Ivy League Release

PRINCETON, N.J. – The Columbia men’s soccer team had five of its players and the coaching staff honored by the Ivy League today.

Junior Arthur Bosua earned Offensive Player of the Year, first-year Vana Markarian was named Rookie of the Year, and head coach Kevin Anderson and his staff picked up Coach of the Year honors.

Aside from the major awards, Bosua, along with Alex Bangerl and Andrew Tinari became first team All-Ivy League recipients, while Markarian and Dylan Castanheira found a spot on the All-Ivy League second team.

With a 4-0 victory over Cornell last Sunday, Columbia won its first Ivy League title since 1993, ending the season with a 13-3-1 record.

“The 2016 men’s soccer team truly had a 'team first' mentality," said Anderson. "Representing our program is a responsibility and a privilege that we all shared and honored. This accomplishment represents everyone's dedication and we are truly honored to bring it home and win the title in a game at Rocco B. Commisso Soccer Stadium!"

Bosua becomes the first Player of the Year at Columbia since Rikki Dadason won the award in 1993. This is the 11th time a Lion has won the award, which is the most in the Ivy League. The forward from Dix Hills, New York, netted eight goals and added four assists, including a hat trick and an assist in the conference-clinching win over Cornell. This is the second time in his career Bosua has been honored by the conference, as he was a first team All-Ivy League player a season ago.

Markarian is the first Ivy League Rookie of the Year for the Lions since Tinari earned the accolade his freshman season. The award gives the program a league-high nine overall recipients from Columbia, including three under Anderson with Henning Sauerbier collecting the award in 2010. On the season, the Ottawa native nailed game-winning goals against Central Connecticut and Princeton. Markarian was the second highest scoring rookie on the team with two scores, as classmate John Denis tallied four goals in 2016. Known for his possession skills in the defensive midfield, Markarian helped the Lions defense hold a league-low .71 goals against average.

Another impactful midfielder was Andrew Tinari, who was named a first team All-Ivy League player for the third time in his career. The Holbrook, New York, native knocked in a goal at Michigan State and also had two assists on the season. The program will miss their steady midfielder, as Tinari ends his career having appeared in 62 contests and starting in 55 of those matches.

A vital key to the Columbia back line, Bangerl helped his keepers in more ways than one. The center back registered three goals in 2016, including a brilliant bicycle kick at Brown that led to an important draw. Alongside Nike Azuma, Brendan Dennis, and Amit Shumowitz, the back line surrendered just 4.47 shots on goal per game. This is the second time the Pforzheim, Germany, native has been named to an All-Ivy League team, as he was an honorable mention pick a season ago.

One of two impressive goalies for Columbia this year, Dylan Castanheira ends the 2016 soccer season with one of the top outputs at goalkeeper in program history. The second team All-Ivy League selection is first in the NCAA in both goals against average (.290) and save percentage (.903). His save percentage mark eclipsed Gary Escher’s 1983 school record of .894. Castanheira went 9-1 with seven shutouts, as the back line helped the sophomore to not allow a goal in the final five contests. Along with the Landing, New Jersey, native, Zachary Adler finished the season fourth in the league in GAA (1.21) and third in save percentage (.791).