Video Tribute: The CMS Men's Soccer Class of 2021
As part of NCAA Division III week (Apr. 5-11), we will be honoring the senior classes for all 21 of our varsity sports. A number of our student-athletes elected to take a semester or a school year off and could return to action next season, but we have chosen to honor the senior classes as they would have been, without the COVID-19 interruption. The members of the Class of 2021 lost so much of what they had built towards in their first 2-3 years of competition when the pandemic hit, but still clearly left their mark on CMS Athletics.
CLAREMONT, Calif - The impact of the CMS men's soccer Class of 2021 can clearly be seen just by looking at the won-loss records. After struggling through an injury-plagued season to just four wins as freshmen, the six members of the Class of 2021 helped lead the Stags to a 31-6-3 record combined over their last two seasons, including the first trip to the NCAA Round of 16 since 1985.
Over their last two seasons, the Stags ranked No. 1 in the country in team defense in 2018, allowing only four goals in 18 games. After being denied an NCAA at-large bid despite a 15-2-1 record, CMS made the most of its second chance in 2019, sweeping the SCIAC regular season and tournament titles, and winning four straight 2-0 games in the postseason (over Occidental and Redlands in the SCIAC Tournament, and over Texas Lutheran and Trinity in the NCAA Regionals).
The six members of the CMS Men's Soccer Class of 2021 are as follows:
#15 William Birchard (6-0, D, Tucson, Ariz. - CMC, Economics-Finance)
Birchard was a second-team All-America selection from the United Soccer Coaches as a junior, after earning third-team honors from d3soccer.com as a sophomore. He was part of a record-setting defensive unit as an outside back, contributing to 15 shutouts in 18 games as a sophomore, but was also a dangerous offensive weapon on free kicks. He had numerous big goals in his career, including the game-winners over Redlands and Occidental in the final week of the regular season to give CMS the 2018 total, and the game-winner in the second half of a win over Occidental in the 2018 SCIAC semifinals. Birchard will leave Claremont with a bachelor's in economics and a master's in finance and become a financial analyst at Apple.
#10 Nate Huntington (5-8, M, San Francisco, Calif. - CMC, History)
Huntington has been a key part of the CMS success as an outside midfielder. He earned first-team All-SCIAC honors as a sophomore while helping the Stags to the regular season title, scoring the game-winning goals against Redlands and Pomona-Pitzer. He also added a huge goal as a junior, tying the game up at Whittier late in the second half of a 2-1 CMS win which clinched the SCIAC regular season title. A SCIAC All-Academic team member as a history major, Huntington tallied five goals and six assists in his three seasons, with four of his goals game-winners (and the fifth a key game-tying goal). A history major at CMC, he has interned with the Gavin Newsom for Governor campaign and with Contest Every Race, while also tutoring students in writing with 826 Valencia.
#12 Henry Kraham (5-10, M, Maplewood, N.J. - CMC, Applied Mathematics and Economics)
Kraham established a key role in the CMS midfield rotation during his career, particularly on set pieces, where his powerful left foot gave the Stags a weapon to utilize on corners and free kicks. He played in 39 games over his career, and picked up a key goal in a 2-0 road win over Sixth Street rival Pomona-Pitzer as a sophomore. As a junior, he had a goal and an assist in wins over La Verne, while as a freshman, he had a key tying goal in the second half to force overtime in one of the CMS victories. An applied mathematics and economics major at CMC, he has interned with Provident Bank and served as a student associate with the Madison Square Garden Company in New York City.
#35 Leonardo Lindo (5-7, F, Palo Alto, Calif. - HMC, Computer Science)
Lindo developed into an important part of the CMS forward rotation in his career, often changing games with his speed. He earned five starts as a sophomore, contibuting a goal in a home win over Cal Lutheran which kept CMS undefeated at the time. He appeared in 16 games as a junior, tallying a goal and an assist in a win over Caltech. Off the field, he is a computer science major at Harvey Mudd, who interned for two straight summers at Facebook, where he created an app, Connekt, that connects the user to other users with a similar route to socialize travel.
#23 Kevin Proudfoot (6-0, D, Burr Ridge, Ill. - HMC, Engineering)
Proudfoot stepped into the starting lineup at center back in the fourth game of the year as a sophomore and never left, helping to engineer one of the top defenses in the country. CMS had 15 shutouts in 18 games that season, and followed up with 12 more in the 2019 campaign, including four in a row in the postseason. Proudfoot was also a SCIAC All-Academic Team selection as an engineering major at Harvey Mudd, and worked as a clinic team member at the City of Hope in 2020, developing nasal swabs for COVID-19 testing. He also was awarded the Engman Lab Fellowship for biomedical engineering and interned at the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory.
#11 Daniel Rohde (5-10, F, San Jose, Calif. - HMC, Engineering)
Rohde was out of the top offensive weapons for the Stags throughout his career, where his speed and skill was utilized to unlock opposing defenses. He had the game-winning assist late in the game after weaving through several defenders in the 2-0 win over Trinity that gave CMS its first appearance in the NCAA Round of 16 since 1985. He finished with three goals and five assists as a junior, including the tying goal in a 2-2 draw with Redlands, and had 10 goals and eight assists over his three seasons combined. As an engineering major at Harvey Mudd, he was a part of a team that won the J.R. Phillips Award for a project that measured light intensity as a means of underwater depth finding on an autonomous underwater vehicle.