Geoff Danilack and Mohammed Rashid Earn All-NESCAC Soccer Laurels

Geoff Danilack and Mohammed Rashid Earn All-NESCAC Soccer Laurels
Geoff Danilack '16
Mohammed Rashid '16

HADLEY, MA – Two seniors on head coach Erin Sullivan's first Eph team have been voted to the All-NESCAC Second Team by the conference's coaches.

Senior back and captain Geoff Danilack (Bethesda, MD) and senior forward Mohammed Rashid (Accra, Ghana) were recognized for their play throughout the 2015 season that saw the Ephs compile a record of 7-6-3. The Ephs played six double overtime contests and one that ended in the first overtime session tis fall.

""It is very fitting that Geoff and Mohammed have been recognized as All-NESCAC recipients," stated Eph head coach Erin Sullivan. "Both players are clearly among the league's elite and rose to the occasion for our team time and again this season."

This marks the second consecutive year that Danilack has earned All-NESCAC honors, having been named to the 2014 First Team. He was one of just two field players on the team to start all 16 games this season.

Rashid, who missed last season due to injury, is being honored by NESCAC for the fourth time in his career. In his first season, 2012 Rashid was named the NESCAC Rookie of the Year and named to the All-NESCAC Second Team. Again in 2013 Rashid was recognized with Second Team honors giving him three Second Team laurels in his career.

A four-year letterman in the back, Danilack played in two Final Fours in his Eph career that spanned 64 games. He netted two goals in his career and assisted on three for a total of seven career points. This season the Eph defense allowed but 1.5 goals a game.

"Geoff persevered through a challenging senior season anchoring our revamped backline despite playing through injury for much of the year," noted Sullivan. "His consistency, quality on both sides of the ball, and overall poise were instrumental for our squad. Beyond his steady play, Geoff is an exemplary scholar-athlete and leader and his presence will be sorely missed."

Rashid, playing in just his third season, has also appeared in two Final Fours for the Ephs. This fall Rashid tallied six goals and six assists for 18 points, leading the Ephs in both points and assists.

In 55 career appearances in the Purple Valley Rashid has scored 16 goals and registered 17 assists for a career point total of 49.

"Rashid produced a tremendous comeback season this fall and served as a catalyst and leader of a relatively young and inexperienced attacking unit," remarked Sullivan. "He is one of the most exciting players in the region, always dynamic on the ball and lethal near the goal, and is a very important voice in our locker room."