Ahead of tonight’s American Athletic Conference tournament beginning, The American doled out its regular season awards for the 2018 campaign. Senior tri-captain Jacob Hauser-Ramsey was named Defensive Player of the Year, while freshman defender Felix Metzler took home conference Rookie of the Year honors. Senior star forward Abdou Mbacke Thiam was named to the All-AAC first team, but was edged out by UCF’s Cal Jennings for Offensive Player of the Year. Both Mbacke Thiam and Hauser-Ramsey were unanimous selections.
UConn’s Dylan Greenberg, Dayonn Harris, and Robin Lapert joined Metzler on the second-team all-AAC list. Harris, a red-shirt junior, notched four goals and six assists on the year, good for second on the team in points (14). Greenberg, the third senior captain to go with Hauser-Ramsey and Mbacke-Thiam, was part of the Husky backline with Lapert, a freshman.
During the season, Hauser-Ramsey collected four Defensive Player of the Week nods, and was integral to the backbone of UConn’s defense. He was the preseason pick for the award, and combining with Metzler, helped the Huskies rattle off 10-game unbeaten streak from Sept. 8 to Oct. 23. During this stretch, no fewer than two goals were allowed, and UConn only gave up 19 goals on the season. Metzler started all but one game on the year, and notched one goal and assist to boot. Fellow freshman Ibrahima Diop joined Metzler on the AAC All-Rookie team as well.
Mbacke Thiam’s exploits have been on full display in 2018, notching 13 goals and 6 assists on the year. He is now fifth all-time in UConn history in goals scored (44) and ninth all-time in points (102).
The UConn team also earned the Fair Play Award, which recognizes “the team with the fewest conduct fouls during the regular season.”
UConn, which dropped its last two games of the regular season, will look to bounce back tonight as they take on Temple in the first round of the AAC tournament. Kickoff will be at 7 p.m. down at the UCF Soccer Complex in Orlando, Florida. UConn beat Temple 2-1 earlier this year, behind a brace from Mbacke Thiam.