2018 Atlantic 10 Men's Soccer Postseason Awards
KINGSTON, R.I. - Seven different Rhode Island men's soccer players have earned Atlantic 10 postseason awards, announced Thursday morning by the conference office. Senior Dominik Richter and junior Peder Kristiansen both were named to the All-Conference First Team while grad student Tyler Dickson, junior Stavros Zarokostas and freshman Edvin Akselsen earned Second Team honors. Akselsen also landed a spot on the All-Rookie squad, alongside classmate Sondre Karterud. Additionally, Kristiansen and junior Niklas Middrup both collected All-Academic accolades.
The five All-Conference picks matches a program high for the Rams, who also combined for five players on the A-10 First and Second Teams in 2007, 2001 and 1995. Additionally, Rhody collected more All-Conference awards than any other team this postseason. Regular-season champion VCU was next, claiming four spots - one on the First Team and three on the Second Team.
Richter (Neumarkt, Germany) leads Rhode Island in points (21) and is tied for the team lead in goals scored (8). Three of his goals have been game-winners – against Bryant, St. Bonaventure and UMass. He also has recorded five assists so far this year, three of which have come on game-winning goals. The Rhody co-captain has recorded either a goal or an assist in 10 of his 16 games played this season.
Akselsen (Oslo, Norway) is just behind Richter in scoring, with seven goals, and is tied for the team lead in assists, with six. After missing the first three games of the season with an injury, he went on to register points in nine of the team's next 14 games. A two-time A-10 Rookie of the Week, he has recorded 20 points (7g/6a), most recently setting up both Rhode Island goals in Sunday's quarterfinal win over Fordham.
Zarokostas (Coventry, R.I.) is tied with Richter for the team lead in goals scored, with eight. He has netted three game-winners - against Marist, Saint Joseph's and Fordham - while also recording assists in URI's wins over Holy Cross and Dayton. Overall, he has 52 career points (21g/10a) in 51 games played.
Defensively, Rhode Island's entire starting back line earned postseason awards. The quartet of Kristiansen (Lillestrøm, Norway), Middrup (Cologne, Germany), Dickson (Lanoka Harbor, N.J.) and Karterud (Oslo, Norway) has helped lead the Rams to seven shutouts the season.
Kristiansen is tied for the team lead with six assists, four of which have come in conference games. An Engineering major, he owns a 3.82 GPA. Middrup, meanwile, boasts the team's top GPA (3.95) as a Business major. The junior defenders also collected All-Academic honors in 2017.
A two-time team captain, Dickson has made the most of his fifth year with the program, scoring a career-best four goals - three of which have been game-winners. He also assisted on the game-winning goal in URI's 2-1 victory over Boston College. The A-10 Second Team award is the first All-Conference nod of his career.
Karterud, who is joined by Akselsen on the All-Rookie Team, has registered three assists as a freshman defender - in wins over Bryant, Holy Cross and UMass. He has battled through injury to appear and start in 15 of URI's 17 games so far this season.
The Rams continue their postseason play on Friday afternoon, when they take on VCU in the semifinals of the Atlantic 10 Championship.