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Men's Soccer Holds Annual Banquet, Hands Out Team Awards

Cambridge, Mass. – The Harvard men’s soccer team held its annual banquet at the Weld Boathouse Saturday, as the squad announced the recipients of its four major awards for the 2011 season. 

With varsity and junior varsity players as well as player families and members of the administration in attendance, Carl Junot, the Virginia B. and James O. Welch Jr. '52 Head Coach for Harvard Men's Soccer, announced the recipients of the Crimson's four major awards.

The Hamilton Fish 1910 Award is given out annually to the most improved player on the men’s soccer team.  This year’s recipient was awarded to sophomore defensemen Ross Friedman.  Friedman, a Bexley, Ohio native, played in all 17 of the Crimson contests this season.  Friedman led the Crimson in points and assists and was tabbed as an All-Ivy honorable mention.

The Seamus Malin ’62 Award is given out every year to the player who has, through love of the game and commitment to University, demonstrated the values shown by Malin in his long and continuing association with the University and the game.  The recipient awarded this honor was senior defensemen Baba Omosegbon.   The Indianapolis native saw action in 14 contests this season, starting seven and had a total of nine shots last fall, while being a leader of the Crimson defense.

The Louis G. Williams '64 Memorial Trophy is awarded annually to a senior who, like Williams, displays exceptional athletic skill, sportsmanship and devotion to the team.  Senior co-captain Tim Linden was presented this award after seeing action in 15 contests.  The defensemen from Libertyville, Ill. posted two assists on the season, one of which was a game-winning goal against Northeastern (Sept. 4).

In recognition of the commitment of James O. Welch, Jr. '52 & Virginia B. Welch to the Harvard men's soccer program, the Welch Award is presented annually to the most valuable player as voted by the players.   This year’s recipient was junior co-captain Scott Prozeller.  The midfielder from Sudbury, Mass. played in all 17 contests this season and was honored to the All-Ivy first team.  Prozeller was tied for total goals on the season, one of which was the game-winning goal on a penalty kick in overtime against Massachusetts (Sept. 16).