10 Brandeis soccer players receive UAA recognition

November 22, 2019

This season, the Brandeis men’s soccer team finished in a three-way tie for second place in the University Athletic Association (UAA), along with the University of Rochester and New York University; all three squads tallied three wins, three losses and one tie in conference play. The Brandeis women’s soccer team also found success on the field, as the Judges tied for fifth place, along with Case Western Reserve University and New York University; the teams in this three-way tie won two conference games, while unfortunately falling short in five conference matchups. 

After two incredible showings in the UAA this fall, 10 Judges have been recognized for their performances with All-University Athletic Association honors.

  Three members of the Brandeis women’s soccer team earned UAA honors for their achievements in the 2019 fall season. Midfielder Caroline Swan ’23 was a first-team All-UAA selection. This season, Swan started all 18 games and finished the season with one goal and five assists—tied for team high in assists and fifth in the conference—for seven goals. Juliette Carreiro ’22 is a second-team All-UAA choice. The Judges’ top scorer this season at the forward position, Carreiro finished with eight goals and five assists for 21 points. She tied for sixth in overall scoring, seventh in goals and fifth in assists in the UAA. Midfielder Daria Bakhtiari ’21, who was a second-team All-UAA selection as a sophomore, earned a well-deserved honorable mention this season. A strong defensive midfielder, Bakhtiari was third on the team in scoring with six goals and three assists for 15 points. In conference play, Bakhtiari tied for third in goals and fourth in points. 

The Brandeis University men’s soccer team had seven members recognized this season as All-UAA selections. Forward Will DeNight ’23 was one of only two rookies to earn first-team All-UAA honors. DeNight led Brandeis and the UAA with seven goals and 15 points despite missing four non-conference games in September. Seniors Max Breiter ’20 and Dylan Hennessy ’20 earned second-team All-UAA selections after their incredible performances this season. Breiter was second on his team and tied for second in the UAA, with six goals this season; additionally, his 12 points were tied for second on the Judges and fourth in the league. Hennessy, who earned an All-UAA second-team selection as a sophomore, was honored again, after starting all 17 games this season. He led the Judges in assists, while additionally tying for the UAA lead with five helpers as the team’s primary taker of corner kicks and throw-ins.   

 Out of the seven Judges selected from the men’s squad, four earned All-UAA honorable mention—Evan Glass ’20, goalkeeper Greg Irwin ’20, midfielder Elias Norris ’23 and back Alex Walter ’20. A defensive midfielder who started 11 out of the team’s 19 games, Glass registered one assist and helped with long throw-ins. Irwin led the UAA with 75 saves in the regular season and finished second with an .843 save percentage and with a .72 goals-against average; additionally, Irwin was a two-time UAA Defensive Player of the Week this season, as he had an outstanding season in the net. Rookie Norris started 15 out of 19 contests this season at midfield, adding two goals, which were both scored against UAA squads. Walter was a three-year starter and two-times previous All-UAA selection, earning second team honors as a sophomore and as a junior. This season, he scored his fifth career goal, and he anchored the conference’s second-leading defense, allowing .70 goals-against. 

The Brandeis women’s soccer team finished with an 11-7 record this season. In Head Coach Denise Dallamora’s 40th season, the Judges missed out on the NCAA tournament for the first time in five years and only the third time in the last 10. The Brandeis men’s soccer team concluded the 2019 season with a 10-5-4 record under Head Coach Gabe Margolis in his third season. Both teams will look to improve in the off-season, as the teams have strong returners, preparing for the 2020 fall season.

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