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    Lenahan Named Coach of the Year, Six NU Players Receive B1G Honors

    Freshman goalie Tyler Miller was a First-Team All-Big Ten honoree and member of the All-Freshman Team. Miller was one of seven Wildcats, including head coach Tim Lenahan, who took home Big Ten awards Thursday night.

    Freshman goalie Tyler Miller was a First-Team All-Big Ten honoree and member of the All-Freshman Team. Miller was one of seven Wildcats, including head coach Tim Lenahan, who took home Big Ten awards Thursday night.

    Nov. 10, 2011

    ANN ARBOR, Mich. – Northwestern can add another chapter to its already historic season as the Big Ten Conference released its All-Big Ten men’s soccer teams Thursday and there is a heavy Wildcat presence. Head coach Tim Lenahan is the unanimous selection as the Big Ten Coach of the Year, while Oliver Kupe (Clarkston, Mich./Clarkston), Tyler Miller (Woodbury, N.J./Bishop Eustace), Chris Ritter (Winnetka, Ill./New Trier), Lepe Seetane (Maseru, Lesotho/Trinity), Nikko Boxall (Auckland, New Zealand/Mt. Albert) and Peter O’Neill (Fairway, Kan./Rockhurst) each received conference honors.

    After guiding Northwestern to its first Big Ten regular season title, Lenahan is the first coach in program history to win coach of the year accolades. Lenahan’s Wildcats were unbeaten in Big Ten play (4-0-2) for the first time in school history and in their last nine games (7-0-2) after starting the season 3-4-2. In 11 years at the helm of Northwestern, Lenahan has a 110-81-28 record and a 22-year career mark of 236-149-46.

    This award adds to Lenahan’s already impressive resume as he inherited a Northwestern program that won a total of four Big Ten matches in the 10 years prior to his arrival. Lenahan has since turned the program into Big Ten champions and one that has reached the NCAA tournament five times in the last seven seasons.

    The Wildcats also made a strong showing on this year’s All-Big Ten teams. After earning second-team honors in 2010, forward Oliver Kupe was one of three unanimous selections for first-team All-Big Ten. The senior once again led Northwestern with seven goals this season, many of which came in key moments. Kupe helped the Wildcats stay alive in the hunt for their Big Ten title when he scored a goal with about five minutes left as NU came back to tie then-No. 10 Indiana 2-2 on Oct. 30. He is among the Big Ten leaders in goals (third) and points (T-5th).

    After posting nine shutouts and a goals-against average of 0.72, Tyler Miller is the goalkeeper selection on this year’s first-team All-Big Ten list. In his first season, Miller already ranks second on NU’s single-season shutout list, third for single-season goals-against average and tied for fourth on the career shutout list. Miller was also a unanimous selection for the All-Freshman Team.

    Lepe Seetane (midfield), Chris Ritter (midfield) and Nikko Boxall (defense) were selected as second-team All-Big Ten honorees. Seetane is second on the team behind Kupe with five goals and 13 points while Ritter has four goals and 10 points on the year. Ritter’s fourth goal of the season was arguably the biggest as he found the back of the net at the 83:09 mark against Michigan to give Northwestern the 1-0 win and the Big Ten title.

    Boxall played all 18 matches and was a key part in the NU defense that shut out nine opponents and had a 0.79 goals-against average on the season. He also was a unanimous selection for this year’s Big Ten All-Freshman Team.

    One of this year’s senior leaders, Peter O’Neill is Northwestern’s sportsmanship award winner. O’Neill played and started all 18 games this season and has been a permanent fixture in NU’s midfield for 75 games over the last four years. This year, he is second on the team with five assists.

    This is just the second time in school history that NU has five players on the all-conference teams. In 2007, David Roth (First Team), Carl Pett (First Team), Piero Bellizi (Second Team), Mark Blades (Second-Team) and Misha Rosenthal (Second Team) were all honored.

    Northwestern is the No. 1 seed in the 2011 Big Ten Tournament and begins postseason action at noon CT Friday against No. 4 seed Indiana at the U-M Soccer Stadium in Ann Arbor, Mich. The match airs live on the Big Ten Network.


    Offensive Player of the Year: Chris Hegngi, Ohio State
    Defensive Player of the Year: David Tiemstra, Ohio State
    Freshman of the Year: ERIQ ZAVALETA, Indiana
    Coach of the Year: Tim Lenahan, Northwestern

    All-Big Ten Teams

    Position                       First Team                                                       Second Team

    Forward                       Alec Purdie, Indiana                                           Adam Montague, MSU

                                         ERIQ ZAVALETA, Indiana                                    Parnell Hegngi, Ohio State

                                        Oliver Kupe, Northwestern                          Chris Prince, Wisconsin

                                        Chris Hegngi, Ohio State                                 

    Midfield                         Nikita Kotlov, Indiana                                        Latif Alashe, Michigan

                                          Cyrus Sadee, Michigan State                        Chris Ritter, Northwestern

                                         Tomislav Zadro, Wisconsin                            Lepe Seetane, Northwestern

                                                                                                            Austin McAnena, Ohio State

    Defense                      CHRIS ESTRIDGE, Indiana                                  Kofi Opare, Michigan

                                      Tommy Meyer, Indiana                                       Mark Barone, Michigan State

                                      DAVID TIEMSTRA, Ohio State                          Nikko Boxall, Northwestern

    Goalkeeper                Tyler Miller, Northwestern                            Matt Lampson, Ohio State  


    All-Freshman Team


    Forward                 ERIQ ZAVALETA, Indiana               

                                   ADAM MONTAGUE, Michigan State

                                    Kenny Cunningham, Ohio State                                                                     

    Midfield                   Kerel Bradford, Indiana

                                   TYLER ARNONE, Michigan

                                    Fatai Alashe, Michigan State

                                   Brady Wahl, Ohio State           

    Defense                 RYAN KEENER, Michigan State

                                    Nikko Boxall, Northwestern

                                    AJ COCHRAN, Wisconsin                                                                                        

    Goalkeeper            Tyler Miller, Northwestern

    Unanimous selections in ALL CAPS

    Sportsmanship Award Honorees:

    Kerel Bradford, Fr., Indiana

    Tim Bergsma, Jr., Michigan

    Garret Back, Sr., Michigan State

    Peter O’Neill, Sr., Northwestern

    Sage Gardner, So., Ohio State

    Jacob Barron, Jr., Penn State

    Blake Succa, So., Wisconsin


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