Lance Rozeboom has guided New Mexico to the top of the national rankings. Here, he's pictured in a June 2008 home match.
WEST DES MOINES, Iowa – Friday, Oct. 28, 2011 – If things go as they hope, a long list of Des Moines Menace alumni will be playing in next month’s NCAA Division-I national soccer tournament.
Former members of the Menace’s Premier Development League team are on the rosters of 11 of the teams on the current Top Drawer Soccer “Tournament 48” rankings – a weekly projection of the postseason field.
We catch up with Menace alumni playing NCAA soccer this season, and fans can keep tabs on our former players on the Menace’s twitter and Facebook pages.
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No. 1 New Mexico (13-0-2): The only undefeated team left in D-I, New Mexico sits atop the Top Drawer Soccer “Tournament 48” rankings, and holds the No. 2 team in the NSCAA coaches’ poll. The Lobos have received two goals and two assists from Lance Rozeboom, a member of the 2007-09 Menace. He is 2-for-2 on penalty kicks, with both goals counting as game-winners. Top Drawer Soccer ranks Rozeboom in the 37th spot on its “Top 100” list of players to watch.
No. 5 Creighton (14-2-0): Seniors Andrew Duran and Jace Peters are defensive staples for the third-ranked (NSCAA) Jays, who have outscored foes 27-4. Duran was on the "Top 100" list until recently.
No. 7 Akron (12-2-2): Matt Dagilis (2009 Menace) has appeared in five matches for the ninth-ranked (NSCAA) Zips. He scored the game-winning goal in their 4-0 win at St. Louis on Sept. 10. The defending national champs have secured their seventh-straight Mid-American Conference crown.
No. 25 Cal State Bakersfield (9-2-4): Eric Shannon has manned the goal in every match, collecting six shutouts and 49 saves. His 0.70 goals against average (GAA) leads all former Menace goalkeepers. James Garces has appeared in nine matches for the Roadrunners.
No. 30 Drake (10-6-1): There’s no shortage of former Menace players on Iowa’s only D-I men’s team. The Bulldogs have eight Menace alumni. Matt Kuhn (2010 Menace, nine goals and four assists) and Thomas Ostrander (2009 Menace, five goals and four assists), are the team’s top scorers. Kuhn, who has scored three game-winners, recently became the program’s all-time assists leader (23). Jordan Kadlec is 7-4-1 in goal, with a 1.37 GAA and 63 saves.
Hunter Kennedy (2009 Menace, two goals and three assists), Michael Noonan (2008 Menace, two goals and two assists), Jordan Stanley (2010 Menace, one goal in 16 games), David Parato (10 appearances) and Joe Lyons (2010 Menace, three appearances) are helping Drake in pursuit of its third NCAA Tournament berth in four years.
No. 31 Providence (9-6-1): After emerging as the Menace’s top goalie last season, Jhojan Obando has earned six shutouts, a 1.06 GAA and 48 saves for the Friars. Obando came up big in Providence’s nationally televised, 2-1 win over then-No. 23 West Virginia on Oct. 21.
No. 32 Northern Illinois (10-4-0): Francis Otira (one assist) and Finn Jor (two assists) are key defensive cogs for the Huskies. Miles Herbert has yet to play in goal.
No. 41 Florida Gulf Coast (8-4-2): A trio of 2009 Menace teammates is trying to get the Eagles to their first NCAA Tournament. Cristian Raudales paces the Eagles with five goals; Jon Koshko and Scott Harrison have each scored a goal.
No. 46 Valparaiso (8-5-3): The Crusaders have posted four straight shutouts, thanks largely to the sure-handed play of goalkeeper Kyle Zobeck. Playing every minute this season, Zobeck (2009 Menace) has amassed nine clean sheets, made 37 saves and brought his GAA down to 0.72.
No. 47 Western Illinois (8-5-1): Husref Jupic (2 goals and three assists), Alexis Dominguez (one goal and four assists), Charlie Bales (one goal and two assists) and Kooten Johnson (one goal) are fixtures in the Leathernecks’ starting lineup.
Binghamton (4-10-2): Tommy Moon has a goal and a pair of assists for the New York school.
Butler (6-7-2): Ade Oluyedun (four goals and two assists), Adam Glanzer (three goals and one assist), Brandon Fricke (one goal and one assist) and goalie Andy Holte (3-1-1, 1.48 GAA and 16 saves) are underclassmen helping the young Bulldogs rebuild after a top-10 finish a year ago.
Dayton (5-11-0): A key defender for the Menace in 2009 and 2010, Jack Pearson has started every match for the Flyers.
Evansville (5-8-1): Tad Kreamalmeyer has a goal and an assist, and his 21 shots are second on the Purple Aces.
Kentucky (8-9-1): Sam Brooks (2010 Menace) has two goals and one assist.
Loyola Marymount (5-9-0): The Menace’s all-conference pick in 2010, Logan McDaniel shares the team lead with five assists. He is joined by former Menace teammates Roger Downes (seven games) and goalkeeper Billy Thompson (no appearances).
Missouri State (6-7-2): Goalkeeper Trevor Spangenberg has appeared in every match. He has four shutouts, highlighted by a 1-0 win over then-No. 4 Creighton on Oct. 12. Spangenberg has a 1.05 GAA and 29 saves. Gerard Barbero has a goal and three assists; Matt Bray has appeared in five matches.
Oral Roberts (4-9-1): Jarrett Hamilton’s six goals lead the Golden Eagles. Aaron Douthit has three goals and two assists.
Penn (6-6-2): Coming off a breakout freshman season, Stephen Baker (2010 Menace) has four goals and two assists.
San Francisco (5-5-2): Brendan Roslund is 5-4-2 with a 0.86 GAA, 50 saves, four shutouts, and – interestingly – two assists. Freshman Brian Visser has appeared in 11 matches.
Syracuse (3-11-1): Phil Boerger, who made the most appearances in goal for the Menace last season, has a 1.65 GAA and 72 saves. He helped the Orange shut out defending national finalist Louisville in a scoreless draw on Oct. 8.
Tulsa (5-10-0): Norwalk native Kyle Cumings (2008-10 Menace) has a goal in 12 matches.
Western Michigan (5-11-1): Shane Lyons paces the Broncos with six goals. Luis Lemus has an assist and has appeared in every match; Uriah Polley has made one appearance.
Adam Schmoker and Jordan Schmoker for No. 40 Coastal Carolina (13-2-0)
Matt LaGrassa and Chase Minter for Cal Poly (6-7-2)
ABOUT THE MENACE: The Des Moines Menace competes in the 64-team United Soccer Leagues Premier Development League (PDL), the highest amateur level of soccer in North America. The Menace plays its home matches in a fun, family-friendly environment at Valley Stadium in West Des Moines. The organization promotes a healthy lifestyle through its popular youth programs, including the Menace Academy (select soccer for ages 9-19), camps, clinics and tournaments.