Named UMBC’s Most Improved Player and a First Team All America East midfielder after a brilliant season...has tremendous speed and improved his ball handling and distribution skills to make him a very dangerous wing midfielder...tenacious player who can play in the back if necessary...has started 49 of UMBC’s last 50 contests.
2003-Recorded a pair of assists in UMBC’s first four games from his midfield position, but was briefly moved back to fullback when starter Justin Nall suffered a torn ACL...earned All Tournament Team honors at adidas Kick Off Classic...created the game-winning goal in overtime at George Washington when his deep cross was inadvertantly knocked in by a Colonial defender...added helpers vs. Delaware, Northeastern and Albany.
2002-Started all 19 games he appeared in...posted his lone assist on a Derek McElligott goal vs. St. Francis (PA).
2001- Opened the season with two starts at midfield, then by game #5, had been shifted back to a starting position at marking back...in his collegiate debut, he set up UMBC’s GWG, feeding Derek McElligott in the box for the second goal in a 3-1 win over Iona...two games later, he hit fellow “sub” George Bakouas with a perfect cross for UMBC’s first score in a 2-1 win over Howard...had two helpers on UMBC’s first two goals vs. St. Francis (NY), initiating goals from the back by McElligott and Bakoulas...started 12 of the last 13 games of the year.
BACKGROUND: Speedy, hard-working midfielder from an outstanding program at Wilde Lake...earned Second Team All Howard County honors and was the team’s Unsung Hero last season...played on a State Cup Championship squad...also lettered in track and field for the Wildecats...a member of the National Honor Society who attended UMBC for “the academic name UMBC has, the location, and the soccer program”...a fan of the television show Law and Order and inspirational films Braveheart and Gladiator...is considering a career in nursing...son of Gertrude and James Mongello...born May 30, 1983.