Roger Levesque Named Pac-10 Men's Soccer Player of the Year
Nov. 15, 2001
STANFORD, Calif. - Cardinal junior Roger Levesque (Portland, Maine) was named Pac-10 Player of the Year and head coach Bret Simon was awarded Pac-10 Coach of the Year honors, Commisioner Tom Hansen announced earlier Thursday afternoon.
In addition to Levesque, three Cardinal players- defender Todd Dunivant (Wheat Ridge, Col.) and seniors Lee Morrison (Carmichael, Calif.) and Derek Shanahan (St. Charles, Ill.)- were awarded Pac-10 First Team honors. Sophomore Abe Geiger (East Lansing, Mich.) and junior Johanes Maliza (Chicago, Ill.) were selected to the Second Team. Three Cardinal men were Honorable Mention selections: seniors Aaron Biddle (Bordentown, N.J.) and Taylor Graham (Fair Oaks, Calif.) and junior Andrew Terris (Newton, Mass.). Nine Stanford players were honored this season, and the Cardinal collected Player of the Year and Coach of the Year honors for the second consecutive season.
Levesque has helped guide the No. 3 Cardinal to a 14-1-1 overall (4-1-1 Pac-10) record to date heading into the final weekend of the regular season. Stanford closes out the regular season at Washington and Oregon State this weekend, and needs one win to clinch at least a share of the league title. Levesque is currently ranked either first or second in all nine statistical categories. The forward leads the Pac-10 in points (27), points per game (1.69 avg.), assists (9) and assists per game (0.56 avg.), and is tied for the conference lead in goals (9) and game-winning goals (3). He was named Pac-10 Player of the Week and was selected to the Soccer America Team of the Week following his play in the Stanford Nike Invitational Sept. 28-30. Levesque, who has started all 16 matches thus far, registered his first career hat trick on Sept. 28 in a 4-0 win against Dartmouth.
Simon has guided the Cardinal to a 14-1-1 overall mark on his first season on The Farm. Stanford is a lock for its fifth straight NCAA Tournament appearance and is on track to achieve a school-record tying 16 regular-season victories. Simon, who was the head coach at Creighton for the past six seasons, guided the Bluejays to the most successful season in school history in 2000, with a 22-4-0 overall record and a second trip to the College Cup in five years. Simon posted a 96-26-9 overall mark at Creighton and achieved his 100th career win with a 3-1 triumph over then-No. 11 Cal State Fullerton on Sept. 9, 2001. In 2001, Stanford leads the Pac-10 in several statistical categories, including: points (126), goals (43), assists (40), goals allowed (7) and shutouts (10).