a dozen games this season with five lost due to injury. The junior had a nose for the ball on restarts this season, scoring a team-high five goals, all of them coming on set plays. Watkins scored all five goals in the final five games of the season, including three-game winners. He has now played in 44 games through three years with 14 points.
Nangle is a two-time first-team All-NESCAC selection for the Panthers, starting all 17 games for Middlebury, playing in 70 games in his career. Nangle's lone tally came during his rookie season, while he ended his career with seven total points.
A first-team All-NESCAC selection, Redmond was honored in the midfield for the Panthers. The sophomore started all 17 games, netting four goals on the year with tallies coming against Colby-Sawyer, Trinity, Connecticut College and Williams. He ended the year tied for second on the team with his four makers, one of them a game-winner. Redmond scored a pair of goals a year ago and now has six in 37 career games.