Saramago Earns Patriot League Offensive Player, Rookie Of Week Honors

Loyola University Maryland men’s soccer freshman Brian Saramago has picked up a pair of weekly awards from the Patriot League, being named the Corvias Offensive Player of the Week and the Rookie of the Week, as announced by the League office Monday.

Saramago had a hand in all four of Loyola’s goals in a 1-0-1 week against the top-two teams picked in the Patriot League Preseason Poll.

In a midweek game at American, Saramago and classmate Barry Sharifi played a game of give-and-go, which ultimately led to fellow freshman Shane Kastl scoring his first career goal. The trio’s efforts got the Greyhounds a 1-0 win over the Eagles and saw Loyola become the first, and only, Patriot League team to score against the preseason favorites this season.

Saramago followed that up by netting his first career hat trick against Boston University on Saturday. The forward from New Hyde Park, New York, scored his first goal in the 30th minute and added a second six minutes into the second half to put Loyola up 2-0. Following a pair of goals from the Terriers, Saramago again gave the Greyhounds the advantage, 3-2, with a goal in the 72nd minute.

Following an equalizer by Boston, Saramago nearly had a fourth goal in overtime, as he put a ball from senior Ryan Tuck off sophomore Gabriel Carlsson’s corner kick into the back of the net in the 108th minute. The rookie was ruled offsides though, negating the goal to give Loyola and Boston a 3-3 double-overtime tie.

This marks the first offensive player of the week honor for Saramago and the first for the Greyhounds since Larry Ndjock earned a pair of awards in 2013 (9/9 and 11/4). It’s also the second-straight week Saramago has been tabbed the rookie of the week, while it’s the third-straight week the Greyhounds have collected the rookie honor. Sharifi, an honorable mention performer this week, earned the accolade on September 26.

For the season, Saramago is tied for second in the Patriot League with six goals and 14 points, while he’s the fifth-ranked freshman in the NCAA with 1.27 points per game.

The Greyhounds will step out of conference play on Tuesday to wrap up its non-conference slate at St. John’s. Kickoff is scheduled for 7 p.m.