Men’s Soccer Announces Team Awards

Men’s Soccer Announces Team Awards

Five student-athletes were honored at the annual banquet (Gil Talbot).

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Recapping a season that saw Harvard win nine games and place second in the Ivy League standings, five Harvard players were honored at the annual banquet with team awards.

As voted by his teammates, senior Jake Freeman was awarded the Welch Award for most valuable player. Given in recognition of the commitment of James O. Welch, Jr. '52 and Virginia B. Welch to the Harvard men's soccer program, Freeman ended the 2015 campaign with a team-high seven goals and 17 points. Freeman was named to the All-Ivy League first team earlier this year.

The Hamilton Fish 1910 Award, awarded annually to the most improved player went to senior Michael Klain. Selected by his teammates, Klain led the Crimson with five assists and was part of a defensive unit that posted six shutouts.

Junior Andrew Wheeler-Omiunu was presented the Seamus Malin '62 Award as the player who has, through the love of the game and commitment to the university, demonstrated the values shown by Malin in his long and continuing association with Harvard and the game of soccer. The co-captain was a first team All-Ivy selection for the second-straight year, and was also named to the NSCAA All-East Region third team in 2015.

The Louis G. Williams '64 trophy, presented annually to a senior who, like Williams, displayed exceptional athletic skill, sportsmanship and devotion to the team was shared by senior goalkeepers Evan Mendez and Joe Festa. An All-Ivy second team selection, Mendez posted five shutouts in 2015 with a 1.10 goals-against average and 61 saves. Festa saw 29 minutes between the pipes on senior day against Penn, and held the Quakers scoreless.