Nov. 11, 2010
East Lansing, Mich. - Michigan State mens soccer squad is represented in every category of the 2010 All-Big Ten Teams and Awards, as announced by the Big Ten Conference on Thursday (Nov. 11). Spencer Thompson and Colin Givens were named to the All-Big Ten First Team, while Domenic Barone, Kevin Cope and Avery Steinlage each earned spots on the All-Big Ten Second Team. Josh Barens was selected to the All-Freshman squad, and Jeff Ricondo earned the Sportsmanship Award.
Thompson, a senior midfielder, earns First Team All-Big Ten honors for the second straight year. This is his third All-Big Ten selection overall; Thompson was also named to the All-Freshman team in 2007. Thompson's eight helpers this season leads the team and is second overall in the Big Ten, and he ranks third in the conference in assists per game (.44). He has also tallied three goals, resulting in 14 points in 19 games played this year.
Classmate Colin Givens earned his second All-Big Ten accolade, earning First Team honors after being named a Second Team honoree a year ago. One of the most solid, talented center backs in the Big Ten, Givens has provided a solid anchor for Michigan State for each of the 19 games this season.
Domenic Barone makes his first appearance on the All-Conference teams, leading the Spartan offense for the majority of the 2010 season. The junior is currently tied with Brent Rosendall for the team lead in goals (8), which also ranks sixth in the conference. Barone is also sitting in fifth in the Big Ten in points per game (1.36) and goals per game (.57), is in seventh in points (19) and eighth in shots per game (1.00).
Sophomore centerback Kevin Cope earned Second Team kudos. Last year's Big Ten Freshman of the Year was selected to the Big Ten All-Freshman Team last season, and has paired with Givens to give MSU one of the most solid back lines in the Big Ten. Cope has notched one goal and two points in the 2010 season.
Goalkeeper Avery Steinlage's selection to the Second Team is his third career appearance on an All-Big Ten Team. In 2008 and 2009, Steinlage was a First Team pick. The redshirt senior has stopped 81 shots this season, (tops in the conference in saves). Steinlage's four shutouts put him at second in the Big Ten, and fifth in shutouts per game (.22). He is also in third in save percentage (.794) and saves per game (4.50).
Josh Barens was voted onto the 2010 All-Freshman Team after earning a starting role on the Spartan back line in 17 of 18 contests of his first year at Michigan State. Barens provided two assists to the Spartan offense this season, his first coming in the Sept. 19th matchup versus top-ranked Notre Dame.
Senior Jeff Ricondo was Michigan States Sportsmanship Award honoree. Ricondo posted three goals and four assists for the Spartans in just 13 games played, before missing the last six games with injury. As a co-captain, Ricondo has also displayed his leadership in the classroom. The midfielder is an Academic All-American nominee and holds a 3.7 GPA as a marketing major. The 11 student-athletes chosen for the Sportsmanship Award are individuals who have distinguished themselves through sportsmanship and ethical behavior. They must also be in good academic standing and have demonstrated good citizenship outside of the sports-competition setting.