November 20, 2013

Five Bulldogs Earn All-Ivy Recognition; Alers Named To First Team

Kirdzik, Musie Second Team Selections; McKiernan, Piper Honorable Mention

NEW HAVEN, Conn. – Five Yale men's soccer players have earned All-Ivy recognition. Defender Nick Alers, who has anchored Yale's defense throughout his career, earned first team recognition. Forward Cameron Kirdzik and midfielder Henos Musie were selected to the second team, and midfielder Max McKiernan and defender Philip Piper earned honorable mention recognition.

Alers earned All-Ivy recognition for the fourth straight year, including a pair of first team selections. This season he played every minute of every game and was a standout on Yale's back line. Prior to the start of the season he was selected as a Senior Class Award candidate. Alers also has shined in the classroom. Last year he was named to the Capital One Academic All-America first team and is a candidate again this fall.

"Nick's hallmarks at Yale have been the quality and consistency of his play and his recognition by the league's coaches is fitting and well-deserved," said Yale head coach Brian Tompkins.

Kirdzik emerged as one of the top scoring freshmen in the league. He tied for the team lead with 11 points and was second with four goals. In addition, he tied for second in the league with 45 shots and was named the league's rookie of the week after scoring the game-winning goal in overtime against Dartmouth.

Musie also was a top newcomer after transferring to Yale from Chalmers University in Sweden. Despite being limited to 10 games due to injuries, he was third on the team with three goals.  His biggest moment of the season came against Harvard when he scored the game-winning goal off a free kick with 40 seconds. That performance helped earn him Ivy League player and rookie of the week honors. He also was named rookie of the week after scoring twice against Columbia.

McKiernan, the team captain, earned All-Ivy honors for the third time in his career. This fall he was one of only two players to start all 17 games and scored in the game against Albany. In his outstanding career, McKiernan started 60 games.

Piper, a sophomore, established himself as one of the mainstays on the back line, starting 15 times this fall.

Report filed by Tim Bennett, Yale Sports Publicity