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#17 Nathan Bruinsma
Position: Forward
Height: 6'3"
Weight: 170
Year: Senior
Hometown: New Era, Mich.
High School: Muskegon Western Christian
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SENIOR (2012): Named First Team All-Summit League...Tabbed as the Summit League Tournament MVP, also making the Summit League Tournament Team...Appeared in 20 matches, making 19 starts...Totaled team-bests of eight goals and 18 points, adding two assists...Led the conference in points during conference play (12)...Led the squad in shots (53), shots on goal (28), and game-winning goals (three)...Scored six goals in a five-game span from Oct. 27 to Nov. 11...Notched game-winners against Eastern Illinois (Oct. 12), Oral Roberts (Oct. 27), and in the conference playoff semifinal win over Kansas City (Nov. 9)...Tallied his first two career multi-goal games against Oral Roberts (Oct. 27) and in the Summit League title game against Oakland (Nov. 11)...Named Western's Papa John's Scholar-Athlete of the Week on Oct. 29...Also found the back of the net against Omaha (Sept. 22) and Kansas City (Nov. 3).

JUNIOR (2011): Played in all 21 matches for Western this season, starting 19 of them...Finished the season with a team-best 12 points this season…His 42 shots sits second on the team, and his 16 shots on goal...His five goals tied for the team-high, and two assists…Owner of three game-winning goals was also tied for the team-best…Named to the 2011 All-Summit-League Second Team…His first goal of 2011 was Western's game-winner in WIU's 4-0 win over DePaul (Sept. 17)...His second was the game-winner in Western's 1-0 victory over Western Michigan on the road (Sept. 25)... Bruinsma’s recorded his third goal of the season, the game-winner, in Western’s 1-0 victory over Oakland (Oct. 22)...His two assists came in Western's Summit League opener, a 3-0 shutout of Eastern Illinois…Found the back of the net for the fourth time of 2011 in Western’s loss to Oral Roberts (Nov. 5)…Tallied his fifth goal of the season in the Leathernecks victory over Central Arkansas (Nov. 6).

SOPHOMORE (2010): Appeared in and started all 18 matches... co-led the team with seven points on three goals and one assist... scored goals in back-to-back games at Drake (9/28) and Centenary (10/2)... also scored a goal against UMKC (11/6)... recorded an assist against SMU (9/12)... took 23 shots on the season including six on goal.

REDSHIRT FRESHMAN (2009): Appeared in 19 matches and made 17 starts... finished first on the team in assists (4), second in points (10) and tied for second in goals (3)... notched the assist on both game-winning goals in the Summit League Tournament (11/13 vs. IUPUI & 11/15 vs. UMKC)... scored the game-winning goal against SIU-Edwardsville (10/28)... tallied three points on a goal and one assist against Central Arkansas (9/27).

2008: Redshirted.

HIGH SCHOOL: Was a four-year letterwinner in soccer... also a three-year letterwinner in basketball... scored 27 goals and 15 assists as a junior... scored 21 goals and 16 assists as a senior... led team to two state championship titles and a state runner-up finish... selected twice to the All-State first team... named twice All-Area and All-Conference first team.

PERSONAL: Son of Henry and Margaret Bruinsma... born Jan. 1, 1990... sister Janet played soccer at Trinity Christian College... brother William played basketball at Trinity Christian College.

MAJOR: General Orientation

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