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Mkosana Ivy League Player of the Year, Four Earn All-Ivy

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Lucky Mkosana     By John and Matt Risley

PRINCETON, N.J. - The Dartmouth men's soccer team had four players earn All-Ivy League honors it was announced by the Ivy League office on Wednesday (Nov. 16). Senior forward Lucky Mkosana (Bulawayo, Zimbabwe) was named Ivy League Player of the Year and was a unanimous first team selection. Mkosana is Dartmouth's first Player of the Year selection since the 2008 season when Craig Henderson earned the award.

Joining Mkosana with All-Ivy first team honors are senior co-captain Nick Pappas (Scottsdale, Ariz.) and junior midfielder Kevin Dzierzawski (Oakland Township, Mich.). Sophomore goalkeeper Noah Cohen (Johannesburg, South Africa) earned honorable mention accolades. Pappas, Dzierzawski and Cohen are earning All-Ivy honors for the first time in their careers while Mkosana earns his fourth consecutive first-team selection.

Mkosana has had a record -breaking season becoming Dartmouth's all-time leading scorer with 34 career goals, breaking a record that stood since the 1950s.  Mkosana also became Dartmouth's all-time points leader with 79 career points, breaking a record that stood since the 1980s. This season, he has led the Dartmouth offense with 21 points on 10 goals and one assist and is currently ranked in the national rankings. He is ranked No. 22 in goals per game (0.63), No. 32 in total goals (10) and No. 40 in points per game (1.30). The Zimbabwe native, was named Most Valuable Offensive Player of the Dartmouth Classic and was Ivy League Player of the Week (Sept. 12).

Pappas earns All-Ivy League honors for the first time in his career. The senior co-captain has seen action in 50 career games and this season has started each of the 16 games he has played. On the season, Pappas has three points on one goal and one assist. He is a part of the Dartmouth defense that has held opponents to 1.18 goals per game and has recorded six shutouts. Showcasing his offensive prowess, he has tallied 13 shots, which ranks fourth on the Big Green squad. Pappas was named Most Valuable Defensive Player of the Dartmouth Classic this season and earned All-Tournament honors at the SMU Invitational.

Dzierzawski has been Dartmouth's warrior in the midfield. This season, Dzierzawski led the Big Green and the Ivy League with seven assists while also recording four goals. Dzierzawski picked up points in five of Dartmouth's seven Ivy League contests and is currently ranked No. 23 in the national ranking in assists per game with 0.44 helpers per contest.  He is also ranked No. 36 in total assists (7). Dzierzawski was named to the Dartmouth Classic All-Tournament team for his efforts throughout the weekend.

Cohen is in his first year as Dartmouth's starting goalkeeper and has been crucial to the Big Green's success this season. The Ivy League Player of the Week on Oct. 31 for his efforts in Dartmouth's win over Colgate and tie at Harvard, Cohen is sporting a 1.00 goals against average and has made 69 saves on the season. On the season, Cohen has recorded six shutouts, which ranks sixth on Dartmouth's single-season list. Cohen was named to the SMU Invitational All-Tournament team for his efforts in Dartmouth's games against SMU and Tulsa.

The Big Green earned the Ivy League's automatic bid and will open NCAA Tournament action on Thursday (Nov. 17) against Providence. Kickoff is set for 1 p.m. at Providence's Glay Field.