Florentino Named D3Hockey.com Honorable Mention All-American, Daniel Selected To All-Region Team
BOSTON, Mass.—UMass Boston men's hockey capped off the end of the year award season with two more awards, as Rob Florentino (West Roxbury, Mass.) and Travis Daniel (North Brunswick, N.J.) each were recognized by D3Hockey.com, on the website's first annual All-American and All-Region squads.
Florentino earned a spot on the Honorable Mention All-American team and the Second Team All-East Region squad, while Daniel picked up his third major postseason honor, with a spot on the All-East Region Third Team.
The pair of upperclassmen helped UMass Boston amass their best record in almost 30 years at 19-6-2 and earn a spot in the national rankings for nine straight weeks, eventually ending the season at #14 in the D3Hockey.com and USCHO.com polls.
For Florentino, it is his third All-American selection this spring, after being named a Third Team All-American by the American Hockey Coaches Association and USCHO.com. The senior defenseman from West Roxbury, Massachusetts finished with new career-highs in goals (seven), assists (21) and points (28), while finishing second in the nation amongst DIII blue-liners in total points.
Despite only playing three seasons at UMass Boston, Florentino finished his career third amongst UMB defenseman with 64 career points and is the only player in program history to have earned multiple All-American honors.
Daniel picks up his third regional honor of the spring, after being named a Joe Concannon Award Finalist and a New England Hockey Writers Association All-Star. The first-line winger from North Brunswick, N.J. paced the Beacons with 28 assists and 40 points, while becoming the first UMB player in 16 seasons to reach the 40-point plateau.
After leading the nation for much of the first half of the season, Daniel ended the year fourth amongst DIII skaters with 1.48 points per game and second with 1.04 assists per contest. The junior forward recorded a point in 20 out of UMass Boston's 27 contests and rewrote the team's record books with his program-high five game-winning goals.
The All-American and All-Region teams were voted on by a collection of Sports Information Directors from Division III institutions and organized by D3Hockey.com.