Five Wisconsin members of the Wisconsin mens soccer team have earned accolades from the Big Ten Conference for the 2008 season, the league announced Thursday.
Representing the Badgers on the All-Big Ten Second Team are forward Scott Lorenz and defenders Taylor Waspi and Eric Conklin, all juniors. Midfielder Colin Monasterio was named to the Big Ten All-Freshman Team, and senior midfielder Kenny Dix was one of seven players recognized with the Big Ten Sportsmanship Award.
Lorenz leads the Badgers this season with 23 points, good for fourth in the Big Ten, off 10 goals and three assists while starting all 19 of Wisconsins games. He also ranks second in the Big Ten in both shots and shots per game.
Defenders Waspi and Conklin have been solid contributors to the Badgers this season. Waspi is fourth in points for Wisconsin with eight off four goals in 18 games played. Conklin has played in all 19 games for Wisconsin, making 16 starts and scoring a goal.
Both also contributed to the Badgers 1.01 goals-against average for the season.
Monasterio played his way onto the All-Freshman team by making 16 appearances for the Badgers, starting in nine games. In these games, Monasterio scored four points off one goal and two assists on the year.
Dix received the Sportsmanship Award after starting 18 of Wisconsins 19 games. Dix ranks sixth for the Badgers in points with seven off two goals and three assists on the year.
Michigan State senior forward Doug DeMartin won the Big Ten Player of the Year award after leading the conference in shots, shots per game, points, points per game, goals, and goals per game. The Spartans also received recognition for retiring head coach Joe Baum, who claimed Big Ten Coach of the Year honors.
Michigan State and Michigan led the league with four players each on the All-Big Ten first team.