Men's Soccer Holds 2011 Player Awards Banquet
Dec. 2, 2011
MILWAUKEE - Calum Mallace, Michael Alfano, C. Nortey, Paul Dillon and John Mau of the Marquette University men's soccer team each received accolades at the team's annual player awards banquet Wednesday evening held at Trinity in Milwaukee.
Senior midfielder Calum Mallace was named the team's Most Valuable Player after finishing the 2011 season in the top-three spots of most of MU's offensive categories, including points (12), goals (3), assists (6), shots (51) and shots on shots on goal (19). In his final year as a Golden Eagle, Mallace earned BIG EAST Conference Midfielder of the Year honors and was a All-BIG EAST First Team selection. This is the second consecutive season that Mallace was tabbed as MU's most valuable player.
Michael Alfano received the Marquette Soccer Scholar Award. The Sussex, Wis., graduated Magna cum laude in May 2011 with a Bachelor of Sciencee degree in Marketing from the College of Administration and is currently enrolled in the Graduate School of Management at Marquette. Alfano started in 16 games for the Golden Eagles this fall. This is the second consecutive year that Alfano has earned the Soccer Scholar Award.
After a team-best nine goal and 20-point season, Freshman forward C. Nortey earned the Golden Boot Award, which is given to the player with the most points, and also received Newcomer of the Year honors. Nortey was one of three MU players to play in all 19 matches and was a unanimous selection to the BIG EAST All-Rookie Team.
Sophomore Paul Dillon and red-shirt freshman John Mau were named Marquette's Most Improved Players. Dillon started all 19 games on MU's back line this season, where he tallied one assist and registered 11 shots. After red-shirting in 2010, Mau saw action in 10 of the Golden Eagles' matches this season. Mau and Dillon were part of a defensive back line that held opponents to a 1.26 goals per game average and .086 shot percentage, respectively.