HANOVER, N.H.– The Dartmouth men’s soccer team held its annual team banquet and honored the achievements of the 2012 team while recognizing several individuals with awards.
The Big Green had an excellent season, completing the season with a 9-7-0 record and a second-place finish in the Ivy League standings. Dartmouth also made Burnham Field a tough place for Ivy League opponents to play and completed its second consecutive undefeated home slate in 2012.
On the strength of Dartmouth’s season, the Big Green had five players earn All-Ivy League honors. Co-captain Kevin Dzierzawski (Oakland Township, Mich.) and Alex Adelabu (Houston, Texas) earned first-team honors, while senior co-captain Teo Larsson-Sax and Colin Heffron (Upper Brookville, N.Y.) were second-team selections. Colin Skelly (Wrightstown, Pa.) was an honorable mention selection, while Larsson-Sax also earned Academic All-Ivy accolades.
Dartmouth also picked up the NSCAA Team Academic Award for the fourth consecutive year, while Adelabu earned NSCAA All-Region honors. Captains Dzierzawski and Larsson-Sax were also named to the NSCAA Scholar All-Region team.
2012 Dartmouth Men’s Soccer Team Awards
Most Valuable Player:
Noah Cohen (Johannesburg, South Africa), Junior Goalkeeper
Cohen spearheaded the Dartmouth backline for the second consecutive season. Starting in 15 games between the pipes, Cohen posted a 1.30 goals against average with two shutouts. In his second season as Dartmouth’s starting goalkeeper, he registered 61 saves and a .753 saves percentage. He made a season-best eight saves in a 3-1 win over Penn and backstopped the Big Green to a thrilling, 3-2, overtime win over Brown in the regular-season finale on Fox Soccer Channel.
Will Shue Award (Rookie of the Year):
Alberto Gorini (Incisa Valdarno, Italy) Freshman Forward
Gorini was a spark to the Dartmouth offense during his rookie season. Despite being slowed by injury midway through the season, the forward made 11 appearances and six starts for the Green and White. Gorini posted his first collegiate goal against Harvard and had five shots on goal over the course of the season.
Most Improved Player:
Alex Adelabu Sophomore Forward
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 -- 41st in goals per game and 48th in total goals. The Texas native also earned NSCAA All-Region accolades for his exploits on the field throughout the season.
Norman Grant Clark Award:
Kevin Dzierzawski Senior Midfielder
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. The two-time first-team All-Ivy award winner was also recognized for his exploits in the classroom taking home NSCAA Scholar All-Region honors.