April 11, 2014
CINCINNATI - Former men's soccer standout Nick Hagglund (Cincinnati, Ohio/Lakota West), the 10th overall pick by Toronto FC in the 2014 MLS SuperDraft, picked up his first professional individual award this week, earning SBI's MLS Rookie of the Week honors.
"This was a special and well deserved award for Nick," said Xavier men's soccer head coach Andy Fleming. "He played close to home and in front of his family and Xavier teammates and was very effective in a road shutout win for his team. He stayed ready and because of injury, answered the bell when his number was called."
When Toronto FC drafted Hagglund as one of the first centerbacks taken in the 2014 MLS Draft, the rookie didn't figure to see much playing time with the likes of Stephen Caldwell, Doneil Henry and Bradley Orr on the squad, but it didn't take long for Hagglund to get his chance. Due to injuries, Hagglund was inserted into the starting lineup for Saturday's match against the Columbus Crew (April 5). He made the most of the opportunity, playing a solid match in TFC's 2-0 victory against the Crew. His steady play in central defense helped him earn SBI MLS Rookie of the Week honors.
Hagglund beat Montreal's Eric Miller for this week's honors
In his four seasons as a Musketeer, he started in 81 matches, played over 7,200 minutes and finished with four goals and 11 assists. The Blue & White recorded 31 shutouts with Hagglund as the leader of the backline over four years.
Leading a defensive core that ranked third in the BIG EAST with 1.00 goals allowed, the senior defender started in every game of the 2013 season and recorded three assists on the year. To close out Xavier's first season in the BIG EAST in 2013, Hagglund earned the BIG EAST Defensive Player of the Year award, landed a spot on the All-BIG EAST First Team and College Sports Madness All-BIG EAST First Team and claimed a spot on the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA)/Continental Tire All-Great Lakes Region Second Team.