Gyasi Zardes Repeats as MPSF Player of the Year
Nov. 7, 2012
2012 All-MPSF Men's Soccer
2012 MPSF Player of the Year
GYASI ZARDES #9 RS JUNIOR FORWARD CSU BAKERSFIELD
One of 42 players on the national player of the year watch list, CSU Bakersfield junior forward Gyasi Zardes (Hawthorne, CA/Leuzinger HS) reset the CSUB Division I record this season for most points in a game with eight, on another school record four goals, at Seattle U on Oct. 14. The eight points also tied for third most in single-game MPSF history, while the four goals shared an all-time conference-high. He delivered another hat trick five days later at Houston Baptist. In the NCAA Statistical reports through Nov. 4, Zardes ranks third nationally in points per game (2.31), fourth in points (37), fifth in goals per game (0.88) and goals (14), seventh in assists per game (0.56), and ninth in assists (9). Zardes is the third MPSF Soccer player to repeat this honor (Jason Boyce-Washington & Sheldon Thomas-CS Fullerton shared in `96 & `97), and fourth to win the award more than once (Andrew Boyens-New Mexico, '04 & '06).
2012 MPSF Newcomer of the Year
BEN McKENDRY #19 FRESHMAN MIDFIELD NEW MEXICO
New Mexico freshman midfield Ben McKendry (Vancouver, BC/Templeton Secondary) enters the 2012 MPSF Championship Tournament tied for third on the team in goals behind James Rogers (7) and Devon Sandoval (14). Of his four goals this season, three were game-winners versus Dartmouth, Seattle U and Houston Baptist. McKendry tallied the assist on UNM's double-overtime golden goal versus UC Irvine, scored by Carson Baldinger, and was one of the nine different Lobos to score in New Mexico's record-breaking 11-0 victory on Oct. 19. McKendry becomes the first Lobo to be named MPSF Newcomer of the Year since Andrew Boyens won in 2004. He appeared in all 18 games with 10 starts, which includes starting nods in UNM's last nine regular season contests.
2012 MPSF Coach of the Year
DOUG HILL SIXTH YEAR AIR FORCE
Air Force Head Coach Doug Hill led the Falcons to a 5-3-2 MPSF record and a three seed in the 2012 conference tournament. In its MPSF history dating back to 1992, only the 2011 Air Force team earned as many conference points (17) as this year's squad. On October 5, Air Force defeated then fifth-ranked New Mexico, its first win over a top-five opponent since the 1993 NCAA Tournament. The following week, the Falcons defeated the Lobos for a second time, their first regular season sweep over UNM since 2001. Air Force placed five players to the all-conference teams this year. This is the first MPSF Coach of the Year award for Hill, and the second all-time for the Academy (Lou Sagastume, '06).