Rounds And Weiler Headline MIAC Honorees
MOORHEAD, Minn. (11/08/12)— Senior All-American Sarah Rounds and head coach Dan Weiler led a contingent of five players and coach who earned MIAC postseason honors it was released on Thursday. Rounds was named the MIAC Player of the Year for the second straight season and becomes only the second player in conference history to earn the award in back-to-back seasons while Weiler collects the MIAC Coach of the Year award for the fourth time in his career.
Rounds, Libby Fransdal, Ali Nelson and Gina Weiss were all placed on the MIAC All-Conference Team while Laura Prosinski earned MIAC All-Conference Honorable Mention honors. Molly Voigtlander was the team's representative on the All-MIAC Sportsmanship Team.
Rounds, who was named the Co-Player of the Year in 2011, led the MIAC in assists in conference games and was third in total points. She consistently drew double coverage and was always the center of the opposing team's defensive strategy. Rounds had at least one point in all but three MIAC games in 2012 and collected a season-high four points in the team's 6-0 win at St. Olaf. She finished the conference season with four goals and 10 assists for 18 total points. She ended her four-year conference career with 21 goals and 23 assists for 65 points. Her assist total in conference play is the most by any CC player in history and her point total ranks second on the school's all-time league scoring list.
Weiler has led the Cobbers to four regular-season and four conference tournament titles in the past seven seasons. He guided Concordia to a 10-1-0 conference mark in 2012 which helped CC win the league title by a full three games. The championship title in the postseason tournament helped Weiler and the Cobbers collect their third "double" in the past seven seasons. Under Weiler's watchful eye, Concordia has recorded 31 conference wins in the past four seasons – the most of any school in the conference.
Fransdal was the team's anchor central defender. She repeatedly stopped opposing team's offensive threats before they were able to get started. Fransdal helped Concordia lead the MIAC in goals against, goals against average and fewest shots on goal. In addition to her defensive prowess, Fransdal also added a scoring presence in her sophomore season. She had four overall goals on the season including two in the final four games before the NCAA Tournament.
Nelson earns conference postseason honors for the fourth straight season. She was named to the MIAC All-Conference Team last year and collected All-Conference Honorable Mention honors in 2009 and 2010. Nelson, who was named the MIAC Player of the Week earlier in the week, led the conference in goals against average, wins and shutouts among goalies that started at least half of their team's league games.
Nelson is capping off a record-setting career. During the 2012 season she eclipsed the school records for most career shutouts and most career wins by a goalie. Nelson enters the NCAA Tournament with 40 career shutouts and 55 career wins.
Weiss had a breakout scoring season in 2012 and collects MIAC All-Conference honors for the second straight season. Weiss finished six goals and three assists for 15 points in the team's 11 conference games. She was fourth in the league in total points and third in goals scored. Weiss had at least one point in six of the last seven regular-season games. She had a pair of two-goal games and had multiple-point games on four occasions against conference opponents. Weiss was second on the team in scoring in MIAC games and also overall contests. She has eight goals and four assists for 20 points in the team's 20 games up to the national playoffs. Her previous career-best point total was 15 in 2011.
Prosinski earns conference postseason honors for the first time in her career. She played in all 11 conference games and collected two goals and one assist for five points. Her quickness and ability to turn in tight spaces helped trigger Concordia's conference-leading offense. The team's play-making center midfielder had at least one point in two of the team's last three regular-season conference games.