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Loebe, Oland, Haji, Klein, and Giffard win Top Atlantic 10 Men's Soccer Awards

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NEWPORT NEWS, Va. – Fordham’s Janos Loebe and Joergen Oland, VCU’s Siad Haji and coach Dave Giffard,  and Saint Louis' John Klein earned the Atlantic 10 Conference’s top men’s soccer awards, which were announced Thursday ahead of the 2018 A-10 Championship Semifinals.
Loebe was chosen as the league’s Offensive Player of the Year while Oland was named the Defensive Player of the Year. Haji was selected as Midfielder of the Year, Klein was chosen as Rookie of the Year and Giffard was selected by his peers as A-10 Coach of the Year. The league also announced All-Conference First and Second Teams, the All-Academic Team and the All-Rookie Team.
A senior forward from Kierspe, Germany, Loebe led both the Atlantic 10 and Fordham in assists this season with 11. He also led the league with 25 points this year and his 23 shots on goal ranked him fourth in the conference for the season. Along with being named the Player of the Year, Loebe was also named to the All-Conference First Team and was a two-time A-10 Offensive Player of the Week this season. Loebe was named to the prestigious 2018 MAC Hermann Trophy Watch list prior to the 2018 season.
Oland, a Drammen, Norway, product, helped contribute to Fordham’s five shutouts and eight wins this year and its 0.95 goals against average. To go along with the junior’s superior defense, Oland added five goals on 28 shots (10 on goal) and 10 points for the year. He was also selected to the All-Conference First Team and was named Offensive Player of the Week in week three of the season.
Haji, a Manchester, N.H., native, finished the year tied for second in assists (10), tied for eighth in points (20), and tied for 14th in goals (5) in the Atlantic 10.  Along with the junior midfielder’s All-Conference First Team selection, Haji was named Offensive Player of the Week twice during the 2018 season.
Klein finished the year with nine goals, tying him for third in the A-10, and his 19 points ranked him inside the top 10. Along with being named Rookie of the Year, the freshman forward from Columbia, Mo., was also an All-Conference Second Team selection. 
Giffard, in his ninth season, led VCU to a 6-1-1 conference record and a 10-5-2 overall record. Giffard has led the Rams to three NCAA appearances and was named one of the top 10 coaches in Division I by TopDrawerSoccer. 
The 2018 Atlantic 10 Men’s Soccer Championship began last weekend with four quarterfinal matches at campus sites. Friday’s semifinals feature top-seeded VCU versus fourth-seeded Rhode Island at 1:00 pm and third-seeded George Mason squaring off against seventh-seeded Dayton at 3:30 pm. The championship final will be played Sunday at noon. All championship games will air on ESPN+, with the winner advancing to the NCAA Tournament.


Offensive Player of the Year: Janos Loebe, Fordham

Defensive Player of the Year: Joergen Oland, Fordham

Midfielder of the Year: Siad Haji, VCU

Rookie of the Year: John Klein, Saint Louis

Coach of the Year: Dave Giffard, VCU

All-Conference First Team


Janos Loebe, Fordham

Leon Maric, Saint Joseph's                      

Oscar Haynes Brown, George Washington



Siad Haji, VCU   

Dominik Richter, Rhode Island

Devin Boyce, Saint Louis            



Lennart Hein, Saint Louis          

Jordan Hill, Davidson    

Joergen Oland, Fordham           

Peder Kristiansen, Rhode Island          


First Team Goalkeeper

Rashid Nuhu, Fordham


All-Conference Second Team 


Stavros Zarokostas, Rhode Island

John Klein, Saint Louis

Kosi Nwafornso, St. Bonaventure

DeAndrae Brown, Massachusetts



Jaylen Thompson, Davidson

Rok Taneski, Dayton

Edvin Akselsen, Rhode Island



Ulrik Edvardsen, VCU

Tyler Dickson, Rhode Island

Konrad Gorich, Massachusetts*
Ryo Shimazaki, VCU*


Second Team Goalkeeper

Mario Sequeira, VCU


Henry Howell, Davidson              

Elias Harryson, Dayton

Manel Busquets, Duquesne     

Sindri Ingimarsson, Fordham

Ato Williams, George Mason    

Marcelo Lage, George Washington

Yosuke Hanya, Massachusetts

Edvin Akselsen, Rhode Island                 

Sondre Karterud, Rhode Island             

Isaac Boamah, St. Bonaventure           

John Klein, Saint Louis



Aidan Bean, Dayton

Daniel Dos Santos, Dayton           

Rok Taneski, Dayton

Austin Stout, Duquesne

Alastair Berry, George Washington

Thor Arne Höfs, George Washington

Davis Smith, Massachusetts

Peder Kristiansen, Rhode Island

Niklas Middrup, Rhode Island

Kosi Nwafornso, St. Bonaventure

David Grana, Saint Joseph’s

Lennart Hein, Saint Louis

Simon Fitch, VCU

Joseph Gonnella, VCU

Eli Lockaby, VCU

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