Novakovich Named NACC Offensive Player of the Year

Novakovich Named NACC Offensive Player of the Year

MILWAUKEE – Freshman Rade Novakovich of the MSOE men's soccer team was named the NACC Offensive Player of the Year to headline seven players earning league awards when the league office announced its post-season awards.

Novakovich was joined on the All-NACC First Team by sophomore Joey Schauer and freshman Ron Marchionna. Junior Drew Baumann, sophomores Lucas D'Amato and Alexander Vujovic, and freshman Konrad Knap were named to the All-NACC Second Team.

Head coach Jimmy Banks was also named the NACC Coach of the Year.

Novakovich is the only player in the NACC this season with double-digit goals and assists, leading the league with 16 goals and 42 points. He's also second with 10 assist. The Muskego, Wisconsin, native has registered six game-winning goals and tallied a pair of hat tricks this season, including in the regular season finale at Lakeland.

Schauer teamed with Novakovich to form the most potent offensive duo in the league. In 16 games, he scored 15 goals with seven assists for 37 points. He's tied for second in the league in goals and points. He's notched five multi-goal games with a hat trick against Marian and has scored the game-winner six times.

Marchionna seized the starting keeper role for the Red & White in the third game of the season and won his first 10 starts of the season. Overall, he's 11-1 with a 1.02 goals against average and .797 save percentage in 13 games, 12 starts, and 1063-plus minutes. He's third in the NACC in both GAA and save percentage.

Baumann started 13 games as a defensive midfielder, providing a veteran presence in the midfield as the first line of defense. Meanwhile, D'Amato and Vujovic took new roles in the defense and flourished. D'Amato made the switch to outside back part of the way through the season while Vujovic stepped into a starting role on day one after playing in just three games last season.

With the accomplished defensive players, the Raiders have allowed just one goal per game this season, limiting opponents to just 3.5 shots on goal per game. They posted five shutouts on the year, allowing as two goals in a game just four times.

Knap rounded out the award winners with a standout performance in the midfield. He's played in every game and made 13 starts, scoring a goal while setting up six others.

Banks is the league's coach of the year for the fourth time in his 20 seasons at the helm of the MSOE program. He led the Raiders to the NACC regular season title for the second time and the third in team history. They won a school-record 12-straight games this season and enter the NACC Semifinals Wednesday with 14 wins, tied for the third-most in school history.

Top-seeded MSOE plays No. 4 Concordia Wisconsin in the semifinals at 7 p.m. at Viets Field.