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Three members of the Lakeland College men's soccer team were honored by the Northern Athletics Conference for their efforts this season as postseason awards were announced on Monday, Nov. 13.
Senior Scott Kress (Kiel/Kiel) and sophomore Ted Cormier (Green Bay/Preble) garnered Honorable Mention recognition, while freshman Ryan Malo (Beach Park, Ill./Zion Benton) was named to the All-Rookie Team.
Kress closes out his collegiate soccer career as one of the top players in Lakeland soccer history, placing his name at the top of numerous categories in the Muskies' record book. He finished this season with three goals, bringing his record-breaking career total to 37. Kress also raised the bar in other scoring categories during his tenure as a Muskie, as he holds the top spots for goals in one game with four against Ripon College on Sept. 1, 2004, and goals in a season with 17 in 2003.
"We played Scott a little out of position this year at midfield, which explains why his numbers were down a little from previous years," said head coach Dave Madsen. "But, getting Honorable Mention shows that he draws a lot of attention from other teams because they see his abilities. He just didn't have the luck he needed to convert on a few more shots to get some extra goals."
Cormier steadily improved his game on the offensive end throughout the season to finish as team leader in goals and assists with five and four respectively.
"I'm very pleased with his year," Madsen said of Cormier. "He kept his nose down and kept working hard. He built a good foundation to continue off of from this point forward. He never took steps back this year, and turned himself into a big threat."
Malo also experienced success during his inaugural year with the Muskies, finishing with two goals and three assists. The three assists all came against Maranatha on Sept. 23 to earn the midfielder/forward a tie for first place in Lakeland's record book for assists in one game.
"Coming in as a freshman, Ryan had some strong performances when he was at the top of his game," Madsen said. "Hopefully the early recognition will fuel his desire to work hard because he has a great shot at making the All-Conference team next year."
Lakeland (3-12-1) was held out of the six-team NAC tournament as they finished the regular season with a seventh-place finish in conference.
For complete results, please visit: http://northernathleticsconf.com/sports/soccer_men/