RHODES' BRUNETZ AND GORDON; TRINITY'S SMITH LEAD VOTING FOR
SOUTHERN COLLEGIATE ATHLETIC CONFERENCE'S 15TH
ANNIVERSARY MEN'S SOCCER TEAM
SUWANEE, Ga. - Rhodes College forward Neil Brunetz and defender Billy Gordon and Trinity University midfielder Josh Smith highlight an impressive list of past standouts named to the Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference's 15th Anniversary men's soccer team.
Brunetz, the only three-time SCAC Men's Soccer Player-of-the-Year (1993 (co),1994,1996), ranks third on the league's all-time goals scored list with 64. He led the league in goals scored with 23 his senior season and as a sophomore, he was a member of the first SCAC men's soccer team to receive a NCAA Tournament bid. Rhodes was co-champion of the SCAC his freshman year (1993) and the Lynx made back-to-back NCAA Tournament appearances in 1994 and 1995. He was named an All-American in 1996.
Gordon, a four-time First Team All-SCAC defender, was a teammate of Brunetz at Rhodes on both of those NCAA Tournament squads (1994,1995). As a senior, Gordon was selected as an All-American (1995), the first men's soccer player from Rhodes to receive the national honor.
Smith, the SCAC Offensive Player-of-the-Year and National Player-of-the-Year in 2003, finished his career with 77 points (22 goals, 23 assists) - tied for ninth all-time at Trinity. The midfielder was a three-time First Team All-SCAC performer as well as a three-time All-American - one of only two players in league history to be named as a three-time All-American. As a senior, Smith's second-half goal proved to be the game-winner in the Tigers' 2-1 victory over Drew University in the 2003 National Championship game.
Joining Brunetz on the team are forwards Josh Will and Jeremy Rotter of Centre, J.R. Foster of DePauw, Will Lukow of Oglethorpe, Scott Polancich of Sewanee and Josh Card and Chris Quinn - both of Trinity.
A four-time First Team All-SCAC performer, Will led Centre to back-to-back SCAC titles in 1994 and 1995. In his career, Will amassed 105 points on 38 goals and 29 assists and became the school's first NSCAA/Adidas All-American in 1995 and its first repeat selection the following season.
Rotter, who is Centre's all-time leading scorer in the SCAC era, led the Colonels to their first NCAA Tournament appearance in 1997. That same year, he was named the SCAC Player-of-the-Year. Rotter is ranked eighth all-time on the SCAC points scored list with 116 and his 36 career assists is good for fourth in conference history.
Foster is DePauw's all-time leading scorer for goals (48), assists (27) and total points (123), and points scored total is good for seventh on the SCAC career chart. The three-time First Team All-SCAC performer played on two NCAA Tournament teams and his senior season (2001), he led the Tigers to a share of its first SCAC men's soccer title.
Oglethorpe's Lukow is the league's all-time leading goal scorer with 73 career goals and also holds the SCAC single-season scoring mark with 27 goals in 1992. Lukow, who amassed 167 career points, was the SCAC Player-of-the-Year in 1992 and 1993 (shared with Brunetz of Rhodes).
Polancich, the 2000 SCAC Player-of-the-Year and a second-team All-American, finished his career with 50 goals and 31 assists for 131 total points which ranks sixth on the league's all-time points scored list. The former Sewanee forward was named First Team All-SCAC each of his four seasons on the Mountain.
Trinity's Card finished his career as both the school's and the league's all-time leading scorer with 72 goals and 24 assists for 168 points. The SCAC Player-of-the-Year and an All-American in 2002, Card led the Tigers to the national semifinal game that same year. He owns two of the top six single-season goals scored totals in league history with 24 in both 2000 and 2002.
Quinn, the 2004 SCAC Offensive Player-of-the-Year, played a key role in Trinity's 2003 national title run. In the semifinal match against Wisconsin-Oshkosh, Quinn scored with 2:57 left in the second overtime to send the Tigers to their first NCAA soccer championship game. Quinn, a two-time All-Ameican, is second on the school's scoring list with 141 points (59 goals, 23 assists) which is good for fourth in league history.
Joining Trinity's Smith on the team as midfielders are Craig Lippincott of DePauw, Terry Tansill of Rhodes, Clayton Haden of Sewanee and Scott Mury and Clint Regier - both of Trinity.
Lippincott, the only active player named to the list, has been a First Team All-SCAC selection his first three years in the league. The senior has 23 career assists (as of 10/16) which is second on DePauw's all-time list and his 63 career points is among the school's top 15.
Tansill was a three-time First Team All-SCAC selection, including his sophomore year (1998) as a member of the last Rhodes team to win the conference title. That same year, Tansill had 16 goals and six assists for 38 points - good for third in the league. For his career, he finished with 31 goals, 25 assists and 87 points.
Sewanee's Haden, a three-time First Team All-SCAC honoree, is the league's all-time assists leader with 45. The former Tiger midfielder had 14 assists in both his freshman and sophomore seasons and finished his career with 29 goals, 45 assists and 103 points.
Mury, the 1998 SCAC Player-of-the-Year, scored 138 points in his career with 52 goals and 34 assists - ranking him third on the school's career scoring list and fifth in conference history. A three-time First Team All-SCAC honoree as well as a two-time All-American (1998,1999), Mury led the Tigers to the NCAA national quarterfinals both his junior and senior seasons.
Of all the Players-of-the-Year that Trinity has produced, Regier is the only one to earn the honor his sophomore season (1995). The two-time All-American midfielder (1996,1997) finished his career with 25 goals, 20 assists and 70 points.
In addition to Gordon, other defenders making the All-Anniversary team are Steve Lubbe and Tanner Wann Gudeman of Centre, Page Cotton of DePauw and Lance Key and Tony Romano - both of Trinity.
Centre's Lubbe earned First Team All-SCAC honors three times (1991-93). The Colonels won conference championships his first two seasons in Danville, including the inaugural SCAC men's title in 1991. Lubbe finished his career with 12 goals and 24 points.
A transfer from SMU, Gudeman became a three-year starter at sweeper back for the Colonels and was named an NSCAA/Adidas All-American his junior season. In his career, Gudeman amassed seven goals and 15 assists for 29 points and was named All-SCAC all three seasons.
Cotton was a three-time All-SCAC honoree for DePauw and finished his career with 13 goals, four assists and 30 points. As a junior in 2002, he moved to the midfield and tied for the team lead in scoring with seven goals and two assists for 16 points.
Trinity's Key, the only three-time First Team All-American (1997,1998,1999) on the All-Anniversary team, scored an incredible 28 goals from his defender's position and finished his career with 72 points. In 1999, he became the first defender to earn SCAC Player-of-the-Year honors. Key, who is now the women's soccer coach at Trinity, played on teams that advanced to the national quarterfinals both his junior and senior seasons. After his career with Trinity, Key was the only Division III player drafted in the 2000 Major League Soccer's professional draft.
Romano totaled eight goals and two assists (18 points) as a three-time First-Team (1993-95) defender for Trinity. As a sophomore in 1993 he played on the first of Trinity's eight conference championship teams.
Making the All-Anniversary team as goalkeepers were Adam Lux of DePauw and Scott Killough of Trinity.
Lux was a junior when DePauw when the Tigers entered the SCAC in 1998 and he earned First Team All-SCAC honors both of his seasons in the league. His two-year goals against average while in the SCAC was 0.833 - good for seventh all-time in conference history. Lux finished his four-year career with a GAA of 0.836.
Killough was also a two-time First Team All-SCAC goalkeeper (1991,1992) and was selected to the 1992 All-Tournament team after leading the Trinity men to the conference title match. He was second in the league in saves in 1991 (88) and led the league with 139 saves in 1992 (the fourth-highest single-season save total in league history).
The Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference will be announcing 15th Anniversary teams in all 18 sports during the 2005-06 academic year. The SCAC was formed in 1991 after a reorganization of its predecessor, the College Athletic Conference (CAC). The CAC dates to 1962 with four charter members: Centre College, Southwestern @ Memphis (now Rhodes College), Sewanee-The University of the South, and Washington & Lee (Va.) University. Washington (Mo.) University joined the CAC later that same year.
The SCAC was formed to provide an association through which the member institutions may encourage organized competition in intercollegiate sports among teams representative of their respective student bodies. Members of this conference share a commitment to priority of the overall quality of academic standards and quality educational experiences.
The SCAC's 15th Anniversary teams were selected in each sport through balloting by present coaches and administrators. Athletes who participated in conference competition between the fall of 1991 through the spring of 2005 and had been named to at least two All-SCAC teams were eligible for selection.
15th Anniversary Team
|F||Neil Brunetz, Rhodes||x#||x#||x||x#|
|F||Josh Card, Trinity||x||+||x#|
|F||J.R. Foster, DePauw||+||x||x||x|
|F||Will Lukow, Oglethorpe||x||x#||x#||x|
|F||Scott Polancich, Sewanee||x||x||x||x#|
|F||Chris Quinn, Trinity||x||x||x#|
|F||Jeremy Rotter, Centre||+||x||x#|
|F||Josh Will, Centre||x||x||x||x|
|M||Clayton Haden, Sewanee||+||x||x||x|
|M||Craig Lippincott, DePauw||x||x||x|
|M||Scott Mury, Trinity||+||x||x#||x|
|M||Clint Regier, Trinity||x#||x||x|
|M||Josh Smith, Trinity||+||x||x||x#|
|M||Terry Tansill, Rhodes||+||x||x||x|
|D||Page Cotton, DePauw||&||x||x|
|D||Billy Gordon, Rhodes||x||x||x||x|
|D||Lance Key, Trinity||x||x||x||x#|
|D||Steve Lubbe, Centre||x||x||x|
|D||Tony Romano, Trinity||x||x||x|
|D||Tanner Wann Gudeman, Centre||+||x||x|
|GK||Adam Lux, DePauw||x||x|
|GK||Scott Killough, Trinity||x||x|
x First Team All-SCAC
+ Second Team All-SCAC
& Third Team All-SCAC
% Defensive Player-of-the-Year
(the SCAC began naming a Defensive Player-of-the-Year in 2003)