Four Men's Soccer Players Named All-NESCAC
November 8, 2007
Four members of the Middlebury College men's soccer team have earned first-team All-NESCAC honors this fall. Seniors Casey Ftorek (Wolfeboro, N.H.), Alex Elias (Manchester Center, Vt.) Andrew Germansky (New York, N.Y.) and junior Brian Bush (Madison, Wis.) took up four of 11 spots on the league's first-team. The four helped lead the Panthers to a school-record 14 wins this season, as they enter NCAA Tournament play this weekend.
Ftorek earns first-team honors for a second straight season after another impressive season for the Panthers. He owns a NESCAC-best 12 goals, of which seven have been game-winners, and heads into this weekend's NCAA Tournament action, just one shy of the 13 he scored last fall. Ftorek also had four assists for a team-high 28 points on the season. He was twice named the NESCAC Player of the Week this fall.
Elias has controlled the midfield all season long for the Panthers, helping them to a NESCAC title. The senior middie started all 17 games this season, earning six points ,while tying for the team-lead with four assists. Elias was also recently named a District I Academic All-American.
Defensively, Germansky's presence on the field this season may be more visible to his opponents than on the Panther stat sheet. He is the anchor of a Middlebury defense that ranks first in the conference in most statistical categories with a goals against average at 0.46 and a school-record 12 shutouts in 17 games.
The last stop on that defense is Bush, the Panthers' goalkeeper. The junior boasts a league-leading 0.46 goals against average and a .908 save percentage while owning an 11-1-1 record with eight shutouts. Bush returned from an injury earlier this season and has not missed a beat, allowing just one goal in almost 400 minutes since missing four games.