Anding, Foster Named Men's Soccer All-Americans
Northeastern senior forward Don Anding and Hofstra junior defender Shaun Foster earned men's soccer All-America honors from the NSCAA and College Soccer News.
Anding became the first All-American in Northeastern men's soccer history when he was chosen to the NSCAA/Continental Tire and College Soccer News third team.
"It just tops off having the greats and most fun season of my career," Anding said. "I never could have imagined having this successful of a final season and to have it happen during my senior year is just amazing."
Anding had a season to remember for Northeastern in 2012, leading the Huskies to their first-ever CAA tournament title and first appearance in the NCAA tournament since 2002. He totaled 35 points (14 goals, six assists), becoming the first Husky since 1994 to notch 30 points in a season (Bjorn Hansen; 32), and was the first NU player since 1999 to have at least 14 goals in a season (Petter Starnas; 16).
"Don has been tremendous all four years for me whether I play him at center forward or at left wing, left fullback," said head coach Brian Ainscough. "He's just a tremendous athlete first of all. His work rate is second to none."
Anding led the CAA in points and goals, was tied for first in game-winning goals, and was second in assists in 2012. Entering this weekend's NCAA College Cup, he ranks 11th in the nation in both total points (35) and points per game (1.67).
The 2012 CAA Player of the Year, CAA Tournament's Most Outstanding Player and three-time CAA Player of the Week honoree, Anding recorded his first career hat trick against Holy Cross on Sep. 25, becoming the first Husky since 2001 to do so.
Anding helped Northeastern to its most victories (14), fewest losses (three), fewest goals against (16) and longest unbeaten streak (12) in program history during the 2012 campaign, as well as tying the team record for longest winning streak (six).
Foster, who was also a third team All-America pick by the NSCAA and College Soccer News, became the third Hofstra men's soccer player to earn NSCAA All-America honors and the first since Michael Todd won Second Team honors in 2006.
Foster was one of just 11 defenders nationally who were named to the NSCAA/Continental Tire Division I All-America teams. The Southport, England native was a finalist for the MAC Hermann Award and joined New Mexico's Kyle Venter, Maryland's London Woodberry and Sacred Heart's Marcello Castro as defenders on the third team.
A junior who has exhausted his NCAA eligibility, Foster was the CAA's Co-Defensive Player of the Year recipient, making him the league's first three-time winner of the defensive award. He was also named to the league's all first-team in 2012. Foster was a key part of a Hofstra defensive unit that allowed only 21 goals in 19 contests and posted seven shutouts, including four in CAA play. Offensively, Foster contributed two goals (both game-winners) and an assist.