David Najem Picks Up Pair of Weekly Awards, Including Ivy League Men's Soccer Rookie of the Week

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First-year David Najem
Courtesy: Columbia University Athletics/Mike McLaughlin

NEW YORK -- Columbia University men's soccer standout David Najem picked up a pair of weekly accolades on Monday, as he was named the Ivy League Men's Soccer Rookie of the Week and also earned a spot on the TopDrawerSoccer.com National Men's Team of the Week. The first-year midfielder scored the game-winning goal in the 33rd minute of the Lions' 1-0 win over Harvard on Saturday.

Najem, who has played in every minute of every Ivy League match thus far in 2010, tallied the first game-winner of his career against the Crimson. Sophomore Will Stamatis found Najem on the left side and he converted on his chance to give Columbia a lead it would not relinquish.

The Clifton, N.J. product currently ranks second on the team behind fellow first-year Henning Sauerbier in goals and points (3G, 9Pts.). Najem has now been named the Ivy League Rookie of the Week twice, having also earned the honor on Sept. 27. He and Sauerbier have combined to win at least a share of five of the ten Ivy League Rookie of the Week honors this season.

The Lions, who have accumulated the most points in Ivy League play by a Columbia men's soccer unit since 2004, will close out their 2010 campaign on Saturday, Nov. 13 against Cornell.

The contest with the Big Red will kickoff at 7 p.m. at Columbia Soccer Stadium, and will mark the final collegiate match for three seniors: Bayo Adafin, Peppe Carotenuto and Hayden Johns.

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