CAMDEN, N.J. (Dec. 2, 2019) – Junior forward Skyler Diggs (Delran, NJ/Delran) and senior back Darnell Brown (Cinnaminson, NJ/Cinnaminson) continued to pile up honors a month after the Rutgers University-Camden men’s soccer team ended its season.
Diggs and Brown, who sparked the Scarlet Raptors to a 13-5-3 season and the third seed in the New Jersey Athletic Conference playoffs, have been named to the United Soccer Coaches Men’s Division III All-South Atlantic Region Teams, released today. Diggs captured South Atlantic Region Second Team honors, while Brown was honored on the South Atlantic Region Third Team.
The honors were the latest in a successful season for both players. Brown was named to the NJAC First Team and was recognized as the NJAC Co-Defender of the Year. Diggs, meanwhile, earned NJAC Second Team honors.
Diggs led the Scarlet Raptors in scoring with 12 goals and one assist for 25 points this season. His six game-winning goals tied for third place for the most single-season game winners in program history, while his 12 goals tied for 12th place on the season charts.
Diggs has been the Raptors’ most dangerous forward throughout his three-year career. As a freshman, he tied for the team lead in goals (7) and finished second in points (15). He led the Raptors in scoring as a sophomore with nine goals and three assists for 21 points.
Diggs has earned NJAC Second Team honors in each of the last two seasons. As a freshman, he earned the NJAC Rookie of the Week on Sept. 4, and captured his first career hat trick, while adding an assist, at Lancaster Bible College on Oct. 19.
Diggs added his second career hat trick this season, scoring all of the Scarlet Raptors’ goals in a 3-2 victory over Penn State-Abington on Oct. 23. He also had both goals in a 2-0 win over Staten Island (Sept. 7), helping him earn honors as the Offensive MVP of the Cialella Soccer Classic (Sept. 7-8). His other game-winning goals this season came in a 1-0 victory over Alvernia University (Sept. 4), a 2-0 win over Immaculata University (Sept. 18), a 2-0 win over No. 19 Montclair State University (Sept. 21) and a 2-0 win over New Jersey City University (Oct. 5). He earned Rutgers-Camden Raptor of the Week honors twice this fall, on Sept. 9 and Oct. 28.
Diggs has appeared in 63 games at Rutgers-Camden, starting 42 and producing 61 points to rank 10th on the program’s career scoring list. He is eighth in career goals (28) and fourth in game-winning goals (11), while adding five career assists.
An All-South Jersey Soccer Coaches Association Third Team member as a senior at Delran High School, Diggs earned five scholastic varsity letters for the Bears, playing both soccer and basketball.
Brown was a defensive standout at Rutgers-Camden throughout his four-year collegiate career. A NJAC First Team performer and the Raptors’ Most Valuable Player as a junior in 2017, he missed the entire 2018 season before returning to NJAC First Team honors as a senior this year. He helped lead a Scarlet Raptor defense that posted a 1.05 goals-against average and nine shutouts, despite numerous injuries and lineup changes in the back. He also added three goals and one assist for seven points, including a pair of goals (one the game winner) in a 3-2 victory over 21st-ranked Haverford College on Sept. 25. He added a goal in a 3-2 win at Rutgers-Newark (Sept. 28) and assisted on Diggs’ winning goal against Staten Island (Sept. 7).
As a freshman, Brown helped the team win its fourth NJAC title in five seasons. He captured NJAC Honorable Mention during his sophomore season in 2016.
During his Rutgers-Camden career, Brown played in 73 games, starting 53. He collected 11 goals and three assists for 25 points, with a pair of game-winning goals. He also contributed to 19 Raptor shutouts.
During his stellar scholastic career at Cinnaminson High School, Brown captured All-State Second Team and Soccer Coaches Association of New Jersey First Team South Sectional All-State recognition for the Pirates. As a senior, he earned All-South Jersey First Team honors from both the Philadelphia Inquirer and Courier-Post newspapers.