BEREA, Ohio – Five Baldwin Wallace University men's soccer players have been recognized by the Ohio Collegiate Soccer Association (OCSA) for their effots on both the field and in the classroom.
Senior CoSIDA All-American and CoSIDA Academic All-American forward Danny Ruple (Berea/Berea-Midpark), sophomore All-Ohio Athletic Conference and Academic All-OAC defender Trevor Hamm (Strongsville), and senior All-OAC goalkeeper Patrick Mehal (Richfield/Revere) have all landed on the OCSA's 2019 All-Ohio team, with Ruple appearing on its first team, Hamm featured on its second team, and Mehal emerging on its third team. Meanwhile, Ruple and junior Academic All-OAC midfielder Bryce Posner (Aurora) earned spots on the OCSA's Academic All-Ohio first team, along with both Mehal and senior Academic All-OAC forward Joey Geither (Parma/Normandy) having attained Academic All-Ohio second team honors as well.
Ruple, who earns his fourth consecutive OCSA All-Ohio and third career Academic All-Ohio honors, is an accounting major who carries a 3.93 GPA. He is a Dean's List student, Jacket Scholar, three-time CoSIDA Academic All-District 7 first team selection, and a three-time CoSIDA Academic All-American, including the CoSIDA Academic All-American of the Year in 2019. Athletically, Ruple was a four-time All-OAC selection, was named the OAC's Forward of the Year twice, and also claimed the OAC's Freshman of the Year Award in 2016. For his career, Ruple appeared in 77 games and currently holds the all-time men's soccer program records for goals (58), assists (30), and points (146). Ruple also holds the single-season goals and points marks set in his 2017 sophomore campaign with 19 and 45, respectively. The senior forward earned his fourth varsity letter this past fall.
Mehal, who earns his first career OCSA All-Ohio and Academic All-Ohio awards, is a public health major who carries a 3.4 GPA. Following a career year, Mehal started in all but one of BW's 20 games this season, and garnered a career-best win total and win percentage, with a record of 9-8 on the year. His 1.38 goals against average, 19 starts, and three shutouts had also marked career-bests. Mehal completes his senior season with a career record of 21-27-4, 1.95 goals against average, .712 save percentage, 10 shutouts, and having logged approximately 4706 minutes. The senior goalkeeper earned his fourth varsity letter this past fall.
Hamm, who earns his second consecutive OCSA All-Ohio accolade, is a two-time All-OAC selection and recently earned his first Academic All-OAC honor this past season. The sophomore defender posted career-highs of one goal, two points, and four shots on goal in 2019, and helped anchor a Yellow Jackets defense that accumulated seven shutouts, and limited opponents to 1.22 goals and 14.9 shots per game. The finance major and Dean's List student earned his second varsity letter this past fall.
Posner, who earns his first career OCSA Academic All-Ohio honor, is a two-time Academic All-OAC recipient, and an accounting major who carries a 3.785 GPA. He is a Dean's List Student and Jacket Scholar. For his career, Posner has appeared in 56 games, recording six goals and seven assists for 19 points. The junior midfielder also earned his third varsity letter this past fall.
Geither, who earns his second consecutive OCSA Academic All-Ohio award, is a three-time Academic All-OAC honoree, and a digital media and design major who carries a 3.914 GPA. He is a Dean's List student, Jacket Scholar, and was voted to the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) Academic All-District 7 first team for the first time this season. For his career, Geither appeared in 69 games, recording 16 goals and 18 assists for 50 points. The senior forward earned his fourth varsity letter this past fall.
BW finished the 2019 campaign with an 11-9 record and a 4-5 mark in conference play.