Nov. 12, 2009
MADISON, Wis. -- Wisconsin men’s soccer forward Scott Lorenz was recognized for an outstanding senior season Thursday by earning a place on the All-Big Ten Conference second team at the league’s annual banquet.
Lorenz, a Barrington, Ill., native, earned second-team All-Big Ten honors for the second-consecutive year. The senior started all 18 games for the Badgers to close his career on a streak of 56 consecutive starts, and tied for the team scoring lead with seven points.
Lorenz, one of nine UW seniors recognized at the Big Ten banquet, tallied a pair of goals – both of which came in the Badgers’ 2-1 win over Big Ten rival Michigan State on Oct. 11 – and also tied for the team lead with three assists.
He led the team in shots, with 45, and a tallied a team-best 16 shots-on-goal. For his career, Lorenz ranks eighth all-time at UW with 137 total shots.
Lorenz scored a team-best 10 goals in 2008 to earn his first All-Big Ten nod.
Also recognized Thursday was junior Jon Rzepka, who was the Badgers’ recipient of the Big Ten Sportsmanship Award. The Kentwood, Mich., native played in all 18 games for the Badgers this season – including 14 starts – after missing the entire 2008 campaign due to injury.
Rzepka finished the year a pair of goals and an assist, while ranking second to Lorenz in shots-on-goal with 11 on the season.
The Badgers closed out their season with a 7-9-2 record after falling to Indiana, 2-0, in the quarterfinals of the 2009 Big Ten Tournament on Thursday.
For the first time ever, the league’s annual Player of the Year award was divided into two separate accolades to highlight exceptional offensive and defensive performances. Penn State’s Jason Yeisley was selected as Offensive Player of the Year, while Northwestern’s Mark Blades and Ohio State’s Doug Verhoff were tabbed Co-Defensive Players of the Year.
Newcomers Matt Lampson of Ohio State and Kevin Cope of Michigan State were dubbed Co-Freshmen of the Year and Buckeyes head coach John Bluem was lauded as Coach of the Year by his peers.