November 6, 2007

Christian Therkelsen Earns All-Conference First Team Honors

Nov. 6, 2007

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. - The New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) announced its All-Conference teams for men's soccer on Tuesday afternoon, and freshman forward Christian Therkelsen garnered First Team honors. He is joined on the all-star squad by junior defender Nitin Perumbeti, who was named to the Second Team.

MIT has had at least one member of its men's soccer team named to the All-Conference First Team each year since the NEWMAC's inception in 1998.

Therkelsen was the only rookie in the conference to earn First Team accolades, and the Norwegian striker was also the first MIT freshman to garner such honors since Nick Nestle in 2000. He recorded eight goals for a total of 16 points to lead the Engineers in both categories, while his impressive statistics also placed him sixth in the NEWMAC in goals and tied for ninth in points. Therkelsen burst onto the intercollegiate scene in early September, netting the winning goal in each of his first two contests to earn conference Player of the Week honors and solidify his reputation as a goal-scoring threat.

Perumbeti, who also earned Second Team honors after his freshman season in 2005, started all 16 of MIT's games this season, providing the backbone for a defense which conceded just 19 times for a goals-against-average of 1.13.

Babson's junior forward Tim Winn was named Athlete of the Year for the second straight season after once again leading the NEWMAC in goals (17) and points (37). Wheaton midfielder Kyle Sye earned Rookie of the Year plaudits, while Coast Guard head coach Chris Parsons was honored as the Coach of the Year.