Ryan Carmichael has scored nine goals and added three assists this season. (Photo courtesy of Hofstra)
Hofstra University junior forward Ryan Carmichael was named the Colonial Athletic Association player of the year, leading seven Pride players selected to All-CAA teams.
Carmichael was also an All-CAA first team selection as the honors were announced Wednesday on the eve of the start of the CAA Men’s Soccer Championship.
Carmichael, a native of Armagh, Northern Ireland, has nine goals and three assists for 21 points this season to rank second on the team. Those numbers are also second in the CAA. He also has three game-winning goals, which ranks second in the conference. A three-time All-CAA selection, this marks Carmichael’s second consecutive first team selection.
Joining Carmichael on the All-CAA first team was sophomore midfielder Eliot Goldthorp. The transfer from Old Dominion University excelled in his first season at Hofstra, scoring a team, CAA, and nation-leading 14 goals and 33 points. The Leeds, United Kingdom, native has at least one point in 12 of Hofstra’s 17 games this season and has scored a CAA-leading five game-winning goals.
Junior defender Pierce Infuso, a Merrick, N.Y. native, earns his first postseason honor with a second Team All-CAA selection. The anchor of a Hofstra defense that has allowed 17 goals and holds opponents to under three shots on goal per game, Infuso has started all 17 games.
Roc Carles picked up his first All-CAA honor as the junior midfielder from Mataro, Spain, was voted to the third team. One of Hofstra’s captains, Carles has been a steadying presence on both sides of the field and has contributed two assists in 16 games played.
Joining Carles on the third team is junior goalkeeper Wessel Speel. A first team selection, last season, the Utrecht, The Netherlands, native turned in another outstanding season with an 11-3-3 record, a 1.02 goals against average, 31 saves, and four solo shutouts. He ranks fourth in the league in goals against average.
Junior forward Oliver Svalander, a transfer from Binghamton, earned a spot on the All-CAA Third Team as well. The Stockholm, Sweden, product was a welcomed addition to the Hofstra lineup and has six goals and a team-best seven assists in 17 games played. Svalander ranks second in the CAA in assists, ninth in goals and fourth in points (19).
Hofstra’s final All-CAA honoree was graduate defender Marcelo Lage. The Coastal Carolina College transfer from Middleton, Massachusetts, played in all 17 games with 15 starts and was a big factor in neutralizing opposing offenses to an average of less than three shots on goal per game. Lage’s 6-5 frame was also a bonus on the offensive side of the field as he tallied a pair of header goals, one on a corner kick and the other on a long cross from the sideline.
The Pride’s seven All-CAA selections matched Elon University ton lead the league. Hofstra, which is the third seed in the CAA Championship, will take on No. 6 William & Mary Thursday night at 6 p.m. in a quarterfinal game at UNCW. The winner advances to face the second-seeded Seahawks Sunday at 2 p.m.