December 7, 2012
FIRST TIME FOR EVERYTHING
Anding makes history as Northeastern's 1st A-A
Northeastern University senior forward Don Anding of Amity Harbor, N.Y. was named a National Soccer Coaches Association of America third team All-American on Friday.
The honor is the first for a Husky in the history of the men's soccer program.
“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 led the Huskies to their first Colonital Athletic Association tournament title and first appearance in the NCAA Division I men;s tournament since 2002. He totaled 35 points (14 goals, six assists), becoming the first Husky since 1994 to record 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,” coach Brian Ainscough said. “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).
“He was absolutely tremendous and I hope he continues to play in the future,” Ainscough said. “Hopefully some MLS teams show some interest and he carries on in his career.”
Anding, the 2012 CAA Player of the Year, CAA Tournament's Most Outstanding Player and three-time CAA Player of the Week honoree, registered his first career hat-trick against Holy Cross on Sep. 25, becoming the first Husky since 2001 to accomplish that feat.
Anding scored two of six game-winning goals in extratime, helping NU lead the nation in double extratime victories.
He 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).
Anding will be recognized at the annual All-America Luncheon, held in conjunction with the 2013 NSCAA Convention in Indianapolis on Jan. 19.