MANCHESTER, N.H. – Head coach Bruno Victal and the Saint Anselm College men's soccer team announced the incoming class of 10 student-athletes who will be joining the program for the upcoming 2018 season on Mondady, highlighted by the addition of the Gatorade New Hampshire Boys State Player of the Year.
The group of 10 that includes eight incoming freshmen and two transfers consists of players at each position group with one goalkeeper, two defenders, five midfielders and two forwards. All 10 of the newcomers hail from either New Hampshire or Massachusetts - six from the Granite State and four from the Bay State.
"We are very happy with the group of student-athletes we are bringing in," commented Victal. "When we started recruiting for 2018, we had a short list of guys we really wanted to try and attract. We landed most of them and expect a few to have an immediate impact on the program."
Below is an look at each of the 10 student-athletes joining the Hawks' roster this fall.
Hometown/High School: Boxford, Mass./Masconomet Regional
Notes: Played soccer, basketball and lacrosse for the Chieftains…Team captain as a senior…Cape Ann League Player of the Year senior year…Eastern Mass All-Star…All-state selection…Boston Herald All-Scholastic…Salem News All-Star.
Coaching Staff Comments: "Michael can add a lot to our team with his quickness and skills. He is a very dynamic player with great field vision. He can play either as a midfielder or a striker and we predict that he will adjust to the NE10 very quickly."
Hometown/High School/Prev. School: Manchester, N.H./Central/Merrimack College
Notes: 2017 graduate of Manchester Central who played in eight games last season at Merrimack, winning the NE10 Men's Soccer Championship…Scored first collegiate goal in 3-0 win over Le Moyne on Sept. 30…Played soccer, football, basketball and lacrosse for the Little Green…Three-year member of varsity soccer team and two-year starter…Scored 23 goals over final two seasons, finishing career with 25 goals and 25 assists…NHIAA Division 1 State Runner-Up in 2015…NHIAA Division 1 Second Team All-State as a senior, honorable mention as a junior…Division 1 Senior All-Star.
Coaching Staff Comments: "We are excited to have Zach on board since he already has experience in the NE10, playing and winning the conference last year with Merrimack. Zach plays as a striker and his speed is his biggest strength. He will definitely be a fit with our team."
Hometown/High School: Andover, Mass./Andover
Notes: Played soccer, ice hockey and lacrosse for the Warriors…Received Dee Rowe Award…Club teams include New England Aztec, FC Stars and NEFC.
Coaching Staff Comments: "Jack will be a great addition to our roster. His physicality and speed is what most coaches in our conference are looking for. He can play as a winger or a striker."
Hometown/High School: Manchester, N.H./Memorial
Notes: Member of soccer and winter/spring track & field teams at Manchester Memorial…Captained soccer and track & field squads…Played club soccer for Hooksett Alliance FC and GPS New Hampshire.
Coaching Staff Comments: "Connor is another student-athlete coming to the Hilltop from Manchester Memorial and GPS. He is a solid goalkeeper with great shot-stopping skills."
Hometown/High School/Prev. School: Middleton, Mass./Masconomet Regional/Roger Williams Univ.
Notes: 2017 graduate of Masconomet Regional who played in four games at Roger Williams last season…Two-time team captain and Cape Ann League All-Star…Three-time north final champion…Helped team win 2013 state title…2016 Eastern Mass. All-Star and Salem News All-Star.
Coaching Staff Comments: "Josh is a sophomore transfer from Roger Williams, where he played four games as a freshman. We expect him to compete right away for a center back spot in 2018."
Hometown/High School: Weare, N.H./John Stark Regional
Notes: New Hampshire Interscholastic Athletic Association First Team All-State…Captained team as a senior…New Hampshire Lion's Cup player…Named Coach's MVP Award winner as a senior.
Coaching Staff Comments: "Jake was the captain of his team at John Stark, played his club soccer at GPS and was a WMUR Hometown Hero in his senior year. He is a strong, physical player who is expected to compete for a starting role at either center back or outside back."
Hometown/High School: Londonderry, N.H./Londonderry
Notes: Played soccer and baseball at Londonderry High School…Division 1 All-State…New Hampshire Twin State Lion's Cup team member…Played club soccer for Global Premier Soccer.
Coaching Staff Comments: "Josh is a well-known local played who captained Londonderry and played his club soccer with GPS New Hampshire. He brings a fast and physical style of play and can play multiple positions."
Hometown/High School: Concord, N.H./Concord
Notes: Two-time Division 1 state champion…Gatorade New Hampshire Boys State Player of the Year as a senior…Finalist for Gatorade National Boys Soccer Player of the Year…United Soccer Coaches All-American...Had 17 goals and four assists to lead Crimson Tide to state title as a senior…Broke Concord's all-time goal scoring record…Two-time First Team All-State honoree…Concord Monitor Player of the Year…Two-year team captain.
Coaching Staff Comments: "Taylor, who hails from Concord High School and GPS, was the 2018 Gatorade Player of the Year for New Hampshire and a United Soccer Coaches All-American. He brings very technically solid and fast attacking skills and is expected to be an immediate impact player."
Hometown/High School: Sturbridge, Mass./Tantasqua Regional
Notes: All-Southern Worcester County League…Team's Rookie of the Year as a freshman…Also member of the Warriors' indoor and outdoor track & field teams.
Coaching Staff Comments: "Patrick comes to Saint Anselm from Sturbridge, Mass. He is a physical center midfielder with a great sense for winning the ball and keeping possession."
Hometown/High School: Manchester, N.H./Memorial
Notes: Member of soccer and track & field teams at Manchester Memorial…Captained soccer team as junior and senior…Team MVP as a senior…Two-time all-state selection…2016 state runner-up…Team's leading goal scorer in final three seasons…All-state in track & field.
Coaching Staff Comments: "Jordan is another local player who played for Manchester Memorial and GPS. He brings incredible speed to the field and can play multiple roles on the field."