Badger seniors Dominic DaPra and Scott Repa earned first-team all-Big Ten honors as the 2001 conference award winners were announced tonight at the conference championship banquet. Indianas Pat Noonan and Jerry Yeagley were tabbed the leagues Athlete of the Year and Coach of the Year, respectively.
Repa, a senior from Racine, Wis., earned his first all-conference award while DaPra, also from Racine, garnered first-team honors for the second-consecutive season.
Repa had a major impact as Badgers sweeper this season, helping the UW defense record three shutouts this season while ranking fifth on the team in scoring with seven points. He led the team in assists with five and scored his first goal since 1998 in the UWs 4-2 win over IUPUI. Repa was named Big Ten Defensive Player of the Week (Oct. 1) after recording an assist and several defensive stops while playing all 120 minutes in a 2-2 tie against Marquette. A team captain this season, Repa has played in 74 of the Badgers 76 games during his career and has 71 starts.
One of the nations top scorers, DaPras 15 goals and 34 points this season lead the Big Ten. In only two seasons at the UW after transferring from St. Louis University, DaPra is among the Badgers top five in career goals, points, multi-goal games, hat tricks and game-winning goals. He recorded his second career hat trick versus Alabama A&M on Sept. 2, and was named Big Ten Player of the Week on Sept. 3 after scoring five goals in two games and being named the Rocky Rococo Classic tournament MVP. DaPra also earned team of the week honors by Soccer America and College Soccer News following that effort.
Wisconsin fell to Michigan, 1-0, today in the first round of the Big Ten Championship at the McClimon Soccer Complex. Play resumes tomorrow with the Wolverines taking on top-seeded Indiana at 2:30 p.m. before Michigan State and Penn State face off at 5 p.m.