Damon Rensing announces a field of eight in the class of 2015.
Men's soccer captain prepares for a new chapter following time at Michigan State.
The Spartans went 12-5-6 with a second consecutive NCAA Elite Eight run for 2014.
Ninety-five Spartan student-athletes were recognized for having a 3.0 or better GPA.
Providence 3, Michigan State 2
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).
2014: First-Team Academic All-America ... Second-Team All-Big Ten ... Academic All-Big Ten ... Picked up first team goal of 2014 in opening match against SMU, his fifth career in the 79th minute (8/29) ... Scored against Ohio State to become the first player with multiple goals in the 63rd minutes (10/4) ... Earned Capital One Academic All-America First Team and Capital One Academic All-District Team honors for his 3.94 GPA in Kinesiology.
2013: Big Ten Distinguished Scholar... Started in 21 games and was as a key member of the Spartans defense that finished the season as the Big Ten leader in least goals allowed (17) and a .70 GAA ...Helped the Spartans earn a program-tying 13 shutouts on the season... Headed in the second goal of a 2-0 win over Northern Illinois after leaving the game twice to receive stitches for a gash above his left eyebrow on Sept. 28...Picked up an assist on Kevin Cope's goal against Western Michigan on Sept. 1...Recorded an assist in the only goal of a 2-1 loss to Valparaiso on Sept. 8...Assisted Tim Kreutz on his double-overtime winner against Indiana on Nov. 1...Took nine shots and earned four assists on the season.
2012: Served as a stalwart defender for the second straight season , helping MSU to a team GAA of 1.09 ... Recorded the game-winning goal against Indiana in the first round of the Big Ten Tournament (11/9) ... Tallied an assiston Nick Wilson's goal against Providence (9/9).
2011: Named to the Big Ten All-Freshman Team ... Named one of Top Drawer Soccer's Top 100 Freshmen ... Stepped in to play a significant role on the back line after injuries deeply affected the Spartan roster ... Appeared in 15 games, starting 11 and playing 90 minutes or more on 10 occasions ... Scored MSU's lone goal in a tough 2-1 overtime loss to Georgetown (9/9), scoring on a header off a restart ... Assisted on Adam Montague's game-tying goal at Indiana (10/23), as the Spartans rallied from a 2-0 deficit to settle on a 2-2 deadlock ... Headed in the game's only goal against Michigan (10/30), securing the Big Bear Trophy for the Spartans ... Named Academic All-Big Ten and to the list of Big Ten Distinguished Scholars.
Prior to MSU: Two-time First Team All-State honoree at Grand Blanc High School where he helped lead the team to three consecutive conference championships and a state semifinal in 2008...Team captain in 2009 Keener scored 15 goals and had 11 assists as a defender...Won a national championship with his club team the Michigan Wolves Soccer Club in 2007.