December 01, 2009

Hamline men’s soccer announces 2009 team award winners

Topping the list were co-most valuable players Drew Lukas (Sr., South St. Paul, Minn.) and Zach Nelson (So., Eagan, Minn.).

Lukas, a forward, closed out his final season with his third All-MIAC nod as he became the school’s all-time leading scorer with 73 career points. He is also the school record-holder for goals scored (34), game-winning goals (10), and penalty kicks made (five). Lukas tallied six goals and two assists in 18 starts this year.

Nelson was the lone keeper to see time in net for the Pipers this season, playing 1,661 minutes over his 18 starts. He capped off the season by earning All-MIAC honorable mention honors after posting a save percentage of .806 and a goals against average of 1.35. He also recorded four shutouts.

Dave Donner (Jr., Stillwater, Minn.) was named the team’s most improved player. He started all 18 games at midfield for the Pipers, providing a goal and three assists. He was joined in the midfield by the team’s newcomer of the year, Sam Slagle (Fy., Appleton, Wis.). Slagle started 16 games and tallied two assists.

Rounding out the team honors for 2009 was the “Hard Hat Award” winner, Evan Falon (Sr., Minneapolis, Minn.). Falon was a tireless defender who started 17 games for Hamline this fall, always providing selfless play and hard work.

The Pipers finished the 2009 season with a 6-11-1 overall record and a 2-7-1 mark in conference play.