Dec. 7—KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Two of the best players in Eastern Connecticut Conference soccer history have received the ultimate high school honor.
Stonington's Sam Montalto and Ledyard's Nick Washington were named to the 2021 United Soccer Coaches All-America team on Monday.
The two seniors will be recognized on Saturday, Jan. 22, 2022 during the All-America Ceremony and Reception at the Kansas City Convention Center, which is being held in conjunction with the United Soccer Coaches Convention.
Montalto, a forward, and Washington, a midfielder, leave their respective programs as the career scoring leaders. Montalto led the Bears to a pair of Class M state championships while Washington helped the Colonels reach the ECC Division I finals this fall (they were beaten by Stonington) and a trip to the Class M semifinals, where they lost to Ellington and were denied the chance to play Stonington for the fourth time this season.
Montalto and Washington were two of five Connecticut players to earn All-America status. They were joined by Canton senior midfielder Specer Mix, Weston senior midfielder Max Weiss and Hall junior foward Lucas Almeida.
All five were first-time All-America selections.
Four Connecticut players were named to the All-America girls' team: Wilton senior goalkeeper Erynn Floyd, Staples senior defender Gabriela Gonzalez, Westiminster School of Simsbury junior midfielder Jillian Gregorski and St. Joseph senior midfielder Mary Lundregan.
Earlier this fall Montalto and Washington were named to the All-New England team along with Fitch senior midfielder Tim Lynch, while East Lyme senior forward Meredith Healy was the lone local representative on the All-New England girls' team.