November 16, 2016
Ivy honors 5 Columbia players, coach Anderson
PRINCETON, N.J. – The Columbia University men had five players and the coaching staff honored by the Ivy League Thursday.
Junior Arthur Bosua earned offensive player of the year, first-year player Vana Markarian was named rookie of the year and head coach Kevin Anderson and his staff picked up coach of the year honors.
Bosua, along with Alex Bangerl and Andrew Tinari were named first team All-Ivy League recipients, while Markarian and Dylan Castanheira found a spot on the second team.
With a 4-0 victory over Cornell last Sunday, Columbia won its first Ivy League title since 1993, ending the season with a 13-3-1 record.
“The 2016 men’s soccer team truly had a 'team first' mentality," Anderson said. "Representing our program is a responsibility and a privilege that we all shared and honored. This accomplishment represents everyone's dedication and we are truly honored to bring it home and win the title in a game at Rocco B. Commisso Soccer Stadium."
Bosua became the first player of the year at Columbia since Rikki Dadason won the award in 1993. This is the 11th time a Lion has won the award, most in the Ivy League. The forward from Dix Hills, N.Y., netted eight goals and added four assists as he tied for second in the conference with 20 points. This is the second time in his career Bosua has been honored by the conference, as he was a first team All-Ivy League player last year.
Markarian is the first Ivy League rookie of the year for the Lions since Tinari earned the accolade his freshman season. The award gave the program a league-high nine overall recipients, including three under Anderson with Henning Sauerbier collecting the award in 2010. The Ottawa native nailed game-winning goals against Central Connecticut and Princeton. Markarian was the second highest scoring rookie on the team with two scores, as classmate John Denis tallied four goals in 2016. Known for his possession skills in the defensive midfield, Markarian helped the Lions defense hold a league-low .71 goals against average.
Another impactful midfielder was Tinari, who was named a first team All-Ivy League player for the third time. The Holbrook, N.Y., native scored at Michigan State and added two assists. Tinari ended his career having appeared in 62 contests and starting in 55 of those matches.
A vital key to the Columbia back line, Bangerl helped his goalkeepers in more ways than one. The center back registered three goals, including a bicycle kick at Brown that led to an important draw. Alongside Nike Azuma, Brendan Dennis, and Amit Shumowitz, the back line surrendered 4.47 shots on goal per game. This is the second time the Pforzheim, Germany, native has been named to an All-Ivy League team, as he was an honorable mention pick a season ago.
One of two impressive goalkeepers for Columbia this year, Dylan Castanheira ended the season with one of the best goalkeeping in program history. The second team All-Ivy League selection is first in the NCAA in goals against average (.290) and save percentage (.903). His save percentage mark eclipsed Gary Escher’s 1983 school record of .894. Castanheira went 9-1 with seven shutouts, as the back line helped the sophomore to not allow a goal in the final five contests. Along with the Landing, N.J. native, Zachary Adler finished the season fourth in the league in GAA (1.21) and third in save percentage (.791).