Cardinals Sweep Major Awards, Eight Earn All-Conference

Cardinals Sweep Major Awards, Eight Earn All-Conference

TOWSON, Md. - After capturing its fourth Landmark championship, the Catholic University men's soccer team earned the conference's Offensive Player of the Year, Defensive Player of the Year, and Coach of the Year awards, as well as eight All-Landmark selections.

Sophomore forward Ben Alexander was named the Landmark's Offensive Player of the Year after a breakout season with 16 goals and four assists. Now a two-time First Team honoree, Alexander added to his 2018 campaign by leading the conference in goals and points (36). The Bel Air, Md. native led the line up front with 55 shots and five game-winning goals. He scored in 12 of the 20 matches he played and found the back of the net multiple times in three contests, including a hat-trick performance in the 5-3 conference semifinal win over Moravian. 

Senior defender Ryan Kennedy earned Landmark Defensive Player of the Year honors after leading the conference's best backline in the central defender role. Starting in 20 contests, Kennedy was a main stay on a defensive unit that kept 14 clean sheets in 18 victories. The Leonardtown, Md. native helped the Cardinals keep an overall 0.71 goals against average. After receiving Second Team honors in 2018, Kennedy broke through to the First Team because he did more than his fair share on the other end of the field, scoring four goals, all game-winners, in his senior campaign. The 6-foot-2 defender got his head on a several set-piece attempts to finish four chances, including the winner in the conference championship. 

Head coach Travis Beauchamp received the Landmark Coach of the Year award for the third time, and first since 2011, after leading the Cardinals (18-2-1) to their most successful Landmark season in program history. Beauchamp, aided by assistants Connor Keenan and Joao Brusamolin, coached Catholic in nine wins against Landmark opponents, the team's first flawless conference campaign. The fourth Landmark championship for the Cardinals makes them the conference's winningest team since the league formed in 2007. 

In addition to the major awards, Catholic earned eight All-Landmark nods after defeating Elizabethtown 2-0 en route to another conference championship.

Sophomore midfielder Paul Egan made the All-Landmark First Team for his first all-conference honor after emerging as a crucial playmaker in the middle of the pitch for the Cardinals. Egan scored six goals and added three assists in 20 matches this season, giving opposing defenses problems with runs in and around the penalty area. One of his most impressive efforts came in a two-goal game on the road at Salisbury in a 3-2 win. The Dublin, Ireland native also netted the game-winner in the 5-3 victory over Moravian in the conference semifinal.

Fellow sophomore midfielder Darius Siahpoosh shined in his first season with Catholic, earning First Team honors. The Potomac, Md. native was the Cardinals' main creator this season, lead the Landmark Conference with eight assists. His ability to play perfectly-weighted balls in behind the defense propelled a Catholic offensive unit that led the Landmark with 58 goals, 21 better than the closest team. Siahpoosh scored eight goals as well, including game-winners against Lynchburg, Susquehanna, and Juniata. He played in all 21 matches for the Cards, taking 37 shots, 17 on target. 

Junior Mason Reinhart earned All-Landmark Second Team honors for his first all-conference appearance. Reinhart played an important role as a defensive midfielder for Catholic, making his presence felt on both sides of the pitch. The Davidsonville, Md. native played in all 21 games and scored one goal against Eastern in a 3-2 victory. He took 16 shots and added one assist as well. 

Senior defender Mike Narzikul made the All-Landmark teams for a third time, this time as a Second Team honoree, after another impressive campaign on defense for the Cardinals. The wing defender did it all for the Cards, making long runs, playing long balls into the box, and hustling back on the counter attack. The Delco, Pa. native played in every match for the team, added two assists, and helped Catholic to an overall league goals-against average of 0.43.

Fellow senior defender Mitch Ford added to the list of All-Landmark honorees on defense for the Cardinals with his Second Team award. Ford started all 21 matches on defense for Catholic and could always be counted on for a headed clearance or crucial tackle. The Pittsburgh, Pa. also added his first and second career assists in his senior campaign, including a helper on the first goal of the game in the 5-3 semifinal win over Moravian.

Junior goalkeeper Jack Long was named as the conference's top goalkeeper with his All-Landmark First Team award. Long allowed 13 goals all year long for a 0.71 goals against average and also kept 13 shutouts to lead the conferece. The Manasquan, N.J. made 53 saves and held a .802 save percentage. His 16 overall wins tops the Landmark, and he added six shutouts against conference opponents. 

Catholic will host the first two rounds of the NCAA Division III Men's Soccer Championship at Carlini Field on Saturday, Nov. 16 and Sunday, Nov. 17. The No. 21 Cardinals will take on No. 18 Connecticut College on Saturday at 3:30 p.m.