March 3, 2009
THEY TAKE MANHATTAN
Jaspers men add 6 for fall season
The Manhattan College men announced Tuesday the signing of six incoming freshman student-athletes and one transfer for the 2009-10 school year. Incoming freshman Eric Jorgensen, Tyler Kahn, Eric Neves, Vincent McEnroe, Chris Todd and Tyler Williams, as well as transfer Lenny Young, will join the Jaspers for the fall season.
“I believe this class is among the finest we’ve had in my four years here at Manhattan College,” coach Michael Swanwick said. “My staff and I have searched for players who have played at the highest level in club ball and have come up with players who have done just that and who have proven to be winners. I couldn’t be more pleased about the future of our program with this group of student-athletes joining the Jasper soccer family.”
Jorgensen, a center back-central midfielder from New City, N.Y/Don Bosco Prep, is a multi-year Eastern New York Youth Soccer Association ODP selection and has also been a member of the USYSA Region 1 ODP squad. He has also played in the Red Bulls U.S. Soccer Development Academy program.
“Eric can play either in the back or in the central midfield and will give us a very technical player who is good in the air,” Swanwick said.
Neves, who is a midfielder-striker from Somerset, N.J./LaSalle Academy, East Providence, R.I., was a four-year high school starter at LaSalle, which was the 2008 R.I. state finalist. He has earned All-State and All-Division honors. As a club player, he was part of the Massachusetts ODP program for four years and his been part of the Bayside FC club team that was the Rhode Island state champs in 2008.
“Eric Neves is another versatile player who can cause danger on the flanks in the midfield and who can also be dangerous out of the striker position,” Swanwick said. “He has played under one of the top high school coaches in the country, Mario Pereira, so we know he will come very well-prepared when he gets to us.”
Kahn, a defender from Rockville Centre, L.I./Kellenberg, H.S., was a four-year high school starter who was team captain for three years. He also has been part of the very successful B.W. Gottschee soccer program the past four years and during the past two of those years has played in the U.S. Soccer Development Academy program.
“Tyler can play in any of the positions in the back and can also play in the middle of the park. He is a hard-nosed player with a great deal of skill and we look for very good things from him right away,” Swanwick said.
McEnroe, a flank midfielder-marking back who hails from Hillsborough H.S./Hillsborough H.S., was a New Jersey high school standout and also a key starter on the PDA Larsson club team. That team in 2008 was the national finalist in the Under-16 U.S. Soccer Development Academy program, playing the finals in front of a capacity crowd at the Home Depot Center in Carson, Calif. The prior year the team was New Jersey state champsions, Region 1 champs and a national finalist in the U.S. Youth Soccer national tournament.
“Vincent will be a dangerous player for us coming off of either flank in the midfield and can also step in and play marking back if need be. We are looking for him to bring that winning attitude he clearly got at PDA to Manhattan College,” Swanwick said.
Todd, a goalkeeper from Ho-Ho-Kus, N.J./Paramus Cathlic H.S., was first team All League, first team All-County and first team All-State (North Non-Public A) while playing a key role in leading his high school team. He was a two-year member of the New Jersey ODP and also played for a year in the Eastern Pennsylvania ODP program. He also was a 2004 US Soccer National Pool player. For the past two years, he has played for the FC Westchester U.S. Soccer Development Academy program team and last year was part of the U18 team that went to the Academy national finals held.
“Chris comes to us with great credentials, having played at the top level in the ODP program and in the U.S. Soccer Development Academy program. He is very, very quick and a great shot stopper. We expect that he will compete for a starting spot in goal right off the bat,” Swanwick said.
Williams, a central midfielder/central defender who hails from Orchard Park, N.Y./Orchard Park H.S., was a 2008 All-State selection in high school. He also was named to the 2008 and 2007 All Western N.Y. team and the 2008, 2007 and 2006 All League squads. He also plays in the U.S. Soccer Development Academy program for the Empire United club. Prior to that he was captain of the two-time state cup champion Buffalo United SC team. He has been a member of the ODP program, having played for three years in the New York West ODP program and one year in the ENYYSA ODP program.
“Tyler is a very exciting, enthusiastic, hard-nosed player who I have known since he was a youngster in the Eastern New York ODP program. He will be able to help us out right away in the midfield or in the back and we are looking for him to make a significant contribution the moment he steps onto our Gaelic Park turf,” Swanwick said.
Young, a marking back from Tuxedo Park, N.Y./Don Bosco Prep, has transferred to Manhattan from Valpariso University. He was a four-year letterwinner in high school and earned the team’s Unsung Hero award in 2007 after helping his high school squad to the league championship and an undefeated season until the state semifinals. He played club soccer for FC Westchester, helping that team to the ENYYSA State Cup semi-finals in 2005 and 2006. In 2008, he was a key starter for the U-18 FC Westchester U.S. Soccer Development team that went to the Academy national finals held at the Home Depot Center.
“Lenny has already started to practice with us and has shown that he will definitely be a key component of what I know will be a strong defensive backline in the fall,” Swanwick said.