Rosenthal and Anderson headline MIAC Men's Soccer Awards

Michael Abdella
November 10, 2011

ST. PAUL, Minn. - After the St. Olaf men's soccer team shared the regular season MIAC title with Carleton and won the conference playoff tournament, David Rosenthal was named the 2011 MIAC Men's Player of the Year and coach Kurt Anderson was named MIAC Coach of the Year on Thursday.

Rosenthal, a sophomore forward from Burnsville, led the Oles in both goals and assists this year, scoring a St. Olaf single season record 14 goals and setting up eight others. His 14 goals and 36 points both led the MIAC. In conference play, Rosenthal led the MIAC in points (17) and assists (5), while finishing second with six goals. Rosenthal's record-setting offensive season led the Oles their most wins in a season since 1999, as the team finished with a 16-3-1, 7-2-1 record. The highlight of the season for both the Oles and Rosenthal came in the MIAC Playoff championship game on Saturday. With the score tied at 2-2 in the second overtime, Rosenthal scored the game-winning goal on a shot from just outside the box to clinch the post-season title.

St. Olaf head coach Kurt Anderson earned his second MIAC Coach-of-the-Year award in leading the Oles to their most successful season in recent memory. Anderson also won the award, which is voted on by his peers, back in 1998. In his 23rd year as head coach, Anderson led St. Olaf to their fourth MIAC regular season title (2011, 2004, 1998, 1992) under his leadership. After leading his team to a 16-3-1, 7-2-1 record this fall, Anderson's team won their first MIAC Playoff title with the win over Carleton. In his 23 years as St. Olaf head coach, Anderson has led the Oles to 11 seasons of double-digit wins and has an overall career record of 233-156-29, including a 136-77-17 mark in MIAC play. Under Anderson's direction, the Oles are the lone MIAC team in the NCAA tournament. St. Olaf plays Carroll College (Wis.) in Decorah, Iowa on Saturday in the first round.

The 2011 MIAC Men's Soccer All-Conference Team was also announced on Thursday. After their successful season, the Oles landed three players on the team. On the back of his Player-of-the-Year honor, Rosenthal was named to the all-conference team for the first time. He was joined by fellow first-timers senior forward Blake Dressen and sophomore defender Stephen Johnson. Dressen finished second on the Oles in goals (10) and points (22), as he and Rosenthal provided the bulk of St. Olaf's offense. Johnson, a transfer from Hamline, started all 20 games for the Oles and led a defense that gave up only 16 goals in 20 games. He also contributed in attack by notching a goal and three assists.

Adam Hadro, Johnson's partner in center defense for most of the fall, was named to the Honorable Mention All-MIAC team. A sophomore from Northfield, Hadro played in 15 games, starting 12 for the Oles this fall. He missed five games due to a concussion.

The MIAC also announced the 2011 Men's Soccer All-MIAC Sportsmanship Team. The team consists of one player from each school. St. Olaf's representative was junior midfielder Austin Dressen. Dressen started 15 of the 16 games he played in for the Oles this fall before suffering an injury towards the end of the season.

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