Sharifi, Vosvick, Nichols Earn Major Awards; Seven Named All-Patriot League
CENTER VALLEY, Pa. -
Barry Sharifi, Chase Vosvick and Steve Nichols earned major year-end awards from the Patriot League, while seven Loyola University Maryland men's soccer players were named to an All-Patriot League Team, as announced by the conference office Monday.
Sharifi was voted the Patriot League Midfield Player of the Year and Vosvick earned Patriot League Goalkeeper and Rookie of the Year honors, while Nichols was tabbed the Coach of the Year for a second-straight season. Junior midfielder Gabriel Carlsson, junior defender A. Mickey Watson and sophomore forward Brian Saramago joined Sharifi and Vosvick on the All-Patriot League First Team, while sophomore defender Sam Carter and sophomore forward Josh Fawole were All-Patriot League Second Team honorees.
With a 7-2 record in League play, Nichols guided the Greyhounds to their first-ever Patriot League Regular Season title on Saturday and the top seed in the 2017 Patriot League Championship, earning him coach of the year laurels for a second-straight season. Loyola finished the regular season ranked first in the League in points (60) and assists (24), and was ranked second in goals scored (18) in conference play this year.
Sharifi, a sophomore from Jericho, New York, picks up his second-straight All-Patriot League First Team honor and first player of the year accolade after being voted the 2017 Preseason Patriot League Midfield Player of the Year. A three-time Corvias Patriot League Midfield Player of the Week this year, Sharifi leads the Patriot League with six assists in conference play, and ranks tied for fourth in points (12) and tied for eighth in goals (3). Overall, Sharifi has five goals, seven assists and 17 points on the season, and will take a seven-game point streak into postseason play.
Vosvick becomes the second-straight Greyhound to earn each of the Patriot League's goalkeeper and rookie of the year awards, as Saramago was tabbed the 2016 rookie of the year and undergraduate assistant coach Matt Sanchez was voted the goalkeeper of the year last season. A native of Phoenix, Maryland, Vosvick has started and played a full 16 games in goal this season, posting seven shutouts, a 1.11 goals-against average, 58 saves and a .763 save percentage. In conference games, Vosvick is ranked second in the League in save percentage (.763) and fourth in goals-against average (.997).
Carlsson, a midfielder from Stockholm, Sweden, earns his second-straight first-team all-conference accolade after leading all Greyhound field players with 1418 minutes played this year. His eight points rank fourth on the team and his eight assists are a team best, while his three assists vs. LaSalle are the most for an individual League player this year. In conference play, his four assists rank tied for fifth in the League.
Saramago makes his second-straight appearance on the All-Patriot League First Team after leading the Greyhounds with eight goals and 19 points this season. The forward from New Hyde Park, New York, was twice named the Corvias Patriot League Offensive Player of the Week this season, while he's tied for first in the League in conference only games with eight goals and 18 points.
Watson is making his first appearance on an all-conference team after anchoring the defense to seven shutouts this season. A three-time Corvias Patriot League Defensive Player of the Week this season, the Berwyn, Pennsylvania, native has helped the defense to a 1.16 goals-against average and a .756 save percentage, while he has also contributed two goals and one assist this year.
Carter, a native of Queens, New York, is making his first appearance on an all-conference team after moving from the midfield to the backline this season. In addition to aiding Watson and the defense to a 1.16 GAA and a .756 save percentage, he's also contributed one goal and three assists on the season.
Fawole is making his first appearance on an all-conference team after ranking fourth on the team with four goals and 12 points this season, with three of his goals being game winners. In conference only games, the sophomore from Columbia, Maryland, is ranked tied for eighth in the League in points (9), tied for eighth in goals (3) and tied for seventh in assists (3).
Loyola will host the 2017 Patriot League Championships at Ridley Athletic Complex on Friday and Sunday. The Greyhounds will learn their semifinal opponent following Tuesday night's quarterfinal games and will begin play at 5 p.m. on Friday. The Championship Game of the tournament is set for 3 p.m., Sunday.