February 19, 2013
Hofstra men add 4 freshmen from LI
The Hofstra University men's soccer program signed four players for the fall season, head coach Richard Nuttall announced on Tuesday.
Goalkeeper Brian McPartland, forward Kyle Poetzsch, midfielder Mario Ruiz and defender Lerthon Theuma will compete for playing time for a Hofstra team that went 11-6-4 and advanced to the championship game of the Colonial Athletic Association Tournament last season. All four signees are from Long Island.
"I'm excited to bring them into the program," Nuttall said. "They are all talented players who can push for playing time immediately."
McPartland was a four-year starter for Hicksville High School, going 61-5-7 with 38 career shutouts. He led his team to three conference championships and two Nassau County titles as well as a New York State championship in 2011. McPartland plays for the Hicksville Premier Region 1 club team and was an all-state and all-region pick as a senior.
"He's an agile keeper with great hands," Nuttall said. "He's committed to improving and working hard."
Poetzsch played with McPartland at Hicksville, providing the goalkeeper with ample offensive support. The forward scored 22 goals, which led all Nassau County players. Poetzsch was also an all-state and all-region pick as well as joining McPartland on the Newsday All Long Island team. Poetzsch plays for the Hicksville Extreme club team.
"He's a dynamic player who can score with either foot," Nuttall said, "He's an attacking forward with a great nose for the goal who can play any position up front."
Ruiz was part of three Suffolk County championship teams for Brentwood High School, earning all-county, state and region selections as a senior as well as a spot on the Newsday All Long Island team. Ruiz led a midfield unit that helped Brentwood post two straight Long Island championships from 2011-12 and a New York State title in 2010. As a junior, Ruiz won Suffolk County finals MVP and is currently honing his skills for the B.W. Gottochee Academy.
"He's a hard-working, tough-tackling player," Nuttall said. "He's a compact player who directs play well. He reads the game expertly and could see time as a center midfield or defensive-center midfield."
Hofstra also added a defender in Valley Stream North High School's Theuma. A four-year varsity starter, Theuma was named an all-county, all-state and all-region selection. The Nassau County player of the year for Class A in 2012 plays for Bayside Premier.
"He has a high soccer IQ and reads the game well," Nuttall said. "He has great technical skills and is very intelligent with his positioning. He can play midfield or on the back line."