Three Huskies Earn First-Team Honors
Nov. 13, 2012
WALNUT CREEK, Calif. - Seniors Ben Fisk and Dylan Tucker-Gangnes and junior Spencer Richey were honored by the Pac-12 coaches by being named to the All-Pac-12 First-Team. This is the second-straight year in which Washington has placed three players on the conference first-team.
"I'm very happy for these three young men," said head coach Jamie Clark. "They were the backbone of our defense which was unbelievable all year. While all three guys will be happy with the recognition, the reason that they are successful is that they are team-first players. It's that way with our whole team, the results and the success matter much more than any awards. With this mind set UW soccer is putting itself back on the national map."
Fisk, a center mid, Tucker-Gangnes the central defender and Richey, the Husky goalkeeper made up the best defense in the Pac-12 and one of the top in the country.
Washington posted a 12-4-3 overall mark and narrowly missed out on the Pac-12 title with a 7-1-2 record. The Huskies are currently No. 21 in the NSCAA poll heading into the NCAA Tournament on Thursday vs. Air Force at 7 p.m. in Seattle.
This is the first NCAA Tournament appearance for the Huskies since 2007 and the first for any current players as Huskies.
Fisk (Federal Way, Wash.) earned Honorable Mention a year ago but the 2012 co-captain along with Tucker-Gangnes has been hard to beat in the midfield this season. He has nine points, three goals and three assists, and was named to the UAB Soccer for a Cure All-Tournament team in the pre-season.
Tucker-Gangnes earned Honorable Mention his sophomore year and second-team honors a year ago. Not only has he been one of the top defenders in the conference, but also in the country. The UW has posted nine shutouts on the year and he leads the team with seven goals. He was also named to the UAB All-Tournament team and the Defensive MVP of the Husky Soccer Classic.
Richey earned second-team honors as a junior last season. He led the conference in GAA with a mere .074 overall and a .046 in the Pac-12. His .875 save percentage was also tops in conference only matches. He ranks second in school history in GAA and third in career shutouts.