Ashby, Brown Pave Way for Five Men's Soccer All-Ivy Nods

Ashby, Brown Pave Way for Five Men's Soccer All-Ivy Nods

Ashby and Brown bring home two Player of the Year honors for the Crimson in 2014. (Photos: Gil Talbot)

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – After enjoying its most successful season in five years, the Harvard men's soccer team had five student-athletes named to All-Ivy teams, including the Ivy League Defensive Player of the Year Mark Ashby and the Ivy League Rookie of the Year Sam Brown.

Ashby, Tim Schmoll, Kyle Henderson and Andrew Wheeler-Omiunu were named to the First Team, while Brown earned a Second Team nod in his freshman debut. The four Crimson named to the League's top team is the most among any team this season, while the two Player of the Year awards is the first time since Andre Akpan (Player) and Brian Rodgers (Rookie) took home the distinctions in 2009.

Ashby, the lynchpin of the stingy Harvard back line, notched a career high three scores this season, but was brilliant in the Harvard box, heading away set piece after set piece to lead Harvard to a team 1.03 goals against average. Schmoll was an offensive threat all season, sending in a career-best five goals, adding two assists for a team-high 12 points.

Henderson, the team's co-captain along with Ashby, was a vocal leader all season, and kept Harvard in games early on, scoring in three of the first four games. Though he missed some time in the middle of the year, his leadership was present. Wheeler-Omiunu also enjoyed a breakout year, piling on seven points (2g, 3a) while displaying his electric speed and vision through the midfield.

Brown takes home the Rookie of the Year honors after a stellar freshman campaign with five assists. A crucial part of the set piece development, Brown was a leader in the midfield, along with rookie counterparts Christian Sady and Nate Devine, each of whom saw extensive time.

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OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE YEAR
Cameron Porter, Princeton (Sr., F - Centerville, Ohio)

DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE YEAR
Mark Ashby, Harvard (Jr., D - Denton, Texas) 

ROOKIE OF THE YEAR
Sam Brown, Harvard (Fr., M - Ann Arbor, Mich.)

COACH OF THE YEAR
Chad Riley, Dartmouth

FIRST TEAM ALL-IVY^
Alex Adelabu, Dartmouth (Sr., F - Houston, Texas)
Tim Schmoll, Harvard (Jr., F - Coppet, Switzerland)
Duke Lacroix, Penn (Sr., F - New Egypt, N.J.)
*Cameron Porter, Princeton (Sr., F - Centerville, Ohio)
Jack Gorab, Brown (Jr., M - Newport Beach, Calif.)
Kyle Henderson, Harvard (Sr., M - Mill Valley, Calif.)
Andrew Wheeler-Omiunu, Harvard (So., M - Bellingham, Mass.)
Brendan McSherry, Princeton (Jr., M - Freehold, N.J.)
Peter Chodas, Cornell (Sr., D - La Canada, Calif.)
Gabe Hoffman-Johnson, Dartmouth (Sr., D - Falmouth, Maine)
*Mark Ashby, Harvard (Jr., D - Denton, Texas)
Josh Miller, Princeton (Jr., D - Portland, Ore.)
Stefan Cleveland, Dartmouth (Jr., GK - Dayton, Ohio) 

SECOND TEAM ALL-IVY^
Ben Maurey, Brown (Sr., F - Downingtown, Pa.)
Alec Neumann, Penn (So., F - New Hope, Pa.)
Rhys Williams, Columbia (So., D - Weston, Fla.)
Conor Goepel, Cornell (Sr., M - Chatham, N.J.)
Stefan Defregger, Dartmouth (Sr., M - Gilford, N.H.)
Colin Heffron, Dartmouth (Sr., M - Upper Brookville, N.Y.)
Sam Brown, Harvard (Fr., M - Ann Arbor, Mich.)
Forrest Clancy, Penn (Jr., M - London, England)
Andrew Mills, Princeton (Sr., D - Sacramento, Calif.)
Alex Markes, Brown (Sr., D - Valencia, Calif.)
David Westlake, Columbia (Sr., D - Short Hills, N.J.)
Devin Morgan, Cornell (Sr., D - Brooklyn, N.Y.)
Henry Flugstad-Clarke, Yale (So., D - Morristown, N.J.)
Zach Zagorski, Cornell (Sr., GK - Westfield, N.J.) 

HONORABLE MENTION ALL-IVY
Tim Whalen, Brown (Jr., D - Amston, Conn.)
Wyatt Omsberg, Dartmouth (Fr., D - Scarborough, Maine)
Joe Saitta, Princeton (Sr., D - Califon, N.J.)
Kyle Jackson, Columbia (Jr., GK - Paradise Valley, Ariz.)
Max Polkinhorne, Penn (Jr., GK - Portola Valley, Calif.)
Ben Hummel, Princeton (Jr., GK - Orinda, Calif.)
Tariq Akeel, Brown (Jr., M - Rochester Hills, Mich.)
Andrew Tinari, Columbia (So., M - Holbrook, N.Y.)
Antonio Matarazzo, Columbia (Jr., M - Fair Lawn, N.J.)
Matt Danilack, Dartmouth (Fr., M - Rockville, Md.)
Myles McGinley, Princeton (Sr., M - Oakton, Va.) 

* Unanimous selection
^ The first and second teams have been expanded due to ties in the voting