Six Spartans Garner All-Big Ten Honors
Nov. 12, 2007
EAST LANSING, Mich. - Six members of the Michigan State men's soccer team have received All-Big Ten accolades, the conference office announced this week during the Big Ten Men's Soccer Championship at MSU. Junior forward Doug DeMartin (Mason, Mich.) and senior Rauwshan McKenzie (Hoffman Estates, Ill.) each earned first team All-Big Ten recognition, while senior forward Kenzo Webster (Monroe, Mich.) and senior midfielder Kevin Reiman (Yorktown, Hts., N.Y.) each earned second-team all-conference status. Midfielder Spencer Thompson (Shelby Twp., Mich.) and defender Nosa Iyoha (Ann Arbor, Mich.) were selected to the All-Big Ten Freshman Team.
DeMartin, the Big Ten's leading scorer this season with 11 goals and 22 points, was one of five players in the conference to be voted on to the first team unanimously. DeMartin, an honors student, also led the Big Ten in shots (65) and game-winning goals (5). McKenzie, a team co-captain who was named to the 2004 Freshman All-Big Ten Team, joined Ofori Sarkodig and Erin Brunner as the first team's defenders. McKenzie scored two goals and had two assists this year while anchoring one of the Big Ten's stingiest defenses.
DeMartin and McKenzie are the 14th and 15th players to be named first team all-conference. Greg Janicki was MSU's lone first-team performer last season. Three former Spartans, Reid Friedrichs (1995, 96), Steve Arce (2000, 01) and Ryan McMahen (2004, 05), have been named to the first team twice.
Webster claimed second-team accolades for the second straight year. Michigan State's leading scorer in 2006 with 15 points, Webster has tallied 14 points this season, including a team-high six assists. Webster's older brother, John Minagawa-Webster, was a two-time All-Big Ten performer at MSU. Reiman, in his second season at Michigan State after spending two seasons at Maryland, captures his first career All-Big Ten honor. Reiman ranks second on the team with five assists and scored his first career goal in a win at Wisconsin on Sept. 30.
Thompson, who was named Soccer America National Player of the Week on Oct. 15, was one of six newcomers unanimously selected to the all-freshman sqaud. Thompson scored two goals and added two assists this season, including a game-winning goal in MSU's win over No. 3 Notre Dame on Oct. 10. He also scored in the Spartans' 5-0 win over Michigan on Oct. 14. Iyoha, who moved into the starting lineup in late September for injured junior Josh Rogers, has been one of MSU's key defenders alongside McKenzie. Iyoha, who suffered a season-ending jawbone injury at Cincinnati on Oct. 31, scored his first career goal in MSU's 2-1 win over Oakland on Oct. 17.
The All-Big Ten awards were voted on by the league's seven head men's soccer coaches and tabulated by the Big Ten office. Ohio State's Xavier Balc and Northwestern's Piero Bellizzi were named the league's Player of the Year and Freshman of the Year, respectively. Michael Freitag of regular season champion Indiana was selected as Coach of the Year.
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