KANSAS CITY, MO – The Johns Hopkins men’s soccer team placed five players on the 2017 United Soccer Coaches All-Mid-Atlantic teams it was announced this week. The Blue Jays had four players on the first team and one on the third team. Hopkins’ four first team selections are the second most of any school in the nation.
Hopkins has now produced 62 United Soccer Coaches (formerly NSCAA) all-region selections, including 22 under head coach Craig Appleby. The Blue Jays’ five selections this season are the most in program history. The four first team honorees match the program record (2004). The rest of the Centennial Conference combined for six All-Mid-Atlantic selections this season.
Earning first team honors are seniors Bryan See and Mike Swiercz, sophomore Achim Younker and freshman RJ Moore while sophomore Connor Jacobs was named to the third team. Moore is the only freshman on the first or second team in the Mid-Atlantic and is one of just two freshmen in the nation to earn first team all-region honors.
See earns All-Mid-Atlantic honors for the first time in his career and is the first goalie since 2009 to earn the honor. He is just the third goalie in program history, and the first since 2007, to earn first team all-region accolades. See turned in one of the most impressive seasons in school history as he posted a 0.237 goals against average and a .917 save percentage with 14 shutouts. He ranks second in the nation in shutouts, third in goals against average and fourth in save percentage. He set program records for goals against average and save percentage, while tying the shutout record this season. In addition, See’s .237 goals against average ranks 16th in NCAA Division III history.
Swiercz and Jacobs led a defense that ranks as one of the best in JHU history. The Blue Jays posted a school-record 16 shutouts and tied the school record with just six goals allowed. Hopkins led the Centennial Conference in save percentage (.908) and goals against average (.271). Nationally, JHU ranks third in save percentage, shutout percentage (.762) and goals against average.
Swiercz earns first team all-region honors after earning third team a year ago. He ranks second on the team in goals (5) and fifth in points (11). Four of his goals this season came on penalty kicks and three were game-winners. Jacobs finished the season tied for third in assists (6) and fourth in points (12). His three goals are tied for fifth in the team.
Moore, the Centennial Conference Rookie of the Year, is the sixth freshmen in program history to earn all-region honors and the first since 2008. He is the fourth freshmen to earn first team all-region honors. Moore led the Blue Jays and was tied for the league lead with nine assists. He also ranked third on the team with 13 points. Moore’s nine helpers are a school record for assists by a freshman and also tied the conference mark. They are also tied for the eighth most in program single-season history.
Younker had a breakout year after being sidelined for much of 2016. He led the team and ranked second in the conference in goals (17) and points (35). He also ranks 15th in the nation in goals and 34th in points. Younker’s 35 points are the most by a Blue Jay since 2007 and are the 14th most in a single season in school history. His 17 goals are also the most since 2007 and are the 12th most in program history.