CENTER VALLEY, Pa. - Loyola University Maryland freshman Brian Saramago has been named the Corvias Patriot League Offensive Player of the Week for a second-straight week, as announced by the League office Monday.
Saramago, a forward from New Hyde Park, New York, led the Greyhounds to a 1-0-1 week, scoring a pair of goals in Loyola’s 2-1 win over Lehigh on Saturday to keep the squad in first place and unbeaten in Patriot League play. He becomes the first League player this season to earn dual offensive player of the week accolades.
Both of Saramago’s goals came in the first 16 minutes of play with the defending Patriot League Champions, as he scored his first in the 10th minute, sending a pass from classmate Jonathan Sousa into the back of the net. His second came in the 16th minute, when he scored on the run, beating Lehigh’s goalkeeper to the near post from just inside the top of the box.
For the season, Saramago leads the Patriot League in all games with eight goals and 18 points, while he’s also the top-ranked player in conference only games, with six goals and 13 points. Nationally, he’s the second-ranked freshman in the NCAA in goals scored (tied for 20th overall) and the nation’s third-ranked freshman in points (tied for 31st overall).
With at least one point in four of Loyola’s last five games, Saramago has helped the Greyhounds stretch their scoring streak to 11-straight games, their longest since 2012, and their unbeaten streak to seven games. He’s also helped Loyola to conference wins over American, the preseason favorite, Lafayette, Lehigh, the defending Patriot League Champions, and Navy, while he had a hat trick in the Greyhounds’ lone tie, a 3-3 draw against Boston University.
This marks the fourth Patriot League weekly award for Saramago this season, as he earned rookie of the week accolades on October 3 and October 10, and player of the week honors on October 10. He was also named the NSCAA Player of the Week and to the College Soccer News Team of the Week on October 11, while he was voted the NCAA Men’s Soccer Player of the Week on October 12.
The Greyhounds will have a week to prepare for their next match, a 7 p.m. kickoff at Army West Point on Saturday.