Six Men's Soccer players earn Scholar All-Region accolades

Men's Soccer team

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – The United Soccer Coaches released its 2018 NCAA Division III Men's Scholar All-Region Teams on Monday, and the Washington and Lee men's soccer team had a record six players named to the All-South Region squad.

Senior midfielder Dylan Ritch (Mint Hill, N.C./Independence) and junior defender Oliver Dolberg (Clovis, Calif./Floyd B. Buchanan) highlighted the group of six Generals with first team nods. Senior forward Will Hamryka (Dawsonville, Ga./Greater Atlanta Christian School) earned second team recognition and seniors Jack Miller (Charlotte, N.C./Charlotte Catholic), Viktor Dolberg (Clovis, Calif./Floyd B. Buchanan) and Will Rowson (Fairfax, Va./Robinson Secondary) received third team laurels.

Ritch, a two-time ODAC Player of the Year (2016, 2018), capped off a stellar career with a 14-goal, 10-assist senior campaign to lead the ODAC in both categories and in points (38). A 2018 First Team All-Region performer and 2017 Scholar All-Region Second Team recipient, his 10 assists broke the program's single-season record and propelled Ritch to the top of the career assists leaderboard as well (24), while his 14 goals marked a single-season career high. An accounting and business administration major, Ritch's season was highlighted by a seven-game goal streak to lead the Generals during a nine-game winning streak. For his career, Ritch scored 35 goals, fifth-most in program history, and compiled 94 points, third-most.

Oliver Dolberg, who made his second career appearance on an all-region team after garnering second team accolades a season ago, tallied three goals for W&L this season, with his score against Roanoke in the ODAC semifinals going as the game-winner. Also a 2018 All-Region player (third team), Dolberg scored once in an 8-0 win at Emory & Henry and tallied a score in a 2-1 home win against Hampden-Sydney on October 10. An accounting and business administration major, Dolberg's solid play on defense helped the Generals to shutouts in eight of their last nine games of 2018, including each of the final seven games on the slate.

Hamryka, a chemistry major, earned his fourth career All-ODAC laurel this season after scoring three goals in nine games in 2018, including a two-goal effort in the 8-0 win at Emory & Henry on October 3. Also a 2017 Scholar All-Region performer (first team), the three goals helped Hamryka to the 50-point plateau for this career over 65 games and 55 starts.

Miller, an economics major, earns his first career Scholar All-Region award after being selected to the All-ODAC Third Team for the first time in his career in 2018. The senior defender scored his first career goal in a 4-1 win over Virginia Wesleyan. Miller appeared in and started 18 games for the Generals this season and is fourth all-time in career games played with 80.

Another player receiving his first Scholar All-Region accolade is Viktor Dolberg, who made his first career appearance on an All-ODAC team (third team), after tallying three goals and five assists for an 11-point senior campaign, tied for second-most points on the team. An economics major, 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 trailed 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 receives his first Scholar All-Region award after earning a spot on the All-ODAC Third Team, following a one-goal, one-assist senior campaign from the W&L back line. A politics major, Rowson's 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.

The Generals won their fifth ODAC title in program history in 2018 and concluded the season with a 14-3-2 overall record, including a 9-0-1 mark in the ODAC, to place 25th in the final poll. They later fell to Johns Hopkins in the first round of the NCAA Tournament on penalty kicks, 4-2, after 110 minutes of play yielded a 0-0 draw.

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