Posted: Dec 12, 2018
WATERVILLE, Maine -- Dan Carlson, the senior goalkeeper for the NESCAC champion Colby College men's soccer team, earned the G.F. "Mike" Loebs Most Valuable Player honor at the team's season-ending banquet.
Carlson allowed just two goals in the final five games of the season, starting with a 2-0 win over Bates College for the Mules to make the NESCAC playoffs. Carlson and the Mules then shocked the soccer world by earning a 0-0 tie with eventual NCAA champion Tufts University and advancing past the Jumbos in penalty kicks in a league quarterfinal game. The Mules won 3-1 over Amherst College in a semifinal game and then played a 0-0 tie and advanced in penalty kicks against Williams College in the conference title game. Colby earned a 1-1 tie with Montclair State in an NCAA opening round game, but fell in the penalty-kick shootout.
Carson, who earned All-NESCAC Second Team honors, was first in the league in total saves (92), third in save percentage (.860), and posted a 0.82 goals against average.
"Time and again Dan came up with big saves to keep us in games and was a steady presence down the stretch," Colby head coach Ewan Seabrook said. "It is important for your goalkeeper to have a cool, calm, and collected demeanor in pressure situations and Dan has that."
Former Colby head men's soccer coach Mark Serdjenian '73 presented the Sam Koch Award for spirit and dedication to senior Cam Clouse. Clouse led the team in scoring with four goals and two assists for 10 points.
"Cam embodies everything you would want in a teammate," Seabrook said. "He does all the little things behind the scenes to make the program perform and he is constantly mentoring and supporting his teammates. And the best part is that he is one of the most dominant center midfielders in the league."
Senior forward Jeff Rosenberg was honored with the team's Most Inspirational Player. He earned All-NESCAC Second Team and All-New England Third Team honors. Rosenberg had two clutch goals in Colby's 3-1 NESCAC semifinal win over Amherst.
"Jeff is a fantastic vocal leader who is always picking his teammates up through words of encouragement," Seabrook said. "However, it was his energy and sheer speed that he played at that proved such an inspiration to those around him. You always knew that Jeff was going to leave it all out there each and every game."
Senior Wyett MacDonald was honored with the Most Improved Player Award. He anchored the back line from his right back position.
"Wyett personifies grit, tenacity, and never-say-die attitude," Seabrook said. "Our entire program was impressed with how he moved positions in his senior year and developed throughout the year."
Senior defender Grady Jendzejec (pictured) was honored with the Jamie Lue Award, given to a teammate who embodies selflessness and team spirit to the highest level.
"Grady has given everything to the program and has been an outstanding role model for how to care for your teammates," Seabrook said.
Senior forward Cole Turissini was given the Unsung Hero Award.
"Cole's consistency in his work ethic was an inspiration to many on our team, especially the younger players," Seabrook said. "He would always be out on the training pitch for extra time and he has an incredible desire to improve."
Colby won the NESCAC title for the first time in program history and made the NCAA tourney for the second time. The Mules were the first eighth seed in win a league title in any sport since the NESCAC started the playoff system in 2000.