Men's soccer places conference-best nine on All-ODAC teams

Images of the five first-team all-conference men's soccer players on white background. Text in red: First-team all-ODAC

Forest, Va. -- University of Lynchburg's men's soccer team saw nine players earn All-Old Dominion Athletic Conference honors, the league announced Thursday morning.

A league-high five Hornets -- junior midfielder Jack Ashby (Lewes, Del.), senior defender Austin Kues (High Point, N.C.), sophomore midfielder Ben Mackey (Leesburg, Va.), senior goalkeeper Dylan McLaurin (Stafford, Va.), and sophomore forward Abibi Osman (Dadaab, KENYA) -- earned spots on the first team.

Freshman forward Joey Daly (Raleigh, N.C.), sophomore defender Bhayle Kearns (Broad Run, Va.), and senior defender Ryan Pikunas (Chesterfield, Va.) all took second-team honors, while senior midfielder Dan Friedberg (Blacksburg, Va.) earned a third-team accolade and the ODAC/Virginia Farm Bureau Insurance Scholar-Athlete award.

Lynchburg has seen at least four Hornets named to the first team each of the past three seasons, but it's only the seventh time in program history that Lynchburg has had five or more first-teamers.

The Hornets' nine all-conference honorees also matches a program record.

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Ashby becomes a first-teamer after earning second-team honors in 2017. The team captain scored two goals, both game-winners, and made three assists.

Kues had another stellar campaign. The two-time first-teamer helped Lynchburg lead the league in scoring defense and also scored three goals and three assists. He was ODAC player of the week for the week leading up to October 15.

Mackey joins the first team after earning third-team honors in 2017. He led the team in goals with seven and also made also made three assists.

McLaurin earns his second-career first-team honor. The senior set Lynchburg's career record for goals-against average (0.57) and tied his own single-season record with just 10 goals allowed this season.

Osman had a tremendous start to the year, scoring five goals in the Hornets' first four matches. He dished out four helpers before injury cut his season short.

Daly broke into the starting lineup early in the year and had a fine season, scoring all three of his goals in ODAC play. He also made two assists.

Kearns, the league's rookie of the year and a third-teamer a year ago, moves up a team after another great season at outside back. He scored one goal and one assist.

Pikunas becomes a three-time All-ODAC honoree at outside back and also chipped in a goal.

A first-time All-ODAC performer, Friedberg finished his career with highs in goals (3) and assists (4).

Lynchburg played to a 13-2-2 record in 2018, reaching as high at No. 5 in the D3soccer.com national rankings, but did not receive an at-large bid to the NCAA Division III tournament.

The Hornets led the conference in goals-against average, shutouts, and assists.

League champion Washington and Lee swept the ODAC's superlatives as forward Dylan Ritch was player of the year, defender Jack Rawlins earns top rookie honors, and Mike Singleton was coach of the year.

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2018 All-ODAC Men's Soccer Awards

ODAC Player of the Year: Dylan Ritch, Sr., F, Washington and Lee

ODAC Coach of the Year: Mike Singleton, Washington and Lee

ODAC Rookie of the Year: Jack Rawlins, Fr., D, Washington and Lee

ODAC/Virginia Farm Bureau Scholar-Athlete: Dan Friedberg, Sr., M, Lynchburg

ALL-ODAC FIRST TEAM

Forwards

Thomas White Jr. Bridgewater

Abibi Osman So. Lynchburg

Adam Watson Sr. Randolph

Ricky Perrault Sr. Virginia Wesleyan

Dylan Ritch Sr. Washington and Lee

Midfielders

Michael Lyons Jr. Ferrum

Jack Ashby Jr. Lynchburg

Ben Mackey So. Lynchburg

Defenders

Emmanuel Boamah Sr. Eastern Mennonite

Austin Kues Sr. Lynchburg

Jack Rawlins Fr. Washington and Lee

Goalkeeper

Dylan McLaurin Sr. Lynchburg

ALL-ODAC SECOND TEAM

Forwards

Joey Daly Fr. Lynchburg

Atticus Cooke Jr. Roanoke

Will Hamryka Sr. Washington and Lee

Midfielders

Leo Alcantara Jr. Bridgewater

Spell Carr Jr. Hampden-Sydney

Anthony Astruc Jr. Randolph-Macon

Philani Mlotshwa So. Roanoke

Oliver Dolberg Jr. Washington and Lee

Defenders

Bhayle Kearns So. Lynchburg

Ryan Pikunas Sr. Lynchburg

Tim Leuenberger Fr. Roanoke

Goalkeeper

Quentin Boric Sr. Bridgewater

ALL-ODAC THIRD TEAM

Forwards

Dave Drafton Sr. Eastern Mennonite

Tyequis Stallins Sr. Emory & Henry

Liam Camilleri Fr. Roanoke

Midfielders

Dominic Powers Sr. Eastern Mennonite

Dan Friedberg Sr. Lynchburg

Viktor Dolberg Sr. Washington and Lee

Will Rowson Sr. Washington and Le0e

Defenders

Jacob Heiston Sr. Bridgewater

Matthew Pagano Sr. Bridgewater

Frankie DiOrio Jr. Randolph

Jack Miller Sr. Washington and Lee

Goalkeeper

Michael Nyc Fr. Washington and Lee

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