RICHMOND – The VCU Rams landed six players on the Atlantic 10 All-Conference Teams, including senior Rafael Andrade Santos, who took home A-10 Offensive Player of the Year. Santos also earned A-10 First Team honors, while fellow seniors Luc Fatton and Francesco Amorosino landed on the Second Team. Redshirt junior Eli Lockaby found himself selected to the A-10 All-Academic Team, while freshman Ulrik Edvarsen and Mario Sequeira earned All-Rookie Team honors.
“Congrats to all the guys who received recognition from the league coaches today,” said Head Coach Dave Giffard. “When you have 13 teams, it’s difficult to come by and even though I thought some of our guys were left off that were more deserving, it’s great to have so many guys get recognized when the league had such a strong year.”
Santos has appeared in all 16 games for the Rams this season, logging 11 goals and five assists for a total of 27 points that led the Atlantic 10 in points this season. He also ran off a total of five game-winning goals, which led the Rams in that category. His scoring ability helped the Rams take down two ranked opponents in #15 UNC Wilmington and #9 Maryland, scoring in each of those contests. He has appeared in over 50 games with 48 starts over the last four years. His skills at the midfield over the past four seasons have earned him Atlantic 10 honors every year. He was named to the Atlantic 10 All-Rookie Team in 2014, Second Team in 2015, and finally First Team in 2016 before earning First Team and Offensive Player of the Year honors this year. He also earned All-VASID and All-Region honors in 2015 and 2016.
Fatton also appeared in all 16 games this season for the Rams, collecting eight goals for 16 points, ranking third on the team. He also put up three game-winning goals, which came in clutch during the Rams hit streak from September 24 through the end of the season. After transitioning to the forward position for the first time in his career, he has developed into one of the top attacking players in the A-10, earning All-Conference honors last season as well. He has collected two career hat tricks while wearing the Black and Gold, with one this season in a 4-1 win over Davidson.
Amorosino burst on the scene this season with a breakout year, recording a career high in both goals and points, having notched eight goals and two assists this season for 18 points, putting him second on the squad behind Santos. He would be a big factor in many games, collecting three game-winning goals as well, which included a walkoff winner at Coastal Carolina and a go-ahead goal at home on senior night versus Rhode Island.
Lockaby earns the first Atlantic 10 award of his career, landing on the All-Academic Team. His play on the field logged him three assists on the season from the outside back position. His speed and fancy footwork high on offense led to many offensive chances for the Rams this season. A Mass Communication major, in the classroom Lockaby posted a 3.828 career GPA, earning a spot on the Commissioner’s Academic Honor Roll every semester so far at VCU.
Sequeira has appeared in 15 of VCU’s 16 games this season, making the start in 14 of those games. He was one of the top goalkeeper’s in the Atlantic 10 this season, ranking at least in the top three in all goalkeeper statistics in the conference. He ranked third in save percentage with a .788 mark, second in goals-against average with a mark of 0.75, and first in goals against surrendering 11 all season. He finished with an 11-2 record, collecting seven shutouts along the way.
Edvarsen has been a young steady center back for the Rams this season, helping anchor a defense in front of Sequeira that gave up only seven goals over their last 11 games. He also got points on the offensive end, scoring in his collegiate debut earlier this season, and also recording an assist this season as well.
Dayton's Rok Taneski won the A-10 Midfielder of the Year Award, while Fordham's Matthew Lewis won Defensive Player of the Year. Earning A-10 Rookie of the Year was UMass' Davis Smith, while UMass Head Coach Fran O'Leary earned Coach of the Year.
The Rams take on sixth-seeded Rhode Island on Friday night at 7 p.m. in the Atlantic 10 Semifinals. The winner will play the victor of the Fordham/UMass showdown in the A-10 Championship Title Game on Sunday at 12 p.m.
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