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2001 MIAC All-Conference Team
Concordia goalie Kris Overby (So., Fargo, N.Dak.) was one of four Concordia players who earned MIAC post season awards. 

| 2001 MIAC All-Conference Team |

Four Cobber Players and Coach Earn MIAC Post Season Honors.
Chance Buzzell, Cyle Cavett and Kris Overby were all named to the MIAC All-Conference team, and sophomore midfielder Jason VanValkenburg was named to the MIAC Honorable Mention team. Head Coach Jim Cella was named MIAC Coach of the Year.

It is the second straight season that Buzzell has been honored with the award and first such honor for Cavett, Overby and VanValkenburg. Buzzell also finished runner-up in balloting for the conference Most Valuable Player award. It is the third time in nine years that Cella has been named the conference coach of the year.

Buzzell led the Cobbers in scoring with 9 goals and 11 assists for 29 points.
In the MIAC he tallied three goals and four assists. He was the offensive leader of the team that upped their goal output from 19 goals in 2000 to 40 goals in 2001. He finished his four-year career with 20 goals and 24 assists which places him fifth on the school's all-time points list. He also set a school record this season in assists in a game, when he assisted on four goals in the game against UW-Superior.

Cavett and Overby were the catalysts behind the defense that only allowed 10 goals in 16 games overall and finished second in the MIAC in goals allowed in conference play. The team finished ninth in the nation in shutout percentage and 17th in goals against average. The team set school records for fewest goals allowed in a season and most shutouts in a season (10). Overby, who was named to the MIAC Honorable mention team in 2000, collected seven shutouts on the season and now has 14 for his two years at Concordia. He was also ranked 20th in the nation in goals against average.

VanValkenburg, although finishing fifth on the team in scoring with four goals and four assists, ran the offense from his central midfield position. His ability to break opposing defenses down and find the "open" player contributed to Concordia's offensive outburst this season and helped the Cobbers to a 2.5 goals per game average.

Cella has 97 wins and a .600 winning percentage in his 10 years as head coach of the men's program. The 12-4 mark by this years team set a school record for fewest losses in a season and highest winning percentage. Cella's teamsw have now posted double-digit win totals in 6 of his 10 seasons. He is currently the winningest soccer coach in school history.


Name                School        Position    Yr
Eric Brown          Saint Mary's  Midfielder  Sr.
Chance Buzzell      Concordia     Forward     Sr.
Cyle Cavett         Concordia     Defender    Jr.
Pepe Jon Chavez     Bethel        Forward     Jr.
Ben Clymer          St. Olaf      Forward     Jr.
Ryan Kath           Gustavus      Midfielder  Sr.
Nathan Knox         Macalester    Midfielder  So.
Dakota Loomis       Carleton      Forward     Sr.
Adam MacLeod-Roth   Gustavus      Defender    Jr.
Ross MacMullan      St. Olaf      Goalkeeper  Sr.
Brendan Mayer       Macalester    Defender    Sr.
Martin Oppenheimer  Macalester    Midfielder  Sr.
Kris Overby         Concordia     Goalkeeper  So.
Matt Raplinger      St. Thomas    Defender    So.
Mike Rutter         Saint John's  Midfielder  Jr.
Joe Schmidt         Saint John's  Forward     So.
Ross Smith          Gustavus      Goalkeeper  Sr.
Kyle Swanson        St. Olaf      Midfielder  Sr.
Brad Uecker         Hamline       Midfielder  Sr.
Kimani Williams     Macalester    Forward     Sr.

MIAC Most Valuable Player - Brendan Mayer, Macalester College
MIAC Coach of the Year - Jim Cella, Concordia College
MIAC Men's Sportsmanship Award - Hamline University

Name                School        Position
Scott Lepper        Augsburg      Defender
Tyler Clark         Bethel        Midfielder
Brent Schiestl      Bethel        Defender
Doug Wester         Bethel        Defender
Jeremy Schultz      Carleton      Midfielder
Jason VanValkenburg Concordia     Midfielder
Steve Murray        Gustavus      Forward
Tyler Bosch         St. John's    Forward
Brian Cleaveland    St. John's    Defender
Andy Witchger       St. John's    Midfielder
Joe Rude            St. Mary's    Defender
Michael Heitzman    St. Thomas    Midfielder
Will Loepfe         St. Thomas    Goalkeeper
John Matejcek       St. Thomas    Defender

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