Dec. 16, 2005
EAST LANSING, Mich. - Michigan State senior midfielder Ryan McMahen (Munster, Ind.) was named to the NSCAA/adidas Men's Division I All-America second team. The All-Big Ten selection recorded seven goals and five assists, leading the 2005 Spartans with 19 points. He played a role in 12 of MSU's 22 goals and the Spartans posted a 4-0-1 record when he scored a goal.
"Ryan has been a big part of the success of Michigan State soccer over the last few years, not only with his play making and goal scoring, but also his leadership," MSU head coach Joe Baum said of the first All-American in his 29 years as head coach. "He has committed his life to excellence and winning, and his spirit has carried over to the entire Spartan program."
McMahen was one of just four Big Ten players to earn a spot on one of the three All-America teams, and the only one not from Indiana. Hoosier midfielder Brian Plotkin was a first-team selection, while forward Jacob Peterson and defender Jed Zayner were third-team honorees.
"I was very surprised, but I can't take all the credit for this honor," McMahen said. "I've had the opportunity to play with some great teammates and also made some great friends in the process. I was fortunate that when I came in as a young freshman, Coach Baum and Coach (Damon) Rensing placed a lot of trust in me and gave me the chance to start right away. I carried that opportunity through the rest of my time at Michigan State. As I look back at my career, winning the Big Ten Championship as a junior is a memory that will last a lifetime."
With McMahen in the lineup, the Spartans advanced to the NCAA Tournament in 2001 and 2004, after not having made an appearance since 1969. He finished his career with 28 assists, ranking second in MSU history, and sixth in career scoring (80 points).