PRINCETON, N.J. – The Columbia men’s soccer team placed seven of its members on the All-Ivy League teams, announced today by the league office.
For the second consecutive year, Arthur Bosua was named the Ivy League Offensive Player of the Year, and was joined on the first team by Alex Bangerl, Dylan Castanheira, John Denis, and Vana Markarian. Rookie Blake Willis was a second team All-Ivy selection, while Danny Laranetto picked up honorable mention honors.
A unanimous Offensive Player of the Year selection, Bosua shined during his final season as a Lion, leading the conference in goals with 12, and points with 29. The senior closed the year with a career-high four goals in a 6-0 rout of Harvard, picking up Ivy League Player of the Week accolades, before tallying another score in Columbia’s 2-0 win at Cornell. This is the third straight first team all-conference season for the South Africa native, who enters the NCAA Tournament with 27 career goals, which is seventh on Columbia’s all-time list. He becomes the first ever player to earn two Offensive Player of the Year awards since the current format changed in 2013. Harvard’s Charles Altchek was twice named Ivy Player of the Year in 2005-06, but prior to that only Columbia’s Steve Sirtis (1982-83) and Barry Nix (1980-81) had multiple Player of the Year awards to their name.
Bosua’s Co-Captain, Bangerl, was another unanimous first team All-Ivy selection for Columbia, picking up the honor for the second straight season. Bangerl played every minute of the season at center back, helping Columbia allow the second fewest goals against (0.360/game) in the NCAA. The Pforzheim, Germany, native tied a career high with three goals this season, including most recently a header during a 3-0 defeat of Sacred Heart.
For Castanheira, another season of seeing his name at or near the top of the NCAA statistics page paid off with first team All-Ivy League honors. With help from a stout back line, Castanheira was second in the country in goals against average (0.360), third in shutouts (11), and tied for sixth in save percentage (0.857), all of which were totals that led the Ancient Eight. Castanheira shined at the right time, finishing the year with five straight shutouts. This is the second time the junior from Landing, New Jersey picked up an all-conference accolade, as he was a second team pick last year.
Just a sophomore, Denis showed off his striking ability throughout the season, proving to be a vital part of the Columbia offensive attack. Closing out the year, Denis had a point or an assist in five of the last six matches, including a goal and two assists during the 6-0 win over Harvard. The Yorktown Heights, New York, native ended the year with career high six goals and three assists. This is the first career all-conference nod for the first team selection.
Wrapping up the first team was another sophomore in Markarian, who saw his name on the all-conference list for the second year in a row. After earning Ivy League Rookie of the Year and second team honors a season ago, Markarian was a first team pick, providing strong ball control in the defensive midfield. The Ottawa native cracked a header in a 1-0 victory over fellow-NCAA qualifiers Fordham to open the year, and also put up an assist on the season.
Willis made an appearance on the second team, after a remarkable rookie season on the back line. Playing alongside Bangerl, the first-year started and played every minute in all 16 contests, making it hard for the opposition to get off shots on a defense that was second best in the NCAA in goals against. One of the two assists this year from the Texan came during Columbia’s 1-0 win over Yale on a rain soaked pitch, when he sent a long ball forward to Denis, who found Beto Carrillo for the games lone-goal.
Rounding out the all-conference award winners for Columbia was Laranetto, who was an honorable mention honoree for the first time in his career. The sophomore played in all 16 contests, starting 12 of those matches in the midfield, tallying two assists in the process.
First round action in the NCAA Men's Soccer Tournament gets under way Thursday, when Columbia battles at William & Mary in a 7 p.m. match.