Dotzman, Topping Lead All-Centennial Men's Soccer Team

Thursday, November 13, 2014
 

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Lance Dotzman Sean Topping The Centennial Conference champion Muhlenberg men’s soccer team took home two of the league’s top individual postseason honors.

Senior Lance Dotzman was named player of the year, and Sean Topping was selected as coach of the year.

In all, five Mule players earned honors. In addition to Dotzman, a first-team selection, seniors Travis Wantchekon, Joe Adams and Danny Pinto made the second team, and senior Bryan Attanasio received honorable mention.

Dotzman (left) is the third Mule to be named player of the year, following in the footsteps of Tim Averell (1995) and Cody Antonini (2009). He moved up to the All-CC first team after earning second-team honors as a junior.

Dotzman leads Muhlenberg and ranks second in the CC with 26 points on 11 goals and four assists. Five of his 11 goals came in CC regular-season games, including a late winner against Dickinson and a late game-tying penalty kick against Haverford, both in comeback wins, and an early goal in the Mules’ first-ever CC win at Johns Hopkins. Dotzman also scored the lone goal of a 1-0 win against Dickinson in the semifinals of the CC playoffs and enters the NCAA Tournament with a career total of 49 points.

Topping (right) earned his second nod as coach of the year; he was previously recognized in 2009. Muhlenberg was picked to finish sixth in the preseason poll but went 9-1-1 against CC foes in one of the toughest Division III leagues in Division III. The Mules are ranked in the top 10 in the country by both D3 soccer.com (seventh) and the NSCAA (10th).

Muhlenberg has won six CC championships, and Topping has been a part of all of them, three as a player (1994-95-97) and three as head coach (2003-05-14).

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Wantchekon (above left) is having a breakout season, ranking second on the Mules and seventh in the CC with 18 points after entering the year with a career total of six points. He had three goals and three assists in league games.

Adams (above second from left) was recognized not just for his defensive abilities, but also for being a threat on the offensive end with his long throws. The starting back is tied for the team lead and tied for sixth in the CC with six assists, five of them on throws. He also scored a goal in a key win against Swarthmore.

Pinto (above second from right) has played all but 45 minutes in goal in his first season as a full-time starter, compiling a 0.64 goals-against average (second in the CC) and .820 save percentage (fourth). He has recorded nine shutouts, including three in CC regular-season games and two in the CC playoffs.

Attanasio (above right), a second-team pick last year, serves as a team captain and leads a defense that has allowed only 11 goals in 17 games. The four-year starter at right back also has taken many of the Mules’ corner kicks and free kicks. He has one assist this year and five for his career.

Muhlenberg (14-1-2) will host the first two rounds of the NCAA Tournament this weekend. The Mules will face Baruch in the first round, with the winner going on to face the winner of the Catholic-Coast Guard game.
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