PAWTUCKET, R.I.—UMass Boston men's soccer tied for the Little East Conference league-high with five All-Conference selections, including two players on the First Team, the league office announced Wednesday afternoon.
Co-captains Marcelo Cunha (Goiania, Brazil) and Denis Martinez (Chelsea, Mass.) were both named to the First Team, while seniors Daniel Morales (San Diego, Calif.) and Joshua Khang (Brockton, Mass.) and sophomore Jake Davenport (Weymouth, Mass.) earned places on the Second Team.
Cunha and Martinez became just the third and fourth players in program history to be named to the LEC All-Conference Teams on three occasions. The duo join All-American Carlos Fernandes ('96) and Romeo Zeqo ('08) as the only players in program history to accomplish the feat. Morales earned his second-straight All-Conference honors, while Khang and Davenport each are first-time selections.
Cunha closes out his career as the most talented and most decorated players in program history. A two-time LEC First Team honoree and 2016 National Soccer Coaches of America Association Second Team All-American, Cunha played in more games than any other Beacon. Over the course of his four-year career, he missed just two games and started in all 82 games he played.
As a senior, Cunha started in all 18 games and led all Beacons defenders with his two goals, two assists and six points. He recorded the game-winning goal in a non-conference win over Worcester State University and added a goal against Old Dominion Athletic Conference Champion Lynchburg College. Cunha also anchored a Beacons' back line that allowed just 0.84 goals per game, while integrating two new starters to their back three.
Martinez picked up his first career LEC First Team recognition, despite playing injured for the entire season. After being named to the LEC Second Team in each of the past two years, Martinez started in 16 of 18 games and tied his career-high with one goal, one assists and three total points. He recorded the opening goal in the Beacons' win over regional foe Wentworth Institute of Technology and also added an assist in UMass Boston's conference win over the University of Southern Maine.
A year after serving as the Beacons' third option on offense, Morales stepped up his playmaking skills, and finished second in the conference in assists, and tied for the team-high in points. The senior midfielder started in 14 of the 16 games he appeared in, and recorded two goals, eight assists and 12 total points. Morales registered multiple points on four occasions, including a season-high four points (one goal and two assists) against Plymouth State University. He also added two assists against Worcester State University and UMass Dartmouth and tacked on an assist in the Beacons big road win over LEC rival Rhode Island College.
After putting together a phenomenal four-year career, Khang finally earned the recognition he deserved from the conference's coaches. Over the course of four seasons, he appeared in 72 games and recorded four goals, 13 assists and 21 total points. This season he primarily played as a defensive midfielder, helping the Beacons finish with a league-best 0.84 goals against average, to go along with seven shutouts. Over his four seasons, UMass Boston won five LEC Titles and the Beacons won the second-most games in program history (57).
Davenport enjoyed a standout sophomore season, as he stepped into a starting forward role for UMass Boston. He tied for the team-high with five goals and finished third on the team with 10 total points in 14 starts. UMass Boston finished 5-0 in games in which he scored, including earning wins against LEC foes Plymouth State, Rhode Island College and the University of Southern Maine. Despite dealing with injuries throughout the month of October, Davenport came back for the stretch run and served as one of the Beacons' biggest offensive threats.
The Beacons return eight starters for the 2018 season including Davenport and Martinez.