Nick Hamer First Team, Lars Ludwigs Second For Zags
SAN BRUNO, Calif. - Gonzaga University junior midfielder Nick Hamer has been named to the All-West Coast Conference men's soccer first team as announced by Commissioner Jamie Zaninovich.
Bulldog sophomore midfielder Lars Ludwigs was selected to the second team; junior defender Greg Carter, junior midfielder James Matern and sophomore defender Clark Phillips were named honorable mention, and Conner Bevans was named to the All-Freshman team.
Hamer, from Spokane's Mead High, was a second-team selection last season He started all 16 of his appearances this season and provided experience and leadership in the midfield for the Zags. He had one assist.
Ludwigs was a newcomer to the Bulldogs from Woellstein, Germany. He was one of three players to start all 19 matches for the Zags. He was second in goals with three, tied for second on the team in assists with two and finished second in scoring for the Bulldogs with eight points.
Matern, another Spokane product from Ferris High, returned to action last season after sitting out the 2010 campaign after undergoing hip surgery. He has earned All-WCC honors in each of the three seasons he has played - honorable mention and All-Freshman recognition in 2009, All-WCC second team last year and this year's honorable mention accolade.
Phillips was the WCC Freshman of the Year and earned honorable mention recognition a year ago, but the sophomore jinx didn't harm him this season. The native of Portland, Ore., and graduate of Tualatin High, paced the Bulldogs in goals with five, tied for second in assists with two and led the Zags in scoring with 12 points. He has nine goals, six assists and 23 points in his two seasons.
Bevans, from La Habra Heights, Calif., and a graduate of Servite High, started 14 of Gonzaga's 19 matches. Both of his goals in his rookie season went for match winners.
Other awards went to Seamus McFadden of regular-season champion University of San Diego as Coach of the Year; Santa Clara University senior Erik Hurtado as the Player of the Year; Saint Mary's senior Trevor Newquist was the WCC Defensive Player of the Year; SCU senior Larry Jackson as the Goalkeeper of the Year, and Loyola Marymount forward Pedro Velazquez as the Freshman of the Year in the conference.
Hurtado's Player of the Year honor breaks a three-year streak in which the Toreros won the award. He led the West Coast Conference with 2.08 points per game, 0.83 goals, 0.42 assists per match and five total game-winning goals in conference play. He consistently ranked among the NCAA's top-10 in scoring this season. Newquist anchored a Saint Mary's defense that had four shutouts during conference play. He also finished in the top-10 in the WCC with 0.73 points per game in WCC contests. Newquist is the first Gael to be named Defensive POY since Jordan Grider in 2009.
In the second year that the award has been handed out, Jackson led the WCC with a 0.70 goals against average and six shutouts.
LMU's Velazquez also named to the All-West Coast Conference Second Team. He is the only freshman to receive All-WCC honors this season. He was fifth in the conference with four goals in WCC action.
This is the eighth time McFadden has received the honor, his last coming in 2000 when he won three in a row from 1998 to 2000.