Men's soccer captain reflects on moments and legacy during his time at Michigan State.
Adam Montague becomes third Spartan to sign with Major League Soccer in 2015.
2015 sees departure of midfielders Fatai Alashe and Jay Chapman as well as forward Adam Montague.
Alashe is just one of eight to be signed in advance of the MLS SuperDraft.
The Spartans went 12-5-6 with a second consecutive NCAA Elite Eight run for 2014.
Michigan State Soccer Coach Damon Rensing discusses the top players for the 2012 Michigan State Men's Soccer team.
NCAA Tournament Second Round - MSU 1, Oakland 0
MSU 3, FIU 0 Sept 5, 2014 - East Lansing, Mich.
MSU vs. Notre Dame NCAA Elite Eight game, Saturday, Dec. 7, 2013, in South Bend, Ind. (Photo credit: Joe Raymond).
No. 11 Michigan State men's soccer (14-5-3) shutout No. 6 Georgetown, 1-0 in Washington, D.C. Photos by: Rafael Suanes
2014: Second-Team NSCAA All-Region ... Second Team All-Big Ten ... Academic All-Big Ten ... First goal of the season against FIU (8/31), the 19th of his career ... Scored the game-winning goal against Wisconsin in the 54th minute (10/11) ... Netted a goal in the 14th minute against Michigan (11/2) ... Scored game-winning goal in 3-2 victory at No. 2 Indiana (11/5) ... One of the Spartans second-leading scorers with 14 points ... Finished third in the Big Ten in shots (52) ... Tied for ninth in the Big Ten in goals (5).
2013: Big Ten Distinguished Scholar... Team Captain... Voted to the All-Big Ten Second Team ... Finished tied for first in the Big Ten with four game-winning goals and second with 3.19 shots/game ... Tied for a team-high four game-winning goals... After entering the game for less than a minute, scored the lone goal in a 1-0 Spartan victory over Georgetown in the Sweet Sixteen of the NCAA tournament on Dec. 1... Assisted on Tim Kreutz' double-overtime winner in the second round of the NCAA Tournament against Louisville on Nov. 24... Headed in the lone goal in a 1-1 draw against Ohio State on Oct. 13...Scored the dramatic second-overtime game winner at No. 5 Northwestern on Oct. 6, bouncing a header into the net to earn Big Ten Offensive Player of the Week honors...Shot the game-winning goal in a 2-0 victory against UIC on Oct. 1...Scored MSU's first goal of the season against Western Michigan in the fifth minute of the game, his first of four game-winning goals of the season, to kick start a 4-0 rout of the Broncos on Sept. 1...Named to the College Soccer News and TopDrawerSoccer.com National Team of the Week on Dec. 1... Ranked No. 47 in the top-50 of the TopDrawerSoccer.com preseason player rankings...Appeared in 16 games for the Spartans, after suffering a knee injury midseason.
2012: Third Team NSCAA All-Great Lakes Region ... First Team All-Big Ten... Led the team and was second in the Big Ten with 22 points... His team leading eight goals was good for third best in the Big Ten... Scored a goal in all three games of the Big Ten Tournament, and was named offensive player of the tournament... His six assists were a career high and the second best total on the team ... Opened his season scoring at Bowling Green (8/29), scoring MSU's first goal in a 2-1 win ... Had MSU's only score against Marquette in the Big Ten-Big East Challenge game (9/16) ... Had assists against Western Michigan (9/21) and Northwestern (9/30) for a three-game point-scoring streak, his second-longest of the season ...Scored MSU's only goal in a tough 2-1 loss at Penn State (10/14) .. . Put back a rebound for MSU's second goal in a 2-0 shutout win over Wisconsin (10/21) ...Assisted on two of Jay Chapman's three tallies in a 3-1 home win over eventual National Champion Indiana (10/28) ... Opened the scoring for MSU in the Big Ten Tournament victory over the Hoosiers (11/7) ... Had the game-winner in a 3-1 victory over Penn State in the Big Ten Tournament semifinals, and also had an assist on Jay Chapman's goal later in the game (11/9) ... Had MSU's regulation tally in the Big Ten Tournament championship game against Michigan (11/11) ... Continued his four-game goal-scoring streak, his career best, in a 2-1 win over Cleveland State in the NCAA Tournament at DeMartin Stadium (11/15)...Named one of the three MSU "Players to Watch" on the Big Ten's preseason list.
2011: A Second Team All-Big Ten and All-Freshman Team selection ... College Soccer News All-Freshman Team ... Named one of Top Drawer Soccer's Top 100 Freshmen ... Started 14 of the 18 games in which he appeared ... Led the Spartans in scoring with five goals and five assists (15 points) ... Had points in seven of MSU's final 11 games ... Had one assist in a 3-0 victory at New Hampshire (9/4) ... Netted his first collegiate tally in a 1-1 tie at eventual Big Ten regular-season and tournament champion Northwestern (9/24) ... Scored MSU's only goal in a tough 2-1 loss to Ohio State (10/2) ... Scored a late goal to help the Spartans sink Wisconsin-Milwaukee (10/4), and assisted on Mark Barone's tally early in the match ... Netted MSU's game-tying tally as the Spartans rallied from a two-goal deficit to earn a tie at Indiana, 2-2 (10/23) ... Assisted on both MSU goals in a 2-1 victory over Western Michigan (10/26) ... Assisted on Rubin Bega's game-winner in the 86th minute as MSU stunned Akron, 1-0 (11/2). The Spartan victory ended the defending National Champions' 48-game home winning streak ... Scored the Spartans' lone goal in a loss to Indiana, 2-1, in the Big Ten Tournament quarterfinals (11/9).
Prior to MSU: Named to the NSCAA All-Region team and ESPN RISE Fall Preview Mid-East Starting Eleven, and was unanimously selected as District Player of the Year as a senior...Selected to the All-State First Team his senior and junior seasons...Earned All-District First Team recognition as a sophomore...All-District Honorable Mention his freshman year... Captain in both his junior and senior seasons ... Holds high school single-season and career records in wins, goals, assists, and points ..District Runner up as a freshman ... District Semi-Finalists his sophomore year...Regional Finalists as a junior...As a senior, his high school team were state semi-finalists, ranked 3rd in the state and 19th in the country ... Played with the Pacesetter Club in 2009 and 2010, where they were the MRL Premier League First Division Champions and the State Cup Runner Up ... Earned varsity letters all four years ... Earned Academic First honors for seven semesters.
Personal: Born Oct. 16, 1992...Son of James and Michele Montague...Brother, Taylor Montague, rowed at Georgetown ... Plans to major in finance.