As a Senior in 2016: MAC Hermann Trophy semifinalist...Big Ten Defensive Player of the Year and a First Team All-Big Ten selection,...named Big Ten Tournament Most Valuable Defensive Player after guiding the Terps to a third straight Big Ten tourney title and fourth conference tournament championship overall...a defender by trade, Crognale finished the season with six goals and captained of a young Maryland squad that set a program-record for consecutive wins (15) and accomplished an unbeaten regular season (16-0-2)...helped match a school-record with five consecutive shutouts (9/23-10/10)...scored the only goal for Maryland during a 1-1 tie against #8 UCLA (8/26)…scored Maryland’s only goal in a 1-1 tie against #4 Indiana (9/9)….recorded two goals in a 3-2 victory over Wisconsin to clinch the Big Ten title (10/14)…named Big Ten Offensive Player of the Week (10/18).
As a Junior in 2015: Second Team All-Big Ten selection...Helped shut out #4 Notre Dame in a 0-0 tie (8/28)...held St. Johns to scoreless in a 4-0 victory (8/30)...bolstered a 2-1 win over #1 UCLA (9/4)...contributed to a shutout in a 0-0 tie against Michigan (9/11)..aided in a 0-0 tie at Michigan State (9/18)…scored one goal in a 4-1 win over Wisconsin (9/27)...part of shutout effort against Villanova (10/5)...helped blank Indiana (10/16) and #17 Washington (10/23)...captain has helped guide defense to 10 shutouts in 2015.
As a Sophomore in 2014: Appeared in 20 games, posting 16 starts… notched one assist against Michigan (9/12)…scored the game-winning goal against #5 Indiana (10/19)…tabbed Big Ten Defensive Player of the Week (10/20) for his effort in wins against Lehigh and Indiana... helped the defense to shutouts in games against UMBC (9/5), VCU (10/8), #3 Penn State (10/12), Lehigh (10/15), Ohio State (11/1), Rutgers (11/9), and Michigan State (11/14).
As a Freshman in 2013: Led all defenders on the team with 12 shots and eight shots on goal… held Duke to only one goal in a 3-1 victory (9/6)… kept #2 North Carolina to a pair of goals in a 2-2 tie (9/13)… helped hold #4 Clemson to one goal in a 3-1 victory (9/21)… contributed to shutting out Pittsburgh in a 2-0 win (9/27)… contributed in a 1-1 tie at #2 Notre Dame (10/8)...competed in 12 games, earning starts in all 12.
Before Maryland: Enrolled a semester early at Maryland...went a combined 40-1-3 at Gahanna Lincoln in 2011 and 2012...also competed for coach Billy Thompson and the Crew Academy...a two-time state champion in baseball...ranked the #16 defender by TopDrawerSoccer.com...2008 State Cup Champions with Worthington United... was leading scorer with 28 goals...Crew Juniors were State Cup Runner-up in 2009...First Team All-District in 2011.
Personal: Alexander Crognale was born August 27, 1994 in Columbus, Ohio...son of Corey and Karen Crognale...father played baseball at Marietta...has two brothers, Ben and Eli...older brother Ben plays soccer at Loyola University in Chicago and younger brother Eli is commited to play at Belmont in 2016...came to Maryland to for 'the great soccer program, very good athletics and just felt like the right fit'...enjoys basketball in his spare time...major is economics.