PHILADELPHIA – For the second year in a row, Saint Joseph's senior midfielder Matt Crawford has been named to the Philadelphia Soccer Six All-Star Team, it was announced at the Philadelphia Soccer Six banquet held at the University City Sheraton on Wednesday evening. Additionally, freshman midfielders Ritchie Barry and Alvin Dahn were named to the All-Rookie Team.
One of three Hawks to make all 18 starts this fall, Crawford led SJU in points (12), goals (6), shots (57), shots on goal (22), and PK goals (2) in 1,647 minutes on the pitch, which ranked second among all Hawks and first among all SJU midfielders for minutes played. Crawford opened his senior campaign in outstanding fashion, scoring in the 32nd, 33rd, and 76th minutes of play in SJU's 3-1, season-opening win over Temple in Philadelphia Soccer Six action; his hat trick was the first of his career and the first for a Hawk since 2007. Crawford also scored on a penalty kick in SJU's 1-1 draw vs. Hartford, put away the late equalizer in SJU's 2-1 overtime win over Manhattan, and added an insurance goal in SJU's 2-0 win over George Mason.
Crawford earned Soccer Six Player of the Week recognition on August 28 and becomes just the third two-time All-Star selection for the Hawks since 2010-11, joining recent alum Bliss Harris (2015-16) and Tom Smart (2010-11).
For his career, Crawford, who was tabbed SJU's Most Valuable Player and Offensive Player of the Year for the second year in a row this fall, appeared in 67 matches with 57 starts en route to 37 points on 17 goals and three helpers and logged 5195 minutes in the Hawks' midfield.
Joining Crawford on the All-Star Team are fellow midfielders Andreas Bartosinski (Villanova), Divin Fula (Temple), Matt Robinson (La Salle), Joe Swenson (Penn), and Zach Zandi (Villanova), forward Sebastien Cabral (Drexel), defenders Shane Bradley (Villanova), Mark Grasela (Temple), and Sam Wancowicz (Penn), and goalkeeper Will Steiner (Villanova).
Barry notched all six of his points in Atlantic 10 play this fall, scoring twice against city-rival 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 was tabbed the Soccer Six Rookie of the Week on October 23.
Dahn appeared in the final 12 matches of the season, making all 12 starts on the wing, where he totaled 941 minutes for an average of just nearly 80 minutes per match. The rookie midfeilder ranked third on the squad in shots (19) and fourth in shots on goal (6). He fired off two shots in 79 minutes in his collegiate debut at Villanova in Philadelphia Soccer Six action and was a staple in SJU's midfield in the latter half of the season.
Barry and Dahn become SJU's ninth and 10th All-Rookie selections 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), and Isaac Agyapong (2016).
Joining Barry and Dahn on the All-Rookie Team are fellow midfielders Neil Boyal (Drexel), Yusuf Cuceoglu (Villanova), and Theo Quartey (Villanova), forwards Alan Camacho Soto (Temple), Jake Kohlbrenner (Penn), and Soji Olatoye (La Salle), defenders Darri Sigthorsson (Temple) and Alex Touche (Penn), and goalkeeper Mark Tobin (La Salle).
Additionally, nine different Hawks were honored for earning Philadelphia Soccer Six weekly honors throughout the season as SJU pulled in two Player of the Week honorees, four Defensive Player of the Week selections, and three Rookie of the Week nods.
Crawford (PotW), senior goalkeeper Trevor Nicol (D-PotW), and freshman midfielder Alan Kahlenbeck (RotW) earned recognition on August 28 for leading the Hawks to a 3-1 win over Temple in the season opener, while sophomore midfielder Matt Mullock (Co-PotW) and senior goalkeeper Greg O'Connell (D-PotW) were honored on September 11 for leading the Hawks to a scoreless draw at VMI and to a 2-1 overtime win over Manhattan. Junior defender Eddie McCusker (D-PotW) earned recognition on October 9 for his play on both sides of the ball in an overtime loss at Dayton and a win over George Mason, while redshirt freshman defender Ben Cochran (D-PotW) and freshman defender David Grana (RotW) were honored on October 16 for both their offensive and defensive presence in a draw with UMass and a loss at Fordham. Barry (RotW) capped SJU's Soccer Six weekly accolades on October 23 after a two-goal performance at La Salle.
The Hawks capped the 2017 season at 3-11-4, 1-6-1 in A-10 play, and 1-1-0 in Philadelphia Soccer Six action.