Mena Named Centennial Men's Soccer Player of the Year
(Lancaster, Pa.) – Dickinson junior Javier Mena (San Salvador, El Salvador/The American School) was named the 2012 Centennial Conference Men's Soccer Player of the Year, earning First-team All-Conference honors. The Red Devils earned seven spots on the team as senior Rob Nowlan (Atco, N.J./Hammonton) and junior Jamie Martin (Chevy Chase, Md./Bethesda-Chevy Chase) joined Mena on the First-team.
Junior Derek Kachadurian (Weston, Mass./Weston) was a Second-team selection while seniors Cody Hickok (Redding, Conn./Joel Barlow) and Shepherd Waldenberger (Madison, Va./Madison) earned Honorable mention along with junior Chris Shultz (Downingtown, Pa./Downingtown West).
Mena is the second Dickinson player to earn Player of the Year honors, bookending the list with the Conference's first selection in 1993, Javier Palazuelos '94. Mena makes his third appearance on the All-Conference team, earning First-team honors in 2011 and Second-team in 2010.
He led the Red Devils with seven goals and seven assists on the year, raising his career totals to 22 goals, 16 assists and 60 points. He is tied for fourth on the school all-time list for assists, tying for ninth in goals and 10th in points.
As a senior captain, Nowlan anchored the Red Devil defense and was a proven leader on and off the field. He turned in one the most consistent and reliable performances, game in and game out, all season long. Nowlan triggered the Red Devil attack from the defensive third and controlled the field in front of classmate and co-captain Cody Hickok.
Hickok made his third appearance on the All-CC team, earning honorable mention in 2009 and 2011 as well. He broke the school record for solo shutouts, posting a school record 23 in his career. Hickok was in net for seven of the Devils nine shutouts this season, recording a 0.96 goals-against-average. He graduates with the school record for GAA at (.851).
Martin gave the Devils strong play in the midfield, scoring four goals and handing out three assists. He struck twice in the season opener in a key win over Catholic University and scored the game-winning goal in the Devils' win at Muhlenberg late in the season.
Kachadurian scored five goals and had three assists on the year. He was one of the most active Devils up front, putting 20 shots on goal. He handed out a pair of assists in the regular season finale to lead the way in a 3-0 win over Franklin & Marshall. Kachadurian raised his career totals to 16 goals and nine assists for 41 points.
Waldenberger matched Mena with seven goals on the year. He netted three game-winners as well and led the Devils with 21 shots on goal. Speed up front allowed Waldenberger to create shots and scoring opportunities from the wing. He tallied 11 goals and seven assists in his career and was a two-time selection to the Centennial Conference Academic Honor Roll.
Shultz scored just a pair of goals but was always a threat from long range to make something happen. He worked well in the midfield with Martin to give the Devils a lot of versatility on attack. Schultz played solid defense in the middle of the field, controlling possession and distribution as the Devils averaged just over two goals per game.
Senior Nicolas Tierno (Sicklerville, N.J./Timber Creek Regional) played well all season and came on strong at the end, finishing with six goals and a pair of assists. He scored twice in the Devils' NCAA opening round game against Westfield State, adding an assist as well. He ranks tied for seventh in program history in goals with 25 and tied for eighth with 61 points, handing out 11 assists in his career.
Junior defender Kyle Schwab (Bethlehem, Pa./Freedom) was named to the All-Centennial Conference Sportsmanship Team.
Ursinus College's Ryan Butler garnered Rookie of the Year honors while Swarthmore's Eric Wagner was voted the Centennial Coach of the Year.
The Red Devils (13-5-2) earned the #2-seed in the Centennial Conference playoffs, and advanced to the second round of the NCAA Tournament, making the program's fourth NCAA appearance (2007, 2008, 2011, 2012). They gave head coach Brian Redding his 100th career win, at Ursinus College on October 20th.