The Ocean City Nor’easters are very proud of their continued ability to use the U20 Mens team as a stepping stone into the Premier Development League. The fine work that our coaches did during the summer has paid off with many U20 players finding a lot of success and playing time at their respective colleges.
Nico Delgado plays for Holy Family University (Newark, NJ) and was a key figure in them defeating Bloomfield College (captained by Nor’easters star Terry Gibbs) in the Central Atlantic Conference (CACC) quarterfinal. Delgado was credited with an assist after a quick throw in released their center forward to make it 1-0, Holy Family eventually ran out 3-0 victors. Nico ended up being the second top scorer behind Seydou Ba with 6 goals (5 of which came in Conference play) and 2 assists in a dramatic and entertaining season for the Holy Family University team. Nico Delgado continues to shine after his high school career, he was a four-year varsity starter for Roman Catholic High School. He was a three-time All-Catholic selection during his sophomore, junior and senior seasons. Nico picked up CACC Rookie of the Year for the Fall 2012 season to top a great year for the youngster. He also earned CACC Rookie of the Week honors for the week ending Sept. 18.
Andrew Weyershaeuser appeared alongside many of the Nor’easters PDL team during the 2011 Fall season at LaSalle University (Philadelphia, Pa), older players such as Kameron Teel, Geoff Pio, and keeper John McCarthy supported Andrew through his Sophmore year as he continued to improve and impress while amassing 969 minutes of playing time. The LaSalle Explorers head to St. Louis this week as first round play opens on Thursday at Saint Louis University’s Robert R. Hermann Stadium. They play in the second of two games on Thursday, taking on fourth-seeded Temple at 8:30 PM Eastern (7:30 PM Central), following the earlier game of #3 Charlotte vs. #6 Xavier. A win advances them to the semifinal on Friday against either #1 Fordham or #2 George Washington. The championship game is slated for Sunday at 2:00 PM Eastern (1:00 PM Central).
The Dickinson College men’s soccer team returned to the Centennial Conference final for the second time in three seasons. The Red Devils rallied from an early 1-0 deficit to force overtime with Haverford on Sunday. The teams played to a shootout with the Devils claiming the championship with a 3-2 decision in penalty kicks. The Devils also earn the conference automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament. Nick Tierno (Junior) from Sicklerville, NJ played a vital role throughout the season with 5 goals and an assist in 18 games with 5 starts. Luca May (Sophomore) who became a key figure in the U20s for the past 2 years and is pushing for the first team. Luca got 15 games under his belt for Dickinson College with 3 starts and a key assist.
One of the most successful 2011 College Seasons has to go to Mitch Grotti playing for Rutgers-Camden under the authority of new Nor’easters Head Coach Tim Oswald. Mitch Grotti (Milmay, NJ/Millville) proved on Monday that he can do more than score hat tricks on the soccer pitch. The high-scoring Rutgers University-Camden sophomore can also notch hat tricks for conference honors. Grotti was named the New Jersey Athletic Conference Men’s Soccer Offensive Player of the Week, marking the third time this season he has received that honor. He also was named NJAC Offensive Player of the Week on Sept. 12 and Sept. 26 and added an ECAC Div. III Metro Offensive Player of the Week on Sept. 27. Grotti is having a stellar season, leading the Raptors with 16 goals and five assists. Seven of his goals have been game winners, setting a single-season program record and leaving him with 11 game-winning goals in his career, only one shy of the program mark. Mitch Grotti’s performances continued to help lead them to New Jersey Athletic Conference championships at Montclair State University.
The Ocean City Nor’easters are proud of our young college stars stepping into the limelight and we are all together in wishing them the best as they step up to the Premier Development League and beyond.