Tue, Dec. 4, 2012 - [Soccer]
By Jim Naprstek, Assistant Sports Information Director
Tuesday afternoon, the National Soccer Coaches of America Assosciation (NSCAA) published the 2012 All-Americans for Men's and Women's Soccer. For the first time since 2010, the Loras College Duhawks were represented, as Kevin Cavers and Kinsey Campbell were selected.
Kevin Cavers, a junior from Arlington Heights, Illinois, helped lead the Duhawks back to the Final Four for the first time since 2008. After collecting Iowa Conference MVP Honors, Cavers continued his post season success, notching two goals and an assist for the Duhawks. He alone powered Loras past UW-Platteville in the Sweet 16 round with two goals, both from distance. Cavers is the second First Team All-American in the program's history, and only the third in the history of the Iowa Conference.
"It means a lot to me and I'm happy to represent the program. Awards though, dont mean much. It's not something that we focus on as a program, and I've really bought into that mindset," Cavers said. "It could have gone to anyone on the team. There are a ton of guys that really deserve it. It really is a team award."
Cavers is only the second Duhawk to be selected as a First Team All-American. In 2009, Santiago Mejia tallied seven goals and 16 assists en route to a Sweet 16 berth for the program and his selection as a First Team All-American.
"If I played on any other team, i wouldn't be receiving the recognition that I do here", Cavers added.
Receiving this recognition as a junior can bring with an increased set of eyes watching and the nervousness to perform in 2013. Kevin is not worried about that, but does admit it is going to make him work even harder in the offseason.
"Theres so many guys that deserve this from our team. They are all going to be working just as hard to make our team better."
Kinsey Campbell, a junior from Greendale, Wisconsin, has been selected as a Second Team All American after leading the Duhawks to a 19-5 season, a return to the Sweet 16, and being selected as Co-MVP's of the Iowa Conference.
In her first season with the Duhawks, Campbell went down early with a torn ACL, and ever since has worked tirelessly to put herself in the best possible shape and position to anchor the team's defense.
"It is very humbling to receive an award like this. But I have never played my hardest or my best because I wanted to be named All American," Campbell said, "Every practice and every game I walk on the field because of my love for the game and I play for the ladies standing next to me because i know they do the same for me."
Kinsey is the first Duhawk to ever be named to the NSCAA Second Team All-American squad. Kate Young was named to the Third Team in 2010. In addition, Campbell is only the second player from the Iowa Conference to be named to the Second Team. The conference has never had a player named to the First Team.
In her three years as an everyday starter, Campbell has locked down on opponents' forwards and prevented them from scoring opportunities. In her first year back from injury, Kinsey led the Duhawk defense, who allowed only nine goals on the year, en route to a 22-1-1 finish and a Sweet 16 appearance. Due to her medical redshirt her freshman year, Campbell will be returning to Loras' backline in 2013.
"My team and the coaches have made me into the player I am today and I cannot thank them enough. Especially the seniors we are losing and who have been on this journey with me the last 4 years."
These two individuals have made their mark on the Loras program and will be expected play large roles on the squad in 2013. May their hard work and dedication serve as an example to all future Duhawks in all of the campus' athletic programs.