Four Devils Named to NSCAA Mid-Atlantic Region Men's Soccer Team
(Kansas City, Kan.) – The Dickinson College men's soccer team had four players earn 2011 NCAA Division III All-Mid-Atlantic Region honors, announced by the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA).
Senior defender Taylor Ferry (Wyndmoor, Pa./Chestnut Hill Academy) and sophomore forward Javier Mena (San Salvador, El Salvador/The American School) were named to the First-team while junior goaltender Cody Hickok (Redding, Conn./Joel Barlow) and sophomore Chris Shultz (Downingtown, Pa./Downingtown West) earned Third-team honors.
Ferry '12 and Mena '14 both make their second appearance on the All-Region squad, each earning Second-team honors in 2010. Ferry anchored an outstanding defensive effort for the Red Devils again this fall. He has served as the team captain for the past two seasons, earning First-team All-Centennial Conference honors in 2010 and 2011. The Red Devils allowed less than one goal per game in each of his four seasons, ranking third in the CC in 2011 with a 0.89 goals-against-average. The Red Devils tallied eight shutouts in 2011 and 33 over the last four years.
Mena turned in another strong performance, leading the team and the Centennial Conference with nine assists on the year. That number matched the second-highest single season mark in school history. Mena ranked second in the conference in overall scoring, adding eight goals for 25 points this fall. He tallied a hat-trick against Washington & Jefferson and led the Red Devils in the conference tournament with a goal in the semifinal and an assist in the championship game. He earned First-team All-CC honors this season, following a Second-team selection in 2010.
Hickok '13 took over goaltending duties early in his rookie season and has played the role extremely well for the past three years. He tied a pair of school records this fall, recording six solo shutouts to raise his career total 16 overall. He tied Michael Murphy '02 and Rodrigo Barboza '09 for the top spot on the all-time list with a 2-0 win over Muhlenberg in the regular season finale. Hickok earned Honorable mention on the All-Centennial squad for the second time, earning All-CC honors in 2009 as well. Hickok is the career leader with a remarkable 0.81 goals-against-average in over 4,500 minutes of action.
Shultz '14 proved to be a valuable and versatile player in the midfield. The sophomore showed the poise of a veteran with solid defense and timely scoring, adding four goals on the year. He tied the game with a late tally to salvage a 1-1 tie against Scranton in the Devils' season opener and netted the game-winner at Washington.
The Red Devils used balanced scoring and solid defensive play to record one of the program's most memorable seasons. The Devils survived a penalty kick shootout to capture their first Centennial Conference Championship, playing to a 1-1 tie in the final with Haverford. They earned the conference automatic bid to the NCAA playoffs, making the program's third appearance in the tournament. The Devils rallied for a 2-1 win over Vassar College in the opening round before falling to Montclair State, who advanced to the final four.
The Red Devils recorded eight shutouts, led the Centennial Conference in goals, assists and points, finishing 11-5-5 overall.