CHESTERTOWN — The Centennial Conference head men’s soccer coaches agreed that Washington junior forward James Strine had an all-star season, placing him on the All-CC second team.
That’s no small feat given that eight of the 11 players on the elite first team starred for three schools — No. 3-ranked Johns Hopkins (17-3-1), No. 4 Franklin & Marshall (17-3-1) and Gettysburg (12-8-1) — that advanced to the second round of the NCAA Division III Tournament.
Strine led the Shoremen in most offensive categories, including goals (8), assists (12) and points (28) — all career highs.
He started all 17 matches for Washington, which finished 7-9-1 after closing the season with four losses (all to conference opponents) in a row.
This is the first all-conference recognition for Strine.
He factored in 20 of the Shoremen’s 31 goals this fall; two of his goals held up as game-winners.
He is tied with Dimitri Kaliakin ‘17 for second in program history with 12 assists in a single season. Mark Sinkinson ‘72 established the school record of 13 in 1971, when Washington went 9-4-1.
In 50 career matches, Strine has 12 goals, 18 assists and 42 points.
Senior back Sean Garin (Fairfax, Va.) represents Washington on the conference’s All-Sportsmanship Team. He was nominated by Shoremen coach Roy Dunshee.
Haverford senior forward Nick Jannelli repeats as player of the year, Muhlenberg freshman midfielder Chris Richards is the top rookie and Franklin & Marshall’s Dan Wagner is coach of the year.
Jannelli is only the second player in Centennial Conference history to be player of the year more than once. The other is former F&M standout Brandon Corday (2006-07).
Richards is the first Muhlenberg player to receive top rookie honors in the eight-year history of the award. He is the 12th freshman to earn a spot on the all-conference first team.
Wagner was selected by his peers as coach of the year after guiding the Diplomats to the top seed in the CC tournament. Johns Hopkins upset F&M in the championship match, 3-2.
Also noteworthy: Gettysburg senior defender Ezekiel Omosanya earned first-team accolades for the fourth time, one of seven players in Centennial Conference history to attain that status.
Jannelli and Omosanya lead a group of 14 players who repeat as All-CC performers.