BOSTON, Mass. – For the first-time in the history of the University of Massachusetts Boston men's and women's soccer programs each team had a player named a NSCAA Division III All-New England Region selection, with Stefanos Galouzis (Watertown, Mass.) earning first-team honors and Samantha Place (Newton, N.J.) earning fourth-team honors.
Galouzis became the first player since Romeo Zeqo was named a third team all-region selection in 2007. Place became the first player in program history to earn all-region honors in back-to-back seasons, having been named a second team honoree in 2010.
In 2011, Galouzis once again found himself as the go-to forward for the Beacons. The Little East Conference Offensive Player of the Year, and first team all-conference selection, the Watertown native posted 13 goals and seven assists in his sophomore campaign. Having started in all 17 games, Galouzis was crucial in leading the Beacons to the first 11 wins season since 2006. He also helped UMass Boston earn their first postseason appearance since the '06 as well, as the Beacons competed in the ECAC New England tournament.
A multi-goal scorer on four different occasions, Galouzis ended 2011 having scored at-least one goal in the last four games of the season. He also notched a career-best seven points (3g, 1a) in the season opener against Suffolk University. Later in the season, he would score one goal in the 4-0 victory over Little East Conference opponent Western Connecticut State University, and would later find the back of the net twice, while handing out one assist in the 4-1 conference win over Plymouth State University. In the Beacons ECAC tournament game against Norwich University, Galouzis scored the lone goal in the 3-1 loss to the Cadets.
For Place, her senior season capped off one of the greatest careers ever in the history of UMass Boston women's soccer. A four-time All-Little East Conference honoree, Place led UMass Boston back to the Little East and ECAC New England tournament semi-final rounds in 2011. She was also the foundation to a defense that tallied a program first 12 shutouts and played a major part in the Beacons third-straight 14 wins season.
During her four-seasons in Boston, the New Jersey native appeared in 81 games and tallied four goals and eight assists. In her final two seasons with the Beacons, Place started every single match for UMass Boston, and was named team-captain as both a junior and a senior. Earlier this month, Place was one of three Beacons to be named a NEWISA All-New England Region honoree, making her the first player in the program's history to receive multiple all-region honors in the same season.