Transylvania’s Smith & RHIT’s Schiff Claim Men’s Soccer MVPs

GREENWOOD, IN – Transylvania University's Kyle Smith (Cincinnati, Ohio/LaSalle) and Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology's Mike Schiff (Martinsville, Ind./Mooresville) have been named the 2012 Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference Most Valuable Players on offense and defense respectively.  Smith helped guide the Pioneers to their eighth regular season title and ninth HCAC men's soccer tournament crown, while Schiff led the Engineers to a share of their third HCAC title with an 8-0-1 conference mark.

Smith has led the Transylvania offense this season, leading the conference in points and goals.  The junior forward has scored 18 goals and added four assists to lead the Transy offense which ranks first in the HCAC in scoring with 49 goals this season.  In conference matches, Smith led the league with nine goals and 20 points scored in nine matches.

Schiff was named Defensive Most Valuable Player for his efforts this fall.  The junior back anchored the Engineers defensive unit during the season as the Engineers allowed an HCAC-best four goals in league play.  Schiff was the star of the Rose defense that allowed only 16 goals in 20 matches this season, including nine shutouts.

Franklin College's Austin Fundenberger (Indianapolis, Ind./North Central) has been selected as the 2012 HCAC Freshman of the Year.  Fundenberger, a midfielder for the Grizzlies, led the team with six goals and three assists this fall.  The freshman ranked ninth in the HCAC in points (15) and 10th in goals scored.

Rose-Hulman's Sean Helliwell has been named the 2012 HCAC Coach of the Year, earning his fourth honor as the head man for the Engineers.  He led Rose-Hulman to a 12-5-3 record this season, earning a share of the HCAC title with an 8-0-1 league mark.

Fourteen players join Smith, Schiff, and Fundenberger as All-HCAC First Team members. Those players include Anderson's Brad Rusche (Jr., New Palestine, Ind.), Kingsley Kantande (Sr., Blantyre, Malawi), and Reid Martin (Jr., Seymour, Ind.), Earlham's Frank Mbaya (Jr., Lexington, Ky.), Franklin's Drew Ferguson (Sr., Louisville, Ky.), Hanover's Matt Grau (So., Cincinnati, Ohio), Manchester's Dian Radev (Sr., Burgas, Bulgaria) and Cody Freels (Sr., Auburn, Ind.), Rose-Hulman's Will Senat (Jr., Edmond, Okla.), Drew Belk (Jr., Jasper, Ind.), Marshall Ishmael (Jr., Knoxville, Tenn.), Andrew Bartush (So., Granger, Ind.), and Drew Miller (So., Cincinnati, Ohio), and Transylvania's Taylor Ballard (Jr., Louisville, Ky.).

 

Offensive Most Valuable Player: Kyle Smith, Transylvania University

Defensive Most Valuable Player:  Mike Schiff, Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology

Freshman of the Year: Austin Fundenberger, Franklin College

Coach of the Year: Sean Helliwell, Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology

 

All-HCAC Team

Brad Rusche

Anderson

Junior

Forward

New Palestine, Ind.

Kingsley Kantande

Anderson

Senior

Midfield

Blantyre, Malawi

Reid Martin

Anderson

Junior

Back

Seymour, Ind.

Frank Mbaya

Earlham

Junior

Back

Lexington, Ky.

Austin Fundenberger

Franklin

Freshman

Midfield

Indianapolis, Ind.

Drew Ferguson

Franklin

Senior

Back

Louisville, Ky.

Matt Grau

Hanover

Sophomore

Midfield

Cincinnati, Ohio

Dian Radev

Manchester

Senior

Forward

Burgas, Bulgaria

Cody Freels

Manchester

Senior

Midfield

Auburn, Ind.

Will Senat

Rose-Hulman

Junior

Forward

Edmond, Okla.

Drew Belk

Rose-Hulman

Junior

Forward

Jasper, Ind.

Marshall Ishmael

Rose-Hulman

Junior

Midfield

Knoxville, Tenn.

Mike Schiff

Rose-Hulman

Junior

Back

Martinsville, Ind.

Andrew Bartush

Rose-Hulman

Sophomore

Back

Granger, Ind.

Drew Miller

Rose-Hulman

Sophomore

Goalkeeper

Cincinnati, Ohio

Kyle Smith

Transylvania

Junior

Forward

Cincinnati, Ohio

Taylor Ballard

Transylvania

Junior

Midfield

Louisville, Ky.

 

Second Team All-HCAC

Elliot Reiff

Anderson

Sophomore

Back

Indianapolis, Ind.

Chris Maloney

Anderson

Sophomore

Goalkeeper

Avon, Ind.

Jordan Andrews

Bluffton

Sophomore

Midfield

Clinton Township, Mich.

Ryan Johnson-Evers

Bluffton

Freshman

Back

Muskego, Wis.

Kevin Arriola

Defiance

Sophomore

Forward

New Lebanon, Ohio

Ryan Owens

Defiance

Senior

Midfield

Cincinnati, Ohio

Jacob Ebbs

Earlham

Freshman

Forward

Brookline, Mass.

Evan Elko

Earlham

Senior

Midfield

Summit, NJ

Andreas Kapsalis

Franklin

Senior

Forward

Fishers, Ind.

Lucas Hill

Franklin

Junior

Goalkeeper

Culver, Ind.

John Wittich

Hanover

Junior

Forward

West Chester, Ohio

Joaquin Acuna

Hanover

Freshman

Forward

Santiago, Chile

Carson McFadden

Manchester

Senior

Back

Elgin, Ill.

Grant Noakes

Manchester

Senior

Goalkeeper

LaPorte, Ind.

Nick Siko

Mount St. Joseph

Senior

Forward

Avon Lake, Ohio

Michael Petitgout

Mount St. Joseph

Junior

Midfield

Cincinnati, Ohio

Adam Carlson

Rose-Hulman

Senior

Midfield

Brownsburg, Ind.

Spencer Johnson

Rose-Hulman

Junior

Back

Yorkville, Ill.

Max Brown Rose-Hulman Junior Back Atlanta, Ga.

Christian King

Transylvania

Junior

Midfield

Nicholasville, Ky.

Robbie Gorham

Transylvania

Junior

Back

Nicholasville, Ky.

Evan Sizemore

Transylvania

Junior

Back

Versaille, Ky.

 

HCAC All-Sportsmanship Team

Kingsley Kantande

Anderson

Senior

Forward

Blantyre, Malawi

Caleb Berlon

Bluffton

Sophomore

Back

Kettering, Ohio

Sean Mukhtar

Defiance

Senior

Goalkeeper

Shelby Township, Mich.

Evan Elko

Earlham

Senior

Midfield

Summit, NJ

Kevin Black

Franklin

Senior

Back

Indianapolis, Ind.

Matt Grau

Hanover

Sophomore

Midfield

Cincinnati, Ohio

Nicolas Balmoria

Manchester

Senior

Midfield

Ft. Wayne, Ind.

Shawn Damen

Mount St. Joseph

Senior

Midfield

Georgetown, Ohio

Spencer Johnson

Rose-Hulman

Junior

Back

Yorkville, Ill.

Kyle Newman

Transylvania

Senior

Midfield

Alexandria, Ky.