By Bud Denega
ADA — The Ohio Northern men's soccer team had quite a few players garner All-Ohio Athletic Conference honors. Junior Beelal Hasan (Worthington) and sophomore Levi King (Indianapolis, Ind./North Central) each received First Team All-OAC recognition, while four other Polar Bears landed other distinctions.
Sophomore goaltender John Lombardo (Solon) and classmate Seth Gundlach (Wilmington) were named Second Team All-OAC, while senior Luke Fickenworth (Cincinnati/Anderson) and junior Jimmy Walkinshaw (Plymouth, Mich./Canton) were Honorable Mention All-OAC honorees.
Hasan is a two-time, first-team All-OAC selection. He has appeared in 61 games at ONU and started 54 of them. Hasan has netted 24 goals, 10 assists and 58 points in his career. His 15 goals a season ago were the most of any sophomore in program history.
King has landed on the All-OAC list in each of his first two years in Ada, as he was named to the second-team as a freshman. He was also awarded the OAC Freshman of the Year award. King has started all 41 games he has suited up for at ONU. He has 19 goals, 13 assists and 51 points to his name. His eight scores last season rank him third all-time for freshmen at ONU.
Lombardo garnered All-OAC recognition for the first time in his career. He has started 36 games at ONU. He owns a 22-10-2 overall record. Lombardo has made 115 saves and recorded 12 shut outs in his career.
Gundlach reeled in All-OAC honors for the first time in his career. He has appeared in 21 games at ONU and started 16 of them. Gundlach has logged seven goals, two assists and 16 points in his career.
Fickenworth was awarded All-OAC distinction for the first time in his career. He has appeared in 52 games at ONU and started 33 of them. Fickenworth has registered five goals, one assist and 11 points in his career.
Walkinshaw is a two-time All-OAC honoree, as he was named to the second-team a season ago. He has appeared in 38 games at ONU and started 37 of them. Walkinshaw boasts four goals, seven assists and 15 points in his career.
The Polar Bears battle St. Norbert in the first round of the NCAA Tournament Friday at 3:30 p.m. in Grand Rapids, Michigan.