Roar, Lion, Roar

Men’s Soccer Wins 10th Ivy Title

Led by high scorer Arthur Bosua ’18 and goaltender Dylan Castanheira ’19, Columbia men’s soccer compiled a 5–1–1 conference record to earn its 10th Ivy League Championship and its first since 1993. The Lions, who finished 13–3–1 overall, tied Dartmouth for the league crown. It was the first championship for head coach Kevin Anderson, who said the Lions “truly had a team-first mentality.”

Young men in athletic gear lifting a championship cup

Mike McLaughlin / Columbia Athletics

The title was up for grabs after first-place Harvard imposed sanctions on its team in midseason, making it ineligible for the championship. Columbia bounced back handily from a 1–0 home loss to Dartmouth on October 22 and won its last five games of the season, capping the streak with a 4–0 victory over Cornell on November 13 that gave the Lions their share of the Ivy crown.

Bosua scored eight goals and had four assists and was named the Ivy League Offensive Player of the Year, the first Columbian to win that award since Rikki Dadason ’96 in 1993. Bosua had three goals and an assist in the title-clinching win over Cornell.

Castanheira posted seven shutouts en route to a 9–1 record in the Columbia net. He finished first in the NCAA with a goals-against average of .290 and a save percentage of .903. The latter was the best in Columbia history, breaking the school mark of .894 set by Gary Escher SEAS’84, SEAS’86 in 1983.

Bosua was named to the All-Ivy First Team along with Alex Bangerl ’18 and Andrew Tinari ’17, while Castanheira and Vana Markarian ’20 made the Second Team. Markarian, who helped the Lions’ defense to a league-low .71 goals against average, was named the Ivy League Rookie of the Year, and Anderson was selected as Coach of the Year.