Eight Rams Earn Atlantic 10 Men’s Soccer Postseason Honors

RICHMOND, Va. – Eight VCU Men's Soccer student-athletes received postseason Atlantic 10 honors Wednesday on the eve of the conference tournament in Dayton, Ohio.

Three Rams earned first team recognition, including senior midfielder Romena Bowie, junior forward Kharlton Belmar and sophomore defender Dennis Castillo.  In addition, sophomore forward Devon Fisher and junior defender Juan Monge Solano were each named to the league's second team, while freshmen Dakota Barnathan and Rahim Costa-Dorsey earned an all-rookie citation.  Senior goalkeeper Andrew Wells was also recognized as part of the all-academic squad.

"Congratulations to the eight players honored by the A-10 for their performances this season," said VCU Head Coach Dave Giffard.  "As in every year, there are players that I feel like were missed, but as coaches I'm sure we all would like to see all of our players honored."

A four-year starter for the Rams, Bowie battled through a nagging injury for much of the season to earn his second straight A-10 first team honor.  Meanwhile, Belmar finished with a team-leading seven goals to go along with a pair of assists for 16 points, and ranked among the top 10 in the league in goals, points, shots and game-winning scores.  Castillo also earned a first team honor after tallying five goals (three game-winning) and an assist from his defensive post.

Fisher, who showed his versatility this season spending time up top and in the midfield, finished with a pair of goals and an assist for five points, while Monge Solano dished out a team-best five assists from his left back position.

Newcomers Barnathan and Costa Dorsey made an immediate impact for the Rams this year.  Barnathan made 16 appearances with nine starts in the midfield during his first collegiate season.  Meanwhile, Costa Dorsey saw action in 11 matches with one start and finished with a pair of goals against A-10 foes.

Wells, who finished his senior campaign fourth in the A-10 in goals against average, fifth in shutouts and sixth in saves, earned a spot on the all-academic team after sporting a perfect 4.0 GPA as he completes his graduate degree in economics.

Third-seeded VCU faces No. 6 Duquesne in the quarterfinals of the A-10 Championship Thursday afternoon at the University of Dayton's Baujan Field.  Kickoff is set for 2 p.m.

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