HIRAM, OHIO — Five Hiram College soccer players have been recognized for the individual performances in the classroom with Academic All-Ohio accolades by the Ohio Collegiate Soccer Association (OCSA). Women’s soccer player, Ernestina Zappa (Brooklyn/Laurel) earned third-team honors, while men’s soccer players Ryan Greenhill (Solon) was a first-team pick, Tyler Launder (Whitehouse/Anthony Wayne), Dan O’Callaghan (Aberdale, Wales, United Kingdom) and Joe Rottinger (Strongsville) were tabbed second-team.
Zappa, a 5’2″ junior midfielder, currently has a 3.63 grade point average in biology/pre-vet. On the field, she earned All-North Coast Athletic Conference accolades for the first time in her career after leading the team in goals scored with six on 23 shots taken for a 26.1 shot percentage. She also led the team in overall points with 15 (six goals and three assists). In addition, Zappa started all 18 games and was a perfect one-for-one in penalty kick attempts. In the conference, Zappa ranked in a tie for eighth in goals scored and eighth in overall points.
Greenhill, a 5’7″ junior midfielder, adds to his list of academic achievements this season as an Academic All-Ohio selection. Earlier this season, he earned Capital One Academic All-American honors as well as Academic All-Region accolades as a managment/accounting major with an impressive 3.95 grade point average. On the field this past season, 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. Following the season, Greenhill was tabbed first-team All-NCAC, his third All-Conference Award overall. He earned second-team honors in 2010 and was a honorable mention pick as a freshman. He was also named second-team NSCAA (National Soccer Coaches Association of America) All-Great Lakes Region as well as first-team All-Ohio.
Launder, a 6’1″ senior defenseman, has a 3.23 g.p.a. as a management major. This past season, Launder capped a solid season with his first All-NCAC award as a honorable mention selection. 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.
O’Callaghan, a 6’2″ junior defender, earned his first Academic All-Ohio honor with a 3.45 g.p.a. as a history major. On the playing field, O’Callaghan was named All-Conference for the first time in his career. 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.
Rottinger, a 6’1″ junior goalkeeper, is a managment major with a 3.42 g.p.a. During the season, 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. Following the season, Rottinger was selected honorable mention All-NCAC.