December 15, 2016
COLLEGE BOOT SPOTLIGHT: BRODY KRAUSSEL
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Loyola junior midfielder Brody Kraussel is one of three nominees for the Chicagoland Soccer News menís college player of the year and the Soccer News Net Menís College Boot, recognizing the national player of the year.
Krausselís playmaking helped the Ramblers (14-4-1) set a school win mark and capture the Missouri Valley Conference regular-season title Ė the first time a Loyola team has won an MVC championship in any sport Ė and reach the second round of the NCAA Championship.
Kraussel, who led Loyola with five assists as a freshman, this season had an MVC leading 10 assists in 19 games, tied for ninth with Evansvilleís Zac Blaydes in NCAA Division 1. Kraussel became the first Loyola player with a double-figure assist total since Mark Strothkampís 11 in 1993, ranking fifth on the all-time Rambler single-season list. Kraussel was joined by teammates Elliot Collier, Ryan Howe and Grant Stoneman on the All-MVC first team and was selected to the NSCAA All-West Region Second Team.
The Ramblersí 2-0 victory over UIC, their first-ever win in the NCAA tournament, was kick-started as Kraussel crossed for Alec Lasinski to finish for the opening goal. Kraussel, named the Chicagoland Soccer News Player of the Week for the week ending Nov. 6, scored the opening goal in the Ramblersí 2-0 win over Bradley, clinching the MVC title.
Fan voting accounts for 40% of the total toward selection of the Soccer News Net College Boot, and the winner of the popular voting receives the Soccer News Net Supportersí Choice award.