Malo nets NAC player of the week accolades
Athletics - posted on 10/14/2008
Junior midfielder Ryan Malo has received the Northern Athletics Conference Student-Athlete of the Week in men's
soccer for the week of Oct. 6-12, the league announced late Monday.
Malo is the second Lakeland men's soccer player in the last two weeks to receive the award. Senior midfielder Kevin Fitchett (Green Bay) notched player of the week accolades for the week of Sept. 29-Oct. 5.
In a pair of Muskie victories last week, Malo totaled four goals and four assists. On Wednesday, he found the back of the net in the 13th minute to put Lakeland on the board, helping the Muskies land a crucial 3-2 triumph over Edgewood College in Madison. The Beach Park, Ill., native tallied three goals and three assists in Sunday's 13-3 win over Finlandia University in Hancock, Mich.
"On Sunday against Finlandia, the goals we were scoring weren't selfish goals, and Ryan was at the heart of that," Lakeland head coach David Madsen said. "Against Edgewood, he had a really good goal, he was right there to finish a shot that the keeper spilled.
"He's had a great attitude, he's worked hard and he's created a lot for himself. His mindset has helped him just as much as his work rate."
For the season, Malo leads the team with six assists, which is tied for third in the NAC, and is tied for second on the squad with 10 goals.
"Ryan's had a good season thus far, and I think this past week has been pretty indicative of what he's capable of," Madsen said. "Ever since the Concordia Chicago game [on Sept. 13], he's really taken a lot of steps into buying what we're doing, which has helped him in his production. He's very deserving of this award."
Each week, the league's head coaches nominate a player from their own team to be voted on for each sport by NAC sports information directors.
To see other NAC Student-Athlete of the Week winners and nominees, click here
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