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Andryk Named NSCAA National Player of the Year

Andryk Named NSCAA National Player of the Year


Senior Logan Andryk of the MSOE men's soccer team has been named the NSCAA National Player of the Year for NCAA Division III, the organization announced Friday.

Andryk holds the unique distinction of having also been named the CoSIDA Academic All-America of the Year last month. He is just the second NCAA Division III player to earn both honors in the same season.

The NSCAA also announced Friday that Andryk was its Scholar All-American of the year for Division III, NAIA and NCCAA.

"It's a well-deserved award for Logan, considering the season he had—his goals, his assists—and also the way the other teams view him as a great player and a great individual," MSOE head coach Jimmy Banks said. "The biggest thing he brings to the field is his leadership. First of all, players believe in him, but he makes players believe in themselves, as well. If Logan has a good game, he always gives credit to his teammates. That's really what I like about him. The first guys that he gives credit to are his teammates."

Andryk capped a tremendous career with a standout senior campaign in which he led the nation in scoring with 2.95 points per game and 59 total points. He finished the season with 21 goals and 17 assists, ranking in the top five nationally in each category. Seven of his goals were game-winners, as he scored a goal in 15 different games—of which MSOE went 14-0-1.

"I wouldn't have done any of this without teammates, obviously, Coach Banks and our coaches," Andryk said. "I can't do everything on the field, so it's good to have my teammates there, pushing me in practice, pushing me in games. They are doing a tremendous amount of work with the team and we had a great year this year and it's an honored to be recognized."

Andryk led the most successful senior class in school history with 55 wins and three of the top four single-season win totals in school history. The Raiders won the NACC regular season title in 2014 for the program's first league crown since 1986 and followed that up with a conference tournament championship and the team's first-ever NCAA Tournament berth. This season, MSOE finished second in the conference and repeated as tourney champs for a return trip to the national tournament.

"It's been really awesome playing for this team, Coaches Banks, Rob (Harrington) and Phil (Suprise) for the past four years," Andryk said. "We've had great guys come in and out of the program, some guys that, when I was a freshman, really led me and helped me along the path to where I am today."

One of just 31 players in NSCAA history to earn four All-American awards, Andryk finished his career in distinct company for a number of reasons. His 61 goals, 60 assists and 182 career points are school and league records. He is also one of just five players in NCAA history (Divisions I-III) to crack the 60-goal, 60-assist mark. His 60 assists are also fifth in Division III history, while he is also 14th with 0.74 assists per game and 21st in total points.

Andryk is additionally the three-time NACC Offensive Player of the Year and was named to the All-NACC First Team in each of his four seasons. His last two years, he has been a first-team selection alongside his brother Braden. This season, both Andryk brothers were named All-Americans, with Braden earning a selection on the third team as a sophomore.

"It's really cool to share (All-American honors) with Braden," Andryk said. "It was great for him to get that award and it's been great for our family. Our parents are really proud."

The NACC Freshman of the Year in 2012, Logan Andryk was named to the NSCAA All-America Third Team when he finished with 14 goals and nine assists for 37 points. He followed that up with 41 points on 16 goals and nine assists as a sophomore, scoring five game-winning goals and earning a second-straight All-America Third-Team award. Then, in 2014, he led the nation with a school and NACC-record 25 assists. He also scored 10 goals for 45 points and was named to the NSCAA All-America First Team and CoSIDA Academic All-America First Team—the only soccer player in the country to accomplish the feat that season.

"When he first came in as a freshman, there was no way to know the type of player that I was getting," Banks said. "He matured as a player and improved every year. In the off-season, he worked on his game playing with different club teams in different leagues. You could see that showed with how good he became as his career went on."