GRFC College Players Making Their Mark This Fall

GRFC College Players Update

Butler University
Sophomore Jared Timmer has helped the Butler University Bulldogs, ranked 11th in the country in Division I, to an 8-4-1 record thus far. Timmer has appeared in all 13 matches, contributing two goals and six assists as the Bulldogs sit in third place in the Big East Conference with a 3-2 conference record. Butler has four games remaining in the regular season.
Calvin College
The Knights of Calvin College have accumulated a record of 12-2-0 so far, including a 9-1-0 conference record, good for first place, in the Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association. Senior Stephan Hooker has six goals and one assist on the year, starting all 14 matches in central midfield. Senior Isky Van Doorne has also started all 14 games and has tallied five goals and two assists, including a two-goal performance against rival Hope. Van Doorne was recently named the MIAA offensive player of the week. Sophomore Trent Vegter has started all 14 contests at left back and has three goals and five assists to his name. Vegter has been named the MIAA defensive player of the week once this season. The Knights have four regular season matches remaining.
Cornerstone University
Senior goalkeeper Dary DeWalt has started eight games for the Golden Eagles of Cornerstone University as they’ve started the year with an 8-4-2 record. In his eight games, DeWalt has allowed five goals and totaled five shutouts. The Golden Eagles have a 4-1-2 record in conference and sit in fourth place in the Wolverine-Hoosier Athletic Conference. DeWalt has twice been named the WHAC defensive player of the week. Cornerstone has four matches remaining in the regular season.
Michigan State University
Representing Grand Rapids FC in East Lansing is sophomore Hunter Barone. The Michigan State University Spartans are 9-3-1 overall and ranked 19th in the latest Division I national poll. Barone has appeared in 11 games for the Spartans and has scored two goals so far this season. Sitting at 3-2-1 in conference play, Michigan State is tied for third place in the Big Ten. The Spartans have four matches remaining in the regular season.
Midwestern State University
Senior goalkeeper Noah Fazekas has been a key piece in Midwestern State University’s success so far this season as the Mustangs sit at 11-2-1 on the year. Fazekas has started 13 games on the year and has allowed just eight goals all season for a 0.64 goal against average to go along with six clean sheets. Fazekas recently won the Heartland Conference defensive player of the week award.  Midwestern State sits in first place in its division in the Heartland Conference with a 3-1 record in league play. Ranked 15th in the Division II, the Mustangs have four games remaining in the regular season.
University of Buffalo
The Bulls of the University of Buffalo are 9-3-1 on the season, including 1-1 in the Mid-American Conference. Sophomore Scott Doney has appeared in all thirteen contests, starting five, for the Bulls, tallying one goal and one assist. Doney’s lone goal was a game-winner this past week against West Virginia University. The University of Buffalo has four games remaining, including a matchup against Western Michigan, where Doney will face a number of GRFC teammates.
University of California-Santa Barbara
The player that has traveled the furthest from Grand Rapids to continue his playing career is Kosti Moni at the University of California-Santa Barbara. As a sophomore for the Gauchos, Moni has appeared in 10 matches so far this season, helping UCSB to an 8-5-2 overall record and 4-0-2 in conference play. The Gauchos have four games remaining in the regular season.
University of Michigan
The University of Michigan Wolverines are currently 2-8-4 overall with three matches remaining. Sophomore Peter Brown has appeared in 12 games so far, starting 10. The Wolverines are 1-4-1 in Big Ten conference play.
Western Michigan University
With five Grand Rapids FC players on their roster, the Broncos of Western Michigan are 8-4-3 so far this season, including 0-0-2 in MAC conference play. Freshman Anthony Bowie has appeared in ten matches, starting four, and has one goal and one assist on the season. Bowie was named the MAC player of the week earlier this season after scoring a game winner in overtime against Drake, then assisting on a game-tying goal against Bradley. Sophomore Nate Hoover has made six starts on the year, appearing in all 15 games, and has contributed one goal and three assists. Alex Ruddock, a redshirt freshman, has started all 15 games for the Broncos, and has tallied one goal and one assist. Ruddock has played 1299 minutes so far, third best on the team. Sophomore Cam Sipple has 15 appearances, five of them starts, and has one goal and two assists so far. Redshirt sophomore Kyle Taalman has yet to make an appearance for WMU this season. The Broncos have three matches remaining.