Pair of Tigers Earn Soccer All-America Honors
December 20, 2011
December 16, 2011, Greencastle, Ind. — After leading the men's soccer team to a school-record 16 wins and the program's ninth NCAA postseason appearance, a pair of DePauw seniors have been named to the National Soccer Coaches Association of America Division III All-America Second Team.
Goalkeeper Nathan Sprenkel (Zionsville, Ind./Zionsville) and forward Sam Meyer (Northfield, Ill./New Trier) were named to the national coaches' organization's second team after helping the Tigers to a 16-3-1 record, a North Coast Athletic Conference tournament championship and the team's first NCAA appearance since 2000. They join Brian Jaworski '89 as the only men's soccer All-America selections in DePauw history.
In November, Sprenkel was named the NCAC's Defensive Player of the Year and earned a spot on the All-NCAC First Team. He posted a 0.89 goals against average, totaled five shutouts with 84 saves and an .824 saves percentage.Sprenkel was a first team All-Great Lakes Region in both 2010 and this year and was the 2010 Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference Defensive Player of the Year.
Meyer, a first team all-NCAC choice, led the Tigers with 13 goals and 31 total points and tied for second with five assists. He delivered five game-winning goals for the season. and was a first team all-region choice this season.
Sprenkel and Meyer are among 39 Division III student-athletes who will be recognized at the annual All-America Luncheon, to be held in the Kansas City Convention Center's Grand Ballroom on Saturday, Jan. 14, in conjunction with the 2012 NSCAA Convention in Kansas City, Mo.
PICTURED: Upper left (Nathan Sprenkel), Lower Right (Sam Meyer)