The Syracuse Orange men’s soccer season may have not ended where they would have liked come the NCAA Tournament, but the squad has definitely garnered its share of honors this post season.
The biggest honor was bestowed upon Syracuse’s now former All-ACC, All-ECAC First Team honoree, Tajon Buchanan. Buchanan was also the recipient of a Generation Adidas offer with MLS, which he accepted. With eight goals and four assists, Tajon leaves a huge gap in the Orange attack.
ICYMI: Tajon Buchanan adds another honor to his list of 2018 accolades!https://t.co/v189fjRavu— SU Men's Soccer (@CuseMSOC) December 13, 2018
This marks the fifth straight year that Coach Ian McIntyre and company have had a player offered a Generation Adidas contract. Prior to this year, Alex Bono, Julian Buescher, Miles Robinson (MLS Cup Champion) and Mo Adams have earned the honor. While it’s a hit for the program, it’s an amazing honor for Tajon and proves that the Orange are getting folks ready to move to the next level.
Outgoing seniors Hugo Delhommelle and Kamal Miller were both invited to the MLS Combine, which starts today in Orlando, Florida. Hugo in the past has worked out with the Seattle Sounders and Kamal was noted as the #12 senior prospect in the draft by Travis Clark of TopDrawerSoccer.com. He was also named third team All-ACC on the season.
Good luck to @KMillz_00 + @HugoDelho as they embark on the next chapter of their soccer careers. It has been a pleasure for our SU coaching staff to work with these 2 terrific young players who have been integral parts of our team both on + off the pitch! ⚽️ https://t.co/Uu0krqsqdq— Ian McIntyre (@IanSMcIntyre) December 13, 2018
The duo have been stalwarts, and consistent part of the Orange squad over the last few years. Miller has started since he arrived on campus. Hugo has as well, though as a transfer in, it’s only been two years since his transfer from Lander University. Both will leave some boots to fill for next year.
Senior goalkeeper Hendrick Hilpert was named an Academic All-American this year. This was the standout keeper’s third time making the Academic All-America list. The Whitman School of Management graduate was a third team selection his sophomore season and second team during his junior campaign.
Finally, Ryan Raposo, the freshman left winger, was named a member of the All-ACC Freshman team, as well as a TopDrawerSoccer.com third team All-Freshman. The true freshman notched seven assists and four goals on the year, while frustrating any and all opponents with his speed and on-ball ability.