2008 Archive

Tuesday, November 11, 2008

"Alex Birtcher Tabbed 2nd Team All-AMC, 5 Others Honorable Mention"

Walsh's Alex Birtcher (Sr., Napoleon, OH/HS) has been selected Second-Team All-American Mideast Conference. The talented forward put together a breakthrough year, leading the Cavs in scoring with 13 goals and 28 points. He was named All-AMC South honorable mention last year and finishes his career with 25 goals and 64 points.

The Cavs, who finished the season 6-11-1, had five players named honorable mention; Adam Birtcher (D, Sr., Napoleon, OH/HS), Dan Harlan (D, Sr., Uniontown, OH/Lake), Ben Latimer (M, So., Sunbury, OH/Big Walnut), keeper Ben Pflum (Sr., Napoleon, OH/HS) and Ben Truax (F, Fr., Mansfield, OH/St. Peters).

Birtcher, Latimer, and Truax are all receiving AMC honors for the first time. Truax finished second in scoring with six goals and three assists for 15 points. Harlan was named honorable mention in 2007 and Pflum was a first-team selection in 2006. Pflum compiled a 1.51 goals against average, with six shutouts in 18 games.

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Monday, November 3, 2008

"Cavs Close Season 6-11-1"

Walsh finished a disappointing season with two losses last week, to finish 6-11-1 overall and 4-7 in the American Mideast Conference. The Cavs fell 3-2 to the University of Saint Francis (IN) on Tuesday, and 2-1 at Mount Vernon Nazarene on Saturday. The Cavs closed the season with five straight losses, four by one goal.

The University of Saint Francis scored twice in the final 20 minutes, to come from behind to edge Walsh 3-2 last Tuesday. Alex Birtcher (Sr., Napoleon, OH/HS) scored back-to-back goals, ten minutes apart in the second half (59, 69-minute mark), to give Walsh a 2-1 lead. Birtcher's game-tying tally came on a penalty kick, with Ben Truax (Fr., Mansfield, OH/St. Peters) assisting on the second goal. The Cougars would rally however, scoring the game-tying goal at the 73-minute mark and then the game-winner 12 minutes later.

Ben Truax gave Walsh a 1-0 lead, on an assist from Alex Birtcher (Sr., Napoleon, OH/HS), at the 24:26 mark of the first half on Saturday at Mount Vernon. The Cavs held the lead until MVNU tied the game at the 61:56 mark, then scored the game-winner with a little less than nine minutes left. MNVU out shot the Cavs 22-7.

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Saturday, November 1, 2008

"Cavs Edged 2-1 in Season Finale'

Walsh (6-11-1, 4-7) closed the season with a 2-1 American Mideast Conference loss at Mount Vernon Nazarene University today (13-3-2, 8-1-2) today. The loss was the fifth straight for the Cavs, and their fourth one goal loss in the last five games.

Ben Truax (Fr., Mansfield, OH/St. Peters) gave Walsh a 1-0 lead, on an assist from Alex Birtcher (Sr., Napoleon, OH/HS), at the 24:26 mark of the first half. Walsh held the lead until MVNU's Sheldon Tugman tied the game on an assist from Chris Allen at the 61:56 mark. The game remained tied until the 80:38 mark, when Adam Worrall scored the game-winner for the Cougars on an assist from Cody Snouffer.

MNVU out shot the Cavs 22-7. Cavs keeper Ben Pflum (Sr., Napoleon, OH/HS) recorded six saves.

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Tuesday, October 28, 2008

"Late Goals Deny Cavs"

The University of Saint Francis (12-3-3) scored twice in the final 20 minutes, to come from behind to edge Walsh (6-10-1) 3-2 in the Cavs home finale today. The Cavs close the season at Mount Vernon Nazarene University in an AMC match on Saturday at 3 pm.

Ryan Crawford gave USF a 1-0 lead at the 37-minute mark of the first half, a lead they held at halftime. Walsh's Alex Birtcher (Sr., Napoleon, OH/HS) would give the Cavs a 2-1 lead, scoring two goals ten minutes apart in the second half (59, 69-minute mark). Birtcher's game-tying tally came on a penalty kick, with Ben Truax (Fr., Mansfield, OH/St. Peters) assisting on the second goal. Crawford scored the game-tying goal for the Cougars at the 73-minute mark and Brad Lohman then scored the game-winner 12 minutes later. Walsh out shot USF 9-8.

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Monday, October 27, 2008

"Cavs (6-9-1, 4-6) lose at Ohio Dominican, fall from Post Season Race"

Walsh (6-9-1, 4-6) fell out of the American Mideast Conference playoff race, with their 2-0 loss at Ohio Dominican University on Tuesday night. The Cavs play their home finale on Tuesday at 3 pm, with a non-league contest against the University of Saint Francis (11-3-3), and then play at Mount Vernon Nazarene for an AMC contest on Saturday at 3 pm. The Cavs will honor its six senior players in pre-game ceremonies on Tuesday.

Ohio Dominican scored in each half and out shot the Cavs 15-8 in their shutout win on Tuesday. Walsh keeper Ben Pflum (Sr., Napoleon, and OH/HS) recorded six saves.

Alex Birtcher leads the Cavs with 11 goals and one assist for 23 points. Ben Truax has five goals and two assists, good for 12 points and Ben Pflum has a 1.39 goals against average

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Tuesday, October 21, 2008

"Cavs Blanked 2-0 in Key AMC Match"

(Columbus OH) Walsh (6-9-1, 4-6) lost 2-0 to Ohio Dominican University (7-5-2, 4-3-1) in a key American Mideast Conference match tonight. The Panthers scored in each half and out shot the Cavs 15-8. The loss drops the Cavs into 8th place in the AMC. The top six teams qualify for the AMC playoffs. Walsh keeper Ben Pflum (Sr., Napoleon, OH/HS) recorded six saves.

Walsh has one AMC match remaining, on November 1 at Mount Vernon Nazarene University. The Cavs are at Mount Vernon Nazarene on November. Their next match is at home, next Tuesday (10/28) against the University of Saint Francis (3 pm).

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Saturday, October 18, 2008

"16th Ranked Blue Falcons Edge Cavs"

For the second straight game, Walsh (6-8-1, 4-5) fell 2-1 to an American Mideast Conference foe, losing to NAIA No. 16 Notre Dame College (12-2, 7-0) at home tonight. The Cavs also lost 2-1 at Cedarville University on Tuesday night. The Cavs are back in action on Tuesday night at 7 pm at Ohio Dominican for an AMC match.

Walsh scored first, as Ben Truax (Fr., Mansfield, OH/St. Peters) scored on an assist from Adam Greenwood (Fr., Blackpool, ENG/Lytham St. Annes) to give the Cavs a 1-0 lead 10 minutes into the game. Notre Dame would score the equalizer three minutes later, and then score what would the game-winner with six minutes to play in the first half. Neither team could find the net in the second half. Notre Dame out shot the Cavs 12-10. Walsh keeper Ben Pflum (Sr., Napoleon, OH/HS) recorded seven saves.

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Tuesday, October 14, 2008

"Yellow Jackets Top Cavs 2-1"

(Cedarville, OH) Cedarville University (6-7-1, 3-3-1) scored two first half goals, on their way to a 2-1 American Mideast Conference win over the Cavs (6-7-1, 4-4) tonight. Walsh is home on Saturday to meet NAIA No. 14 Notre Dame College in an AMC game at 7 pm.

Cedarville tallied at the 10:22 mark, and again at the 16:13 mark, and led 2-0 at the half. Walsh's only tally came with four minutes to play, when Alex Birtcher (Sr., Napoleon, OH/HS) scored on an unassisted goal to avoid the shutout. For Birtcher, it was his team-leading 11th goal of the season. The Yellow Jackets out shot the Cavs 16-8.

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Monday, October 13, 2008

"Cavs (6-6-1, 4-3) Back to .500/Host Notre Dame on Saturday"

Walsh (6-6-1, 4-3) climbed back to the .500 mark, with wins over rival Malone University and Grace College last week. The Malone win, also an American Mideast Conference triumph, moved the Cavs into sixth place with 12 points. This week, the Cavs have a pair of AMC games, at Cedarville University on Tuesday (7 pm), and home to Notre Dame College on Saturday (7 pm). The Yellow Jackets are 5-7-1 overall and 2-3-1 in the AMC. Notre Dame, ranked 14 nationally, stand 11-2 overall and 6-0 in the AMC, good for second place.

Walsh snapped a two-game losing streak their 6-0 AMC whitewash of Malone last Wednesday. The Cavs led 2-0 at halftime and out shot Malone 23-6. Ben Truax (Fr., Mansfield, OH/St. Peters), Nathaniel Milhoan (Fr., Hartville, OH/Lake) and Alex Birtcher (Sr., Napoleon, OH/HS) each scored two goals. Milhoan added an assist, as did Adam Greenwood (Fr., Blackpool, ENG/Lytham St. Annes). Ben Pflum (Sr., Napoleon, OH/HS) and John Brubach (Fr., Canton, OH/Jackson) combined in goal for the shutout.

Walsh pulled back to even on the season, with a 2-0 non-conference win over visiting Grace College at home on Saturday. Ben Truax opened the scoring at the 11:20 mark of the first half on an assist from Alex Birtcher. Ben Latimer (So., Sunbury, OH/Big Walnut) then tallied an unassisted goal at the 61-minute mark of the second half. Ben Pflum stopped three shots in goal and recorded the shutout. Pflum lowered his goals against average to 1.25.

Alex Birtcher leads the Cavs with ten goals and one assist for 21 points. Ben Truax has four goals and two assists, good for 10 points.

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Saturday, October 11, 2008

"Cavs Back to .500, Shutout Grace"

Walsh pulled back to even on the season, with a 2-0 non-conference win over visiting Grace College today. The Cavs are 6-6-1 and travel to Cedarville University for an American Mideast Conference game on Tuesday night (7 pm).

Ben Truax (Fr., Mansfield, OH/St. Peters) opened the scoring at the 11:20 mark of the first half on an assist from Alex Birtcher (Sr., Napoleon, OH/HS). Ben Latimer (So., Sunbury, OH/Big Walnut) than tallied on an unassisted goal at the 61-minute mark of the second half. Ben Pflum (Sr., Napoleon, OH/HS) stopped three shots in goal and recorded the shutout.

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Wednesday, October 8, 2008

"Cavs Rout Malone 6-0"

Walsh (5-6-1, 4-3) snapped a two-game losing streak with a 6-0 American Mideast Conference win at Malone University (2-9-1, 1-6) today. The Cavs are back home on Saturday for an non-league match with Grace College at 3 pm.

Walsh dominated the Pioneers from start to finish. The Cavs led 2-0 at halftime and out shot Malone 23-6. Ben Truax (Fr., Mansfield, OH/St. Peters), Nathaniel Milhoan (Fr., Hartville, OH/Lake) and Alex Birtcher (Sr., Napoleon, OH/HS) each scored two goals. Milhoan added an assist as did Adam Greenwood (Fr., Blackpool, ENG/Lytham St. Annes). Ben Pflum (Sr., Napoleon, OH/HS) and John Brubach (Fr., Canton, OH/Jackson) combined in goal for the shutout.

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Saturday, October 4, 2008

"Cavs Lose 3-2 to Top Ranked Rio Grande"

Despite two goals from Walsh's Alex Birtcher (Sr., Napoleon, OH), the Cavs (4-6-1, 3-3) fell 3-2 to NAIA top ranked University of Rio Grande (9-0-1, 3-0-1) 3-2 tonight. Walsh is at Malone University for an AMC match on Wednesday at 3:30 pm.

Birtcher scored on a re-start to give Walsh a 1-0 lead at the 22:54 mark of the first half. Walsh took the 1-0 lead into the locker room at the half. Rio scored twice in a span of seven minutes, on two goals by Enderson Lopes, to take a 2-1 lead. Birtcher would again score, on another re-start, to tie the game at 2-2 at the 49:17 mark. Rio's Paul Nicholson would then score the game winner at the 83:29 mark.

Rio out shot the Cavs 24-7. Ben Pflum (Sr., Napoleon, OH/HS) was outstanding in goal for Walsh with 11 saves.

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Saturday, September 27, 2008

"Cavs Fall 1-0 at NAIA Ranked Roberts Wesleyan/Pflum Suffers Concussion"

Walsh (4-5-1, 3-2) fell 1-0 to NAIA No. 19 Roberts Wesleyan College (7-0, 5-0) today. The Cavs played well in defeat, with keeper Ben Pflum (Sr., Napoleon, OH/HS) recording 12 saves. Pflum suffered a concussion and is questionable for the Cavs next game, one week from today, at home with the University of Rio Grande.

Roberts Wesleyan out shot the Cavs 19-11 and led in corner kicks 9-3.

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Wednesday, September 24, 2008

"Moga Goal Lifts JV Team to OT Win over CCC Metro"

George Moga's (Fr., Akron, OH/Springfield) goal in the first overtime life the Cavs JV (2-3) Team to a 1-0 win over CCC Metro at Walsh tonight. John Brubach (Fr., Canton, OH/Jackson) recorded five saves in goal.

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Tuesday, September 23, 2008

"Late Goal Lifts Cavs to 1-0 AMC Win"

Chad Flath's (Fr., Wadsworth, OH/HS) goal at the 81-minute mark lifted Walsh (4-4-1, 3-1) to 1-0 American Mideast Conference win over visiting Point Park University tonight. The win improved Walsh's AMC mark to 3-1. Ben Truax (Fr., Mansfield, OH/St. Peters) assisted on the Flath goal. Walsh out shot the Pioneers 15-1.

The Cavs are at Roberts Wesleyan College for an AMC match at 2 pm on Saturday.

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Saturday, September 20, 2008

"Cavs Fall in OT"

Houghton (4-3, 2-1) scored four minutes into overtime to defeat Walsh (3-4-1, 2-1) 2-1 in an American Mideast Conference game. Walsh's Alex Birtcher (Sr., Napoleon, OH) tied the game with seven minutes to play in regulation to send the game to overtime.

After a scoreless first half, Steve Grudda gave Houghton a 1-0 lead at the 62:28 mark. Walsh keeper Ben Pflum (Sr., Napoleon, OH/HS) made some key saves late in the game, before the game tying goal by Birtcher. Birtcher would leave the game after his goal with an ankle injury.

Houghton's Johnny Kimani would score the game-winner at the 96:24 mark. Walsh out shot Houghton 14-12.

Walsh is home to Point Park University on Tuesday at 7 pm in an AMC game.

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Wednesday, September 17, 2008

"McCreary, Latimer Sweep AMC Player of Week Honors"

CEDARVILLE, Ohio - Walsh teammates Camden McCreary and Ben Latimer swept the American Mideast Conference Player of the Week awards after leading the Cavaliers to a pair of shutouts in the league.

McCreary, a 6-foot-5 junior forward from Massillon, Ohio/Jackson, is the Offensive Player of the Week with a two-game effort of three goals and two assists. He tallied a goal and an assist in a 4-0 win versus Daemen. McCreary followed that up with two goals and an assist during a 5-0 whitewash of Shawnee State. Walsh is 3-3-1 overall and 2-0 AMC.

Latimer, a 5-11 sophomore midfielder from Sunbury, Ohio/Big Walnut, is the Defensive Player of the Week. He guided the Cavalier defense to their second and third shutouts of the season. All three have come in their last three home matches.

The Cavs are home to Houghton College on Saturday at 7 pm for an AMC contest.

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Saturday, September 13, 2008

"McCreary Two Goals and an Assist in AMC Win"

Camden McCreary (Jr., Massillon, OH/Jackson) scored two goals and had an assist in Walsh's 5-0 American Mideast Conference win over Shawnee State University. The win, the second straight for the Cavs, improves their overall record to 3-3-1 and to 2-0 in the AMC. The Cavs are home for an AMC contest with Houghton College on Saturday at 7 pm.

The Cavs also received goals from Ben Truax (Fr., Mansfield, OH/St. Peter's), Alex Birtcher (Sr., Napoleon, OH) and Nathaniel Milhoan (Fr., Uniontown, OH/Lake). Truax also had an assist. The Cavs also received two assists from Adam Greenwood (Fr., Blackpool, ENG/Lytham St. Annes) and one from Gustavo Stille (Sr., Rio de Janiero, BR/Tusky Valley). The Cavs out shot the Bears 22-3.

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Wednesday, September 10, 2008

"Cavs Blank Daemen for AMC Win"

Walsh (2-3-1, 1-0) opened the American Mideast Conference season with a 4-0 win over visiting Daemen College tonight. Four different Cavaliers scored in the win, with Adam Greenwood (Fr., Blackpool, ENG/Lytham St. Annes), Camden McCreary (Jr., Massillon, OH/Jackson), Alex Birtcher (Sr., Napoleon, OH) and Gustavo Stille (Sr., Rio de Janiero, BR/Tusky Valley) all scoring in the win. Greenwood's goal, at the 34:09 mark of the first half, gave Walsh a 1-0 lead. McCreary assisted on the goal. McCreary then tallied two minutes later, on an assist from Chad Flath (Fr., Wadsworth, OH/HS) to give Walsh a 2-0 lead, which they held at halftime. Birtcher scored his fourth goal, on a corner kick, in the second half to put the Cavs up 3-0. Stille then scored on an assist from Greenwood for the final tally. Walsh out shot the Wildcats 21-11 and keeper Ben Pflum (Sr., Napoleon, OH/HS) had seven saves in recording the shutout.

Walsh is home on Saturday night (7 pm) for an AMC contest with Shawnee State University.

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Monday, September 8, 2008

"Saint Francis Game Moved"

This Sunday's home game with the University of Saint Francis has been re-scheduled to Tuesday, October 28, at 3 pm at Walsh. The game was originally scheduled for this Sunday (9/14) at 2 pm.

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Sunday, September 7, 2008

" Cavs Fall 4-1 in Tournament Championship Game"

Walsh (1-3-1) lost 4-1 to Christopher Newport University (3-1) in the championship game of the Marietta College Tournament today. For the second straight game Alex Birtcher (Sr., Napoleon, OH) scored Walsh's only goal, at the 58:08 mark of the second half. The goal cut the Newport lead to 2-1. Winston Mattheisen scored twice in the first half (1:18, 24:25) to give Newport at 2-0 lead. They would then tack on two more goals (61:20, 87:12) for the 4-1 final. The Cavs were outshot 24-12. Birtcher, along with keeper Ben Pflum (Sr., Napoleon, OH/HS), Ben Latimer (So., Sunbury, OH/BigWalnut) and Camden McCreary (Jr., Massillon, OH/Jackson) were selected to the all-tournament team.

The Cavs are home to Daemen College on Wednesday at 6:30 pm.

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Saturday, September 6, 2008

"Cavs, Marietta 1-1 OT Tie"

Walsh and Marietta played to a 1-1 overtime tie at the Marietta College Tournament. The game game was called due darkness after one overtime. Walsh, however, advances to the championship game tomorrow, (3 pm) after winning a shootout 5-4.

Alex Birtcher (Sr., Napoleon, OH) scored Walsh's only goal (unassisted) at the 16:32 mark of the first half to take a 1-0 lead. Marietta tied the contest on a penalty kick at the 32:59 mark. Walsh keeper Ben Pflum (Sr., Napoleon, OH/HS) recorded seven saves. Marietta outshot Cavs 19-13.

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Wednesday, September 3, 2008

"Late Goal Beats Cavs at Bethel"

(Bethel, IN) Bethel (1-1) snapped a 1-1 tie at the 73-minute mark of the second half, and then hung on for a 2-1 win over the Cavs (1-2). Alex Birtcher (Sr., Napoleon, OH) scored Walsh's only goal on a penalty kick. Walsh outshot Bethel 13-8 and had 11 corner kicks to Bethel's four. Walsh keeper Ben Pflum (Sr., Napoleon, OH/HS) recorded eight saves.

Walsh is at the Marietta College Tournament on Saturday and Sunday and meet the host Pioneers at 5 pm on Saturday.

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Saturday, August 30, 2008

"Cavs Stun 20th Ranked Mid-Continent"

Walsh evened its record at 1-1, after stunning NAIA No. 20 Mid-Continent University 1-0 in the final game of the Subway/Comfort Inn Classic. Walsh's Camden McCreary (Jr., Massillon, OH/Jackson) scored the games only goal on a penalty kick, 23:49 into the first half. The rest was up to the defense, and the Cavs and keeper Ben Pflum (Sr., Napoleon, OH/HS) shined in keeping Mid-Continent off the board. Pflum stopped 10 shots in goal. The physical game produced 35 fouls.

In the other contest, Ohio Dominican blanked the University of the Cumberlands 3-0. Walsh is back in action at Bethel College on Wednesday.

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Friday, August 29, 2008

"Cavs Fall 3-1 in Season Opener"

Walsh (0-1) fell 3-1 to NAIA No. 31st University of the Cumberlands in the Subway/Comfort Inn Classic, in the season opener for both teams. The Cavs only goal was scored by Clint Merck (So., Randolph, OH/ST. Thomas Aquinas) at the 82-minute mark. Ben Pflum (Sr., Napoleon, OH/HS) was outstanding in goal with 10 saves. The Cavs meet NAIA No. 20 Mid-Continent at at 7 pm tonight. Mid-Continent blanked 14th ranked Ohio Dominican University 1-0.

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Thursday, April 17, 2008

"Cavaliers Sign Five for the 2008 Class"

Head coach, Tim Mead, has announced the signing of four student-athletes for the fall of 2008. John Brubach, Derrick Gullen, Nathaniel Milhoan, Ben Truax, and Jarod Weaver have signed NAIA National Letters of Intent to continue their athletic and academic careers at Walsh University.

John Brubach is a goalkeeper from Jackson High School. He is a four-time letter winner that earned First Team All-Region, All-State, All-District, All-County, and All-Federal League honors. He assisted his team in winning the Federal League in 2004, 2005, and 2007. Brubach had 14 shutouts in 2007 and owns the school record of 22 career shutouts at Jackson.

Brubach is the son of David and Joanne Brubach. He plans to major in Physical Therapy while attending Walsh University.

Derrick Gullen attends Steubenville High School and earned four varsity soccer letters. Gullen was named the Defensive Player of the Year in 2006 and 2007. He also earned OVA Player of the Year, Third Team All-State, and First Team East District. During his senior campaign, Gullen had 14 shutouts and allowed 8 goals.

Gullen also earned three letters in swimming and one letter in wrestling while at Steubenville. Derrick is the son of Barry and Carolyn Gullen and will major in accounting while at Walsh University.

Nathaniel Milhoan is a four year letter winner at Uniontown Lake High School. Milhoan, a two-time team captain, earned Federal League Player of the Year, First Team AFL, Stark County Player of the Year, First Team All-Stark County, First Team All-District, and All-Ohio his senior campaign. Nathaniel also earned First Team AFL, First Team All-Stark County, and Second Team All-District his junior season. Milhoan holds Lake's all-time points (94), career assists (28), and career goals (2nd-33).

Milhoan also earned four letters in track and field. Nathaniel is the son of Mark and Evelyn Milhoan and plans to major in Accounting and Business Administration while attending Walsh University.

Ben Truax is a four time letter winner from Mansfield St. Peter's High School. Truax is a midfielder/forward that was named to First Team All-Ohio in 2006 and 2007. He was also named the District Player of the Year in 2006 and earned First Team All-District in 2005 and Second Team All-District in 2004. Truax scored 37 goals and added 13 assists his senior campaign.

Ben is the son of Bruce and Kay Truax and is undecided on a major.

Jarod Weaver is a three year letter winner at Tippecanoe High School. Weaver is a two-time team captain that was named to the All-Ohio Team and the CBC Player of the Year in 2007. He also earned All-Conference and All-District in 2006 and 2007 and was named Defensive MVP in 2006. Weaver also assisted his team in winning the Conference Championship in 2005, 2006, and 2007.

Jarod also lettered in track and field in 2005. He is the son of Lyle and Jerilyn Weaver. Jarod plans to major in Physical Therapy while attending Walsh University.