Nolan Sandberg Named Empire 8 Player of the Year as Six Ducks Take Home First-Team All-Conference Honors
Hoboken, NJ – For the second time in as many years, Nolan Sandberg (Grayslake, Ill.) of the Stevens Institute of Technology men’s soccer team was named the Empire 8 Player of the Year, the league office announced Thursday. Head Coach Tim O’Donohue (Hoboken, N.J.) was named the conference’s Coach of the Year and a total of six Ducks were named first-team All-Empire 8.
Sandberg is tied for the Empire 8 lead in goals with 12, he is second in points with 29, and four of his scores have been game-winners. He tallied eight times and totaled 18 points inside Empire 8 play which led the league, including all four goals in a 4-0 win over Nazareth College on October 3. The Grayslake, Ill. native scored overtime game-winners in the first two games of the season and also tallied the decisive goal in a 1-0 victory over No. 23 York College on September 17. He is presently in the top-40 nationally in total points, points per game, goals per game, and total goals. For his career, Sandberg has 32 goals, 12 game-winners, and a total of 74 points. A two-time first-team all-conference performer, Sandberg was one of four Ducks named to the NCAA All-Tournament team in 2008, the only four in program history.
Senior Zach Carr (Carmel, Ind.) was named first-team All-Empire 8 as a goalkeeper for the second-straight season and was all-conference for the fourth time in his career. Carr is second nationally in save percentage (.939) and goals-against average (0.24) as the Ducks are second in the country in shutout percentage and fourth in team goals-against average. Carr has made 62 saves and compiled a record of 12-1-3 in 2010 and for his career has accumulated 52 shutouts, a record of 65-8-12 in between the pipes, and allowed just 33 goals against.
Senior back Bryan De Faria (Hillside, N.J.) was named first-team all-conference for the first time as was fellow back junior Peter Bednarsky (Hackettstown, N.J.). The duo anchored a Stevens defense that allowed just one goal in conference play and four goals total over a span of 1,500-plus minutes and 16 matches so far this season. Bednarsky and De Faria helped the team record 13 shutouts as the Ducks outscored Empire 8 foes 26-1 in seven conference contests. In addition to his defensive prowess, Bednarsky tallied once in 2010.
Sophomores Zach Adler (McKinney, Texas) and Victor Daza (North Plainfield, N.J.) each were named to the Empire 8’s first-team for the first time in their brief careers. Adler has three goals and four assists this season for a total of 10 points. Two of his three tallies have been game-winners, including his score in a 5-0 win over Elmira College on October 16. Daza is second on the team with five goals and has also notched a pair of game-winners. He has three assists and 13 total points with one of his two game-winning goals coming at conference rival Ithaca College on October 8.
Junior back Anthony Roden (Red Creek, N.Y.) was named second-team all-conference. The three-year veteran has been immensely important along the back line for the Ducks as they did not allow a goal for the first 10 games of the season and just one in Empire 8 play. Roden scored the game-winning goal against St. John Fisher College in the conference opener on September 25 and tallied the equalizer in a 1-1 draw with the United States Merchant Marine Academy on October 13. He also assisted the overtime game-winner in a 1-0 win over SUNY New Paltz on September 4.
Senior midfielder Michael Quijano (Jersey City, N.J.) was honorable mention all-conference and has been a rock in the Stevens midfield all year. Though he does not have an official assist, Quijano has started numerous chances for the Ducks this season, taking most corners and some set-pieces. In his career, the Jersey City, N.J. native has played in 76 games, making 53 starts and has notched 12 points.
O’Donohue was named the Doug May Memorial Coach of the Year for leading Stevens to its first regular-season title since 2007. In his three-plus years, coaching in the Empire 8, O’Donohue has won two regular-season titles, three-straight conference tournament titles, and earned the Empire 8’s automatic berth into the NCAA Division III Men’s Soccer Championship three times. The Ducks’ overall record against Empire 8 opponents over the last three-plus years is 29-2-3. The coaching award is named after Doug May, who coached at Rochester Institute of Technology from 1980 to 1996 and Nazareth College from 1997 to 2003 before passing away in April of 2004.
Bednarsky was also Stevens’ Sportsman of the Year and freshman Ryan Foley (Waterford, Ireland) of Nazareth College was named the Empire 8 Rookie of the Year.
Stevens is the top seed in the upcoming Empire 8 Men’s Soccer Championship and will host Utica College on Friday at 5 p.m. at the De Baun Athletic Complex. If the Ducks advance, they will host the winner of the other semifinal (Elmira and Nazareth) on Sunday at 11 a.m. The matches will be played at the De Baun Athletic Complex and all the action will be webcast live at www.PennAtlantic.com.
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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.