IRVINE, Calif. - Seniors Alex Bettencourt and Nate Nugen and juniors James Del Curto and Paul Geyer were named all-Big West second team to lead a record-high seven Hornets honored by the conference on Tuesday.
Senior defender John Quintanilla was named all-Big West honorable mention while Mac Harrington and Christian Webb were selected to the Big West all-Freshman team. The Hornets had not received more than three all-Big West honors in a year through their first four seasons in the conference.
The total number of all-conference honorees is also the most for the program since 2009. Sacramento State finished second in the Big West North division for the first time and will host a Big West Tournament game for the first time on Saturday, facing UC Riverside at 3 p.m.
Bettencourt and Nugen have led the team offensively in their senior seasons. For Bettencourt, 2016 was his first year with the Hornets and he led the team with six goals and three assists for 15 points, with his six goals ranking fifth in the Big West Conference. His three game-winning goals tied with Nugen for the second most in the league this season.
Nugen led the team with three goals in Big West play, with all of them being game winners as he scored the winning goal in three of the team's four conference victories. He tallied five goals and two assists through the regular season and led the team with 15 shots on goal while tying for the team lead with Bettencourt with 33 total shots.
Geyer is the first Sacramento State player to be a three-time all-Big West selection. The holding midfielder was named to the all-Freshman team in 2014 and was honorable mention in 2015 before being named to the second team this year. As a team captain he has led the Hornets both on and off the field and is the only player to start all 18 games this season. He leads the team with 1,610 minutes played this year and scored Sacramento State's first goal of the season.
Also a team captain, Del Curto has been among the best goalkeepers in the league and led all Big West players with three Big West Defensive Player of the Week honors this season. He ranks third in the league with a .742 save percentage and 4.06 saves per game. His 69 total saves rank 29th in NCAA Div. I while he has tallied three shutouts.
Quintanilla and Harrington were honored after leading the Hornet back line. Quintanilla, a senior, became a starter in Big West Conference play while Harrington started 17 games as a true freshman, with both helping lead the Hornets to a 1.18 goals against average and two shutouts in league games. Quintanilla also scored a goal against UC Davis that was assisted by Harrington, who was tied with Del Curto for the second most minutes played on the team during the regular season.
Sacramento State had a player named to the all-Freshman team for the fourth consecutive season but for the first time had multiple freshmen selected as Webb joined Harrington on the 2016 team.
A midfielder, Webb has played in all 18 games this year with 17 as a reserve, providing the Hornets with a strong offensive and defensive reinforcement off the bench. He helped the Hornets defensively and contributed offensively as well with two goals and two assists. He scored the only goal in Sacramento State's 1-0 home win over Cal Poly and also scored in the team's 2-1 victory at UC Irvine, scoring two goals on just three shots on goal during the regular season.