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Four Bulldogs Earn All-Ivy Honors, Downs Named First Team

Nicky Downs was named to first team (Steve Musco photo)
Nicky Downs was named to first team (Steve Musco photo)

Riach, Carroll Selected Second Team, Lobe Honorable Mention

NEW HAVEN, Conn. – Once again, the progress the Yale men's soccer team is making is reflected in the post season recognition received. For the second straight year, four Bulldogs have been named All-Ivy. Senior Nicky Downs, who is tied for fourth in the league with 13 points, was selected to the first team, captain Cameron Riach and first year Paolo Carroll each earned second team recognition and junior Justin Lobe was honorable mention.

Downs earned All-Ivy recognition for the third time in his career after tying for the team lead with five assists, which tied for second in the league. He started all 16 games and finished his outstanding career with nine goals, 15 assists and 33 points. The 15 assists place him among the all-time leaders in school history.

"Nicky is a no-brainer first teamer this year and very deserving as I personally think he was the best midfielder in the league," said Kylie Stannard, the 5K Corral Head Coach of the Bulldogs.

Riach, who earned his second All-Ivy recognition, joined Downs as the only two players to start all 16 games. In seven Ivy games, Riach played all but 10 minutes. Overall, he led the Bulldogs with 1,492 minutes played and also contributed two assists.

"Cameron should have been second team last year, and I'm happy he is rewarded with the recognition this year for being an outstanding captain," Stannard said.

Carroll was one of Ivy's top scoring threats in his rookie year. He is third in the league with 15 points, tied for third with five goals and tied for second with five assists. Two of his goals were game winners, including in the 1-0 victory over Princeton in the season finale. Carroll was named the Ivy League Rookie of the Week four times during the season.

"Paolo was the best rookie in the league, in my opinion, and has the potential to be the best player in the league in the coming years," Stannard said.

Lobe earned All-Ivy recognition for the first time in his career. He was a key defender, who helped the Bulldogs post four shutouts. In Ivy games, he played 500 minutes.

"I'm especially excited for Justin Lobe because he may have logged more minutes than anyone on our team the past three seasons and is an excellent lock-down defender that can be overlooked sometimes," Stannard said.

While pleased with the four selections, Stannard felt there were omissions from his team.

"I'm extremely happy for the guys that are rightfully being honored with All-Ivy recognition," he said.  "I'm always disappointed and frustrated not to have more guys recognized for their hard work, but I'm especially disappointed for Kyle Kenagy. He's as selfless and hard working as it gets, and he stepped up big time the last couple of games to play out of his normal position due to some injuries, and he never flinched because he only wants to do whatever is necessary to help the team."

Yale finished the 2018 season with a winning overall record for the first time since 2011 and improved its overall win total for the fourth straight season under Stannard.

2018 All-Ivy Men's Soccer Team

Kevin O'Toole, Princeton (Sr., F – Montclair, N.J.)
Dylan Castenheira, Columbia (Sr., GK – Landing, N.J.)
Emeka Eneli, Cornell (Fr., F – Dublin, Ohio)
Jim Barlow, Princeton

Alex Touche, Penn (So., D – Albuquerque, N.M.)
Matt Pickering, Dartmouth (Fr., D – Heathfield, England)
Blake Willis, Columbia (So., D – Flower Mound, Texas)
Richard Wolf, Princeton (So., D – Annadale, N.J.)
Dylan Castanheira, Columbia (Sr., GK – Landing, N.J.)
Kevin O'Toole, Princeton (So., M – Montclair, N.J.)
Jonny Nierenberg, Dartmouth (Sr., M – Sand Point, N.Y.)
Nicky Downs, Yale (Sr., M – Lakeville, Conn.)
Charles Touche, Cornell (So., F – Albuquerque, N.M.)
Sean McSherry, Princeton (Sr., F – East Northport, N.Y.)
Dylan Mott, Columbia (Sr., F – Bohemia, N.Y.)
Eduvie Ikoba, Dartmouth (Sr., F – Bettendorf, Iowa)
Vana Markarian, Columbia (Jr., D/M – Ottawa, Ont.)
Gabe Welp, Brown (Sr., D – West Chester, Ohio)
Tate Keir, Cornell (Fr., D – Mission Viejo, Calif.)
Cameron Riach, Yale (Sr., D – Weston, Conn.)
Matt Freese, Harvard (So., GK – Bryn Mawr, Pa.)
Dawson McCartney, Dartmouth (So., M – Voorhees, N.J.)
Andrew Stevens, Columbia (Fr., M – Marshfield, Mass.)
Emeka Eneli, Cornell (Fr., F – Dublin, Ohio)
Gaby Paniagua, Princeton (So., M – Miami, Fla.)
Danny Laranetto, Columbia (Jr., M – Washington, Conn.)
Danny Schiller, Brown (Jr., F – Glenview, Ill.)
Jeremy Colvin, Princeton (Sr., F – Houston, Texas)
Paolo Carroll, Yale (Fr., F -  Sao Paulo, Brazil)
Justin Lobe, Yale (Jr., D – Takoma Park, Md.)
Henry Baldwin, Dartmouth (Jr., D – Poulsbo, Wash.)
Cole Morokhovich, Princeton (Jr., D – Coquitlam, B.C.
Bobby Hickson, Princeton (Jr., D – Orchard Lake, Mich.)
Benji Issroff, Princeton (Jr., D – New York, N.Y.
Jacob Schachner, Princeton (Jr., GK – Waxhaw, N.C.)
Derek Waleffe, Brown (Fr., M – Madison, Wis.)
John Scearce, Cornell (Jr., M – Nogales, Ariz.
Sam Brown, Harvard (Sr., M – Ann Arbor, Mich.)
Brandon Bartel, Penn (Jr., M – Fleming Island, Fla.)
Braden Salvati, Dartmouth (Sr., M – Del Mar, Calif.)
Toby Howell, Brown (Sr., F – Bradenton, Fla.)

Report filed by Tim Bennett (, Yale Sports Publicity