On Monday, the National Soccer Coaches Association of America announced its NCAA Division III All-America teams and three from the Stevens Institute of Technology men’s soccer team earned the prestigious distinction. Senior goalkeeper Zach Carr (Carmel, Ind.) and senior midfielder Nolan Sandberg (Grayslake, Ill.) were named to the first-team while junior Peter Bednarsky (Hackettstown, N.J.) earned a second-team nod.
Carr captained the Ducks to a 15-2-3 record and their fourth Empire 8 title since joining the conference in 2007, allowing just one goal in conference play. One of the top-ranked goalkeepers in NCAA Division III, Carr started all 20 games for Stevens and allowed only six goals in 1,883 minutes. He also posted a string 1,333 consecutive shutout minutes from November 8, 2009 to October 13, 2010. It was the second longest streak in NCAA soccer history across all three divisions. In 2010, the Carmel, Ind. native started the season with 10-straight shutouts.
A four-time all-conference selection, he set a school-record and unofficial NCAA record with 55 career shutouts, 16 coming in 2010. He notched 68 wins in goal against just nine losses and 12 draws as the Ducks’ starting goalkeeper the last four seasons. Named first team NSCAA All-East region three times in his career, the Carmel, Indiana native had a 6-2-4 all-time record in the NCAA Tournament, with one of the losses coming in penalty kicks to Messiah College in the 2008 National Championship game. Overall, in postseason contests, Stevens was 14-2-4 with Carr between the pipes.
Sandberg matched a huge 2009 season with a special 2010 season. He started it off with two overtime game-winners in the Ducks’ first two matches of the year and never looked back, tallying a team- and league-high 15 markers. He also handed out six assists for a total of 36 points and five of his goals were game-winners. In a game against conference finalist Nazareth College, Sandberg scored all four goals in a 4-0 road win that made a statement to the rest of the Empire 8.
The midfielder was named the 2010 Empire 8 Player of the Year after earning the same honor in 2009. He was a two-time first-team all-conference selection was All-East Region twice in his career. Sandberg started earning more and more time on the pitch as a sophomore and once that started to happen he was a huge producer for head coach Tim O’Donohue’s (Hoboken, N.J.) Ducks the rest of the way. He graduates with 34 goals, 18 assists, and 86 total points which puts him in the Stevens record books in all major statistical categories. Sandberg also was named to the 2008 NCAA All-Tournament team.
Bednarsky was a member of a Stevens defense that was ranked first in the nation in shutout percentage, recording 16 in 20 games, and allowing a total of just six goals against over the course of the entire 2010 season. The Ducks’ “D” also was second in the nation in team goals-against average at 0.29. Bednarsky started 20-of-20 games and has started every single game Stevens has played over the last two years. In addition to leading the heralded defense, Bednarsky tallied the game-winner against Old Westbury College on October 27. A superb communicator, Bednarsky has been an enormous reason why the Ducks have outscored the opposition 154-25 since he arrived in Hoboken as a freshman in 2008. He has been named All-Empire 8 three-straight years and earned a first-team nod in 2010.
“It is a great accomplishment for Zach, Nolan and Pete,” said O’Donohue. “This is a tremendous achievement for each of them and also for our program.”
All three athletes were named NSCAA All-East Region as was sophomore midfielder Zach Adler (McKinney, Texas). Adler was a first-team All-Empire 8 pick and finished the year third on the team in goals (five) and first in assists (six). Two of his tallies were game-winners.
Stevens reached ninth NCAA Division III Men’s Soccer Championship this year and made it to the second round.
About Stevens Institute of Technology
Founded in 1870 and celebrating 140 Years of Innovation, Stevens Institute of Technology, The Innovation University™, lives at the intersection of industry, academics and research. The University's students, faculty and partners leverage their collective real-world experience and culture of innovation, research and entrepreneurship to confront global challenges in engineering, science, systems and technology management.
Based in Hoboken, N.J. and with a location in Washington, D.C., Stevens offers baccalaureate, master’s, certificates and doctoral degrees in engineering, the sciences and management, in addition to baccalaureate degrees in business and liberal arts. Stevens has been recognized by both the US Department of Defense and the Department of Homeland Security as a National Center of Excellence in the areas of systems engineering and port security research. The University has a total enrollment of more than 2,200 undergraduate and 3,700 graduate students with almost 450 faculty. Stevens’ graduate programs have attracted international participation from China, India, Southeast Asia, Europe and Latin America as well as strategic partnerships with industry leaders, governments and other universities around the world. Additional information may be obtained at www.stevens.edu and www.stevens.edu/news.