Nov. 11, 2005
EAST LANSING, Mich. - The Big Ten Conference announced the 2005 All-Big Ten men's soccer team on Thursday evening. Michigan State senior midfielder Ryan McMahen (Munster, Ind.) earned a spot on the first team, while senior defender Steve Doster (Frankfort, Ill.) was selected second team all-conference.
McMahen leads the team in points (19) and assists (5) and is tied for the team lead with seven goals. He has played a role in 12 of MSU's 22 goals this season and the Spartans are 4-0-1 when he scores a goal. In Big Ten games, he ranked tied for third in the conference with three goals and tied for fifth with six points. This is the second straight season that McMahen has earned first-team all-league honors after earning second-team accolades as a sophomore.
This marks the first all-conference honor for Doster, who has served as the foundation of the Spartan defense. He has also contributed to the Spartan attack, ranking third on the squad in both goals (3) and points (7).
Senior midfielder John Kaczmarek (Plymouth, Mich.) was MSU's recipient of the Big Ten Sportsmanship Award. One student-athlete from each team receives the award for distinguishing himself through sportsmanship and ethical behavior.
Indiana's Brian Plotkin was named the Player of the Year and his teammate, Lee Nguyen, was selected Freshman of the Year. Penn State's Barry Gorman received the Coach of the Year award.