MSU Roundup: Awards for Soccer Team

Two Mustangs Earn Second-Team All-American Honors

Midwestern State's Ryan Spence and Nathan Fitzgerald gained second-team Daktronics All-America status as released by the Collegiate Sports Information Directors of America Monday morning.
 
Spence has played a key role in MSU's strong back line play over the past three seasons while twice earning Lone Star Conference Defensive Player of the Year honors in addition to taking Daktronics second-team All-America accolades in 2009 before being named to the first team in 2010.
 
The senior from Decatur spearheaded NCAA Division II's fifth best defensive unite in 2011 which limited the opposition to a 0.54 goals against average and ranked third in shutout percentage at 0.61.
 
Spence proved to be a presence on the attack scoring a career-best four goals during his senior campaign often moving forward into the midfield.
 
Fitzgerald, a first-team Daktronics All American in 2010, anchored the Mustangs' midfield this season notching two goals and adding five assists.
 
Midwestern State closed the regular season with seven consecutive wins to notch its sixth consecutive NCAA Division II postseason appearance before bowing out to Incarnate Word in the opening round.
 
The Mustangs boast three national quarterfinal and two Final Four showings during its most recent playoff run.
 
Barry's Mark Anderson was named the Ron Lenz National Player of the Year after leading the nation with 21 goals.

The Ron Lenz National Player of the Year award was named for long-time South Dakota State sports information director Ron Lenz in 2008. Lenz was instrumental in the foundation of the Daktronics NCAA Division II All-America program, which honors outstanding student-athletes across eight NCAA Division II sports.

The team is sponsored by Daktronics, Inc., an acknowledged world leader in scoring, timing and programmable display systems for virtually every sport at every level of competition. The team is voted on by the NCAA Division II members of the College Sports Information Directors of America (D2SIDA), with the online nomination and voting process powered by ATHLETICSITE.COM.

Doug Elder Named Regional Coach of the Year

Midwestern State's Doug Elder was named NSCAA/Mondo South Central Region Coach of the Year Monday afternoon by the National Soccer Coaches' Association of America.
 
Elder led the Mustangs to a 13-4-1 mark and to a sixth consecutive trip to the NCAA Division II playoffs this fall.
 
Midwestern State recovered from dropping consecutive matches for the first time since 2005 to win their last seven matches and earn a postseason spot.
 
Elder remains the winningest active coach in NCAA Division II with a .793 winning percentage while amassing a 184-41-19 mark since taking over the reins of the program in 2000.
 
Under Elder's direction, the Mustangs have advanced to the postseason eight times including five national quarterfinalist showings and Final Four appearances in 2007 and 2010.
 
This is Elder's sixth NSCAA Region Coach of the Year plaque as he also gained the honor in 2003, 2006, 2007, 2008 and 2010.

Mens Hoops: Hagan Signs with Canadian Pro Team

The Halifax Rainmen of the National Basketball League of Canada signed former Midwestern State standout Chris Hagan Saturday afternoon.
 
Hagan, a 22-year-old from Houston, Texas, played college basketball at Midwestern State where he led the Mustangs to back-to-back NCAA Division II Elite Eight appearances and ranked fourth in all-time MSU 2-year players in scoring with 1,067 points.
 
After graduating, Hagan went on to play professionally in New Zealand, where he signed with the Manawatu Jets.
 
Hagan joined the 4-4 Rainmen Sunday afternoon against the Moncton Miracles, but did not play in the contest.
 
He joins former NBA standout and Central Oklahoma product Eddie Robinson in Halifax and replaces former Troy standout Richard Delk, who spent time in the Atlanta Hawks' camp last season.

Football: Kelsey Not Invited to Hill Trophy Presentation

Midwestern State's Brandon Kelsey fell shy of receiving one of the final three invitations to attend the 26th Annual Harlon Hill Trophy Presentation Banquet for the naming of the top player in NCAA Division II on Dec. 16.
 
Senior quarterback Micah Davis of Delta State (Miss.) University, senior running back  Jonas Randolph of Mars Hill (N.C.) College and senior quarterback Dane Simoneau of the Washburn (Kan.) University have emerged as the top three vote-getters from a field of nine finalists in voting by the sports information directors at the 149 schools that compete in Division II football.
 
The Hill Trophy is sponsored by the City of Florence, Ala., Florence-Lauderdale Tourism, Opti-Net, the Marriott Shoals Hotel and Spa and Herff Jones.
 
Kelsey led Midwestern to its first unbeaten regular season in school history before bowing out in the second round of the playoffs.
 
The senior from Arlington ranked sixth in the nation with a 158.7 pass efficiency rating. He completed 152-of-223 passes for 1,951 yards with 17 touchdowns and nine interceptions.
 
Kelsey proved to be the lynchpin for NCAA Division II's second-best rushing attack finishing the season with 967 yards and 11 touchdowns while averaging 8.6 yards per carry.
 
The 6-2, 203-pound right-hander led the nation's best offensive attack at 531.9 yards per game as the Mustangs closed second in the country in scoring with 48.6 points per game.
 
Kelsey earned Daktronics Super Region Four and Lone Star Conference Offensive Player of the Year honors and was a first-team all-region performer.
 
He is just the second Midwestern State player to earn Harlon Hill finalist status joining Phillip Boggs, who achieved the honor following the 2002 season.
 
Candidates for the 2011 Hill Trophy were nominated by the sports information directors at their respective schools and those nominations were then reviewed by the Hill Regional Advisory Committees, which trimmed the list of candidates.
 
Davis, a senior from Wesson, Miss., has led Delta State to an 11-2 record this season and into the Dec. 10 NCAA Division II semifinal playoff game at Pittsburg State. He also led the Statesmen to the 2010 Division II Championship Game. This season he has thrown for 3,423 yards and 22 touchdowns and rushed for another 13 scores to also lead the Statesmen in scoring. He is ranked among the Division II national leaders in passing and total offense and has led four dramatic fourth quarter comebacks this season to keep Delta State in contention for the national championship. He has thrown for more than 7,500 career yards and has almost 8,000 yards of career total offense.
 
Off the field, he has been named a National Football Foundation Scholar Athlete, receiving an $18,000 post graduate scholarship. 
 
Randolph, a senior from Daleville, Ala., led Mars Hill to its first post season game since becoming an NCAA Division II member while also re-writing the Lions' record books. He became the South Atlantic Conference's career rushing leader with 5,608 yards. He led all NCAA divisions in rushing yards per game (197.27) and was the SAC Offensive Player of the Year. His 2,170 yards in 2011 also set new SAC and school marks. He also had six games of 200 or more rushing yards and nine games of over 100 rushing yards this season. He is a three-time first team All-Super Region 2 honoree and was the Super Region 2 Offensive Player of the Year this season.
 
He finished the year with 2,170 yards rushing on a Division II-leading 366 carries and scored 18 touchdowns. He averaged more than 37 yards per game more than the next closest Division II rusher.
 
Simoneau, a senior from Salina, Kan., led Washburn to a 10-3 record and into the second round of the 2011 Division II playoffs.  The 2011 Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletics Association Offensive Player of the Year, Simoneau set eight Washburn records this season passing for 4,089 yards, completing 280 of 482 passing attempts with 38 touchdowns. He also set a school record with 4,062 total offensive yards.
 
He ranks second nationally in total passing yards and fourth in the nation with an average of 314.5 passing yards per game. He is also fourth nationally in total offense with 312 yards per outing.