NEWPORT NEWS, Va. – Saint Joseph's junior midfielder Matt Crawford and senior midfielder Bliss Harris were voted onto the Atlantic 10 Men's Soccer All-Conference Second Team, as voted on by the league's head coaches, it was announced on Wednesday afternoon. The Hawks capped their 2016 season last Wednesday with an overall record of 6-11-1 (3-5 A-10).
A two-time A-10 Offensive Player of the Week this fall, Crawford led SJU in goals (7), assists (3), points (17), shots (47), shots on goal (11), game-winning goals (3), and minutes played (1622) and tied for first in assists (3). Through eight Atlantic 10 matches, Crawford tied for third in total goals (4) and goals per game (0.50) and tied for fourth in points (10) and points per game (1.25).
Crawford made all 18 starts and played 16 full matches on the year, including every minute of Atlantic 10 action, and led the Hawks to a 3-0 start in conference play by scoring both goals in SJU's 2-0 win over St. Bonaventure, scoring two goals and adding the match-winning assist in SJU's 3-1 win over Rhode Island, and dishing out the match-winning assist in SJU's 2-1 win at George Mason.
Crawford had entered conference play with three goals under his belt, scoring SJU's lone goal in its 1-0 win at Howard and both goals in SJU's 2-0 win at Central Connecticut.
SJU's top two-way player, Harris made 16 straight starts and played 13 full matches in the midfield before suffering a season-ending injury early into his 16th match of the fall. Despite missing nearly three full matches late in the season, Harris ranked sixth on the team and second, to Crawford, among midfielders in minutes played (1356).
The senior co-captain played 13 consecutive full matches to start the season, including in wins over St. Bonaventure, Rhode Island, and George Mason. Harris also dished out an assist in non-conference action at Central Connecticut.
Harris made 64 career appearances, with 59 starts. The senior made 54 consecutive starts spanning from November 10, 2013 to October 22, 2016. Harris dished out six assists over his four-year career on Hawk Hill and totaled 5504 minutes, which leads SJU's graduating class.
Prior to these selections, the Saint Joseph's men's soccer program had not landed a Hawk on the A-10's First or Second Team since 2003, when Adam Duffy earned First Team honors and Andrew Kulinski was a Second Team pick.