NSCAA Recognizes Russell, McDonald On Scholar-All-West Region Team
KANSAS CITY, Kan. – Two Loggers earned recognition on the National Soccer Coaches Association of America's College Division Scholar-All-West Region team. Both Peter Russell and Chris McDonald earned Honorable Mention.
Russell, a senior from Beavercreek, Ore., was one of the Loggers team captains last fall and helped lead the team to a 11-6 overall record and a 10-4 record in the Northwest Conference. At the conclusion of the season, he earned All-NWC Honorable Mention for his work on the Loggers back line.
"It is an outstanding honor to be recognized by the NSCAA for outstanding achievements on the field and in the classroom," said head coach Reece Olney. "Peter was another excellent example of the character and talent of the student-athletes that attend Puget Sound. We are proud to have had Peter in our program for the past four years and we will definitely miss his leadership next fall."
While he excelled as a three-year starting defender for the Loggers, he also excelled as a Comparative Politics major. He owns a 3.7 GPA and was also named to the Academic All-District First Team in the fall.
McDonald started every game in goal for the Loggers in 2011. He made 52 saves on the year and posted eight shutouts. He now ranks fourth on the Loggers all-time list with 20 career shutouts. He was named to the All-NWC Second Team for the second consecutive year this fall.
"Chris has been recognized for his individual achievements the past couple years, yet remains very humble about his awards," added Olney. The way he balances his commitment to our soccer program and his major has been an amazing accomplishment, and the NSCAA's recognition of his hard work and success is very exciting."
The junior goalkeeper from Newton, Mass. also holds a 3.59 GPA while majoring in Molecular and Cellular Biology. He earned Academic All-District Second Team honors this fall as well.
Russell and McDonald helped lead the Loggers to an 11-6 overall record and a 10-4 record in the NWC, which was good enough for a third-place finish in the standings. The Loggers return nine starters next year, including McDonald in goal.