A Durham local has been named the first Ontario University Athletics rookie of the year in the history of Ontario Tech University.
Bowmanville’s Fadi Salback, a member of the men’s soccer program, received the award after leading the OUA in goal scoring. The first year forward set the Ridgebacks’ single-season scoring record with 16 goals, beating the previous mark of 10.
He finished three goals ahead of Brock’s Jared Agyemang in the scoring race, and of his 16 goals, six of them were game winners.
Along with rookie of the year, Salback was also named an East Division first team all-star.
Ontario Tech also saw Jean Paul Ajala-Alexis from Oshawa earn his first all-star nod as a second team all-star.
Ajala-Alexis provided a strong one-two offensive punch with Salback, as the forward finished the year third in goals with nine and assists with five.
Joining Salback on the first all-star team, Chris Campoli finished second in the OUA with seven assists and eighth in goals with six.
Rounding out the Ridgebacks award winners is second year defender Jacob Begley.
As team captain, Begley was a steady presence on the defensive line for the Ridgebacks, helping cut the team’s goals against by 10 from the previous season.
Like his teammates, this was the first all-star nod he received.