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Lansing United College Soccer Recap

PUBLISHED ON: December 15, 2014

Written by: Nick Barnowski

A total of 18 players who appeared in a Lansing United game competed during the college soccer season for 10 different schools. Michigan State led the way with four United players on its roster.

With the NCAA season wrapping up this past weekend, let’s look back on how the club was represented during the college season.

Lansing United congratulates all of our players on their college seasons.

Michigan State (4)

Michigan State’s season ended on Dec. 6 with a loss to Providence in the NCAA Elite Eight. The Spartans finished with a 12-5-6 record led in part by Lansing United players Zach Bennett, Tim Kreutz, Jason Stacy and Ryan Keener.

Bennett, who started 15 games for United and recorded four clean sheets, played in 23 matches in his junior season with the Spartans. The Plano, Texas, native had a goals against average of 0.78, which ranked second in the Big Ten. His save percentage of .814 also was second in the Big Ten, while his 12 shutouts placed him first in the conference. He was named Big Ten Defensive Player of the Week on Sept. 29 and on Oct. 7, Bennett set the all-time career shutout record at MSU with 24.

Kreutz led Michigan State with five goals scored (tied with three other players) while also chipping in four assists. He was named to the Top Drawer Soccer National Team of the Week on Dec. 2 after scoring the tying goal in MSU’s Sweet 16 victory over Washington. He finished up his Spartan career with 16 goals and 12 assists in 80 games.

The only Lansing United player to appear on the SportsCenter Top 10, Stacy finished the season with four goals in 23 games. He recorded seven assists, which led MSU and ranked tied for first in the Big Ten. His 15 points also ranked tied for 6th in the Big Ten.

Keener, a senior defender from Grand Blanc, Mich., appeared in only two games for United but was instrumental in team practices. He finished his MSU career by being named second team All-Big Ten, playing in 22 games and scoring two goals with 27 shots. He was a key part of a Spartan defense that allowed only 0.83 goals per game. In the classroom, Keener was named to the first team Capital One Academic All-America first team with a GPA of 3.94.

Detroit Mercy (3)

The Titans finished first in the Horizon League but fell in the conference tournament semifinals, ending their season with a 9-7-4 record.

Sophomore Adam Clauss, who missed his freshman season due to injury, led the team in goals with four (tied with two others, including Matt Harkema, who participated in Lansing United practices and exhibition matches). His nine points ranked tied for third on the Titans.

Tyler Moorman played in 19 games and scored once – a game-winner against Illinois Chicago on Oct. 4 – while adding 29 shots. Jacob Prud’homme, who joined United late in the NPSL season, also played in 19 games and scored once on Oct. 25 against Cleveland State.

Western Michigan (3)

The Broncos, who sported three Lansing United players on their roster, completed their season with an 8-7-4 record after reaching the MAC tournament semifinal.

Junior Greg Timmer, who was instrumental to United’s midfield over the summer, had two goals and two assists for WMU in 16 games. He was named to the All-Tournament team at the conclusion of the MAC tournament. Defender Hunter Vandenboom was named second team all-conference by College Sport Madness. The sophomore had three goals and one assist in 19 games, all of which he started.

Midfielder Matheau Rogers played in 10 games for the Broncos.

Oakland (2)

Cody Archibald and Jake VanderLaan helped the Golden Grizzlies win the Horizon League championship before falling to Michigan State in the second round of the NCAA tournament. Oakland finished with a 10-7-3 record and made the second round of the NCAA tournament for only the second time in the Division I era (per Oakland athletics).

Archibald had a fantastic season for Oakland, winning multiple league honors. He was named second team Horizon League All-League and won Defensive Player of the Week on Oct. 13. Following his performance in the Horizon League tournament he was named to the all-tournament team. The senior defender had two goals and an assist in 20 games, and finished his Oakland career with four goals, two assists and 43 shots in 56 games.

VanderLaan started 18 of his 20 games played for Oakland, picking up an assist and four shots.

Wheaton College (1)

Brendan Finnerty and the Wheaton Thunder reached the NCAA Division III championship game before falling to Tufts, 4-2. The senior from Holt played in 26 games, scoring once and adding three assists and 15 shots. His goal came on a penalty against Brooklyn College on Sept. 12.

Michigan (1)

Despite playing in only two games with Lansing United over the summer, Marcos Ugarte left his mark, scoring twice and picking up an assist in 124 minutes of action. With the Wolverines (6-9-3), the senior midfielder was named to the Big Ten Player to Watch list and appeared in 15 matches. He finished tied for the team lead in assists with three while also scoring two goals.

Olivet (1)

Austin Dunn was perhaps United’s most reliable defender en route to the Midwest Region championship, playing in all 1,560 minutes over the summer. He was also selected to the NPSL Supporters’ XI. At Olivet (9-11-0), the junior was the only player to start all 20 games in the 2014 season. A regular at center back for United, Dunn saw time in the midfield for Olivet this season.

“I started doing it in the spring and then this season I’ve played both,” Dunn said. “It’s kind of a similar role because I’m holding most of the time.”

In the new role, Dunn recorded two goals and two assists while being named second team All-Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association.

“Obviously that’s exciting for me, getting a couple goals,” Dunn said. “Last year I didn’t have any so it’s kind of a change getting into the offense a little more in the midfield.”

Dunn also was selected to the Capital One Academic All-District VI team with a 3.90 GPA in biology.

Northwood (1)

James DeCosemo and the Northwood Timberwolves won the GLIAC championship in November and reached the NCAA Division II tournament regionals to finish with a record of 14-4-1.

The Stokesley, England, native played in 11 games for Northwood this season at midfield. He also added two assists and 17 shots. In three seasons with the Timberwolves, DeCosemo has played in 34 games and scored five goals off 93 shots.

Colgate (1)

Forward Zach Pagani, who scored one goal in 11 games with United over the summer, had two goals in 18 games for Colgate (6-10-2) this season. The sophomore also tallied one assist and 32 shots. His six points ranked second on the season for the Raiders.

Northern Illinois (1)

Daegan DeBono played in 10 games for Northern Illinois this season, picking up one shot.