TopDrawerSoccer Ranks Five Greyhounds Among Patriot League's Top 20
BALTIMORE - The Loyola University Maryland men's soccer team had five players ranked in TopDrawerSoccer's Postseason Top-20 Players in the Patriot League, with four Greyhounds in the top 10 and all five ranked among the top 17. Sophomore Brian Saramago was also ranked 97th on the organization's Top 100 Upperclassmen rankings, while Chase Vosvick was slated as 34th - and the third-ranked rookie goalkeeper - on the Freshmen Top 100 list.
Saramago was the top-ranked Greyhound among the top-20 players ranked in the Patriot League, checking in third, behind Lehigh’s Mark Forrest and Colgate’s Jared Stroud. Classmate Barry Sharifi was the fifth-ranked Patriot League player, while juniors Gabriel Carlsson and A. Mickey Watson checked in seventh and ninth, respectively, on the Postseason Top-20 Players in the Patriot League, giving Loyola four of the top-10 players in the League. Sophomore Josh Fawole rounded out the Greyhounds honored, picking up a No. 17 ranking.
The Greyhounds, tabbed to win the League in the 2017 preseason poll, won their first-ever regular season title this year, going 7-2-0 in League play. Debuting as the top-ranked team in the Northeast Region, Loyola also received votes in the national poll this season and finished the year with an 11-6-1 overall record.
Statistically, Loyola led the Patriot League in points (60) and scoring margin (1.00), as it scored 18 goals in conference play while allowing just nine. The Greyhounds’ 24 assists also topped the League by nine helpers, while their 2.06 assists per game average for the season ranked 11th nationally.
At the season’s end, Loyola placed a League-best seven Greyhounds – Carlsson, sophomore Sam Carter, Fawole, Saramago, Sharifi, Vosvick and Watson – on the All-Patriot League Teams and four players – Carlsson, Saramago, Sharifi, Vosvick – on the All-Northeast Region Team, while head coach Steve Nichols was tabbed the Patriot League Coach of the Year for a second-straight season.
Sharifi also picked up Patriot League Midfielder of the Year accolades, while Vosvick was named both the Patriot League Rookie and Goalkeeper of the Year. For their work in the classroom, Carlsson and junior Jacob Campbell earned Academic All-Patriot League Team honors, while Carlsson was selected to the NCAA Scholar All-Region Team and Campbell was voted to the CoSIDA Academic All-Region Team.