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2017 Nor'easters College Report: Stars both in and out of the classroom

A look at how former Ocean City Nor'easters players performed at their respective colleges from coast to coast

Tyler Collishaw scored 21 goals in 12 games with Lindsey Wilson College and was named the co-player of the year in the conference. Photo: Lindsey Wilson College

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After a great 2017 season for the Nor’easters last summer, most of the players returned back to school to play for their respective collegiate teams.

Here’s how the players from this past Nor'easters team, and those from past teams, performed this past college season:

Tyler Collishaw (Hull, England)
Junior – Lindsey Wilson College

After an All-American season at NAIA power Davenport University (Mich.), Collishaw arrived at the Beach House to play for the Nor’easters with high expectations. However, an early season injury limited his playing time. In the fall, he transferred to another NAIA giant, nine-time national champion Lindsey Wilson College (Ky.).

Despite only playing in 12 games, the Englishmen scored 21 goals and had 5 assists and earned NAIA First-Team All-American honors. Collishaw was also named the co-conference player of the year with fellow Nor’easters teammate Daniel Nimmo.



Fraser Colmer (Southampton, England)

Senior – Radford University
 

Fraser Colmer of Radford holds down a 3.99 GPA while being one of the best defenders in the conference.

2016 Nor’easter Award winner Fraser Colmer won a number of individual awards for his achievements both on the field and in the classroom. The Southampton, England native won the 2017 Senior CLASS Award fan vote, but fell short of the overall award. He was named a Senior CLASS Award First-Team All-American in addition to being named a United Soccer Coaches Scholar All-American.

Colmer was also an All-Region selection and a CoSIDA Academic All-American. His 3.99 GPA as a business management major and his excellent play as one of the team’s defensive anchors over 17 games. He also scored a goal and dished out five assists. The Highlanders finished with a 10-4-4 record and was the No. 2 seed in the conference tournament.




Tomas Correa (Lisbon, Portugal)

Senior – Pfeiffer University

Senior Tomas Correa held down the backline at national power Pfeiffer University for the third year in a row. Correa finished his Falcons career with 50 games played and a 40-8-1 career record with an 0.86 goals against average and 18 shutouts. He helped Pfeiffer win the 2015 NCAA Division II national championship as the Falcons became the first team in 16 years to win the title with an undefeated record. This year, the Falcons were just 8-8-1.

Bryce Cregan (Dallastown, PA)
Senior – University of Pittsburgh

After transferring to Pittsburgh from Akron, Cregan fit right in with his new team, serving as captain for both his junior and senior year. Cregan started 16 games for the second straight year as he helped the club win six more games than it did the year before.

Michael Crentsil (Newark, NJ)
Senior – St. Peter’s University

Crentsil started every game for St. Peter’s University in 2017. The defender’s lone goal was a game-winner (the first of his career) scored in a 4-0 win over conference foe Iona. In his four years at the school he played in 66 games (65 starts), scoring four goals and adding five assists.

Emil Cuello (Orem, UT)
Junior – Southern Methodist University

Cuello was a big part of one of the best seasons in recent memory at SMU. Cuello was the team’s fourth-leading scorer (2 goals, 5 assists) as the Mustangs finished 17-3-1 overall, won the American Athletic Conference regular season title and the tournament championship in dramatic fashion and made a run in the NCAA tournament (falling to No. 3 seed North Carolina, 2-0). The two goals that Cuello scored couldn’t have come at a better time for the Mustangs. The first was the game-winning goal in SMU’s opening round win over Temple in the AAC tournament. The second was a stunning 30-yard strike in the 96th minute to win the AAC tournament title over Central Florida. Cuello was named the Most Outstanding Offensive Player in the AAC tournament.

In the NCAA tournament, Cuello assisted on the game-winning goal in the opening round against Central Arkansas.

Cuello's goal vs. Temple

 


Stephen Elias (Rye, NY)
Sophomore – North Carolina State

Elias played in 18 games for NC State, contributing a goal and two assists. The Wolfpack finished with an 8-6-4 record, picked up signature wins over Top-5 teams, Clemson and Louisville and earned a spot in the NCAA tournament. Outside of playing for the Wolfpack, he also represented the United States at the 2017 Maccabiah Games in Israel, helping Team USA win a gold medal. Elias scored three goals and dished out three assists in the competition.



Pat Fallon (Swarthmore, PA)

Redshirt Sophomore – High Point University

Fallon played in three games for the Panthers who made it to the Big South Conference Final (falling in penalty kicks). One of his three appearances was during the conference semifinals to help the team reach the championship game. He finished the season with a 0-0-2 record.

Nikola Fimic (Novi Sad, Serbia)

Sophomore – Oklahoma Wesleyan University

Fimic put together an All-American performance while anchoring the nationally-ranked Oklahoma Wesleyan backline. The Eagles were not only one of the best offenses in the country, but they were among the best on the defensive side of the ball. The Eagles led the nation in shutouts with 15 and allowed just 18 goals in 25 games. Fimic played in 22 games for the Eagles and had one assist en route to being named an NAIA First-Team All-American. The Eagles finished with a 22-1-2 record and advanced to the NAIA final four before losing in a penalty kick shootout to Wayland Baptist University. Fimic has also been ranked as one of the top prospects in the PDL and he still has two more years of college eligibility.

Robert Gillin (Marlton, NJ)
Junior – University of Delaware

The Nor’easters Breakthrough Player of the Year from the 2017 season continued his exceptional play with his college team at the University of Delaware. Gillin played in every game, starting 15 of the 16 contests. The Blue Hens finished with a 5-7-4 record and Gillin was part of a defensive unit that allowed just 17 goals in 16 games, the fourth fewest in the conference. The Marlton, NJ native was named to the All-Conference team (Third Team) for the second straight year.

Jorge Guinovart (Barcelona, Spain)
Senior – University of Rio Grande (Ohio)

Injuries limited Guinovart to just eight games for the Red Storm in 2017, but even with the limited playing time, the Barcelona native was still an All-Conference selection. Guinovart was a leader on a defense that allowed just 14 goals in 16 games. Guinovart was last year’s conference player of the year and male athlete of the year. The Nor’easters 2015 MVP finished his career with Rio Grande having led the team to a pair of national championships (2014, 2015).

Nick Hanuscin (Cinnaminson, NJ)
Redshirt Senior – Saint Francis University

Played in six matches, starting three. Recorded two shots in win over Duquesne and registered two more shots at Penn State. Also played a key role in Saint Francis’ 3-0 shutout win over Colgate University.

Max Hemmings (Wokingham, England)
Junior – Georgia State

Hemmings played in 19 games (starting 18) and finished third on the team in goals with four for a Georgia State team that is among the nation’s top offensive teams. The junior also joined teammate Frank Rosenwald as the first two players in Georgia State history to be named to the CoSIDA Academic All-District Team. Hemmings was a success in the classroom with the third highest GPA on the district team.

Miguel Jaime (Denver, CO)
Senior – Florida Gulf Coast

Miguel Jaime wrapped up his career at Florida Gulf Coast by leading the team to a ninth straight winning season. The Nor’easters 2016 Creative Player of the Year scored a goal and dished out three assists while he played in every game for the Eagles, starting 15 of them.


Daniel Kozma (Budapest, Hungary)
Sophomore – Grand View University (Iowa)

2017 Ocean City Nor’easters team MVP Daniel Kozma continued his outstanding play at the college level as the sophomore was named to the All-Heart of America Athletic Conference Team for the second year in a row. Kozma played in all 19 games and dished out a pair of assists as Grand View finished with an 11-6-2 record and upset a pair of top-10 teams.

Spencer Moeller (Bradenton, FL)
Senior – Lindsey Wilson College

The Monmouth transfer finished the last two years of college eligibility with NAIA powerhouse Lindsey Wilson College where he joined two other Ocean City alums, Tyler Collishaw and Mutaya Mwape. Moeller played in 11 games this year, adding two goals and two assists as the nine-time national champion Blue Raiders finished 14-4-0 and qualified for the NAIA national tournament.


Fredlin Mompremier (Limbe, Haiti)

Junior – Farleigh Dickinson

Fredlin "Fredinho" Mompremier of Fairleigh Dickinson. Photo: Fairleigh Dickinson University

After leading the Nor’easters in scoring and being named the team’s Offensive Player of the Year, Mompremier (otherwise known as “Fredinho”) carried that momentum into his first season at Fairleigh Dickinson. He joined the Knights program after an All-American season at the University of Tampa and got off to a hot start as he was named to the Top Drawer Soccer Team of the Week in back to back weeks after four goals and two assists in his first two weeks with the club.

Mompremier would finish the season with five goals and two assists, fourth-best on the team.


Andre Morrison (Clarendon, Jamaica)
Senior – University of Hartford

Morrison, the Nor’easters 2016 Defender of the Year, had another strong year as captain for the University of Hartford in 2017. The defender led all Hawks field players in minutes played (1,578) while starting 16 of the 17 games he played in. Morrison enjoyed a solid season in front of fellow Ocean City alum goalkeeper Jimmy Slayton, helping him earn three clean sheets and keeping a 1.22 goals against average.

Morrison was a First Team All-Conference selection and also made the United Soccer Coaches All-Region Third Team.

Recently, it was announced that Morrison has caught the eye of multiple Major League Soccer teams. He was invited to the 2018 MLS Combine that will take place in January and will give pro scouts a chance to get a closer look at him to see if he has what it takes to play at the next level.


Todd Morton (West Chester, PA)
Redshirt Junior – University of Delaware

For the second year in a row, Todd Morton was named to the All-Conference Team while leading the Blue Hens’ backline. Morton started all 16 games for Delaware and earned five shutouts while keeping a 0.96 goals against average. The Nor’easters 2017 Defensive Player of the Year finished with the fourth-best defensive record in the conference.

Todd Morton was the Nor'easters 2017 Defender of the Year and continued that excellent play with the Fighting Blue Hens. Photo: University of Delaware

Ackim Mpofu (Bulawayo, Zimbabwe)
Senior - Northeastern University

Mpofu was an all-conference selection last year, and prior to the 2017 season was a preseason all-conference pick. Unfortunately a serious injury forced him to miss his entire senior season with the Huskies. It is too soon to know if he will be approved for a medical redshirt.

During Mpofu's career at Northeastern, he has started 40 of the 49 games he has played in and has totaled seven goals and three assists.




Daniel Nimmo (Lithigow, Scotland)

Junior – Campbellsville University

Last year, Nimmo was a first-team all-conference selection and helped Campbellsville earn 15 shutouts, second-most in the NAIA. He won the Nor’easters Young Player of the Year award in the summer and returned to the Tigers in the fall and continued to be an anchor of one of the country’s top defenses. The Tigers kept 12 clean sheets and only allowed 18 goals in 21 games this year.

 

Daniel Nimmo was named co-player of the year in the Mid-South Conference and was an All-American for Campbellsville University. Photo: Campbellsville University

Nimmo scored a pair of goals and added one assist and was named the co-Player of the Year in the Mid-South Conference, sharing the award with Nor’easters teammate Tyler Collishaw (Lindsey Wilson). Nimmo was also named a first-team All-American and was named first-team All-Conference for the third year in a row.

The team finished with a 14-5-2 record only to be eliminated in the Semifinals of the NCCAA national tournament on a late game-winner by Southwestern Christian.


Francisco Neto (Rio De Janeiro, Brazil)
Senior – West Virginia Tech

Neto played in 22 games as a captain for West Virginia Tech in 2017, netting a team-high 14 goals and dishing three assists (31 points). The Brazilian native, who was awarded the Nor’easter Award in 2017 for his performance both on the field and in the community, finished his West Virginia Tech career with 48 goals and 19 assists in 60 matches.

Ismael Noumansana (Bamako, Mali)
Senior – Lenoir-Rhyne University

Ismael Noumansana. Photo: Lenoir-Rhyne University

After becoming the first Lenoir-Rhyne player to be named the South Atlantic Conference Player of the Year, Noumansana carried that momentum into the 2017 PDL season.

He finished as the Nor’easters’ second-leading scorer (five goals, four assists).

For his senior year, the Bears didn’t have to depend on Noumansana as much offensively. He started 12 of the 14 games he played in, scoring two goals and distributing five assists.



Joaquin Peluffo (Montevideo, Uruguay)

Senior – Saint Leo University

Peluffo completed his season with the Lions starting all 13 games that he played in.




Dakota Peterson (Denver, CO)

Senior – Drexel University

Drexel had a difficult season, finishing with a 2-14-1 overall record. Eight of those losses were decided by a single goal, including the last four games of the year that were 1-0 games. One of the two wins was a 2-1 victory at home against Soccer Six rival Penn. Peterson scored a pair of goals which tied him for second on the team in scoring.

Ryan Peterson (Budd Lake, NJ)
Senior – Rutgers University

Sherwood wrapped up his college career at Rutgers by leading the Scarlet Knights in scoring (4 goals, 1 assist). One of his goals ended an incredible streak by one of the best teams in the country when Peterson converted a penalty kick against Michigan State which snapped the Spartans’ scoreless streak at 441 minutes. Peterson also scored during the run of play against conference champion Michigan.

Seiji Rose (Toulouse, France)
Senior – Thomas Jefferson University (formerly Philadelphia University)

Philadelphia University may have changed its name (to Thomas Jefferson University), but Seiji Rose’s quality play remained the same in 2017. Rose’s senior season saw him, as a defender, finish as the team’s second-leading scorer (21 points) and led the team with 13 assists. His 13 assists ranked fourth in the country but the defensive side of the ball is where he shined as he was part of a defense that pitched nine shutouts as Jefferson was the No. 1 seed in the conference tournament after a 10-1-1 conference record (they were 15-5-1 overall). Unfortunately, Rose and his team were upset in the conference championship game which denied them a spot in the national tournament.

For his efforts, Rose earned a slew of individual awards, including the CACC (Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference) Player of the Year, and being named an All-American twice (D2CCA Second Team, USC Third Team).



Ruben Sanchez (Frankfort, IL)

Junior – Marquette University

Sanchez made 14 starts out of the 15 games he played in for the Golden Eagles, scoring a goal and playing more than 1,200 minutes. Sanchez scored his first goal of the season in arguably the team’s biggest win of the year, when they beat Creighton 4-3 on Oct. 25.

Geoff Schaefer (Bridgeton, NJ)
Sophomore - Monmounth University

Schaefer continued to develop in his second year in the Monmouth program. He played in 17 games (starting nine of them) and finished tied for the third-most points on the team with seven (3 goals, 1 assist). Two of his three goals were game-winners (vs. Iona, vs. Niagara), which was tied for the team lead.

John Schroeder (Houston, TX)

Junior – University of Delaware

Schroeder, who was the Nor’easters Young Player of the Year in 2017, was the third Ocean City player to earn All-Conference honors for the University of Delaware. Schroeder captained the Blue Hens and played in all 16 games while scoring a goal and adding three assists. The Houston native was part of a defense that only allowed 17 goals in 16 games, the fourth-best mark in the conference. Schroeder was named to the All-Conference team for the second year in a row. A year ago, he was on the second team, but this year he was named to the first team.



Aleksandar Simovic (Belgrade, Serbia)

Senior – Oklahoma Wesleyan

Aleksander Simovic ranked 10th in the country in scoring with 45 points (19 goals, 7 assists). Photo: Oklahoma Wesleyan University

Simovic was a big part of the Oklahoma Wesleyan team that was one of the best NAIA teams in the country in 2017. The Eagles finished with a 22-1-2 record and advanced to the NAIA national semifinals where they were eliminated in penalty kicks.

Simovic was the team’s second leading scorer with 19 goals and 7 assists (45 points) in 22 games. He ranked seventh in the country in game-winning goals (six) and 10th in the country in points (45).

The team was one of the best offenses in the country too, ranking No. 1 in the NAIA in goals per game (4.3), total goals (107) and No. 2 in assists (81).

For his efforts, Simovic was named a Third-Team NAIA All-American.

Jimmy Slayton (Wethersfield, CT)
Sophomore - University of Hartford

Slayton followed up one of the best freshman seasons in school history (for a goalkeeper) by starting all 18 games in 2017 for the Hartford Hawks. He finished with a conference-high 67 saves and had a 1.22 goals against average. He earned three clean sheets as he continues to get attention as one of the region's best goalkeeping prospects. The Hawks finished with a 5-10-3 record, but Slayton's play kept many of their games close. Five of the team's 10 losses were by the score of 1-0, with one of them coming in overtime.



Raheem Somersall (Basseterre, St. Kitts)

Junior – Appalachian State

Somersall made 17 appearances for the Mountaineers in 2017, who finished with a 5-8-6 record. However, his most impressive achievement of the year came back in February when he was called up to represent his country. Somersall represented St. Kitts and Nevis at the CONCACAF Under-20 championships. Unfortunately, St. Kitts and Nevis were drawn into a difficult group featuring the United States, Panama and Haiti. Somersall played every minute of all three group games, but they lost each game and did not advance to the knockout round.

Nick Spielman (Melbourne, FL)
Redshirt Junior - East Tennessee State

Spielman started all 18 games for the Buccaneers in 2017 as ETSU only lost two games all season. The Bucs finished with a 9-2-7 record and they finished the regular season on a 10-game unbeaten streak (6-0-4), which were all conference games. Spielman scored three goals and added one assist (7 points), which was tied for the third-most points on the team. Their unbeaten streak extended into the postseason where they were the top seed in the conference tournament, but lost in a penalty kick shootout after a scoreless draw with Mercer. Spielman was named to the All-Tournament team, and was named to the All-Conference Second Team for the season. 

Will Steiner (Point Lookout, NY)
Redshirt Senior - Villanova

Steiner started every game for the Wildcats in 2017 as Villanova finished with a 7-11-0 overall record while participating in the very competitive Big East Conference. Steiner had two clean sheets and finished with a 1.35 goals against average. The Point Lookout, NY native finished his career with Villanova where he started every game over the last three seasons and was a team captain for the last two. He helped the Wildcats qualify for the NCAA tournament for the first time in program history in 2016.

Harry Swartz (Needham, MA)
Redshirt Junior – Northeastern University

Ignacio Tellechea was the Nor'easters Creative Player of the Year in 2017 before transferring to the University of California Santa Barbara for his junior year. Photo: UCSB

After missing much of last season due to injury, Swartz bounced back as he finished with a team-high 17 starts as he led the team in minutes played (1,384). Swartz was also the Huskies’ co-leader in goals with three, and the second-leading point-scorer with seven (3 goals, 1 assist). He was named second-team all-conference as he was the team’s captain through the campaign.

Ignacio Tellechea (Madrid, Spain)
Sophomore – University of California – Santa Barbara

After winning the conference Freshman of the Year award and helping West Virginia Tech reach the NAIA Elite Eight, Tellechea transferred to UCSB on the other side of the country.

The Nor’easters Creative Player of the Year in 2017 scored four goals and provided three assists in his debut season for the Gauchos. His 11 points ranked him second-best on the team.


Kyle Thomson (Park Ridge, IL)

Senior – Loyola University Chicago

Thomson finished his career at Loyola as a first-team all-Missouri Valley Conference selection, finishing as the team’s third-leading scorer (3 goals, 2 assists). Thomson played every second of the team’s 18 games and earned all-conference honors for the fourth year in a row and was also named to the conference’s all-tournament team.

Joseph "Gus" Valeriano (Southampton, NJ)
Sophomore - University of California (Penn.)

Last year, as a freshman, Valeriano only played in one game. After working hard in the offseason, his versatility and athleticism earned him significantly more playing time, both as a goalkeeper and a field player in 2017. Valeriano appeared in 12 games (7 starts), but of those 12 games, four of them were as a field player. As a goalkeeper, he split time with Lucas Exner but in his eight appearances, he led the team in goals against average, and save percentage. As a field player, Valeriano scored a goal and added an assist and was sixth on the team in shots.

Matthew Vasquenza (East Hampton, CT)
Senior – Xavier University

Matthew Vasquenza led Xavier in scoring and was an All-Big East selection. Photo: Xavier University

Vasquenza finished an impressive career at Xavier with his strongest campaign to date. As a senior, he led the Musketeers in scoring with nine goals and four assists for a career-high 22 points. Three of those nine goals were game-winners, which was the best on the team. He was an All-Big East Second Team selection and a member of the All-Big East Tournament team. He excelled in the classroom as well as a CoSIDA All-America Second Team selection.

Vasquenza’s 69 career points with Xavier leaves him ranked 7th on the school’s all-time scoring chart. His 26 career goals are sixth-best in Xavier history.

As the No. 4 seed, Xavier made a run all the way to the Big East championship game for just the second time in program history where Vasquenza scored to put the Musketeers up 1-0. However, the top-seeded Georgetown send the game into extra time. The Hoyas scored a late golden goal to end Xavier’s season.

 

 

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