Ivies Place Ten Men's Soccer Players on the All-Northeast Team
Portions courtesy of Brown Sports Information, Columbia Sports Information/Media Relations, Cornell Athletic Communications, Dartmouth Athletics Communications, Penn Athletic Communications and Yale Sports Publicity.
KANSAS CITY, Kan. -- Ten Ivy League men's
soccer players were named to the various 2011 NCAA Men's Div. I
All-Northeast Region teams it was announced by the National Soccer
Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) on Friday. Cornell sophomore
defender Patrick Slogic was the lone Ivy to garner
first team honors.
Cornell junior goalkeeper Rick Pflasterer was named to the second team, along with the Brown duo of junior defender Dylan Remick and senior forward Sean Rosa, as well as Penn senior midfielder Christian Barreiro and Dartmouth senior forward Lucky Mkosana.
Yale sophomore defender Nick Alers, Penn senior defender Thomas Brandt, Cornell sophomore forward Daniel Haber and Columbia junior forward Will Stamatis were named to the All-Northeast third team.
Slogic played every minute for Cornell this season, scoring
three goals and providing consistency as the center back of a team
that allowed an Ivy League-low 13 goals all year. Pflasterer had
the best season in team history for goals against average, leading
the Ivy League with a .598 mark in that category and currently
eighth in the country. Pflasterer earned six shutouts on the
season, set a school record with 501 consecutive shutout minutes
early in the year and is third in team history with a career goals
against average of 0.78.
Remick and Rosa helped lead the Bears on a dramatic run to the NCAA Championship third round in 2011. Remick earned first team All-Ivy honors for the second straight year, helped the Bears defense earn 10 regular-season shutouts this season and just seven goals against. Remick started and played in 16 games this season and dished out assists against Bryant and George Mason. Rosa earned his third All-Ivy honor in 2011 and finished the year ranking second on the team in scoring with 16 points on six goals and four assists. He was named to the Gamecock Classic and Ocean State Classic All-Tournament Teams, and scored the Bears' game-winning goal against Bryant and added NCAA Championship goals against Fairfield and St. Mary's.
Barreiro earned his second first-team All-Ivy nod this fall after setting career highs in goals (7) and points (21) - leading Penn in both categories. One of the most prolific playmakers in recent history, Barreiro led the Ivy League in assists for the second season in a row with seven. His proclivity for passing helped the Baltimore, Md. native finish with 58 career points - fourth most by a Penn player since 1969. Not just a passer, Barreiro took 64 shots, the most in the Ivy League and connected twice on penalty kicks in 2011 to finish his career a perfect 5-for-5 on PKs. He has been invited to the 2012 adidas MLS Player Combine.
Mkosana, the 2011 Ivy League Player of the Year, had a record-breaking senior season becoming Dartmouth's all-time leading scorer with 34 career goals, breaking a record that stood since the 1950s. Mkosana also became Dartmouth's all-time points leader with 79 career points, breaking a record that stood since the 1980s. He led the Dartmouth offense with 21 points on 10 goals and one assist and spent time in the national rankings. The Zimbabwe native was named Most Valuable Offensive Player of the Dartmouth Classic and was Ivy League Player of the Week (Sept. 12). Mkosana, a senior co-captain, earned his fourth consecutive All-Ivy first team selection. He has also been invited to the 2012 adidas MLS Player Combine.
Alers was a 2011 All-Ivy first team selection. He started 16 games and was the anchor of a Yale defense that yielded only 16 goals and posted four shutouts on the year. He was also named to the Capital One Academic All-America third team, becoming one of only three sophomores in the country to be honored as a 2011 Capital One Academic All-America selection.
Brandt was again named All-Region after he capped his career in fine fashion with five goals from the central backfield. He scored three of those goals in a wild 3-2 win at Harvard in double overtime in the season finale, the first hat trick by a Penn player since 1995. In 2010, Brandt was a first-team All-Region player, and this fall saw him receive first-team All-Ivy honors for the second consecutive season.
Haber scored a team-high nine goals (including three game-winners) in nine separate games. He led the team in points, shots, shots on goal, corner kicks and penalty kicks converted all while coming off the bench. Haber won Ivy League Player of the Week honors twice during the year, claiming the award after a one-goal, two-assist week in late September and again after a two-goal week in mid-October.
Stamatis had an outstanding season, leading Columbia with six goals on the season, including five that were game winners. He had a flair for the dramatic as three of those goals came in overtime.