Nov. 8, 2012
East Lansing, Mich. - Five Michigan State players received post-season honors from the Big Ten Conference, as announced Wednesday by the conference office. Sophomore Forward Adam Montague (Sylvania, Ohio) was named First Team All-Big Ten, junior center back Kevin Cope (Canton, MIch.) was named Second Team All-Big Ten, freshmen Jay Chapman (Campbellford, Ontario) and Zach Bennett (Plano, Texas) were named to the All-Freshman team, and Nick Wilson (Fort Wayne, Ind.) was the team's Sportsmanship Award recipient.
Montague currently has five goals and four assists on the season. His 14 points are a team high and ranks fourth in the Big Ten. Montague tallied the first goal in Michigan State's 2-1 win over Indiana in the quarterfinals of the Big Ten Tournament.
Cope earned post-season Big Ten honors for the third time in his career. This is the second time he has been named to Second Team All-Big Ten and he was also the Big Ten Freshman of the year in 2009. Cope has started in all 19 games so far this season and been an anchor on the defensive end of the field for the Spartans.
Bennett didn't earn his first collegiate start until October 7, when MSU played on the road at against Ohio State. The team is 6-3 since then, and Bennett has allowed multiple goals in a game just once this season - a 2-1 loss at Penn State. Bennett ranks third in the Big Ten in both GAA (0.78) and save percentage (.794) and has recorded three shutouts on the year. He was also awarded his first Big Ten Defensive Player of the Week on October 22nd for recording consecutive shutouts in games against Oakland and Wisconsin.
Chapman recorded a hat trick - his first three collegiate goals - in a Spartan uniform on October 28th, leading Michigan State to a 3-1 win over then ranked No. 16 Indiana. He was awarded his first All-Big Ten Offensive Player of the Week for his performance, converting on all three of his shot attempts.