PRINCETON, N.J. -- After helping Princeton post
a perfect 7-0-0 Ivy League record for the first time in school
history, Antoine Hoppenot (Princeton, N.J.)
headlines the 2010 men’s soccer All-Ivy award winners as the
junior forward has been named the 2010 Ivy League Player of the
Year as voted upon by the League’s head coaches. Hoppenot has
the added distinction of being one of just three unanimous first
team All-Ivy selections.
Hoppenot, a second team All-Ivy selection as a freshman and a first team honoree a season ago, has spearheaded a potent Princeton attack that has registered 36 goals on the season, including 16 goals scored in seven Ivy League games. Currently on a school record 12-game unbeaten streak, Hoppenot and the Tigers put together a stretch in late September and early October when they scored three goals in seven consecutive wins.
Hoppenot’s clinical runs and ability to hold the ball and finish off of re-starts have allowed him to lead the Tigers with eight goals and five assists for 21 points in the regular season. With 21 points, Hoppenot led all Ivy players in overall regular season scoring, tied for the lead with eight goals and was third with five assists. In seven Ivy League contests, he notched two goals and three assists for seven points.
Hoppenot is just the fourth Princeton Tiger to win Ivy League Player of the Year honors, joining a list that includes his head coach, Jim Barlow (1990), as well as Mike Nugent (2001) and Darren Spicer (2004).
While it was a Princeton Tiger taking Player of the Year honors from a veteran laden squad, it is only fitting that a player from Columbia, featuring one of the youngest lineups in the League, has earned Rookie of the Year honors. Freshman midfielder Henning Sauerbier (Fr., Dueren, Germany) was voted the 2010 Ivy League Rookie of the Year, becoming the seventh Lion to earn the coveted award and the first since Stephen Foster in 2001.
Sauerbier, who was also a second team All-Ivy selection, played in all 17 of Columbia’s games, earning the starting nod 16 times in the Lion midfield. He led the team with 10 points on four goals and two assists and two of his goals proved to be game winners. Sauerbier and the Lions finished the season on a high note, going 2-0-2 in their last four Ivy games to tie for fifth in the League standings. While controlling things in the middle of the field for the Lions and getting into the offensive third on the attack, Sauerbier earned Ivy League Rookie of the Week honors on three occasions.
Taking stock of the 2010 All-Ivy teams, 11 players earned first team honors and, due to a tie in the voting, the second team was extended to include 13 student-athletes. Additionally, 15 players earned honorable mention status. Not surprisingly, all 11 first team honorees came from one of the four teams that will play in this week’s NCAA Championship, including three each from Brown, Penn and Princeton as well as two players from Dartmouth.
At least two players from each Ivy team were named to the various All-Ivy squads, reflecting the strength of the League, which has four teams in the NCAA Championship field for the second consecutive season. Overall, Princeton had seven players named to one of the All-Ivy teams, as did Brown (7) and Penn (7), followed by Dartmouth (5), Columbia and Harvard (4 each) as well as two honorees each from both Cornell and Yale.
A pair of senior midfielders including Princteon’s Josh Walburn (St. Louis, Mo.) and Dartmouth’s Daniel Keat (Wellington, New Zealand) join Hoppenot as the other two unanimous selections to the All-Ivy first team.
Walburn has proved to be extremely versatile in the Princeton lineup as he earned first team All-Ivy honors in 2009 as a defender. He combined with Hoppenot in leading the prolific Princeton attack, as he finished second on the team with six goals and seven assists for 19 points in 14 games played. His four goals in Ivy play led the League, as did his 12 points in Ivy play.
For Keat, 2010 marks the midfielder’s third appearance on the All-Ivy first team, having also earned first team status in 2009 and as a freshman in 2006. Keat, who was forced to miss the 2008 season with an injury, was a second team All-Ivy selection as a sophomore in 2007, meaning he was on the All-Ivy first or second team in all four of his seasons with the Big Green.
Keat controlled the Dartmouth midfield, often linking play from the defensive side to the attack, but he also proved adept at finding time and space to create chances or finish in front of the goal. He made 16 starts for the Big Green and recorded nine points on four goals, including a game winner, and an assist. Half of his goals came in Ivy League play.
Joining Keat and Walburn in the midfield of the All-Ivy first team is a pair of Penn Quakers including junior Christian Barreiro (Baltimore, Md.) and senior Jason Gorskie (Marlboro, N.J.). Barreiro, a first time All-Ivy honoree, and Gorskie, who was an honorable mention selection in 2009, were virtual locks in head coach Rudy Fuller’s lineup all season. The duo each appeared in all 17 of Penn’s games and combined to make 33 of a possible 34 starts.
Complements to each other, Barreiro played the role of providing offense from the midfield and with four goals and seven assists, he is second on the team with 15 points. Barreiro was an even more potent offensive force in Ivy play, notching two goals and adding four assists for eight points in seven League contests. Gorskie was a major part of an often-impenetrable Quaker defense as one of the nation’s premier holding midfielders and he also chipped in with a game-winning goal.
Flanking Hoppenot up top on the first team All-Ivy forward line are junior strikers Lucky Mkosana (Bulawayo, Zimbabwe) of Dartmouth and Sean Rosa (Jr., Montreal, Quebec) of Brown.
For Mkosana, 2010 marks his third consecutive first team All-Ivy appearance and he was also named the 2008 Ivy League Rookie of the Year. Mkosana and teammate Keat become just the third and fourth members of the Big Green to earn All-Ivy first team status three times, joining Ian Seward (1992-94) and Bobby Meyer (1996-98) in that exclusive club.
Mkosana’s devastating combination of speed and finishing touch makes him a threat against all opponents, and even though his offensive exploits did not surprise anyone in his third season, he was still able to lead the Big Green in scoring. He notched four goals and three assists for 11 points on the year. In Ivy play, Mkosana recorded two goals, including a 72nd minute game-winning strike against Harvard, and an assist for five points.
Meanwhile, Rosa is making his second straight appearance on the All-Ivy first team but his first as a forward. He was named to the first team as a midfielder in 2009. Rosa led a 2010 Brown attack that was predicated on quick strike scoring in bunches, as eight of the Bears’ 11 wins came by more than one goal. He recorded 16 points on six goals and four assists to lead the team. Of his six goals, three were game-winning tallies.
As evidenced by the overall voting in which four goalkeepers and 15 defenders were named to one of the three All-Ivy teams, goal scoring was at a premium when playing an Ivy team in 2010.
In net for the first team is Brown senior goalkeeper Paul Grandstrand (Orono, Minn.), who has proved to be one of the country’s top goalkeepers. Playing every minute in Brown’s regular season, Grandstrand has posted a paltry 0.45 goals against average (the third lowest mark in Div. I) to go along with 54 saves. Grandtrand set the Brown single-season shutout record with 11 on the year. He is making his second consecutive appearance on the All-Ivy first team. He also earned second team honors in 2007 when he was named the Ivy League Rookie of the Year.
The three defenders named to the first team include Penn junior Tom Brandt (Palmyra, Pa.) and a pair of sophomores including Princeton’s Mark Linnville (Boone, N.C.) and Brown’s Dylan Remick (Inverness, Ill.). It is the first career All-Ivy honor for both Brandt and Remick, while Linnville was a first team All-Ivy honoree as a freshman.
Brandt headlined a Penn defense that only conceded four goals in Ivy League play and 12 goals all season. He led the Quakers to eight shutouts, including a stretch of five consecutive shutouts to open the month of October. During that span, Penn went an impressive 549:40 without giving up a goal, which was the second-longest scoreless streak in school history.
Remick helped the Bears record 11 shutouts while limiting opponents to only eight goals in 17 games. The eight goals against is the second lowest total in Div. I, behind only the six goals conceded by Connecticut. Remick also added two assists for the Bears.
Princeton’s back four was marshaled by Linnville. The Tigers allowed only five goals against in Ivy play and recorded six shutouts in the regular season. Linnville was also dangerous in the offensive third on set pieces and he tallied a goal and two assists for four points, including a goal and an assist in Ivy play.
Player of the
F – Antoine Hoppenot, Princeton (Jr., Princeton, N.J.)
Rookie of the Year
M – Henning Sauerbier, Columbia (Fr., Dueren, Germany)
First Team All-Ivy (11)
GK – Paul Grandstrand, Brown (Sr., Orono, Minn.)
D – Tom Brandt, Penn (Jr., Palmyra, Pa.)
D – Mark Linnville, Princeton (So., Boone, N.C.)
D – Dylan Remick, Brown (So., Inverness, Ill.)
M – Christian Barreiro, Penn (Jr., Baltimore, Md.)
M – Jason Gorskie, Penn (Sr., Marlboro, N.J.)
*M – Daniel Keat, Dartmouth (Sr., Wellington, New Zealand)
*M – Josh Walburn, Princeton (Sr., St. Louis, Mo.)
*F – Antoine Hoppenot, Princeton (Jr., Princeton, N.J.)
F – Lucky Mkosana, Dartmouth (Jr., Bulawayo, Zimbabwe)
F – Sean Rosa, Brown (Jr., Montreal, Quebec)
Second Team All-Ivy (13)
GK – Ben Berg, Penn (Sr., Whitefish Bay, Wis.)
D – Benjamin Burton, Princeton (Sr., Minneapolis, Minn.)
D – Jake Levin, Penn (Jr., Columbia, Md.)
D – Robert Millock, Harvard (Sr., Loudonville, N.Y.)
D – Teddy Schneider, Princeton (Sr., Califon, N.J.)
D – David Walls, Brown (Sr., Leeds, England)
M – Tommy McNamara, Brown (So., West Nyack, N.Y.)
M – Lester Nare, Princeton (So., Cary, N.C.)
M – Scott Prozeller, Harvard (So., Sudbury, Mass.)
M – Henning Sauerbier, Columbia (Fr., Dueren, Germany)
F – Stephen Baker, Penn (Fr., Fairport, N.Y.)
F – Brian Rogers, Harvard (So., Bronxville, N.Y.)
F – Matt Sanner, Princeton (So., Indianapolis, Ind.)
Honorable Mention All-Ivy (15)
GK – Sean Lynch, Princeton (Sr., Oceanside, N.Y.)
GK – Austin Harms, Harvard (Jr., Corona del Mar, Calif.)
D – Nick Alers, Yale (Fr., San Jose, Costa Rica)
D – Bryan Giudicelli, Dartmouth (Sr., Emerald Hills, Calif.)
D – Andy Hackbarth, Yale (Jr., Bend, Ore.)
D – Ben Kenyon, Cornell (So., Lockport, N.Y.)
D – Teo Larsson-Sax, Dartmouth (So., Kalmar, Sweden)
D – Ronnie Shaban, Columbia (Jr., Ashburn, Va.)
D – Patrick Slogic, Cornell (Fr., Colorado Springs, Colo.)
M – Evan Coleman, Brown (Jr., Amherst, Mass.)
M – Rob Medairos, Brown (Jr., Stafford, Va.)
M – Michael Mazzullo, Columbia (Jr., Yonkers, N.Y.)
M – David Najem, Columbia (Fr., Clifton, N.J.)
F – Andrew Olsen, Dartmouth (Sr., Norwell, Mass.)
F – Loukas Tasigianis, Penn (Sr., Ridgefield, N.J.)
* - unanimous selection