The Oles' Blake Dressen was a third team all-region selection after posting a 10-goal, two-assist season. NCSAA Release

Rosenthal first team while Hadro, Johnson and Dressen are third team all-region selections

Mike Ludwig
December 13, 2011

KANSAS CITY, Kan. - David Rosenthal was a first team selection while three other St. Olaf players -- Adam Hadro, Stephen Johnson and Blake Dressen -- were third team selections as the National Soccer Coaches Association of America released its NCAA Division III All-North Region team on Tuesday.

Rosenthal, the MIAC's player of the year, had 14 goals and nine assists and led the MIAC in points. The sophomore forward came up huge in the MIAC Playoff title game against Carleton. With St. Olaf trailing 2-1 in the second half, Rosenthal's 30 yard free kick knotted the score and sent the game to overtime. Rosenthal then scored the game-winning goal with under four minutes remaining in the second period of overtime on a shot from the edge of the box to clinch the Oles first ever MIAC Playoff title.

Dressen had 10 goals and two assists. His four game-winners were second-best on the team to Rosenthal's five and ranked in the top five in the MIAC. The senior averaged just more than a point a game over the course of the fall (1.05 points-per-game), which was eighth in the MIAC. Dressen also scored in each of St. Olaf's two games en route to the MIAC Playoff title.

Sophomores Adam Hadro and Stephen Johnson were paired together as St. Olaf's starting center defenders for most of the fall and the partnership the two formed was a major reason behind the Oles success this fall. St. Olaf gave up just 18 goals in 22 games. The pairing will likely continue to feature for the Oles next fall.

In addition to their solid defending, both Hadro and Johnson contributed in attack as well for the Oles. Johnson, a transfer from Hamline, scored two goals and added three assists. He scored the game-winner against Augsburg during the regular season and also scored in a 3-1 win over Carroll University in the first round of the NCAA tournament. Hadro, a Northfield native, was a threat from corner kicks all year. He scored in a 7-0 rout of Bethany Lutheran and joined Johnson on the score sheet against Carroll.

Contact media relations specialist Mike Ludwig at (507) 786-3834 or ludwigm@stolaf.edu.