By Elena Vassallo
CENTER VALLEY, Pa. - Loyola University Maryland sophomore Matt Oshrine has been named the Corvias Patriot League Men's Golf Scholar-Athlete of the Year, while sophomore Connor Flach has been named to the Academic All-Patriot League Team, as announced by the league office Friday.
With two honorees, Loyola is the lone school in the league with multiple honorees on the all-academic team.
Oshrine, a business administration major concentrating in finance carrying a 3.892 cumulative grade-point average, earned medalist honors at this year's Patriot League Championships and has swept all four of the league's golfer of the month honors this year (October, November, March and April). Competing in all 11 tournaments this season, his 71.42 stroke average is the best for a Loyola golfer since at least 1994. He also tied the school record with three individual tournament wins this year: the Doc Gimmler, Middleburg Bank Intercollegiate and the Patriot League Championships.
At the season-opening Doc Gimmler, Oshrine broke the program's 54-hole school record by shooting 16-under 192 (64-65-65). At Middleburg Bank, he was the only player to finish under par, tying the 54-hole tournament record. Oshrine then led the Greyhounds to their eighth-straight conference title by again finishing as the only player under par, with a 1-under 215, and was named the Patriot League Most Outstanding Golfer for his play. He also earned a spot on the All-Patriot League First Team for the second year in a row.
A member of Loyola's Leadership Academy, the Baltimore native and three-time Dean's List honoree earned a 4.0 GPA during the Fall 2014 semester and was named to the Patriot League Academic Honor Roll his freshman year.
Flach, from Ellicott City, Maryland, is also a business administration major with a concentration in finance who has posted a 3.756 GPA. For the season, he's competed in 10 of the 11 tournaments and is third on the team with a 74.77 stroke average. He's shot four rounds at par or under, with his lowest round being a 71 at Notre Dame.
At the Patriot League Championships, Flach picked up his first all-conference honor, being named to the All-Patriot League Second Team, for his seventh-place finish with a 4-over 220.
Flach, a member of the Patriot League Academic Honor Roll as a freshman, earned a 4.0 GPA during Fall 2013 and has made Dean's List two of his first three semester.
Flach and Oshrine will compete in their second-straight NCAA Regional Championship, while the Greyhounds will be making their eighth-straight NCAA appearance, on May 14-16. Loyola will find out its destination and opponents on Monday, May 4.