Loebe, Abubaker, Heine, Zarokostas and McGinty Claim Top Atlantic 10 Annual Menís Soccer Awards
NEWPORT NEWS, Va. – Fordham sophomore Janos Loebe, Dayton senior Lalas Abubaker, George Washington senior Garrett Heine, Rhode Island freshman Stavros Zarokostas and Saint Louis coach Mike McGinty earned the Atlantic 10 Conference’s top men’s soccer awards, the league announced Wednesday.
Loebe was chosen as the league’s Offensive Player of the Year while Abubaker was named Defensive Player of the Year, Heine was selected as Midfielder of the Year, Zarokostas was chosen as Rookie of the Year and McGinty was selected by his peers as A-10 Coach of the Year. The A-10 announced the five awards, the All-Conference, All-Rookie and All-Academic teams Wednesday ahead of the 2016 Atlantic 10 Men’s Soccer Championship, which begins Thursday at Davidson’s Alumni Soccer Stadium.
The league also announced the 11-member All-Conference First and Second Teams, the12-member All-Rookie Team and the All-Academic Team, comprised of 11 student-athletes with academic and athletic success. The major awards, All-Conference teams and All-Rookie team were selected by vote of the A-10 head soccer coaches. The All-Academic team was chosen by the men’s soccer communications directors.
A forward from Kierspe, Germany, Loebe sits in second in the Atlantic 10 in shots per game and tied for first in the league for assists with four. Loebe leads all scorers for the Rams with six goals and six assists. The reigning Rookie of the Year, was also named an All-Conference First Team forward, and was a two-time A-10 Offensive Player of the Week this season.
Abubaker, a native of Accra, Ghana, anchored a Flyer defense that posted five shutouts and a1.05 goals against average. He also had one goal on the season and 17 shots. The senior is also a top 30 finalist for the Senior CLASS Award.
Heine was also selected as a First-Team All-Conference midfielder and is tied for first in points and goals in the Atlantic 10. A San Diego, Calif., native, he scored six goals on the season including two game winners. He also was tabbed the A-10 Offensive Player of the Week on Oct. 17 and Nov. 7.
Zarokostas is tied for second in the A-10 in goals scored and fourth in total points, and he is the only freshman to appear in the conference’s top ten in either category. The two-time A-10 Rookie of the week from Coventry, R.I., was also selected to the All-Conference Second Team as well as the All-Rookie Team.
McGinty, in his sixth season, led the Billkens to a 6-2 conference record and a 7-7-3 overall. Under his watch, Saint Louis has earned the regular season title in two of the last four years.
The 2016 Atlantic 10 Men’s Soccer Championship begins with Thursday’s quarterfinals in which top-seeded Saint Louis faces No. 8 Dayton, fourth-seeded Massachusetts plays No. 5 VCU, second-seeded Fordham faces No. 7 Duquesne and No. 3 La Salle plays sixth-seeded Rhode Island. The semifinals will be on Friday at 5:00 and 7:30 pm. The championship final will be played Sunday at noon and will air on American Sports Network (ASN), with the winner advancing to the NCAA Tournament.
2016 Atlantic 10 Men’s Soccer Awards
Offensive Player of the Year: Janos Loebe, Fordham
Defensive Player of the Year: Lalas Abubaker, Dayton
Midfielder of the Year: Garrett Heine, George Washington
Rookie of the Year: Stavros Zarokostas, Rhode Island
Coach of the Year: Mike McGinty, Saint Louis
All-Conference First Team
Maxi Pragnell (F) - Davidson
Kennedy Nwabia (F) - Dayton
Janos Loebe (F) - Fordham
Luc Fatton (F) - VCU
Jannik Loebe (M) - Fordham
Garrett Heine (M) – George Washington
Rafael Andrade Santos (M) - VCU
Lalas Abubaker (D) - Dayton
Colman Kennedy (D) - La Salle
Dakota Barnathan (D) - VCU
Jorge Becerra (GK) – Massachusetts
All-Conference Second Team
Matt Robinson (F) - La Salle
Joe Saad (F)- Saint Louis
Jorge Herranz (F)- VCU
Stavros Zarokostas (M) - Rhode Island
Matt Crawford (M) - Saint Joseph’s
Bliss Harris (M)- Saint Joseph’s
Max Karcher (M) - Saint Louis
Matthew Lewis (D)- Fordham
Tobi Adewole (D) – George Washington
Joss Jess (D) – Massachusetts
Rashid Nuhu (GK) - Fordham
Federico Barrios, Dayton
Rok Taneski, Dayton
Ryan Landry, Duquesne
Joergen Oland, Fordham
Tunde Akinlosotu, George Mason
Pat McCarthy, La Salle
Konrad Gorich, Massachusetts
Peder Kristiansen, Rhode Island
Stavros Zarokostas, Rhode Island
Paul Nana Afful, St. Bonaventure
Saadiq Mohammed, Saint Louis
Quayyum Murana, Saint Louis
Coletun Long, Dayton
Fredrik Borenstein, Duquesne
Diego Vieira, Duquesne
Eric Ohlendorf, Fordham
Thor Arne Hofs, George Washington
Sam Summerlin, George Washington
Matt Robinson, La Salle
Ty Goncalves, Massachusetts
Max Karcher, Saint Louis
Greg Boehme, VCU
Pierre Gardan, VCU