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Five Men's Soccer Players Earn All-Ivy Honors

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The Dartmouth men's soccer team had five players earn All-Ivy honors, headlined by first...     By John and Matt Risley
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PRINCETON, N.J. - On the heels of a dramatic 2-1 overtime win against rival Brown, the Dartmouth men's soccer team had five players earn All-Ivy League honors it was announced on Wednesday (Nov. 14). Headlining the Big Green's selections are first-team honors for senior co-captain Kevin Dzierzawski (Oakland Township, Mich.) and Alex Adelabu (Houston, Texas).

Senior co-captain Teo Larsson-Sax (Kalmar, Sweden) and Colin Heffron (Upper Brookville, N.Y.) were second-team selections while, Colin Skelly (Wrightstown, Pa.) earned honorable mention accolades. Adelabu, Heffron and Skelly are earning Ivy League honors for the first time while Dzierzawski picks up first-team honors for the second consecutive season. Larsson-Sax was an honorable mention selection in 2010.

Adelabu led the Big Green offense in 2012. The sophomore forward tallied a team-best nine goals and added three assists for 21 total points. He ranked second in the Ivy League in goals per game (0.56), points per game (1.31), points (21) and goals (9). He was a two-time Ivy League Player of the Week, taking home the honor after scoring each of Dartmouth's goals in a loss to then-No. 7 New Mexico and a win over Missouri State and again earned the honor after scoring a pair in a win over Harvard. Adelabu was also ranked in the top-50 in two categories in the final NCAA regular-season rankings. He was 41st in goals per game, 48th in goals. 

Senior co-captain Dzierzawski again posted a strong season in the midfield for the Big Green. Starting each of Dartmouth's 16 games, he picked up four points on four assists while taking five shots on goal. For the second consecutive season, he led the squad in assists and was tied for sixth among his Ivy League counterparts.

Heffron followed up an outstanding freshman campaign with an equally impressive sophomore campaign. In 14 starts, he picked up two goals and four assists for a total of eight points, which was good for second-best among Dartmouth players.  His four helpers tied him for the team lead in assists. He also tallied nine shots on goal and posted the game-winner in Dartmouth's 3-1 win over Vermont. The sophomore midfielder led the Big Green in shots with 27 on the season and his nine shots on goal ranked second.

Larsson-Sax again made it difficult for opponents to score helping lead the Dartmouth backline to two shutouts and only allowing opponents 1.36 goals per game. Larsson-Sax started each game during his senior campaign and took two shots on the year.

Skelly, earns his first All-Ivy League selection, after posting a solid junior season. In his first year as a full-time starter, he picked up three points on a goal and assist and will be remembered for his dramatic overtime winner against Brown in the final game of the regular-season. On the year, he took eight shots, five of which reached frame for a .625 shots on goal percentage, tops for a Big Green player.

The Big Green concluded the 2012 season with a 9-7-0, 5-2-0 Ivy League record good for second place in the league standings. Dartmouth also completed its second consecutive undefeated Ivy League home slate, boasting a 4-0 record at Burnham Field.