LIers Sharifi, Saramago Score DI All-American Honors

Barry Sharifi (left) and Brian Saramago. Photos: Loyola University

Two Long Islanders and teammates at Loyola University in Maryland were named Third Team Division I All-Americans by United Soccer Coaches.

Junior midfielder Barry Sharifi of Jericho and junior forward Brian Saramago of New Hyde Park are among the 36 players who were named 2019 Men’s Soccer All-Americans.

The duo joined the Greyhounds as part of a nationally ranked recruiting class in 2016. In the year prior, Loyola finished the season at 2-13-2. In the season’s since the team has compiled a 31-17-5 record including a 20-4-3 record in the Patriot League.

“Since they’ve stepped on campus, they’ve helped make us a better program,” said Steve Nichols, the team’s head coach. “As freshmen, they guided us to the biggest turnaround in Patriot League history. We were coming off a winless season and were picked to finish eighth in the preseason poll. We ended up finishing one point away from winning our first-ever Patriot League Regular Season title that year. We’ve continued to grow from that and we’ve won two-straight regular-season titles since then. With only one starter graduating from this year’s team, I’m excited to see where they can take us in their final season.”

Saramago has led Loyola in goals and points each of his three seasons. A MAC Hermann Trophy Watch List honoree, he recently became the 14th Greyhound in the program’s NCAA Division I era (since 1979) to score 25 collegiate goals. He will enter his senior season ranked tied for 13th on the program’s NCAA DI records for career goals (26), tied for 14th in career assists (14) and 16th in career points (66).

A three-time regional All-American, Saramago became the 12th player in Patriot League history this year to earn three first-team all-conference accolades. One of the top 13 forwards in the country, Saramago becomes Loyola’s first All-American as a forward since Joe Koziol in 1988.

He’s also the third forward in program history to earn All-America honors. Saramago finished this season with 24 points on eight goals and eight assists. His eight assists led the Patriot League and were tied for 11th in the NCAA through the regular season.

Sharifi, a two-time Patriot League Midfielder of the Year, becomes Loyola’s third All-American midfielder and the first since Stan Koziol earned a pair of second-team All-America honors in 1986 and 1987.

He was one of 10 midfielders to earn All-America honors this season after finishing the year ranked second on the team with 12 points. Averaging 0.71 points per game, Sharifi was the second-ranked midfielder in the Patriot League in points this year, and he also ranked tied for sixth in the League in assists, contributing four.

Throughout his career, Sharifi has scored 13 goals, 16 assists and 42 points. His 16 assists rank 13th on Loyola’s NCAA Division I records for assists.