September 19, 2008
In the Limelight
On and off the field, Laubach leads
Senior defender Isaac Laubach, captain of the men's soccer team, knows that this year the team is ready to make a run at the Landmark title.
Last year, the Crusaders qualified for the inaugural Landmark Conference postseason tournament, but suffered a tough double-overtime loss against Drew. Despite this, the team has posted a 4-2 record.
This success so far is in no small part due to Laubach's anchoring of a defense that allowed the fewest goals in the Landmark last year. They were third in the conference in shutouts and posted a goals-against-average of only 0.96.
Laubach feels that the team has a good chance of doing the same this season. They have already posted three shutouts this season in only six games, well on their way to matching last year's total of five.
The men's soccer team had a number of players receive awards for their performances on the field last season. Laubach was an All-Mid Atlantic Region Second Team pick as a junior, and freshman forward Rhyan Nelson was named to third team all-region.
Nelson was just one of four freshmen Crusaders to earn Mid-Atlantic All-Region Team honors in his first season. Freshman midfielder Jim Robertiello won the 2007 Rookie of the Year award.
While the team displays exceptional talent and dedication on the field, that hardly means they neglect classwork.
Laubach is a finance major with a 3.8 cumulative GPA. Soccer practice itself takes up about two to three hours of his day and on top of that he said he has a fairly heavy course load.
He says that he balances his duties on the field and his work by getting into a routine.
"Some days are more hectic than others, but at least it keeps me from getting bored," Laubach said.
Laubach was named to the National Soccer Coaches Association of America's Scholar All-America Team last year. He is the first men's soccer player to be honored this way.
The Crusaders are on track to accumulate more wins than they did last season, but the loss to Dickinson was a tough one.
"We let up some tough goals that we shouldn't have," Laubach said.
The men's soccer team is poised and ready to have one of the best seasons under a defensive captain who is the epitome of what Susquehanna stands for, dedication to excellence in the classroom as well as on the field.
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