LEXINGTON, Va. – D3soccer.com released its 2018 Men's Soccer All-America teams on Friday, and Washington and Lee senior midfielder Dylan Ritch (Mint Hill, N.C./Independence) garnered first team recognition.
Ritch becomes the first player in program history to be named an All-American by D3soccer.com, and is the first All-American for W&L men's soccer since Josh Dodds '08 received a third team nod in 2007 from the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (now the United Soccer Coaches).
Ritch had a stellar senior campaign for the Blue and White, tallying ODAC bests in goals (14), assists (10) and points (38) to claim the second ODAC Player of the Year award of his career. His 10 assists set a new program single-season record and gave him 24 helpers for his career, also a program record. His 10 assists on the season ranked tied for 18th in Division III, while his point total was good for a tie for 22nd and his 14 goals finished tied for 36th.
Also a United Soccer Coaches First Team All-Region and First Team VaSID performer, Ritch scored a goal in nine games in 2018, including a program-record seven straight to end the regular season and lead the Generals to a nine-game winning streak. Ritch notched multiple goals in five games and tallied a point in 14 contests, including three or more points in seven games.
Among academic awards earned during the 2018 season, Ritch was named to the Scholar All-Region first team and Scholar All-America second team by the United Soccer Coaches, as well as the Academic All-District first team by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA).
Ritch helped lead the Generals to their fifth ODAC title in 2018 and a program-record fourth consecutive trip to the NCAA Tournament. The Generals were eliminated in the first round after a 0-0 draw with Johns Hopkins favored the Blue Jays, 4-2, in a penalty kick shootout.
W&L finished the season at 14-3-2 overall and 9-0-1 in the ODAC. It was the second undefeated season in conference play for the program since 1998, with the other instance coming in 2015 (10-0-1), as the Generals will take a program-record 15-game unbeaten streak into the 2019 season.
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