NEWPORT NEWS, Va. – Saint Joseph's freshman midfielder Ritchie Barry has been selected to the Atlantic 10 All-Rookie Team, as voted on by the league's head coaches, and senior defender Ben Zambetti has earned a spot on the A-10's All-Academic Team, as voted on by the league's Sports Information Directors, it was announced on Wednesday afternoon.
Barry notched all six of his points in league play this fall, scoring twice against La Salle and adding assists against UMass and Dayton. Barry made all 18 starts in the midfield for the Crimson and Gray, one of just three players to do so and the only SJU rookie to earn every start, en route to 1588 minutes played, which ranked fourth among all Hawks. Barry averaged 88.2 minutes per match as a staple in SJU's midfield and led SJU in A-10 play in points (6) and assists (2) and tied for the team lead in goals (2).
Barry becomes the fifth Hawk in program history to earn All-Rookie accolades from the conference, joining rising senior forward Derek MacKinnon (2015), Tim Lazorko (2012), Colin Baker (2007), and Andrew Kulinski (2000).
Zambetti made 12 starts on the back line this fall and, despite missing six matches due to injury, played 973 total minutes, which ranked fourth among all SJU defenders. A finance and risk management double major out of Mechanicsburg, Pa., Zambetti served as a team tri-captain and caps his career as a two-time (at this point) recpient of the SJU Academic Award, presented to the student-athlete on each team with the highest GPA.
Zambetti becomes the 10th Hawk in program history, and the first since 2012, to earn All-Academic accolades from the conference, joining Tim Brennan (2012, 2011), Matt James (2003, 2002), Ryan Dougherty (2001), Mike Blue (1995, 1994), Joe Deily (1994), Andy Wallace (1995, 1994, 1993), Roy Dumaran (1993), Pete Walsh (1992), and Ed DeLisle (1991).
Barry, Zambetti, and the Hawks finished the 2017 season at 3-11-4, with a 1-6-1 mark in A-10 play.