Three Earn All-Patriot League Honors
Nov. 8, 2011
EASTON, Pa. - Three members of the Lafayette men's soccer team have earned All-Patriot League honors for the 2011 season. Sean Peckham earned first-team laurels for the second consecutive season, while Kyle Scharfenberg and Julian Plummer took home second-team honors.
Peckham is one of just two student-athletes to earn back-to-back first-team nods, alongside Lehigh's Kevin Strunk - the unanimous Defensive Player of the Year. The Leopards' junior midfielder, who handles the Leopards' corner- and direct-kicking duties, scored one goal and tallied six assists in 15 matches - leading all Patriot League players with 0.40 assists per match. Three of Peckham's assists came in League play.
Scharfenberg scored a team-high seven goals in 2011, the most by a Leopard since Scott Hawkins '08 found the net seven times in 2007. The junior midfielder's 16 points were also a team-best total and the most by a Lafayette student-athlete since Hawkins' 18 points in 2006. Scharfenberg's shared a pair of League highs with three goals and seven points in Patriot League play despite missing the Leopards' Patriot League opener against Navy.
Plummer anchored one of the strongest defenses in the nation at middle back. The Leopards rank fourth in Division I with a 0.47 goals-against average and posted 10 shutouts in 18 matches. Plummer was a two-time BRINE Patriot League Rookie of the Week this season and was the lone freshman to earn All-Patriot League honors, though Colgate midfielder Jimmy McLaughlin was selected as Rookie of the Year by the League's head coaches.
Conspicuous by his absence from the All-Patriot League roster is goalkeeper Graham Heydt. Heydt ranks third in Division I with a .908 save percentage and is fifth in the nation with a 0.50 goals-against average. In seven Patriot League matches, he led all goalkeepers in every statistical category - GAA (0.26), saves (45), save percentage (.957), saves per match (6.43) and shutouts (5).
The complete All-Patriot League announcement is available on the Patriot League website.
Lafayette concluded the 2011 campaign at 9-5-4 - the program's 11th consecutive winning season - and missed the Patriot League Tournament via tiebreaker after sharing fourth place with 11 points at 3-2-2.
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