Ritch, Singleton, Rawlins claim major ODAC awards; record eight Generals honored

Dylan Ritch, Mike Singleton, Jack Rawlins

FOREST, Va. – The Old Dominion Athletic Conference announced its 2018 men's soccer all-conference teams on Thursday and senior midfielder Dylan Ritch (Mint Hill, N.C./Independence), fifth-year head coach Mike Singleton and first-year defender Jack Rawlins (Springfield, Va./Lake Braddock Secondary) garnered major awards to headline eight Generals named to the All-ODAC teams.

Ritch earned his second career ODAC Player of the Year Award, Singleton was named Coach of the Year for the second time and Rawlins earned Rookie of the Year accolades. Additionally, eight players named to the All-ODAC teams breaks the program record of seven, which was set in 2015.

Ritch and Rawlins were the lone first team recipients, followed by senior forward Will Hamryka (Dawsonville, Ga./Greater Atlanta Christian School) and junior defender Oliver Dolberg (Clovis, Calif./Floyd B. Buchanan) on the second team. Rounding out the W&L All-ODAC honorees were senior midfielder Viktor Dolberg (Clovis, Calif./Floyd B. Buchanan), senior defenders Will Rowson (Fairfax, Va./Robinson Secondary School) and Jack Miller (Charlotte, N.C./Charlotte Christian) and first-year goalkeeper Michael Nyc (Kildeer, Ill./Adlai E. Stevenson) on the third team.

Ritch, who was also named the player of the year following the 2016 season, is in the process of capping off one of the greatest careers in W&L men's soccer history. The senior has tallied single-season career highs in goals (14), assists (10) and points (38) this year and leads the ODAC in all three categories. His 10 assists this season gives him 24 in his career, the most in program history, and he has an active seven-game goal streak, also a program record. For his career, his 35 goals rank fifth all-time, while his 94 points is third most.

Singleton claimed his second ODAC Coach of the Year award (2015) after leading the Generals to a 14-3-1 record thus far. Under his leadership, the 2018 Generals have an active 14-game unbeaten streak, which is the longest in program history. In addition, the Generals went 9-0-1 in ODAC play this season, just the second unbeaten season in conference play for the Blue & White in the last 20 years (2015). Singleton guided the Generals to their fifth ODAC Tournament championship this season, first since 2015, and will be leading the team into its fourth straight NCAA Tournament, the longest run in program history.

Rawlins quickly asserted himself as one of the leaders on the Generals' backline during his rookie campaign, claiming W&L's first ODAC Rookie of the Year award since Phil Miller '04 was named Co-Rookie of the Year in 2000. Rawlins has helped anchor a defensive unit that has yielded a 0.91 goal-against average on the season with eight shutouts in the process, including clean sheets in each of the last six games during the Generals' current nine-game winning streak. Offensively, Rawlins scored two keys goals for the W&L offense. His first career tally came in the 98th minute in a 2-1 overtime win over Christopher Newport with the Generals playing down a man. His other score came against then ninth-ranked Lynchburg in the 88th minute to tie the game, helping the Generals remain unbeaten in conference play. Rawlins added an assist on the first of three W&L goals in the ODAC title game against Bridgewater, a 3-0 win.

For the fourth year in a row, Hamryka's name appears on the All-ODAC list as the senior forward landed on the second team for the second time (2015). Hamryka scored three goals in nine games this season, including a two-goal effort in an 8-0 win at Emory & Henry on October 3. The three goals helped Hamryka to the 50-point plateau for this career over 65 games and 55 starts.

Oliver Dolberg receives his third consecutive All-ODAC honor after being named to the first team as a first-year and a sophomore. He tallied three goals out of the Generals' defensive unit, with his score against Roanoke in the ODAC semifinals going as the game-winner. Dolberg also scored once in the 8-0 win over E&H and tallied a score in a 2-1 win at home against Hampden-Sydney on October 10.

Viktor Dolberg makes his first All-ODAC appearance after tallying three goals and five assists for an 11-point senior campaign, tied for second-most points on the team. All three of Dolberg's goals went as game-winners, as he scored the first goal in both 3-0 wins over Bridgewater this season. His other goal came in a 3-0 win over Eastern Mennonite on October 23. Dolberg's five assists on the season trail only Ritch for most on the team and set a new single-season career high. His season was highlighted by a four-point performance in the ODAC title game, where he accounted for all three goals in the 3-0 win over Bridgewater, scoring the first goal and assisting on the next two.

Rowson is also making his first All-ODAC team, garnering a spot on the third team after tallying a goal and an assist from the W&L defense. His goal not only went as the game-winner in the team's 3-2 season-opening win over Oglethorpe, but it also was his first career goal. Rowson added an assist in a 6-1 win at Guilford on October 15.

Miller's selection to the All-ODAC Third Team is his first all-conference accolade. The senior defender scored his first career goal in a 4-1 win over Virginia Wesleyan. Miller has appeared in and started 17 games for the Generals this season and is fourth all-time in career games played with 79.

Nyc rounds out the W&L all-conference selections after earning a spot on the third team. Nyc took over the starting goalkeeper spot in the fourth game of the season and has compiled a 13-1-1 record in his 15 starts. He currently ranks second in the ODAC with a 0.48 goals-against average in 1299:08 of game time and has stopped 84.8-percent of shots on goal for the season. The rookie net minder has seven shutouts to his credit, all of which have come over his last eight starts, including six straight, and currently carries a 764:00 consecutive minutes scoreless streak. His 0.48 goals-against average is currently a single-season program record while his seven shutouts rank in a tie for fifth most in a season.

The 23rd-ranked Generals will face 25th-ranked Johns Hopkins at Messiah College on Saturday at 2:30 pm in the First Round of the NCAA Tournament.

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