TERRE HAUTE, IND. -- Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology placed nine players on the all-Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference men's soccer team, including five first-team honorees, the league's Defensive Player of the Year and the conference Coach of the Year award.
Junior Mike Schiff (Martinsville/Mooresville) led the way with HCAC Defensive Player of the Year honors for the second consecutive years and also earned a spot on the first-team all-conference squad.
Five other Fightin' Engineers also earned spots on the first-team all-league squad. Sophomore defender Andrew Bartush (Granger/Penn), junior forward Drew Belk (Jasper), junior midfielder Marshall Ishmael (Knoxville, Tenn./Farragut), sophomore goalkeeper Drew Miller (Cincinnati, Ohio/Bishop Fenwick) and junior William Senat (Edmond, Okla./North) joined Schiff on the first-team all-conference squad.
Second-team honorees included junior Max Brown (Atlanta, Ga./Chamblee Charter), senior Adam Carlson (Brownsburg) and junior Spencer Johnson (Yorkville, Ill./Covenant Christian).
In addition, head coach Sean Helliwell received the HCAC Coach of the Year honor. Helliwell, who has improved his career record against conference competition to 40-5-4 in his five years at the college, has earned four conference Coach of the Year awards in his five years at Rose-Hulman.
Schiff claimed HCAC Defensive Player of the Year honors for the second consecutive year and becomes just the second player in Rose-Hulman men's soccer history to win two conference Player of the Year awards (Rhys Evans). His award marks the seventh HCAC Player of the Year award in school history and each has occurred since 2006.
Schiff appeared in 19 matches this season, including scoring his first career goal as the game winner against Hanover College in HCAC play.
Bartush earnes his second all-league award, after capturing second-team and all-region honors in 2011. He started 19 matches for Rose-Hulman with one assist and helped anchor the defensive effort.
Belk scored 10 goals with 21 points to finish second on the team in scoring. The academic all-district honoree also earned his first career hat trick in the victory at Mount St. Joseph.
Ishmael appeared in 18 games as a defensive midfielder with one assist. His efforts helped anchor the midfield effort and allowed Rose-Hulman to outshoot its opponents 255-183 this season.
Miller finished with an 11-5-3 record and a 0.82 goals against average for the Fightin' Engineers this season. His efforts included seven shutouts, 75 saves and an .824 save percentage. He had a season-high 10 saves against Olivet.
Senat led Rose-Hulman in scoring with 10 goals, three assists and 23 points. He tallied three game-winning goals and had both goals in the team's key 2-0 HCAC victory over Franklin.
Brown appeared in 20 matches for the Engineers with two assists as another defensive midfielder. Carlson capped his career with one goal and one assist as a senior. Johnson appeared in 16 games with the game winning goal against Wabash. Johnson also earned a spot on the league's all-sportsmanship team.
Rose-Hulman finished the season with a 12-5-3 record and was 8-0-1 to tie for first place honors in the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference standings. The Fightin' Engineers won their third conference title in the last five years and improved their record to 40-5-4 in HCAC play in the five years of the Sean Helliwell coaching era.