Seniors sweep Men’s Soccer’s spring 2021 awards slate

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BETHLEHEM, PA. – The spring 2021 season didn’t end the way the team wanted, but the overall campaign in a shortened year was a learning experience for the Lehigh men’s soccer team and the success it had in part at leading the senior class.

Three seniors have won the annual team award this season, presented by head coach Dean Koski and his coaches.

The Scholar Athlete Award is selected by the coaches and teammates and given to the player who meets the expected GPA requirements. This season’s winner is defenseman Jonathan Blaine, who has a cumulative GPA of 3.64 in his academic career. Blaine was named to the Academic All-Patriot League selection and scored his first career goal for Loyola Maryland on March 27.

The coaching award is given to the player who has made a significant contribution to the team’s dynamics in terms of attitude, improvement or special leadership. Defense attorney Tyler Dressman received the award for the campaign. Dressman was a key member of the backline during his four years with the Mountain Hawks and anchored the line on the centerback this season. He played five games and started in four of them.

Defensive midfielder Stevo Bednarsky is the program’s Outstanding Athlete Award winner for the 2021 Spring Season. Bednarsky has been elected to the All-Patriot League three times and has earned first-team laurels for the second consecutive year. The two-time captain started in four competitions for the Mountain Hawks and missed the end of the campaign due to injury. Bednarsky was named a nominee for the prestigious Senior CLASS Award earlier in the season and is hoping to get back on the field for Lehigh this fall after completing his fifth year.

Eight members of the program received letters for the first time in their careers, including Blaine, Thatcher Cooper, Dominic Flowers, Jack Sarkos, Austen Carranza, Hassane Diakho, Blake Koski, and Nolan Jetter.

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