Greg Snapper Named MIAA Men’s Soccer MVP - Calvin Players Receive All-MIAA Honors
Thursday, November 13, 2008
Eight members of the Calvin men’s soccer team have received All-MIAA honors headlined by junior sweeper Greg Snapper who has been named the MIAA’s Most Valuable Player.
Snapper is one of five Calvin players named to the All-MIAA first team as seniors A.J. Dufendach and Darrin Cline along with junior Luke Holtrop and sophomore Scott Hooker have been so honored. Named to the All-MIAA second team from Calvin are senior Dan VanSlyke, junior Michael Holwerda and sophomore Lucas Wilgenburg.
Snapper is the first Calvin player to receive MIAA MVP accolades since Joel Veldhouse received the award in 2004. It marks the 18th time a Calvin men’s soccer player has been named the MIAA’s Most Valuable Player.
A native of Madison, Wisconsin (Madison West HS), Snapper has been a three-year starter at the sweeper back position on defense for the Knights. Snapper helped key a Calvin team that allowed only eight goals in league play this fall. During the year, he was named MIAA Defensive Player of the Week once. Snapper is also receiving All-MIAA first team honors for the second straight year.
A native of Grand Rapids and a graduate of Forest Hills Northern High School, Dufendach is receiving All-MIAA first team accolades for the second straight year. A midfielder, Dufendach was named MIAA Player of the Week once this year and has contributed two assists this fall while providing valuable support both on offense and defense.
A native of Grandville and a graduate of Grandville High School, Cline is making his first appearance on the All-MIAA first team. A year ago, he was named to the second team. In conference play, Cline has posted an MIAA-leading seven shutouts along with a goals-against-average of 0.50 and a saves percentage of .854.
Holtrop and Hooker are both natives of Hudsonville and graduates of Hudsonville Unity Christian High School. A midfielder, Holtrop is making his first appearance on the All-MIAA first team. In conference play, Holtrop had three goals and one assist. A forward, Hooker is making his second straight appearance on the All-MIAA first team. He leads the MIAA in points with 18 on the strength of five goals and an MIAA-leading eight assists.
A midfielder, VanSlyke is from Grove City, Pennsylvania. He is a graduate of Grove City High School. In conference play, VanSlyke had two goals and one assist including one game-winning goal. A forward, Holwerda is from Grand Rapids and is a graduate of Grand Rapids Christian High School. He was credited with three goals, two assists and eight points in league play and was named MIAA Player of the Week once this fall. An outside back on defense, Wilgenburg is from Visalia, California. A graduate of Central Valley Christian High School, Wilgenburg was a key member of Calvin’s defense that allowed only eight goals in league play. He was also selected as MIAA Defensive Player of the Week once during the year.
Calvin completed the MIAA season with a 12-1-1 conference record, capturing the outright MIAA title for the second straight year. Currently ranked 18th nationally, Calvin (15-4-1) will compete in the NCAA III Tournament on Friday when it takes on Carnegie-Mellon (14-2-1) in a first round game. Friday’s game will take place at Ohio Wesleyan University with a start time set for 5:00 p.m. (EST).