Men's Soccer Lands Seven on all-HCAC Squad

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TERRE HAUTE, Ind. -- The Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology men's soccer team had seven players named to the all-Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference squad for their efforts during the 2013 season which saw the Engineers capture their third HCAC tournament championship and third trip to the NCAA tournament in program history.

Seniors Drew Belk (Jasper, Ind./Jasper), Spencer Johnson (Yorkville, Ill./Aurora Christian) and Will Senat (Edmond, Okla./North) were all named to the HCAC's first team, as voted on by the league's coaches.

Belk, a starting forward, had a breakout year with a team-best 15 goals and added three assists for 33 points, which ranked third in the HCAC. The 15 scores were more than he had in is first three seasons (13) for the Engineers, bringing his career total to 28. The mark ties with Senat for seventh in program history. Belk also tied the second-best mark for goals in a single match when he scored four in a 5-0 win over Bluffton. Two of his goals were game winners, including his score in double overtime that gave Rose-Hulman a 1-0 victory over Transylvania in the HCAC title match.

Senat, a starting forward, finished the season with eight goals and five assists, good for 21 points. Senat tallied three game winners in 2013 and fired a team-best 59 shots, starting 19 matches. Senat has recorded 10 career game winning goals.

Johnson started every match as one of Rose-Hulman's top defenders, as he helped the Engineers defense hold HCAC opponents to just three goals (a league-low 0.32 goals per game) and set a new team shutout record with 11. Rose-Hulman also ranks 10th nationally in lowest goals against average as a team at 0.52 entering tonight's NCAA Division III Tournament opener.

Earning second-team nods for the Engineers were junior goalkeeper Drew Miller (Cincinatti, Ohio/Bishop Fenwick), senior midfielder Ben Green (Frisco, Texas/Centennial), junior defender Andrew Bartush (Granger, Ind./Penn) and senior midfielder Mike Schiff (Martinsville, Ind./Mooresville).

Miller was a key reason the Engineers set a new shutout record, as the junior started every match to collect seven solo shutouts. Miller recorded an overall 0.54 goals-against average and a .857 save percentage to go along with 66 saves. His goals-against average was the best in the HCAC and his save percentage ranked a close second. The junior gave up just three goals in conference play, a league-best.  Miller also holds the Rose-Hulman career school record with 20 shutouts.

Green recorded the third-best point total for the Engineers with 14 after delivering a conference-best eight assists to go along with three scores. Green had his best scoring output of the season in a 2-1 win at Anderson, as the senior accounted for both goals. Green's 20 career assists are tied for second in program history.

Bartush started 19 matches on the back line, helping the Engineers' defense shut out 11 opponents and hold them to just 11 goals in 20 matches. He's started all 60 matches he's played in as a member of the men's soccer team and tallied an assist in a win over Defiance this season.

Schiff made the transition to midfield in his senior season after earning back-to-back HCAC Defensive Player of the Year awards in 2011 and 2012. Schiff picked up his lone assist of the season in a critical 1-1 tie at Transylvania and played in 19 of the team's 20 matches.

Senior Max Brown (Atlanta, Ga./Chamblee Charter) was named to an HCAC honorable mention after he started all 20 matches as one of the Engineers' top defenders. Brown scored his first career goal in a big win over Manchester and added three assists in 2013, bringing his career assist total to 10.

Johnson was also named to the all-HCAC Sportmanship Team as voted by the league's coaches.

League-wide winners included Kyle Smith (Transylvania) as Offensive Most Valuable Player, Sean Roberts (Defiance) and Frank Mbaya (Earlham) as co-Defensive MVPs, Matt Eldridge (Hanover) as Freshman of the Year and Roy Messer (Earlham) as Coach of the Year. 

The Engineers (11-5-4) face Penn State Behrend (16-4-1) today (Nov. 14) at 6 p.m. in the first round of the NCAA Division III men's soccer tournament. The match marks the third trip to the NCAA tournament for RHIT, which have all come under the leadership of sixth-year head coach Sean Helliwell (Southern Indiana, '95).