Men's soccer has awards dinner

WATERVILLE, Maine -- Colby College senior Brandon Fahlberg (Lowell, Mass.) won two team awards, including the program's most valuable player, at the men's soccer 2016 season awards dinner on Dec. 10.

Players, coaches, family, and friends gathered for the dinner. The program awards four team honors voted on by the players and one coaches’ award.

Falhberg won The G.F. "Mike" Loebs Award for Most Valuable Player and was honored with Most Inspirational Player. He was a co-captain and led the team from his center midfield position.

"Brandon is a battler on the field and someone who leads from the front on game day," Colby head coach Ewan Seabrook said. "He relished the challenge of NESCAC game days and his physical presence in center midfield will be missed."

For the second straight year, sophomore Jacob Tower (Bellevue, Wash.) was voted as the team's Most Improved Player. Tower had two goals, including the game-winning score against Thomas College.

"Jacob came in to preseason and it was as if we had a new player on our team," Seabrook said. "He made a significant improvement towards the end of his first-year campaign, but has continued to develop into an excellent target center forward. My staff and I are excited to see where Jacob takes his game over the next two years of his career."

Senior co-captain Jack McGeachie (North Reading, Mass) was given the Sam Koch Award for the "teammate who most displays spirit and dedication."  

"Jack played a crucial role on our team coming off the bench at important moments. However, it was the many unseen moments of leadership that Jack provided that were incredibly important to our team," Seabrook said. "He always stayed positive when rehabbing from injury and offered a tremendous model of leadership for our team."

Andrew D'Anieri (Wellesley, Mass.) was awarded the Jamie Lue Memorial Football Trophy for displaying the qualities of "love of the game, team, and teammates." The award is given in memory for Jamie Lue '03, who died in 2005. 

"Like Jack, Andrew is another one of those guys who brings work ethic and an uplifting presence to the locker room, and at every practice, rain or shine," Seabrook said. "While we often think about leadership as these big moments in front of the crowd, it's often the small moments that no one sees that are most important to a team's success. I know Andrew will play an important leadership role for us as a senior next year."

The Mules were 5-8-2, narrowly missing out on the NESCAC playoffs. They return a core group of rising seniors and juniors who will look to return the program back to prominence next year. 

"Our goal every year is to earn another game, and then turn it in to a one-game season," Seabrook said. "We have a tremendous amount of experience returning. I think the guys feel they were good enough to get another game this year. The guys are already working hard in the off-season and are hungry for success."