COLCHESTER, Vt. - Saint Michael's College men's golf rising senior Matt Johnson (Sudbury, Mass./Lincoln-Sudbury Regional) landed a spot on the Northeast-10 Conference All-Conference second team, as chosen by the NE10's coaches, the league announced on Tuesday. It was his first career all-league nod.
Johnson was placed on the five-member second team while among 15 student-athletes from around the league recognized as all-conference. Johnson becomes the 13th NE10 All-Conference pick in program history, but the first so honored thanks to a selection process. Prior to the 2016-17 season, all-league laurels were based solely on finish at the NE10 Championship.
Johnson became the first NCAA Championship qualifier in program history this spring, finishing his school year at the NCAA Atlantic/East Regional Championship in Greensburg, Pa. He tied for 50th among 107 competitors and finished only six strokes outside the top 30. Johnson ended the season with a 75.00-stroke average, besting his prior career low of 77.29 from 2017-18, which was the best by a Purple Knight in at least 12 seasons.
The captain shot in the 80s only twice this season - topping out at 81 - while firing in the 70s 15 times in 17 rounds. He tied his career low of 70 twice, tying for sixth during a two-round 72-70--142 at the Penmen Fall Classic on Sept. 17-18 before turning in a 70-72--142 during the Le Moyne College Fall Invitational on Oct. 19-20. Johnson cracked the top 10 three other times at tournaments, taking ninth at the Post University Eagles Invitational on Oct. 8-9, fifth at the Assumption College Spring Invitational on April 13-14, and sixth during the Penmen Spring Invitational on April 19.