Ritaccio is now being honored by TopDrawerSoccer.com, which named him its National Freshman of the Year. He was also named to its Freshmen Best XI First-Team
A 2018 Second-Team All-Mid-American Conference performer, he started all 22 matches in which he appeared for Akron at his center back position and was a key member of the Zips’ defensive unit that posted eight clean sheets this past season. Ritaccio also contributed a trio of goals on the strength of nine shots, including four on goal. One of those goals came in Akron’s 5-1 win over Michigan State in the National Semi-Finals.
Ritaccio is the latest Akron freshman to receive TopDrawerSoccer.com All-Freshman Team accolades. Among the past winners are currently Major League Soccer players Joao Moutinho (2017) of Orlando City SC; Dillon Serna (2012) of Colorado Rapids; Perry Kitchen (2010) of LA Galaxy; Darren Mattocks (2010) of DC United; and Evan Bush (2005) of Montreal Impact.