KANSAS CITY, Mo. – After advancing to the NCAA Tournament for the first time since 1993, four members of the Columbia men’s soccer team were named to the All-East Region, announced today by the United Soccer Coaches.
Seniors Alex Bangerl and Arthur Bosua were awarded first team honors, while junior Dylan Castanheira was a member of the second team, and sophomore Vana Markarian received third team recognition. The four all-region winners were the most for Columbia since five Lions were named all-region in 1990.
Bangerl was a first team All-Ivy League selection as a defender, earning all-conference accolades for the third time in his career. The Pforzheim, Germany, native started every match for the third straight season, scoring three goals and adding one assist as a center back. His efforts on the back line helped the Lions allow the second lowest goals against average in the NCAA. This is the second career all-region award for Bangerl, who was a third team honoree last year.
The Ivy League Offensive Player of the Year for the second straight season, Bosua led the conference in goals with 12 and points with 29, moving up to seventh in the school record book in both categories. The Johannesburg, South Africa, native scored a career-high four goals during a 6-0 rout of Harvard on Nov. 5, earning Ivy League Player of the Week accolades in the process. On the season, Bosua had four games with three or more points, and is currently ranked 15th in the country with 1.61 points per game. This is the second straight year Bosua is a first team all-region honoree.
Another first team All-Ivy League selection was Castanheira, earning the all-conference award for the second straight season. Every minute of the Columbia season saw the Landing, New Jersey, native in net for the Lions, as he allowed just eight goals in 18 matches, recording the third best goals against average in the country. Castanheira went 12-3-3 on the season with 11 shutouts, and allowed only a penalty kick goal to No. 1 Wake Forest in the NCAA Tournament, as the Demon Deacons were the top scoring offense in the country.
In his second season of action, Markarian proved to not have a sophomore slump after winning Ivy League Rookie of the Year honors in 2016. The Ottawa native started 17 matches as a defensive midfielder, scoring a game-winning goal and adding an assist while earning first team All-Ivy recognition.