Men's Soccer Lands Eight Among Season Awards
BOSTON – The America East announced its 2017 regular season awards for men’s soccer Friday, and the University at Albany landed eight student-athletes among the four categories, including two First Team selections, three Second Team selections, two Rookie selections, and four All-Academic selections.
Afonso Pinheiro and Daniel Krutzen earned All-Conference First Team honors. Nico Solabarrieta, Carlos Clark, and Jeff Medina were named to the All-Conference Second Team. Riccardo Iafrate and Dominic Wooldridge were All-Rookie selections. Finally, Pinheiro, Clark, Krutzen, and Kaz Boschen were All-Academic selections.
Pinheiro, a senior forward from São Paulo, Brazil, earns his fourth consecutive All-Conference selection, after being named First Team in 2015 and Second Team in 2016, as well as Rookie of the Year in 2014 and Striker of the Year in 2015. He has scored seven goals and recorded four assists this season for a total of 18 points, ranking fourth in the America East this season. Pinheiro also earned his first All-Academic selection behind a 3.34 GPA in Globalization Studies with a minor in Spanish.
Krutzen, a junior midfielder from Lanaken, Belgium, earns his first ever All-Conference selection. He has scored three goals this season, and his six assists share the conference lead. Krutzen also earns his first All-Academic selection behind a 3.66 GPA studying Business with a minor in Economics.
Solabarrieta, a junior forward from Santiago, Chile, earns his first All-Conference selection. Solabarrieta leads the team in points with 20, which ranks second in the America East, and his six assists share the conference lead with Krutzen. He shares the team lead of seven goals with Pinheiro.
Clark, a junior midfielder from Teaneck, N.J., earns his earns his third All-Conference selection, after being named Second Team in 2016 and All-Rookie in 2015. Clark has scored four goals and recorded one assist this season. Clark also earns his first All-Academic selection behind a 3.72 GPA studying Business with a minor in Psychology.
Medina, a redshirt senior defender from Brentwood, N.Y., earns his first All-Conference selection. Medina has recorded one assist this season, and has helped anchor a defense that ranks second in the conference, allowing less than one goal per game while recording nine shutouts. The Great Dane defense has allowed just two goals in the first half all season.
UAlbany’s three Second Team selections, Solabarrieta, Clark, and Medina, are the only players on the team to have started every game this season.
The Great Danes had two All-Rookie selections. Iafrate, a freshman defender from Avezzano, Italy, holds down the middle of UAlbany’s defense next to Medina. Wooldridge, a freshman midfielder from Wellington, New Zealand, has made 15 appearances for UAlbany, including 11 starts.
Kaz Boschen, a redshirt senior from White Plaines, N.Y., rounds out the UAlbany award winners with his first All-Academic selection. Boschen, who has scored two goals in 17 appearances with 12 starts for the Great Danes this season, has earned a 3.85 GPA studying Psychology with a minor in Africana Studies.
New Hampshire’s Robin Schmidt was named Striker of the Year. UMass Lowell’s Jakov Basic and Ivan Blaskic were named Midfielder and Defender of the year, respectively. Vermont’s Aron Runarsson was named Goalkeeper of the Year. Binghamton’s Noah Luescher was named Rookie of the Year. Finally, New Hampshire was awarded Coaching Staff of the Year.
The defending America East champion Great Danes finished the 2017 regular season in fourth place in the conference standings and are set to host five-seed UMBC on Saturday, November 4 in the America East quarterfinal round.