Men's Lacrosse Sweeps Individual Awards, 12 All-Conference Selections

Posted April 19, 2017

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Marshall, Mo. (April 19, 2017)- The No. 1 Missouri Valley College men’s lacrosse team captured its second-straight KCAC regular season championship over the weekend, and today the team puts 12 of its student-athletes on the 2017 KCAC Men’s Lacrosse All-Conference Team.  Nine Vikings were chosen to the first team, and Missouri Valley swept all three individual awards.

 

Leading the first team selections are Sophomore Midfielder Ryan Barnes (Farmington, Minn.) and Senior Defender Andrew Legg (Vancouver, Wash.)  Barnes was named the KCAC Offensive Player of the Year and Legg was chosen as the KCAC Defensive Player of the Year.  At the conclusion of the regular season, Barnes led the team in goals (38), was third in assists (23) and tied for the team lead in points (61).  He ranks sixth in the NAIA in total shots on goal (76) and ninth in total shots (116).  He also ranks third in the KCAC in goals, second in goals per game (3.17) and fifth in the KCAC in assists.  Legg tied for the team lead in caused turnovers (20) and helped the Viking defense to a 5.08 goals against average, which was best in the NAIA.  Both Barnes and Legg were first team all-conference selections in 2016.

 

Also selected to the all-conference first team were Freshman Attacker Tyler Wilkinson (Driftwood, Texas), Junior Midfielder Owen Sorobey (Winnipeg, Canada), Junior Defender Alex Aubrecht (Farmington, Minn.), Junior Face-Off Specialist Jake Berg (Snohomish, Wash.), Junior Long Stick Midfielder Dan Block (Farmington, Minn.), Freshman Goalkeeper Austin Degross (Apopka, Fla.) and Senior Short Stick Midfielder Brendan Gallagher (Geneva, Ill.).  Aubrecht, Berg, Block and Gallagher were all repeat first team selections. 

 

Wilkinson led the NAIA in assists (37) and tied for the team lead in points (61).  Sorobey was second on the team in goals (35) and third in points (49).  Aubrecht finished the season with 25 groundballs and 15 caused turnovers.  Berg won 143 face-offs this season, finishing the season with a .668 percentage and tied for the team lead in groundballs (66).  Block tied for the team lead in groundballs (66) and tied for the team lead in caused turnovers (20).  Gallagher finished the season with 36 groundballs and 12 total points.  Degross posted a 5.41 goals against average, making 72 saves and earning a .576 save percentage.

 

Three other Vikings were chosen to the all-conference second team.  Senior Greg Ferone (Orlando, Fla.), Junior Midfielder Carson Brezinski (Edmonton, Alberta) and Junior Defender Matt Heinzerling-Weise (Farmington, Minn.).  Brezinksi and Heiznerling-Weise were also chosen to the all-conference second team following the 2016 season.

 

In addition to the student-athletes being recognized, Men’s Lacrosse Head Coach Kevin Totaro was named the KCAC Coach of the Year.  Totaro, in his fourth season leading the program, earns his first Coach of the Year honor.  The Vikings finished with an 11-1 overall record, winning the KCAC with a 5-0 record in conference play.  The Vikings won games against KCAC competition by an average score of 20.4-3.6.  Missouri Valley led the KCAC in 19 different team statistical categories.

 

The Vikings earned the No. 1 seed in the 2017 KCAC Men’s Lacrosse Postseason Tournament, and play No. 4 seed Benedictine (Kan.) College in the semifinals Thursday at 4 p.m., at the University of St. Mary (Kan.) in Leavenworth, Kan.  The championship game is set for Saturday at 4 p.m.

 

 

 

About Missouri Valley College

Known for its dynamic, richly diverse, and friendly educational environment, Missouri Valley College offers many opportunities to grow in mind, body, and spirit. Grounded in the liberal arts, undergraduate studies empower students to master interdisciplinary skills needed to succeed in a knowledge-based global society. MVC offers over 30 academic programs, study abroad program, extracurricular activities, and 13 sports. The most popular majors include education and business, criminal justice and exercise science. Above all, Valley is committed to student success. For more information, call (660) 831-4000 or visit www.moval.edu.

 



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