PHILADELPHIA – Saint Joseph's junior forward Leon Maric has been named the Chris Jones Player of the Year, it was announced at the Philadelphia Soccer 6 banquet held at the University City Sheraton on Tuesday evening. The honor marks just the third in program history as Maric joins former Hawks Ryan Dougherty (2001) and current head coach Don D'Ambra (1993) in earning the title of the most outstanding player in the city.
Additionally, Maric and sophomore midfielders Alvin Dahn and Ritchie Barry were tabbed to the Soccer 6 All-Star Team as the Hawks landed three selections for the first time since 2000 while freshman forward Frantz Pierrot was selected onto the Soccer 6 All-Rookie Team.
Maric finished the 2018 campaign with 12 goals and 25 points, which led all players out of Drexel, La Salle, Penn, Saint Joseph's, Temple, and Villanova.
Making all 18 starts as SJU's first option up top, the transfer out of the University of Virginia made an immediate impact for the Crimson and Gray in his first season on Hawk Hill, leading the Hawks in goals, points, match-winning goals (4), and penalty-kick goals (2). Maric became the first Hawk to score 12 goals in a season since Ryan Dougherty scored 12 in 1994 and finished the season tied for fifth, with Dougherty, in SJU's single-season records for goals.
Maric started both Philadelphia Soccer 6 matches this past fall, playing 55 minutes against La Salle and 72 minutes, which included a PK goal, against Drexel.
Dahn (7g, 10a) and Barry (9g, 5a) rounded out SJU's top offensive trio with 20-plus points on the season, marking the first time this millennium where three different Hawks have recorded 20 or more points apiece.
Barry (assist) and Dahn (goal) teamed up for SJU's first goal in SJU's 2-2 draw vs. La Salle while Barry added two scores in SJU's 4-3 loss to Drexel.
Dahn's 10 assists led all city players and tied for the SJU single-season program record.
Joining Maric, Dahn, and Barry on the All-Star Team are Drexel's Kewsi Allen (F), Mathias Ebbesen (M), and Griffin Mallas (D), La Salle's Soji Olatoye (F), Penn's Scott Forbes (GK) and Alex Touche (D), Temple's Pierre Cayet (D) and Lukas Fernandez (M), and Villanova's Zach Zandi (M).
Pierrot was SJU's top offensive rookie with nine points on four goals and a helper, 26 shots, and 11 shots on goal. The freshman forward appeared in all 18 matches up top as the Hawks' first option off the bench for Maric, and he played 61 minutes in SJU's 2-2 draw vs. La Salle.
He becomes SJU's 11th All-Rookie selection since the organization created the honor in 2012, joining former Hawks Tim Lazorko (2012), Bliss Harris and Sam Irvin (2013), Mike Akinkoye and Bobby Edwards (2014), Derek MacKinnon and Eddie McCusker (2015), Isaac Agyapong (2016), and Barry and Dahn (2017).
Joining Pierrot on the All-Rookie Team are Drexel's Bennett Detweiler (D), Chris Donovan (F), Stephen Kopsachilis (GK) and Joey Martini (D), La Salle's Fridtjof Andberg (M), Penn's Ben Stitz (F), Temple's Andres Charles Barrera (M), Jalen Campbell (M), and Elias Hellgren Villegas (F), and Villanova's Carson Williams (GK).
Additionally, seven different Hawks were honored for earning Philadelphia Soccer Six weekly honors throughout the season, as SJU pulled in three Player of the Week honorees, two Defensive Player of the Week selections, and three Rookie of the Week nods.
Barry (PotW) and freshman goalkeeper Joseph Boehm (RotW) were honored on September 17 for their roles in the program's first ever win over Navy; Barry scored and Boehm took home his first collegiate shutout with four saves.
Boehm then repeated Rookie of the Week honors the following week after backing the Hawks to a pair of clean sheets against VMI and Fairfield.
Senior midfielder Derek MacKinnon (PotW) and redshirt junior defender Mike Fornaro (DotW) were recognized on October 8 after leading the Hawks to a 2-2 draw with La Salle and a 3-2 overtime win over then-#21 Fordham; MacKinnon scored in each match while Fornaro was a defensive stalwart against both and posted a goal and assist against the Rams.
Maric (PotW) and sophomore defender David Grana (DotW) were honored on October 22, as Maric scored twice in a home win over St. Bonaventure and dished out a helper earlier in the week at George Mason and Grana was an undeniable piece of SJU's defensive unit that blanked the Bonnies while also assisting on Maric's second goal of the night.
Pierrot (RotW) capped SJU's Soccer Six weekly accolades on November 14 after netting the late equalizer in the Hawks' season finale against Saint Louis, which allowed SJU to cap its season at 6-0-2 at home for the program's first unbeaten season on Hawk Hill since the 70s.
The Hawks closed the 2018 season at 8-7-3 and 0-1-1 in Philadelphia Soccer Six action. Maric, Dahn, Barry, Pierrot, Boehm, Fornaro, and Grana are expected back for the 2019 campaign.