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Release: Dec. 16, 2011 Contact: Pete LaFleur (email@example.com)
MESSIAH'S ERIN HENCH & OHIO WESLEYAN'S DYLAN STONE
RECEIVE CS360 FINAL-WEEK PRIMETIME PLAYER AWARDS
Messiah fifth-year senior forward Erin Hench (Carlisle, Pa.) and Ohio Wesleyan senior midfielder Dylan Stone (Easton, Conn.) received top honors for the final edition of the CS360 Primetime Performers of the Week for Division III women's and men's soccer, as selected by CollegeSoccer360.com (seven total honorees, listed below). Hench and Stone, who helped lead their teams to 2011 NCAA titles, are the final CS360 Primetime Players of the Week and are joined by five others on the Primetime Performer Weekly Honor Roll for the 2011 College Cup championship weekend, held at San Antonio's Blossom Soccer Stadium (player info. and photos below; headshots in right-sidebar).
... Selection for the CS360 weekly awards is based on any/all of the following "primetime" criteria (i.e. not solely based on raw stats):
• Performed at a high level in a game that is key to the team's postseason achievements.
• In general, preference is given based on the quality of the opponent, contribution to team success and situational factors involved in the player's accomplishments.
• Exhibited strong leadership and/or involved in clutch performances, such as gamewinning goals, noteworthy comebacks, late scores, momentum-shifting play, all-around performance, team spirit, etc.
• Overcame adversity or extreme circumstances (for the team and/or individual).
• Bonus consideration is given for key performances away from team's home field and/or against a traditional rival.
Messiah 5th-year senior forward Erin Hench (above) and Ohio Wesleyan senior midfielder Dylan Stone (left).
Photos courtesy of the respective schools
CS360 Primetime Performers Final Weekly Honor Roll (Division 3)
(presented by CollegeSoccer360.com ... for championship weekend games, on Dec. 2-3, 2011)
"It's not so much what your do, as it is when you do it."
Division 3 Women ...
*ERIN HENCH (Messiah/Grantham, PA ... F ... 5th-Yr.-Sr. ... Carlisle, PA ... #12) pictured at top of page
..... Factored into all of the Falcons goals (2G-1A), as top-ranked Messiah won the program's fourth NCAA title with 3-1 combeack win over #6 Wheaton (Ill.) – in showdown between teams that had 45-1-3 combined record (Messiah ended 23-0-1, Wheaton 23-2-2) ... totaled Division III tournament record 20 points (8G-4A) in the 2011 NCAAs while finishing with D3 records for career goals (19) and assists (13) in the NCAAs ... helped erase team's second deficit of season (and first since Oct. 5), after connecting with Lisa Wingard's rightside cross for a header goal from six yards out (15') ... added go-ahead goal midway through the second half (61'), sending in her own rebounded shot ... had primary assist on final goal (68'), lofting rightside cross that led to Habban Weyland's header score ... earlier helped Falcons edge #2 William Smith, in 1-0 semifinal ... earned 2009 national player-of-the-year honors before missing most of 2010 with knee injury ... part of Messiah program that has won four NCAA titles in past seven seasons ('05, '08, '09, '11; plus runner-up in '07 and '10), winning Wheaton taking the crown in '04, '06 and '07 ... totaled nearly 200 career points (54G-39A; 79 GP/55 GS), including 15-17A in 2011 (24 GP/23 GS) ... product of Carlisle High School.
(Messiah/Grantham, PA ... D ... Sr. ... Manheim, PA ... #20)
..... Key part of Messiah defense that shut down #2-ranked William Smith in 1-0 NCAA semifinal, with the Falcons limiting the Herons to one shot (on-goal) and a single corner kick ... helped close out national-title season in 2-1 final vs. #6 Wheaton (Ill.), with five SOG allowed ... leading member of defensive unit that allowed only five goals all season (two in the NCAAs) ... part of Messiah program that has won four NCAA titles in past seven seasons ('05, '08, '09, '11; plus runner-up in '07 and '10), winning Wheaton taking the crown in '04, '06 and '07 ... logged 98 career starts in 99 games played (7G-1A) ... product of Lancaster Mennonite High School.
(Wheaton, IL ... F ... Fr. ... Holland, MI ... #19)
..... Opened scoring in NCAA semifinals vs. Ithaca (2-0) and again in title game (2-1 loss to #1 Messiah) ... ended scoreless game vs. Ithaca early in second half (54'), converting six-yard header to far-post (via pass from Ali Kopelman) ... struck for another header goal early against Messiah (7'), launching the ball into upper-right corner after reeciving header service from Katelyn Kishkunas ... totaled 14G-2A in her impressive rookie season (27 GP/16 GS) ... product of Holland Christian High School.
JESSIE TARANTINO (William Smith/Geneva, NY ...
D ... Sr. ... East Aurora, NY ... #3)
..... All-America member of nation's top defense that allowed only three goals in entire 2011 season (0.14 goals-against avg.) ... one of those goals came in NCAA semifinals, as #2 Herons lost 1-0 battle vs. top-ranked Messiah ... part of defense that kept Messiah off the scoreboard until the 70th minute and allowed only six shots on goal from unbeaten Herons (21-0-1 entering semifinals, while William Smith was 20-0-1) ... made 83 career starts (84 GP) ... product of East Aurora High School.
* – Primetime Player of the Week
Division 3 Men ...
ANDREW MILLER (Ohio Wesleyan ... D ... Sr. ... Medina, OH ... #4)
..... Proved his status as possibly the best defender in Division III, while anchoring #6-ranked OWU squad that won national title – capped by 4-0 semifinal vs. Montclair and 2-1 final against upstart Calvin team ... part of defense that allowed only 10 shots-on-goal in the pair of championship-week games (team yielded only one corner kick in rout of Montclair) ... product of Medina High School.
*DYLAN STONE pictured at top of page
(Ohio Wesleyan ... DM ... Sr. ... Easton, CT ... #3)
..... Epitome of the Primetime Performer honors programs, as player who excels in key but subtle ways (beyond the stat sheet) ... collected NSCAA third team All-America honors before going on to earn MVP honors at the NCAA championship weekend, as OWU ran past Montclair State (4-0) and then topped Calvin in 2-1 final ... exceled in his unique, tireless midfield role that regularly sees him cover most of the field ... his strong defensive play sprung several counterattacks during the weekend ... also routinely showed his ability to read the game and make key anticipations in his play, while serving as the offensive engine with countless touches on the ball ... his wide-reaching value even was seen when sidelined for 12 minutes with a cramp, as Bishops had trouble getting and maintaining possession until his return ... finished third on team with 23 points (9G-5A) ... product of Barlow High School.
(Calvin/Grand Rapids, MI ... F ... Fr. ... Hudsonville, MI ... #8)
..... Super-sub who capped his impressive postseason by scoring twice in 4-2 NCAA semifinal win over #21 Oneontat State and once more in title game vs. #6 Ohio Wesleyan (2-1 loss) – giving him five goals in the 2011 NCAAs ... broke 1-1 tie vs. Oneonta, moments after checking into game, on a header via Dan Nederhoed's far-post cross ... added goal on 25-yard high shot for 4-1 lead in that game (76') ... his goal vs. Ohio Wesleyan (51') cut deficit in half, for exciting finish (took pass from Zach Willis and scored on low far-post shot) ... totaled six goals and four assists in 2011 season (21 GP/3 HS).
* – Primetime Player of the Week