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Union Academy in College: Maloney named Big 10 Offensive Player of the Year

Thomas Shiiba and Navy outlast Army, Connor Maloney named Big 10 offensive player of the year and Alex Shinsky named to league's first XI.

By Matt Ralph

Thomas Shiiba and Navy celebrated a second straight victory over arch rivals Army last Friday night, with a golden goal capping off a wild overtime in front of 10,100 fans at PPL Park. Shiiba started the match in front of his hometown crowd and played 54 minutes for the Midshipmen, but didn't see the field in a dramatic overtime that saw a handball in the box, a saved penalty kick by the Navy keeper, and a player on each team being sent off.

Penn State's late season stumble continued Sunday afternoon when they fell 1-0 to Andrew Herr and Michigan State in the Big 10 tournament, but that disappointing result didn't stop Connor Maloney from being named the league's offensive player of the year. Maloney has nine goals and three assists on the year, and will look to add to his scoring output for the season with an at-large berth into the NCAA tournament.

Maloney was also named to the All-Big 10 first team along with Maryland senior forward Alex Shinsky. Maryland goalkeeper Zack Steffen was beat out for Goalkeeper of the Year by Northwestern's Tyler Miller. The sophomore registered his eighth clean sheet of the season in a 2-0 Big 10 tournament win over Rutgers on Sunday.

Lehigh freshman Doyle Tuvesson was beat out for Patriot League rookie of the year honors by Boston University's Iceland native Bjarki Benediktsson despite registering five goals and four assists in 18 starts for the Mountain Hawks. Tuvesson scored the game-winning goal and added an assist in Lehigh's final regular season game last weekend, but they were bounced from the League tournament with a 4-0 loss to Bucknell Tuesday.

James Madison goalkeeper Kyle Morton picked up his seventh clean sheet of the season with five saves in a 2-0 win over Hofstra and was also named to the All-Colonial Athletic Association third team.

Georgetown junior defender Keegan Rosenberry was named to the All-Big East second team and will be playing at PPL Park tonight along with fellow Union Academy alums Brett Campbell and Melvin Snoh against Todd Pratzner and Xavier. Creighton and Providence will be playing in the earlier game beginning at 6 p.m. and the winners playing the final on Sunday at 5 p.m.

La Salle forward Joe Farrell was named second-team all-Atlantic 10 after leading La Salle in scoring with six goals and four assists.