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Nick Holtrop Named NSCAA/Continental Tire Division III All-American in Men’s Soccer

Tuesday, December 04, 2012

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NSCAA Division III Men's Soccer All-Americans

Calvin College senior Nick Holtrop has been named a second team Continental Tire Division III All-American in men’s soccer by the National Soccer Coaches Association of American. A native of Hudsonville and a graduate of Hudsonville Unity Christian High School, Holtrop is receiving Division III All-America honors for the first time. Holtrop is the seventh individual in Calvin men’s soccer history to be named an All-American and it marks the eighth time a Calvin player has been so honored. A midfielder, Holtrop collected four goals, seven assists and 15 points in helping lead Calvin to an unprecedented sixth consecutive MIAA regular season title this fall along with an MIAA Tournament title and a sixth straight trip to the NCAA III Tournament.

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Calvin Second in First Set of Division III Learfield Director’s Cup Standings

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

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Learfield Director's Cup Standings for 11-21-12

The first set of Division III Learfield Director’s Cup standings have been released and Calvin is currently in second place with 233.50 points. The first set of standings include the sports of men’s and women’s cross country, women’s field hockey and volleyball. Middlebury leads the standings with 256.50 points. Calvin received 90 points from its national runner-up women’s volleyball team and men’s cross country team and 56 points from its women’s cross country team that placed 18th at the NCAA III Championships last weekend. The Learfield Director’s Cup is based on points earned by teams that compete in NCAA Championship events and is presented annually by the National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics (NACDA) to the best overall collegiate athletics program in the country. The Learfield Director’s Cup race is held at the NCAA I, II and III levels and also for NAIA institutions.

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Calvin Takes Early Lead in MIAA Commissioner’s Cup Standings

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

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A record-setting fall sports season has allowed Calvin to build an early lead in the MIAA Commissioner’s Cup Standings. Through the recently completed MIAA fall sports season, Calvin leads the standings with 100 points, four points better than Hope. In the MIAA Women’s All-Sports Standings, Calvin has a first place total of 58 points with Hope second with 53. Hope leads the MIAA Men’s All-Sports standings with 43 points, one point better than Calvin.  This fall, Calvin captured a record six MIAA titles – winning conference crowns in men’s and women’s soccer, volleyball, men’s and women’s cross country, men’s golf and volleyball. 

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Men’s Soccer Falls to DePauw 3-0 in NCAA III Tournament First Round Game

Friday, November 09, 2012

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Story by Mark DeHaan

RIVER FOREST, IL - Calvin College men’s soccer traveled to Dominican University for first round NCAA Division III Tournament action against DePauw University Friday afternoon. Unfortunately for Calvin, a 1st minute goal by DePauw and an inability to find the back of the net doomed the Knights as they fell 3-0.  The loss ended the careers of arguably the most successful class in Calvin soccer history. Seniors Nick Holtrop, Joe Broekhuizen, Dan Nederhoed, Jared Rushlau, Trevor Bushouse and Chris Nance made it to the National Tournament all four years of their Calvin careers, advancing to the national final twice and the quarterfinals once. Calvin ends its season with a record of 16-4-1.

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Six Knights Earn All-MIAA Honors in Men’s Soccer

Tuesday, November 06, 2012

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Men's Soccer All-MIAA Teams

ROYAL OAK - Six members of the Calvin men’s soccer team have earned All-MIAA honors.  Seniors Nick Holtrop, Dan Nederhood and Joe Broekhuizen as well as sophomore Travis Vegter earned spots on the All-MIAA First Team.  Junior Zach Willis and sophomore Sean Broekhuizen were named to the All-MIAA Second Team.  In addition, Holtrop was named the MIAA’s Most Valuable Player.

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Men’s Soccer Headed to Dominican for NCAA III Tournament

Monday, November 05, 2012

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NCAA III Tournament Bracket

The Calvin College men’s soccer team will travel to Dominican University (Ill.) for an NCAA III Tournament first-round matchup with DePauw (13-1-5) on November 9.  The other game will feature host Dominican (16-2-1) against Webster from Missouri (12-5-2).  Calvin will face DePauw at 1:30 p.m. CST.  Calvin (16-3-1) will be making its 11th appearance and sixth straight in the NCAA III Tournament.  A season ago, Calvin fell to Ohio Wesleyan 2-1 in the national championship game.  Calvin captured the MIAA regular season title this year, finishing 12-1-1 in league play.

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Reed Bowden Named MIAA Men’s Soccer Defensive Player of the Week

Monday, November 05, 2012

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ROYAL OAK, Mich. – The Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association has named Olivet midfielder Jon Puente and Calvin defender Reed Bowden its Players of the Week in men’s soccer for games played through November 3. Bowden, a sophomore from Uxbridge, Mass. (Whitinsville Christian HS), anchored a strong defensive effort from his centerback position as he led the Knights to back-to-back shutouts in the MIAA tournament. Calvin limited its opposition to 12 shots for the tournament in wins over Kalamazoo, 1-0, and Olivet, 3-0. Bowden is being honored as Player of the Week for the first time in his career.

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Men’s Soccer Blanks Olivet 3-0 in MIAA Tournament Final

Saturday, November 03, 2012

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After losing to Olivet 6-5 in its first MIAA matchup of the year, Calvin men’s soccer went 14 games without losing to another MIAA foe. That streak continued in the MIAA Tournament Final Saturday afternoon as the Knights defeated Olivet 3-0 at Calvin’s Zuidema Field. The win gives Calvin the MIAA’s automatic bid for the NCAA Tournament.  The tournament championship victory gives Calvin the MIAA automatic qualifying bid. Calvin’s opponent next weekend, as well as where its first round match will be played, will be determined on Monday at 1 p.m. when the selection show for the Division III men’s soccer bracket will take place.

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Men’s Soccer Closes out MIAA Regular Season With 2-1 Win at Alma

Tuesday, October 30, 2012

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ALMA - The 22nd-ranked Calvin men’s soccer team picked up a 2-1 win at Alma on Tuesday. Battling cold and blustery conditions, Calvin jumped out to a 2-0 halftime lead behind first half goals from sophomore Travis Vegter (Hudsonville/Unity Christian HS) and senior Chris Nance (Washington, MI/Warren DeLaSalle HS). Senior Nick Holtrop (Hudsonville/Unity Christian HS) assisted on the Vegter goal while freshman Sam Hanover (Saint Johns, MI/Saint Johns HS) picked up the assist on the goal by Nance.Alma tallied in the 81st minute on a shot by Max Vanderpool but could not score again as the Knights held on for the win.Both teams had 16 shots at goal. Calvin senior goalkeeper Jared Rushlau (Grandville/Grandville HS) had five saves for the Knights. Graham Wallace had five saves for Alma. Calvin will now prepare to host an MIAA Tournament semifinal game on Thursday against Kalamazoo at 3 p.m. at Calvin’s Zuidema Field.

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Calvin Men’s Soccer Clinches Outright MIAA Regular Season Title With 2-2 Tie at Adrian

Saturday, October 27, 2012

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ADRIAN – Calvin clinched the outright MIAA regular season title with a 2-2 double-overtime tie at Adrian Saturday afternoon. It marks the third time in four years that Calvin has fought Adrian to a tie at Adrian’s Performance Stadium. In Saturday’s games, Calvin came from behind to take a 2-1 lead but then saw Adrian tie the game in the closing minutes of regulation. The tie snaps Calvin’s 12-game win streak but the Knights maintain an unbeaten streak of 13 games heading into their regular season finale at Alma on Tuesday at 4 p.m. The Knights will then host an MIAA Tournament semifinal match on Thursday at 3 p.m. at Calvin’s Zuidema Field against an opponent yet to be determined.

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