CLEVELAND, OHIO — Five members of the Hiram College men’s soccer team have earned All-North Coast Athletic Conference honors for their individual performances this year. Junior forward Ryan Minick (North Royalton), junior midfielder Ryan Greenhill (Solon) and junior defender Dan O’Callaghan (Aberdare, Wales, United Kingdom) were first-team selections. Senior defender Tyler Launder (Whitehouse/Anthony Wayne) and junior goalkeeper Joe Rottinger (Strongsville) were both tabbed honorable mention. [2011 All-NCAC Teams]
The Terriers finished the 2011 season with a 10-6-1 overall record and finished third in the NCAC with a 5-4 mark. Hiram also qualified for its third-ever appearance in the NCAC Tournament.
Minick earned his second All-Conference Award and his first first-team selection. He was a second-team pick in 2010. This fall, he played in 17 games and started 15 while leading the team in goals scored (11) and total points (28). Minick’s 11 goals ranked fourth most in the conference. In addition, he ranked second on the team in assists with six. Minick tallied a team-leading 67 shots for a .164 shot percentage with two game-winning goals and converted the team’s only penalty kick attempt this season.
Greenhill also earned his first first-team selection this season and his third All-Conference Award overall. He earned second-team honors in 2010 and was a honorable mention pick as a freshman. In 2011, Greenhill started all 16 games he played in and scored three goals, including a team-tying high two game-winning goals, to go along with a team-leading eight assists for 14 total points. His eight assists tied him for second in the NCAC and his 14 points this season was tied for 12th. In addition, Greenhill has posted 20 assists during his career which puts him in a tie for fourth all-time in program history. Earlier this offseason, Greenhill was tabbed first-team Capital One Academic All-District for the second time.
O’Callaghan was named All-Conference for the first time in his career. This season, he started all 17 games and scored two goals and three assists from his defender position for seven total points. O’Callaghan totaled 18 shots for a .111 shot percentage. He was part of a defensive squad that allowed 1.10 goals per game and posted five shutout victories.
Launder and Rottinger both earned All-Conference honors for the first time in their careers. Launder started all 17 games at defender scoring three goals and three assists for nine points. His three goals this season ranked in a tie for fifth most on the team and his three assists were tied for third overall. Launder ended the season with a .136 shot percentage with 22 shots taken. He was also a member of a solid defensive squad that allowed 1.10 goals per game and had five shutouts.
Rottinger had a standout season in his first full year as the team’s starting goalkeeper. He played every minute of every game for the Terriers and finished the season with a 10-6-1 record and five shutouts. He allowed 19 goals during the season (1.10 gaa.) with 60 saves for a .759 save percentage. His 10 victories this season were tied for third most in the NCAC and his .759 save percentage was fourth best.