Zander Masucci has become the sixth Williams College hockey player coached by Bill Kangas to be named an All-American.
Masucci, the senior defenseman from Far Hills, N.J., was named a first-team East All-American by the American Hockey Coaches Association. The announcement was made Thursday night at the NCAA Division III Final Four student-athlete banquet held in Lake Placid.
Masucci is the first Eph to be named an All-American since defenseman Justin Troiani was named in 2012.
"He's a tremendous leader, an incredible teammate and competitor," Kangas said of his captain. "He's led by example. He's led by voice. He's been the consummate teammate."
Masucci was second on the team in scoring, with seven goals and 13 assists. In 27 games, he had only one penalty for two minutes. The senior defenseman was the leading goal scorer for Williams in NESCAC play, netting six goals and adding seven assists.
In a four-year career, Masucci scored 12 goals and had 28 assists in 99 games.
"He worked on his footwork on the offensive blue line to get shots through from the point, to breaking pucks out, to vision and communication," said Kangas in a recent interview. "He's worked on every aspect of his game diligently."
In Kangas' 27 seasons at Williams, Masucci is one of six players — and four non-goaltenders — to earn All-American honors.
Troiani was the most recent. He was preceded by winger Alex Smigelski in 2010 and defenseman Mark Yannetti in 1994. Yannetti is now a director of scouting with the Los Angeles Kings.
The other two All-Americans were named multiple times.
Goalie Dave Haimson was named an All-American in 1999 and 2000, while goalie Marc Siegel was a three-time All-American, from 1993-95. He and Yannetti were both All-Americans in '94.
Babson goalie Jamie Murray, a first-team pick for the third year in a row, was named the winner of the Sid Watson Award, which is given to the best Division III player in the nation. It's the fourth time in the last five years that a goalie had won the award. Masucci was looking to become the first Watson winner from NESCAC since goalie Jonathan LaRose of Amherst won it in 2012. The runner-up was SUNY-Geneseo forward Stephen Collins.
Masucci, Murray and Collins make up the East first team, along with defenseman Rich Botting of Plattsburgh State, Matt Lemire of UMass-Boston and Mac Olson of Hobart.