PRINCETON, N.J. -- After leading the League in goal scoring for the second time in four seasons and helping the Big Green to a fifth consecutive appearance in the NCAA Championship field, Dartmouth senior forward Lucky Mkosana (Bulawayo, Zimbabwe) has been named the 2011 Ivy League Men’s Soccer Player of the Year.
Mkosana scored ten goals this season to lead the League in scoring, a feat he also accomplished when he netted 11 goals as a freshman en route to claiming Ivy League Rookie of the Year honors in 2008. In 2011, he led the Big Green with 21 points on ten goals and an assist. Three of his goals proved to be game-winning strikes, while two others were game-tying goals. He is the fourth Dartmouth player to be named the Ivy League Player of the Year and first since Craig Henderson earned the honor in 2008.
With an 89th-minute goal against Cornell on Nov. 5, Mkosana became Dartmouth's all-time leading scorer, breaking a record that stood since the 1950s. The senior captain is also Dartmouth's all-time points leader with 79.
Mkosana has the added distinction of being a unanimous selection to the 2011 All-Ivy first team, marking his fourth consecutive first team All-Ivy honor. Since the inaugural All-Ivy men’s soccer team came out in 1955, Mkosana is just the sixth player to be named to the All-Ivy first team in all four years of his career and the first to do so with the Big Green. He is also just the sixth player since 1979 (when the Ivy League began honoring a men’s soccer Player and Rookie of the Year) to win both individual awards. Harvard’s Andre Akpan, who graduated in 2009 and now plays for Major League Soccer’s Colorado Rapids, was the last to accomplish both those feats.
Penn freshman forward Duke Lacroix (New Egypt, N.J.) was named the 2011 Ivy League men’s Soccer Rookie of the Year, becoming just the second Quaker to earn the honor (Michael O’Connor, 1996 was the other).
Lacroix tied Stephen Baker as Penn’s second-leading scorers in 2011. Lacroix netted five goals and added two assists for 12 points. He started all 17 games for the Quakers and earned Ivy League Rookie of the Week honors on two occasions. His first weekly honor came on Sept. 5, following a two-goal performance versus Saint Joseph’s, while his second honor came on Sept. 26 after a three-goal weekend helped Penn claim the title at the 2011 Penn Soccer Classic.
Reflecting the quality of play across the League, the votes were spread out and only Brown defender Dylan Remick (Inverness, Ill.) joined Mkosana as a unanimous first team selection. For Remick, a junior, it marks his second consecutive appearance on the All-Ivy first team.
Representative of the veteran know-how and level of experience it takes to excel in an eight team League that has sent at least two teams to the NCAA tournament for seven consecutive years, only Yale defender Nick Alers (San Jose, Costa Rica) and Cornell Defender Patrick Slogic (Colorado Springs, Colo.) cracked the 15-member first team All-Ivy lineup as underclassmen. Both sophomores made the honorable mention team in as freshmen in 2010.
Other notes from the All-Ivy first team include 2010 Ivy League Player of the Year Antoine Hoppenot (Princeton, N.J.) and his Princeton teammate Mark Linnville (Boone, N.C.) each making the All-Ivy first team for the third straight season. Hoppenot was also a second team honoree as a freshman and he and Linnville become the just the fourth and fifth Tigers to earn three career All-Ivy first team honors.
Also on defense, Penn senior Thomas Brandt (Palmyra, Pa.) makes his second consecutive appearance on the All-Ivy first team, while Dartmouth senior Nick Pappas (Scottsdale, Ariz.) was named to the 2011 first team for his first career All-Ivy honor.
Penn’s Christain Barreiro (Baltimore, Md.) and Brown’s Rob Medairos (Stafford, Va.), both seniors, lead an experienced first team midfield with Barreiro getting his second consecutive first team All-Ivy nod and Medairos moving up after being an honorable mention selection in 2009 and 2010. Also in the midfield, juniors Matt Sanner (Indianapolis, Ind.) of Princeton and Scott Prozeller (Sudbury, Mass.) of Harvard made the All-Ivy first team a year after earning second team honors.
Dartmouth junior midfielder Kevin Dzierzawski (Oakland Twp., Mich.) and Columbia junior forward Will Stamatis (Mountainside, N.J.) each were named to the 2011 first team, their first career All-Ivy honors. Goalkeeper Rick Pflasterer (Ann Arbor, Mich.) of Cornell, an honorable mention selection as a freshman, got the nod as the first team goalkeeper.
The 2011 men's soccer All-Ivy teams were determined in a vote by the League's eight head coaches, as were the individual award winners.
PLAYER OF THE YEAR
Lucky Mkosana, Dartmouth (Sr., F, Bulawayo, Zimbabwe)
Duke Lacroix, Penn (Fr., F, New Egypt, N.J.)
FIRST TEAM ALL-IVY
Nick Alers, Yale (So., San Jose, Costa Rica)
Thomas Brandt, Penn (Sr., Palmyra, Pa.)
Mark Linnville, Princeton (Jr., Boone, N.C.)
Nick Pappas, Dartmouth (Sr., Scottsdale, Ariz.)
Dylan Remick, Brown (Jr., Inverness, Ill.)*
Patrick Slogic, Cornell (So., Colorado Springs, Colo.)
Christian Barreiro, Penn (Sr., Baltimore, Md.)
Kevin Dzierzawski, Dartmouth (Jr., Oakland Twp., Mich.)
Rob Medairos, Brown (Sr., Stafford, Va.)
Scott Prozeller, Harvard (Jr., Sudbury, Mass.)
Matt Sanner, Princeton (Jr., Indianapolis, Ind.)
Lucky Mkosana, Dartmouth (Sr., Bulawayo, Zimbabwe)*
Will Stamatis, Columbia (Jr., Mountainside, N.J.)
Rick Pflasterer, Cornell (Jr., Ann Arbor, Mich.)
SECOND TEAM ALL-IVY
Jake Levin, Penn (Sr., Columbia, Md.)
Eric Robertson, Brown (Jr., San Antonio)
Ronnie Shaban, Columbia (Sr., Ashburn, Va.)
Taylor Gorman, Brown (Sr., Freeport, Maine)
Jimmy Lannon, Cornell (Sr., Tinton Falls, N.J.)
Mike Mazzullo, Columbia (Sr., Yonkers, N.Y.)
David Najem, Columbia (So., Clifton, N.J.)
Nick Scott, Columbia (Jr., Newcastle, England)
Daniel Haber, Cornell (So., Toronto)
Charlie Paris, Yale (Sr., Venice, Calif.)
Sean Rosa, Brown (Sr., Montreal)
Henning Sauerbier, Columbia (So., Dueren, Germany)
Bobby Thalman, Yale (Jr., Greenwood Village, Colo.)
HONORABLE MENTION ALL-IVY
Ross Friedman, Harvard (So., Bexley, Ohio)
Evan Coleman, Brown (Sr., Amherst, Mass.)
Max McKiernan, Yale (So., Louisville, Ky.)
Benjamin Williams, Cornell (So., Noblesville, Ind.)
Julian Griggs, Princeton (Fr., Elkridge, Md.)
Peter Jacobson, Yale (So., Ann Arbor, Mich.)
Duke Lacroix, Penn (Fr., New Egypt, N.J.)
T.J. Popolizio, Brown (Sr., Rexford, N.Y.)
Noah Cohen, Dartmouth (So., Johannesburg, South Africa)
* - unanimous selection
^ - due to ties in the voting, the first & second All-Ivy teams were expanded from 11