December 15, 2011

RHIT's Clint Vatterrodt Earns First Men's Soccer All-American Award

Release courtesy of Rose-Hulman

2011 NSCAA All-American Team (click here)

TERRE HAUTE, IN -- Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology senior Clint Vatterrodt (Bloomington, Ill./University) became the first men's soccer player in school history to earn All-American honors, in results released today.

Vatterrodt earned third-team honors on the 2011 NSCAA/Continental Tires NCAA Men's Division III All-America Team after a historic season that helped lead Rose-Hulman to the NCAA Division III Tournament.

Vatterrodt was also named a first-team all-Great Lakes Region honoree.  Andrew Bartush (Granger, Ind./Penn) captured third-team all-region honors and is the first freshman in school history to earn all-region accolades.

Vatterrodt ranked No. 6 nationally in NCAA Division III this season with 21 goals and finished No. 7 nationally with 52 points.  He was named Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference Most Valuable Player, earned two all-region honors in his career and was a three-time first-team all-league honoree.

Vatterrodt stands third in school history with 40 goals and 104 points, and holds Rose-Hulman's career school record with 24 assists.  He shared a school record with 10 assists this season.

During Vatterrodt's career, the Fightin' Engineers compiled a 32-4-3 mark against Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference opponents.  The team also won HCAC Tournament titles and made NCAA Division III Tournament appearances in 2008 and 2011.

Bartush joined Vatterrodt in helping Rose-Hulman close the regular season on ï»¿ï»¿a school record 11-match winning streak entering the NCAA Division III Tournament as part of the team's 16-6 season.  He made 22 starts as a freshman defender and was a key reason the Engineers allowed just 18 goals this fall.

Vatterrodt becomes the second soccer player in Rose-Hulman history to earn All-American honors and the first on the men's side.  2008 graduate Jennifer Gordon captured All-American honors after leading the nation in assists and helping the Fightin' Engineers qualify for the NCAA Division III Tournament in 2007. 

Vatterrodt also earned the 75th All-American award in Rose-Hulman athletic history with this honor.