Men's Soccer 2010 Player Awards
Dec. 17, 2010
MILWAUKEE -- The Marquette men's soccer team has announced its player awards for the 2010 campaign.
Most improved player honors went to sophomores Ryan Robb and David Check. Freshman Eric Pothast received the newcomer of the year award. The soccer scholar award went to junior Michael Alfano and the most valuable player honor went to junior Calum Mallace.
Ryan Robb saw the most minutes of any Golden Eagle during the 2010 season, was the only MU player to start in every match, and was one of three players to see action in every game. Robb finished second on the team with four assists and scored his first goal of the season against No. 3 Connecticut on Oct. 1.
David Check posted six shutouts on the season, the most in a season by an MU keeper since 1998, and made a league-high 89 saves, placing MU second in the league in saves. Check became first BIG EAST player since 2004 to earn the league's goalkeeper of the week honor in consecutive weeks when he garnered the award on Sept. 27 and Oct. 4. Check recorded a career-high nine saves against Connecticut (Oct. 1), and held the nation's top scoring offense to just one goal in a 1-1 draw.
Eric Pothast tallied the most minutes of any freshman in 2010. Pothast scored his first collegiate goal in MU's 2-0 win over Wright State (Oct. 6) and was one of four freshmen to find the net in the 2010 season. Pothast's four points from two goals placed him sixth on the team for the year.
Michael Alfano received second-team NSCAA Scholar All-North/Central Region recognition for his work in the classroom. Alfano finished third on the team with two assists, including an assist on Amilcar Herrera's opening goal in MU's 3-1 BIG EAST tournament win at St. John's on Nov. 3.
Calum Mallace received All-BIG EAST Second Team honors and is MU's active leader in career goals (10) and career game-winning goals (7) and led the BIG EAST in shots (71) and was sixth in points (18) this past season. Mallace also led MU in most offensive categories, including points (18), goals (6), assists (6), shots (71) and shots on goal (26) during 2010.