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Greg Snapper Named MIAA Men’s Soccer MVP - Michael Holwerda Named Zuidema Award Winner

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

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For the second consecutive year, Calvin College senior Greg Snapper has been named the MIAA’s Most Valuable Player in men’s soccer. In addition, Calvin College senior Michael Holwerda has been named the recipient of the prestigious Dr. Marvin Zuidema Award.

The Zuidema Award honors Dr. Marvin Zuidema, longtime men’s soccer coach and athletic administrator at Calvin College. The recipient is to be a senior selected for his contributions to team play, leadership qualities, demonstration of ethical virtues and excellence in athletics and academics. Holwerda is the third player from Calvin to receive the honor and the second from his family as his older brother David Holwerda was selected for the award in 2006.

A native of Grand Rapids and a graduate of Grand Rapids Christian High School, Michael Holwerda has been a four-year member of the Calvin men’s soccer program. Holwerda has career totals of 23 goals, 18 assists and 65 points.† He also has 11 game-winning goals in his career. Holwerda carries a double-major of religion and psychology. He has been a regular member of the Calvin Deanís List and is a three-time member of the MIAA Academic Honor Roll. This fall, he was named to the ESPN the Magazine Academic All-District First Team. He was named to the ESPN The Magazine Academic All-District Second team in 2008. A 5th year senior at calvin, Holwerda is also currently taking a few courses at Calvin seminary.  He will graduate in December and in January, will be moving to Akron, Ohio to work at a local church while continuing courses at a seminary nearby.

A native of Madison, Wisconsin, Snapper anchored a Calvin defense that posted eight shutouts in MIAA play this fall. Snapper is the fifth individual in Calvin men’s soccer history to be named MIAA MVP twice, joining Tom Van Tongeren, Mark Recker, Doug DeSmit and Joel Veldhouse to have done so. Earlier this fall, Snapper was named MIAA Defensive Player of the Week for the fifth time in his career.

Snapper is also one of four Calvin players named to the All-MIAA first team as seniors Luke Holtrop and Alex McKenzie and junior Dan Kmetz have also been selected. Snapper is receiving All-MIAA first team honors for the third time while Holtrop is doing so for the second time. Kmetz and McKenzie are receiving All-MIAA first accolades for the first time.

Holtrop is from Hudsonville and is a graduate of Unity Christian High School. A midfielder, Holtrop has 11 goals and nine assists during his career. Of his 11 career goals, four have been game-winners including two this year.

McKenzie is from Lindenhurst, Illinois. He is a graduate of Antioch High School. McKenzie currently leads Calvin in scoring with seven goals, five assists and 19 points. Earlier this year, he received MIAA Offensive Player of the Week honors.  In conference play, McKenzie tallied 16 points this fall to rank second on the MIAA list.

Kmetz is from Strongsville, Ohio. He is a graduate of Strongsville High School. A center midfielder, Kmetz has recorded four goals and five assists this fall for the Knights. Of his four goals, three have been game-winners including a critical goal with seven minutes left in regulation in a late-season 3-2 win at Trine that kept Calvin’s MIAA title hopes alive.

Calvin has also landed three players on the All-MIAA second team. Named to the All-MIAA second team from Calvin are juniors Scott Hooker and Lucas Wilgenburg and freshman Dan Nederhoed.

Hooker is from Hudsonville and is a graduate of Unity Christian High School. Hooker has five goals, two assists and 12 points this fall. Wilgenburg and Nederhoed are starters on Calvin’s defensive backline. Nederhoed is from Kentwood and is a graduate of East Kentwood High School. Wilgenburg is from Visalia, California. He is a graduate of Central Valley Christian High School. Wilgenburg has also contributed to Calvin’s offensive attack this fall, scoring three goals along while picking up one assist for seven points.

Calvin is currently 15-4-1 overall and will participate in the NCAA III Tournament this Friday when it faces longtime non-conference rival Wheaton (IL) at Wheaton in a game scheduled to start at 8:00 p.m. (EST).

For more information on the regional tournament at Wheaton, visit the tournament site at: Wheaton Regional Men’s Soccer Tournament Site

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