Rosenthal a First Team All-America selection
December 16, 2011
KANSAS CITY, Kan. - St. Olaf forward David Rosenthal was named to the National Soccer Coaches Association of America NCAA Division III All-America First Team on Thursday after a sensational season, leading the Oles to a share of the MIAC's regular season title, a league playoffs title and a second round run in the NCAA Championship.
Rosenthal was the only sophomore on the 11-man first team, one of three on the first, second or third team.
He led St. Olaf in goals (14), assists (9) and was named the MIAC's player of the year. He led the MIAC in points (37), while his nine assists, 14 goals and five game-winners ranked second. The 14 goals are also a St. Olaf single-season school record.
Rosenthal, who was the Star Tribune's and Pioneer Press' Player of the Year at Apple Valley High School as a senior, started in 17 games, notching four goals and four assists, as a freshman in 2010 but took his play to the next level in 2011. The forward scored in half (11 of 22) games he started for the Oles this fall. For the year, the sophomore averaged 1.68 points per game. He scored twice in regular season wins at Elmhurst and at Macalester.
Despite his record-setting regular season when he led St. Olaf to a share of the MIAC regular season title for the first time since 2004, Rosenthal stepped up his play even more in the post-season. He assisted on Blake Dressen's opening goal in a 2-1 MIAC Playoff semi-final victory over Augsburg.
Three days later, Rosenthal scored twice in the Oles 3-2 win over crosstown-rival Carleton in the MIAC Playoff title game. St. Olaf trailed the Knights 2-1 in the second half before Rosenthal's 30 yard free kick leveled the score, sending the game to overtime. In the second period of overtime, Rosenthal gained control of the ball about 30 yards from goal and took a couple touches before unleashing a shot from just outside the box that nestled in the lower left corner of the goal, leaving Carleton goalie James Neher with no chance. Rosenthal's heroics led the Oles to their first MIAC Playoff Title in school history.