Six Spartan Standouts Make All-Big Ten Teams
Nov. 20, 2003
EAST LANSING, Mich. - Six Michigan State men's soccer players were named to All-Big Ten teams. Forward John Minagawa-Webster (Jr., Monroe), defender Nick DeGraw (Sr., Clinton Township) and goalkeeper Mike Robinson (Sr., Troy) each earned first-team All-Big Ten honors, while midfielders Craig Hearn (Sr., Farmington Hills) and Ryan McMahen (So., Munster, Ind.) earned second-team honors along with defender Kevin Wittig (Sr., Newtown, Pa.).
MSU and Indiana led the Big Ten, as each school placed six players on the all-conference squads. The six Spartan honorees ties a school record established in 2000 when John Benoist, T.J. Lieckfelt and Steve Arce earned first-team recognition and Steve Williford, Scott Babinski and Minagawa-Webster found a spot on the second team.
Minagawa-Webster tied for the team lead with eight goals and ranked second on the squad with 19 points. DeGraw started all but one contest and was the foundation of MSU's defense. This is the third time in his career that he has earned all-conference recognition, earning second-team honors in 2001 and 2002. Robinson was part of a three-way tie for first-team all-conference goalkeeper, sharing the honor with Indiana's Jay Nolly and Michigan's Peter Dzubay. Robinson finished the season with a 1.07 goals-against average and recorded six shutouts.
McMahen led the team in points (21) and assists (9), and ranked third on the squad with six goals. Hearn recorded three assists, while starting 18 games in the Spartan midfield. Wittig has been part of a solid Spartan defense for four seasons. This season, he scored his first career goal and added two assists. This marks the second straight season that he has earned second-team all-league honors.
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