|Parents:||Jeff & Patti Natalino|
Natalino became the first player in the history of the Emory Men's Soccer program to earn an all-America honor as a sophomore or younger, as he was named to the NSCAA/Performance Subaru All-America Third Team. He was the 15th all-American in the program's history overall, and the third defender. Natalino was also selected to the all-South Atlantic Region and all-University Athletic Association (UAA) first teams, in addition to being named the Most Valuable Player of the Sonny Carter Invitational and to the Shellenberger Classic all-tournament team. Natalino started all 19 Emory games during the season, leading the team with 11 goals, 26 points, and five game-winning goals, and finished tied for third on the squad with four assists. The five game winners were the second-most in the program's history during a single season. Natalino also set a program record with 1,653 minutes played. He recorded the first hat trick of his career against Maryville College on October 22nd, the first by an Eagle in over two years, leading the team to a 4-0 win in the game. The sophomore was a key member of the Emory defense, which finished fourth among all NCAA Division III teams with a school-record 0.41 goals-against average. As a unit, the Emory backfield set a school records with nine-consecutive shutouts from from September 5th - October 9th and 13 shutouts overall, while limiting opponents to 5.1 shots on goal per game. Natalino was named the UAA's Defensive Player of the Week on September 7th and September 27th, and the Offensive Player of the Week on October 25th.
Natalino started all 18 games for the Emory defense during his freshman season. He earned a spot on the Sonny Carter all-Tournament Team, after scoring the game-winning goal during Emory's 6-1 win over the University of the Ozarks, his first collegiate goal. Natalino was part of an Emory defense that held its opponents to a 0.92 goals against average, the 75th-lowest mark among the 377 ranked Division III teams.
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|2009||Sonny Carter Invitational||All-Tournament Team|
|2010||NSCAA/Performance Subaru All-America||Third Team|
|NSCAA/Performance Subaru All-South-Atlantic Region||First Team|
|Sonny Carter Invitational||Most Valuable Player|
|Shellenberger Classic||All-Tournament Team|
Prior to Emory:
Attended Walton High School, where he played on the soccer team for four seasons... Served as the varsity captain in 2009, and as the junior-varsity co-captain in 2006... Scored seven goals and 14 assists during his high school career... Was the team's Most Valuable Player and Defender in 2009... Coached by Bucky Boozer in high school... Played for the Atlanta Fire United Elite for two years, where he was coached by Darren McKune.
"I chose Emory because I wanted to go to a school where I would be challenged academically and athletically. I want to win a national championship, and I think Emory is the place to do so. I also like the liberal atmosphere here."