May 3, 2011

Hoisington Named SCAD Defender of Year

from press release

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – Zach Hoisington was named Defensive Player of the Year by the Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference for the second season in a row and was one of seven Tigers to earn first-team all-conference honors.

A senior from Alexandria, Va., Hoisington anchored the CC defense which led the nation by holding its opponents to an average of only four goals per game. The Tigers never allowed more than nine goals in a single contest and held 10 of their opponents to five goals or less.

Despite lining up against the opposition's top offensive threat, Hoisington was third on the team with 18 caused turnovers and grabbed 25 ground balls. He forced five turnovers during an 8-6 victory over Birmingham-Southern College in the SCAC Tournament championship game.

Joining Hoisington as first-team selections were senior defender Chris Kolodey, senior midfielder James Mauk, senior midfielder Buck McKenna, junior attackman Carson Christman, junior attackman Moses Taylor and sophomore midfielder Steve Rijo.

Kolodey, a second-team all-conference selection in 2010, was another key component of Colorado College's imposing defense. He started all 12 games and led the team with 20 caused turnovers and was sixth with 37 ground balls.

Mauk earned a spot on the first team for the second consecutive year. One of the league's top two-way players, he finished third on the team with career highs of 20 goals, 16 assists and 36 points. Mauk also picked up 24 ground balls and caused four turnovers.

Making his first appearance on the all-conference squad, McKenna was all over the field for the Tigers. He ranks second in the nation with a .768 faceoff percentage, leads the team with 90 ground balls and is fourth with 12 caused turnovers. McKenna scored five goals, including the game winner in the SCAC title game.

Christman was named to the first team for the second straight year after leading the league with an average of 5.23 points per game. In addition to scoring 31 goals, he already has set single-season highs with 38 assists and 69 points. Christman also grabbed 39 ground balls.

Taylor repeated as a first-team selection after recording 31 goals, 17 assists and 48 points. He tied for second in the conference while averaging 2.58 goals per game, was third at 3.92 points per game and tied for fourth at 1.33 assists per game.

Rijo tied for fourth on the team with 26 points and finished with 15 goals and 11 assists – all single-season highs. He scored a pair of game-winning goals, including one in overtime that gave CC a 9-8 victory at Swarthmore College.

Guy Van Arsdale, who led the Tigers to their second consecutive SCAC title and the program's first berth in the NCAA Tournament, was named Coach of the Year for the second year in a row.

Colorado College, which owns a 13-0 record heading into Tuesday's game against Adams State College, concludes the regular season on Saturday at Whittier College. The Tigers will learn their NCAA first-round opponent when the brackets are unveiled on Sunday night. 

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