Harvard won 10 games in 2016 (Gil Talbot).
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Harvard men's soccer has announced its team awards for the 2016 season, with five student-athletes earning recognition from the program. Additionally, juniors Sam Brown and Eric Gylling were selected by their teammates to be team captains for the 2017 campaign.
For the second-straight season, senior Jake Freeman was the recipient of the James O. Welch award, which goes to the most valuable player. A persistent threat at the top of the Harvard lineup, Freeman led the Crimson with seven goals and 19 points, marks that ranked fourth in the Ivy League. He also posted five assists, which was the second-best mark in the conference.
Senior Andrew Wheeler-Omiunu became the first three-time recipient of the Seamus Malin '62 Award in program history, given to the player that best demonstrates sportsmanship, love of the game and commitment to the university. A two-time team captain, Wheeler-Omiunu tallied one goal and two assists as he rotated between central midfield and outside back.
The Louis G. Williams '64 Memorial Trophy, given to a senior that displays exceptional athletic skill, sportsmanship and devotion to the team, was awarded to senior defender Daniel Smith. Smith helped the Crimson to six shutouts on the season, while scoring two goals and dishing one assist on the offensive end.
The Hamilton Fish '10 Most Improved Player award went to Gylling and junior Kyle Parks. Seeing most of his time in central midfield, Gylling scored the first three goals of his career in consecutive games, with each score counting as the game-winner in a one-goal game. Parks spent every second between the posts for the Crimson, going 10-3-2 with a 1.22 goals-against average and six shutouts. His 62 saves was the eighth-highest single-season total in program history.
Harvard posted a 10-3-2 record in 2016, including a nine-game unbeaten streak (8-0-1) from Sept. 24-Oct. 29. The Crimson tallied at least four Ivy wins for the fourth-consecutive season.