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Six athletes land on All-NCAC squad

(L-R) John Krentz, Bob Casarona, Mark Waterman, Will Krentz, Blake Miller and Ryan Fine
(L-R) John Krentz, Bob Casarona, Mark Waterman, Will Krentz, Blake Miller and Ryan Fine

Six member of the Denison men's soccer team landed on the 2013 All-North Coast Athletic Conference team on Friday afternoon.

Senior John Krentz headlined the list of recipients with first-team honors, while seniors Bob Casarona and Will Krentz, and junior Mark Waterman all received second-team recognition.  Senior Blake Miller and sophomore Ryan Fine also garnered honorable mention laurels.  Of the six DU honorees, four earned all-conference honors for the first time in their career.

An honorable mention All-NCAC selection a season ago, John Krentz elevated to the first team after scoring one goal from his defender position.  The senior center back started all 18 matches and helped the Big Red post six shutouts this season.  During his collegiate career, he has helped Denison post 11 shutouts to go along with three goals.

Casarona led the Big Red with 10 goals and 22 points in his final season at Denison.  Of his 10 goals this year, four sent Denison to victory.  A four-year starter, Casarona leaves Granville with 20 goals and 13 assists in 71 career matches.  Waterman moved up to the second-team after earning honorable mention All-NCAC accolades in 2012.  The junior midefielder scored five goals and dished out a team-best four assists.  He also had one game-winning goal and was a perfect 1-for-1 in penalty kick attempts.  Like his twin brother, Will Krentz started all 18 games on the Big Red backline.  The senior center back assisted in 14 shutouts and recorded an assist for the third-consecutive season in 2013.

Miller finished his senior season with five goals, including two game winners, and two assists in 18 starts this year.  Fine started all 18 matches on the DU backline.  In addition to helping the Big Red post six shutouts this season, the sophomore defender also dished out an assist in a shutout victory over Otterbein on Sept. 14.