16   Chris Rufa
Chris Rufa

Class:
Senior

Hometown:
Downers Grove, Ill.

High School:
Downers Grove South

Height / Weight:
6-2 / 180

Position:
Defender-Midfielder

Birthdate:
08/20/1985


2006 All-MAC First Team
2006 MAC All-Tournament Team
2005 All-Mac Second Team

2006: An All-MAC First Team performer, who started 17 matches as a defender/midfielder for NIU. Also earned a place on the MAC All-Tournament Team for his efforts to keep tournament opponents Buffalo and Akron scoreless. Placed NIU's first goal of the season over the threshold, resulting in a victory over Dayton.

2005: Earned Second Team All-MAC accolades from coaches after finishing tied for fourth on squad in point production (six). Scored a pair of match-winning goals and contributed one match-winning assist. His first-half blast led to 1-0 triumph at Wisconsin. Fed back of net early in second half of 1-0 home upset of then No. 20 Buffalo. Combined with teammates for a pair of assists in 3-2 overtime victory versus Western Illinois in home opener. Helped set up Justin McGrane goal with 3:45 left to force overtime and then assisted on Chris VanDuerm's match-winner in the 95th minute. One of two Huskies named to all-tourney crew for NIU's adidas / Baymont Inn Invitational.

2004: Played in 15 matches. Cracked starting line-up for Huskies' 1-0 victory vs. Illinois-Chicago. Also started at IUPUI and vs. Western Michigan. High School: Four-time letterman earned Chicago Tribune Special Mention All-State notice as a senior for the Mustangs' 18-3-3 regional finalist. Three-time IHSSCA All-Sectional honoree earned Daily Herald All-Area honors at some level during last three campaigns. Was MVP as a junior when he also earned tourney MVP title in Great Midwest Classic. Received Mustangs' Dedication Award as a senior under coach Jon Stapleton. Prep career totals of 39 points (14g/11a). All three goals as a sophomore were match-winners. Tallied 16-point (6g/4a) senior year highlighted by game-winning goal which secured conference title.

Club: A veteran from the Chicago Magic club program.

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