LANCASTER, PA – After going 7-0-2 in league play and winning the Centennial Conference regular season crown, nine members of the Johns Hopkins men’s soccer team earned all-conference honors. In addition, the Blue Jays captured two of the league’s major awards with the announcement of the all-conference teams this morning.
Freshman midfielder RJ Moore was selected as the Centennial Conference Rookie of the Year and head coach Craig Appleby was named the conference’s Coach of the Year. Hopkins placed four players on the first team, three on the second and two on the honorable mention team. The nine total all-conference selections are the most in the conference and are a school record.
Hopkins has now produced 128 All-Centennial Conference selections, including 47 under Appleby. Of the 128 All-CC honorees, 59 are first team selections – the most in conference history. Moore is the first Blue Jay to earn CC Rookie of the Year honors in the six-year history of the award.
Appleby has guided Hopkins to a 14-1-3 record, the regular season conference championship and an NCAA Tournament bid. The Blue Jays’ 14 wins so far this season are the most since the 2010 squad won 15 and advanced to the NCAA Sweet 16. Appleby is 115-50-31 in his 10-year tenure at Hopkins and is the second winningest coach in program history. This is his second Centennial Conference Coach of the Year honor as he also earned the honor in 2011.
Moore, who also earned second team all-conference honors, leads the team with nine assists and ranks second with 13 points. He’s tied for the league lead and ranks fourth in the nation among all freshmen in assists. Moore’s nine helpers are tied for the most by any freshman in Centennial Conference history.
Seniors Drew Collins, Mike Swiercz and Bryan See and sophomore Achim Younker earned First Team All-Centennial Conference honors. Joining Moore on the second team were freshman Alejandro Maclean and sophomore Connor Jacobs. And named to the honorable mention team were senior Jonah Muniz and junior Cole Rosenberger.
Collins, who earned second team honors last season, started all 18 games this season and has started 46 in the last three years. He scored one goal this season and counts five goals and three assists in his career. A unanimous first team selection, See ranks second in the nation in shutouts (11), third in goals against average (.279) and fifth in save percentage (.900). His five goals allowed are the fewest by a Blue Jay goalie since Gary Kane, Jr. allowed five in 2004.
Swiercz earns first team accolades after grabbing second team honors last season. He is one of four Blue Jay defenders - joining Muniz, Rosenberger and Jacobs to earn all-conference honors. The quartet is the core of the Blue Jay defense that has allowed just six goals and ranks third in the nation in goals against average (.318). JHU has also posted 13 shutouts, which leads the Centennial and ranks fourth in the nation. Swiercz ranks second on the team in goals (5) and is tied for fourth with 11 points. Three of his goals this season were game-winners.
Muniz ranks second on the team and third in the conference with a career-high eight assists. A four-year starter, he is the Blue Jays’ active career leader with 11 helpers. Rosenberger has tallied one assist this season and has seven assists and 13 points in his career.
After an injury-shortened season in 2016, Younker had a breakout sophomore campaign with a team-best 15 goals in 2017. He ranks second in the league in goals and is tied for third in points (30). His 15 goals and 30 points are the most since 2009, when Scott Bukoski put up the same numbers.
Maclean started all 18 games this season and anchored the midfield with Moore and Collins. He ranks third on the team in points (12) and goals (4) and is fourth in assists (4).