Soccer’s Dylan Castanheira ’19 was named Ivy League Defensive Player of the Year and a first team All-Ivy selection, capping a Columbia career that earned him a place as one of the top goalkeepers in Ivy League history.
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Castanheira, who hails from Landing, N.J., broke the conference record for career goals against average at 0.513. He went 10–5–1 in net this season, for a four-year total of 33–10–4. He also set a program record with 25 career shut-outs, while posting the second-highest save percentage in Columbia history at 0.841.
Two teammates joined Castanheira on the All-Ivy League first team: forward Dylan Mott ’19 and defender Blake Willis ’21. Midfielder Danny Laranetto ’20, defender Vana Markarian ’20 and midfielder Andrew Stevens ’22 were named to the second team. Men’s soccer on the whole had a strong season, capturing second place in the Ivy League (5–2) and going 10–5–1 overall. The players had their eyes on the league crown, but lost 2–1 in a heartbreaker season finale against Cornell on November 10. John Denis ’20 notched the lone goal, with an assist from Sebastian Gunbeyi ’22, but Cornell evened the score to force overtime.
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