Four Menís Soccer Players Earn Spots on College Sports Madness All-Ivy League Preseason Teams
COLLEGE SPORTS MADNESS ALL-IVY PRESEASON TEAM
NEW YORK – College Sports Madness recently released its 2013 All-Ivy League Preseason Teams and four Columbia student-athletes were recognized. Senior midfielder David Najem and sophomore goalkeeper Kyle Jackson headlined the selections with first team nods, while senior forward Henning Sauerbier and sophomore midfielder Antonio Matarazzo picked up second team honors.
Najem, a three-time All-Ivy League selection (second team twice, honorable mention once), will return for his senior campaign in the role of captain for the second consecutive season. A crucial component to the Lions’ midfield, Najem has posted 15 points in his career and played the second-most minutes on the 2012 squad.
Coming off an All-Ivy League honorable mention season in which he was named Rookie of the Week four times, Jackson returns to man the Columbia goalkeeping duties. As a first-year, Jackson recorded three shutouts and a 0.95 GAA, leading Columbia to four wins while he was in net.
An impact player since joining the Lions in 2010, Sauerbier has also been recognized by the Ivy League each season of his career. The conference Rookie of the Year in 2010, he has since picked up All-Ivy League second team and honorable mention accolades. With two goals and five points last season, he tied for the team-high in both categories.
In his first year in Columbia blue, Matarazzo scored once and assisted on another, while also playing a team-leading 1,345 minutes as part of the Lions’ strong midfield. He started all 16 games as a first-year, en route to All-Ivy League honorable mention honors.
Columbia will open the season in Omaha, Neb., taking on 2012 Final Four participant Creighton on Sep. 6. The Lions’ home-opener is slated for Sep. 14 at the Columbia Soccer Stadium against Iona at 4 p.m.