Feb. 4, 2016
COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio State men’s soccer team celebrated the 2015 season and handed out team awards at its banquet last weekend in the Huntington Club in Ohio Stadium. Senior goalkeeper Chris Froschauer was named Most Valuable Player, voted on by the players and coaches, after he guided the Buckeyes to the program’s fourth Big Ten title in school history and a Sweet 16 appearance in the NCAA Tournament.
Froschauer, who was recently drafted by the Colorado Rapids, earned Big Ten Goalkeeper of the Year in his only season at Ohio State. A senior transfer from Dayton, Froschauer also was recognized and selected as first team All-Big Ten, first team NSCAA All-Midwest, second team All-Ohio, TopDrawerSoccer Division I Men’s Soccer Best XI Third Team and TopDrawerSoccer Postseason Top 100. Additionally, Froschauer earned Big Ten Defensive Player of the Week four times and became just the second player in Big Ten men’s soccer history to be named Defensive Player of the Week three straight weeks (Oct. 6-20), posting a conference-best 10 clean sheets in 2015.
Senior midfielder Zach Mason also headlined the night’s festivities as the 2015 Senior CLASS Award Winner. An acronym for Celebrating Loyalty and Achievement for Staying in School®, the Senior CLASS Award focuses on the total student-athlete in 10 NCAA sports and encourages students to use their platform in athletics to make a positive impact as leaders in their communities. 2014 Winner Alex Ivanov was the team’s special guest in attendance as Ohio State became the first university to produce back-to-back Senior CLASS Award winners in the same sport.
Mason, a two-time captain for the Buckeyes, also was honored with the Teri Casperson Academic Achievement Award and the Linda Daniel Most Inspirational Award. Mason never missed a start in his four years at Ohio State with 82 career nods, a testament to his inspirational success as a tireless leader and devoted teammate. The Galena, Ohio native’s achievements include 2012 Big Ten All-Freshman Team, 2014 Big Ten Sportsmanship honoree, 2015 Big Ten All-Tournament Team and a two-time Big Ten Distinguished Scholar selection. The award’s namesake, Linda Daniel, was a former athletic trainer at the university who passed away from cancer.
The Coaches Award was shared by first team All-Big Ten selections Kyle Culbertson and co-captain Liam Doyle. Doyle, a recent D.C United draft pick, transferred to Ohio State as a junior in 2014 and started all 45 games with seven goals and eight assists. Doyle’s long list of accolades includes 2015 Big Ten Defensive Player of the Year and Third Team NSCAA All-American selection. After two years as a Buckeye, Culbertson also leaves Ohio State with a strong level of distinction as he made 42 starts and led the team in points in 2015 with six goals and five assists. Culbertson earned honors as second team NSCAA All-Midwest, second team NSCAA All-East Scholar and joined Doyle with a selection as Academic All-Big Ten and first team All-Ohio.
Though Doyle and Froschauer were unable to attend the banquet because of MLS training camps, all six seniors were honored at the event. Kenny Cunningham, the only other four-year player with Mason, was presented with the perseverance award. Cunningham, who missed the 2014 campaign due to injury, returned in 2015 for his fifth year and senior campaign. Although, Cunningham was sidelined with another injury in the fall, he became a major voice on the Buckeyes’ bench as the team advanced deep into the postseason. Cunningham played in 62 games with 47 starts throughout his career and finished with seven goals and four assists.
Jacob Duska and Abdi Mohamed rounded out the night’s award winners with Most Improved Player and Newcomer of the Year, respectively. Duska, a redshirt freshman in 2015, appeared in 16 games for the Buckeyes and recorded two assists. Mohamed appeared in 23 games with 19 starts and recorded three goals and three assists. The freshman from Westerville, Ohio earned Big Ten All-Freshman Team and a TopDrawerSoccer Top 100 Freshmen selection.
Click above to view the photo album for the Buckeyes’ 2016 banquet and recognition at the Ohio State-Maryland men’s basketball game Jan. 31 at Value City Arena.
2015 Team Awards
Teri Casperson Academic Achievement Award – Zach Mason
Newcomer of the Year – Abdi Mohamed
Most Improved Player – Jacob Duska
Linda Daniel Most Inspirational Award – Zach Mason
Perseverance Award – Kenny Cunningham
Coaches Award – Kyle Culbertson and Liam Doyle
MVP – Chris Froschauer
Senior CLASS Award – Zach Mason (and Alex Ivanov)