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2019 Nor'easters College Report

N'Dah wins national title, Patton plays for one, All-Americans and award winners galore

2019 Nor'easters College Report

With the calendar turning over to 2020, let's take a look back at how Ocean City Nor'easters alums performed during the 2019 college season. Williams N'Dah won a national title with Charleston, while Spencer Patton played for a national title with Virginia, and several players earned All-American, All-Conference and All-Region honors.

Here are the players (In alphabetical order):

Kwesi Allen (Port-of-Spain, Trinidad and Tobago)

Senior - Drexel
Ocean City Nor'easters 2019

Allen was limited during the 2019 season due to injury. He played in just four games for the Dragons, starting all four. He scored one goal in an early season match against Northeastern (Sept. 7). It was a tough year for Drexel as the Dragons from Philadelphia finished with a 6-9-2 record. It is unclear whether Allen will be granted (or if he will request) another year of eligibility due to his injury.

Photo: West Virginia University

Albert Andres-Llop (Castellon, Spain)
Senior - West Virginia
Ocean City Nor'easters 2019

Andres-Llop, who was the Nor'easters' 2018 Breakthrough Player of the Year, went out with a bang in his senior season at West Virginia. It looked like the Mountaineers were done as they finished the regular season on a 7-game winless streak (0-6-1) and entered the conference tournament as the No. 6 seed. They won three straight games in the tournament, including a 1-0 win over Bowling Green in the championship game to win the Mid-American Conference title for the first time in school history. They kept that momentum going into the NCAA tournament as they went on the road and defeated Butler University 5-1 before falling to No. 11 Marshall. Andres-Llop started 20 of the 21 games he played in this year, and finished with the 4th-most minutes played. He scored a goal and dished out six assists as a defender.

Michael Barrow (Liverpool, England)

Junior – University of Portland
Ocean City Nor'easters 2018

After making a big splash in his first season at Campbell University a year ago, Barrow transferred to the University of Portland (Ore.). Barrow will start playing for the Pilots next season since he has to sit out for one year due to NCAA transfer rules.

Ritchie Barry (Sparta, NJ)

Junior - St. Joseph's
Ocean City Nor'easters 2019

Barry had big expectations ahead of the 2019 campaign as an Atlantic-10 Preseason All-Conference selection. The Sparta, N.J. native started all 10 games he played in for the Hawks this season, and despite the limited playing time, he still managed to finish fourth on the Hawk's scoring chart with two goals (both game-winners) and team-leading four assists.

Brandon Bartel (Fleming Island, FL)
Senior - Pennsylvania
Ocean City Nor'easters 2019

Bartel played 15 games for the Quakers (starting 13), scoring two goals and dishing out three assists. His biggest moment of the season may have been when he scored the game-winning penalty kick goal in a 1-0 home win over Yale. For the second year in a row, Bartel was an All-Conference honorable mention selection as he helped Penn finished second in the Ivy League, their best finish since 2013.  

Matteo Bennati (Genova, Italy)
Junior - Ohio State
Ocean City Nor'easters 2018

After two successful seasons at Belmont University, Bennati moved to the Big Ten Conference to play for Ohio State. It was a tough year for the Buckeyes, finishing with a 7-11-1 record, but Bennati made an impact in his first season in Columbus. He scored two goals and had two assists in 19 appearances (17 starts), finishing as the team's third leading scorer.

Liam Bennett (Leeds, England)
Redshirt Junior - Louisville
Ocean City Nor'easters 2018

Bennett was part of a Louisville team that made history in the ultra-competitive Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) a year ago. After winning the school's first ACC tournament championship, the Cardinals would follow that up with another strong season in 2019. Louisville played a brutal schedule, playing against eight ranked teams (five of them in the Top 10), and while they finished with a 10-8-2 record, they were good enough to earn an at-large bid into the NCAA tournament. They made the most of their fourth straight trip to the big dance, knocking off South Florida and UC Davis before falling to the eventually national champion Georgetown. Bennett started 11 of the 18 games he played in, scoring his lone goal against Temple University.

Joey Bhangdia was the leading scorer for the University of Pennsylvania in 2019. Photo: UPenn

Joey Bhangdia (Lewisburg, PA)
Junior - Pennsylvania
Ocean City Nor'easters 2019

Bhangdia had a breakout season for the Quakers who enjoyed a second place finish in the Ivy League in 2019. He was the top scorer on the team with six goals (including three game-winners) and earned First Team All-Conference honors.

Austin Bihlmeyer (Knoxville, TN)
Junior - East Tennessee State
Ocean City Nor'easters 2019

After an up-and-down first half of the season, East Tennessee State finished the season strong, winning five of their last six games of the regular season. Unfortunately, the season would end in the opening round of the conference tournament as the Bucs finished with an 8-8-2 record. Bihlmeyer was a regular in the starting lineup, starting all 15 games that he played in.

Joseph Boehm (Colleyville, TX)
Sophomore - St. Joseph's (Transferring to Tulsa in 2020)
Ocean City Nor'easters 2019

Despite being just a sophomore, Boehm entered his second season of college soccer with one full season as a full-time starter under his belt. He started 18 games as a freshman for the Hawks. In 2019, he held on to the job, starting every game for St. Joe's (18 games). Unfortunately, it was a tough year for the Hawks, finishing with a 5-12-1 record. Boehm recently announced that he would be transferring. The Colleyville, Texas native will be heading west next season to enroll at Tulsa University.

Deri Corfe (Chester, England)
Senior – Wright State University
Ocean City Nor'easters 2018-19

It's hard to argue too many players had a better 2019 than Deri Corfe. After helping Wright State take another step forward by entering the national rankings in 2018, Corfe returned to Ocean City for the summer and had one of the best individual seasons in club history, resulting in being the third Nor'easters player to be named the USL League Two Most Valuable Player. He followed that up with an incredible senior season at Wright State, leading the team (and tied for the Horizon League lead) in scoring with 15 goals and eight assists in 21 matches. After leading the Raiders to a Horizon League title and a trip to the NCAA tournament, he wasn't done. Corfe had a goal and an assist in a 3-2 road win over ACC powerhouse Notre Dame before dropping a heartbreaking penalty kick shootout, on the road against the University of Michigan. His performance saw him named First Team All-North Region by the United Soccer Coaches and a First Team All-Conference selection.

Corfe's impressive 2019 calendar year led him to get selected in the 2020 MLS SuperDraft. The New York Red Bulls took him in the Second Round, with the 41st overall pick.

Allan Costa (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil)
Senior - West Virginia Tech
Ocean City Nor'easters 2019

Costa wrapped up his college soccer career with an incredible senior season at West Virginia Tech. The former Camden County College standout scored a pair of goals (for the second straight season) and was one of four players to play in all 20 games for the Golden Bears. Tech went through the entire regular season and the conference tournament without losing a game (17-0-2). After winning the River States Conference title in penalty kicks, the Golden Bears' season came to an end in the opening round of the NAIA tournament when Madonna University (Mich.) scored the game-winning goal in the final minute of regulation.

Jackson Crawford (Massillon, OH)
Redshirt Junior - Ashland University
Ocean City Nor’easters 2018

Crawford began his college career at Akron where he was part of the 2017 team that reached the College Cup Semifinals. He transferred to Ashland University where he was part of another dramatic season. The Eagles finished the regular season with a 5-9-3 record and earned a 6-seed in the conference tournament. They went on a run in the postseason which saw them knock off three straight teams, win the tournament and punch their ticket to the NCAA tournament for the first time since the program was revived in 2016 after a three-year hiatus. In 2019, the Eagles had another difficult year (6-11-1), but there was no magical run into the NCAA tournament. This year, Crawford started 11 of the 14 games he played in, dishing out one assist.

Zack DiDonato (Burlingame, CA)
Redshirt Freshman - Cal Poly
Ocean City Nor'easters 2019

DiDonato was awarded a medical redshirt and will have four years of eligibility remaining at Cal Poly. Meanwhile, he started his own podcast, which you can check out HERE. The first episode is "My Path To Playing Division I College Soccer".

Matt Fahey (Williamstown, NJ)
Junior – Rowan University
Ocean City Nor'easters 2018

It was a big year for the Profs of Rowan University as they finished with a 12-6-4 record and reached the Third Round of the NCAA Division III tournament. Just like the year before, Fahey was a big part of the team's success, remaining a regular starter (18 starts in 21 games played) and finished second on the team in assists with four.

Gustavo Fernandes (West Babylon, NY)
Senior - Stony Brook University
Ocean City Nor'easters 2019

Fernandes closed out his college career at Stony Brook by continuing to be a solid foundation of the Seawolves' backline. Last season's Nor'easter Award winner dished out one assist and started all 16 games that he played in. Fernandes ranked second on the team in minutes played (1,504) in his final college season.


Xavier Gladiador (Mataro, Spain)
Senior – Missouri Valley College
Ocean City Nor’easters 2018

After helping Missouri Valley College reach the national championship game last year (they lost in a PK shootout), Gladiador played a major role in keeping the Vikings among the nation's best in 2019. For the second season in a row, he scored four goals (two of them game-winners) with two assists while starting 22 of the 24 games he played in. The Vikings finished with a 15-7 overall record, earning a trip to the NAIA tournament where they were eliminated in the Quarterfinals by national power Lindsey Wilson College. Missouri Valley College would finish the season ranked No. 7 in the country in the season-ending poll.

Kyle Gurrieri (Totowa, NJ)
Junior – South Carolina
Ocean City Nor'easters 2018

Gurrieri transferred from Syracuse to South Carolina prior to the 2018 season but had his debut season with the Gamecocks cut short, suffering a season-ending injury early in the campaign. The Nor'easters' 2018 Breakthrough Player of the Year would return to the field in 2019, but but he was bitten by the injury bug again. This year his playing time was limited to just six games (three starts).  

Jan Hoffelner (Frankfurt, Germany)
Junior - St. John's
Ocean City Nor'easters 2019

Hoffelner, who became the first Ocean City goalkeeper to start every game of a season, made an immediate impact in his first season at St. John's after transferring from Presbyterian. Hoffelner split time with Luka Gavran, but he started all 20 games for the Red Storm (he played the first half in 18 of the team's 20 games). He finished with a remarkable 0.82 goals against average and helped the team earn nine shutouts with an 8-3-0 record. His efforts earned him a number of awards including All-Region, All-Big East, and was named Big East Co-Goalkeeper of the Year. He helped St. John's stay ranked in the Top 25 most of the season as they earned their 21st trip to the NCAA tournament where they were the No. 16 seed. The Red Storm reached the Round of 16 where they lost to the top-seeded Virginia Cavaliers.

Uros Ilic (Nova Pazova, Serbia)
Junior – UC Riverside
Ocean City Nor'easters 2018

After being named the 2017 NAIA National Player of the Year at Missouri Valley College, Ilic took his game to the next level for his junior season at the University of California Riverside. In 2019, he wrapped up his college career by playing in all 18 games for the Highlanders, starting nine games on the team's backline. He scored two goals, which was tied for the second most on a team that struggled offensively (scoring just 16 goals in 18 games).     

Ryan Inman (Birmingham, England)
Senior - High Point
Ocean City Nor'easters 2019

Inman finished his senior season at High Point with another Big South All-Conference First Team performance as the Panthers finished just shy of the NCAA tournament. High Point had a 13-7 record and lost to Campbell University in the Big South championship game, and were not awarded an at-large bid into the tournament. Inman started 18 of the team's 20 games and finished with three goals (two game-winners) and two assists.

Sam Jones (Cardiff, Wales)
Junior – University of North Carolina
Ocean City Nor'easters 2018

Jones transferred to UNC after two great seasons at Young Harris College where he was an All-Region and an All-Conference selection. Jones was one of the top defenders for the Nor’easters during the 2018 summer season, but a loaded defensive roster with the Tar Heels kept him off the field and there is a possibility that he may redshirt.

Marcos Kitromilides (Nicosia, Cyprus)
Sophomore - Lafayette
Ocean City Nor'easters 2019

Kitromilides fit right in with the Lafayette program after transferring from Presbyterian. The former Cyprus youth international started 17 of the 20 games he played in and finished tied for third on the team in scoring with three goals and five assists (11 points). He also led the team in shots and shots on goal. For his efforts, Kitromilides was named to the All-Patriot League Second Team. The Leopards were picked to finish in last place in the conference's preseason poll, but they would finish the regular season with a winning record at 7-6-5. Then, they went on a run in the conference tournament as the No. 4 seed and nearly snuck in to the NCAA tournament. They knocked off the No. 5 seed Colgate and No. 2 seed Loyola Marymount before falling 1-0 to Lehigh in the championship game.

George Knight (Basingstoke, England)
Senior – Lander University
Ocean City Nor'easters 2018

Knight helped Lander University to another outstanding season in his senior season under head coach (and Ocean City alum) Lee Squires. The Bearcats finished with a 12-5-2 record, losing 1-0 to Francis Marion in the Peach Belt Conference championship game. Despite being rankedin the Top 25 prior to their loss in the title game, the Bearcats were left out of the NCAA tournament. Knight started 13 of the 18 games he played in, scoring one goal and dishing out one assist and was named to the All-Tournament Team.  

Ilias Kosmidis (Thessaloniki, Greece)
Senior - High Point
Ocean City Nor'easters 2019

Kosmidis was the 2018 Big South Attacking Player of the Year as a junior and he followed that performance up by leading the High Point Panthers in scoring for his senior season. Kosmidis scored 10 goals and had one assist (19 points). season and finished second in the Big South in scoring and was named to the All-Conference First Team. Kosmidis was also named to the All-Region team, along with fellow Ocean City teammate Keegan Meyer. The Panthers finished with a 13-7 record, falling to Campbell University in the Big South championship game.

Daniel Kozma (Budapest, Hungary)
Senior – Grand View University (Iowa)
Ocean City Nor’easters 2017

2017 Ocean City Nor’easters team MVP Daniel Kozma saved his best collegiate season for last. The Grand View University star put together an All-American season, leading the team with 11 goals (four game-winners) as a defender. He also finished his college career as a four-time All-Conference selection and earned First Team Academic All-American honors. The Vikings finished with a 15-6 record and despite losing in the conference championship game, they managed to earn an at-large bid into the NAIA tournament. The Vikings would lose their opening game of the tournament to Spring Arbor University (Mich.).

Jacob Labovitz (Great Falls, VA)
Junior - Virginia Tech
Ocean City Nor'easters 2018

After being named the Northeast Conference Rookie of the Year at Fairleigh Dickinson University in 2017, the former Gatorade high school Player of the Year from Virginia returned to his home state to play for the Hokies. Labovitz scored five goals (tied for third on the team) and added two assists in the 18 games he played (12 starts) for Virginia Tech.   

Daniel Lasarte (Madrid, Spain)
Redshirt Senior - Fairleigh Dickinson University
Ocean City Nor'easters 2018

Lasarte wrapped up his senior season by helping Fairleigh Dickinson get into the NCAA tournament in dramatic fashion. The Knights found themselves on the final day of the regular season needing a win to get into the conference tournament. After they defeated Mount St. Mary's 5-0, they were rewarded with a date with the top seeded Saint Francis in the opening round. They upset Saint Francis in penalty kicks before winning the Northeast Conference title with a PK shootout win over the No. 2 seed Long Island University. Lasarte scored a penalty kick in each of the two shootouts. The Knights' first trip to the NCAA tournament since 2012 was short-lived as the Knights were edged 1-0 by New Hampshire. Lasarte was a big part of their success in 2019, scoring three goals and adding three assists. His nine points were tied for second on the team. He was named to the All-Conference Second Team for the second time in his career.   

Abdul Mansaray (London, England)
Senior – Wilmington University
Ocean City Nor'easters 2018

The last time Mansaray was on the field for the Wilmington Wildcats, he was the school's top scorer in 2017. After redshirting last year, Mansaray picked up where he left off, scoring 17 goals and dishing out eight assists in 21 matches (20 starts). The 17 goals was second best on the team and the eight assists was third best. He earned All-Region and All-Conference honors as he helped the Wildcats finish with a 17-3-1 record and an at-large bid into the NCAA tournament. Wilmington would lose 1-0 to Franklin Pierce on the road in the opening round.

Leon Maric (Gilbertsville, PA)
Senior - St. Joseph's
Ocean City Nor'easters 2019

Maric led the St. Joe's Hawks in scoring during his senior season in 2019. He scored four goals and dished out three assists (11 points) in what was a difficult season for the Hawks as they finished with a 5-12-1 record. Maric, who was named the Philadelphia Soccer Six Player of the Year in 2018, finished as the Hawks' leading scorer for the second year in a row.

Sean McCormick (Philadelphia, PA)
Junior – Holy Family University
Ocean City Nor'easters 2018

McCormick's junior season at Holy Family was another strong one as last year's leading scorer netted five goals (one game-winner) and dished out two assists in 18 appearances (all starts). His five goals were third-most on the team. The Tigers finished with a 11-8-1 record and got hot toward the end of the season, losing just one of their last eight games of the regular season (6-1-1) and qualifying for the conference tournament as the No. 3 seed. They would fall in the Semifinals to Post University, 2-1.

James Mclaren (London, England)
Junior – Missouri Valley College
Ocean City Nor'easters 2018

After helping Missouri Valley College reach the national championship game last year (they lost in a PK shootout), Mclaren played a big role in helping the Vikings return to the NAIA tournament and finish the season ranked No. 7 in the country. Mclaren played in 18 matches (17 starts), scoring three goals (one game-winner) and adding one assist. The Vikings finished with a 15-7 overall record, earning a trip to the NAIA tournament where they were eliminated in the Quarterfinals by national power Lindsey Wilson College.

Keegan Meyer (Silver Spring, MD)
Redshirt Senior - High Point
Ocean City Nor'easters 2019

Meyer started all 20 games for the High Point Panthers in 2019, finishing with All-Region honors from the United Soccer Coaches and he was named to the Big South All Conference First Team for the second year in a row. The Panthers finished with a 13-7 record, falling to Campbell University in the Big South championship game. He also earned seven clean sheets and finishes his final season as the school's all-time leader in career clean sheets (27). Meyer's talents caught the eye of Major League Soccer scouts as he was selected in the Second Round of the 2020 MLS SuperDraft. The New England Revolution took him with the 43rd overall pick.

Williams N’Dah (Rome, Italy)
Senior – University of Charleston (WV)
Ocean City Nor'easters 2018

Last summer, Williams N’Dah became just the second Nor’easters player to be named the team's Defensive Player of the Year in back-to-back seasons (2018-19). The Italian carried that momentum into the college season as he played a crucial role in helping Charleston win a national championship for the second time in the last three seasons. The Golden Eagles started the season slowly, losing two of their first three games. However, after that 1-2 start, Charleston ran off a 22-game unbeaten break (21-0-1) through the conference tournament and until they lifted the trophy after beating Cal State Los Angeles 2-0 in the national title game (HIGHLIGHTS). N'Dah was the captain and the anchor of a backline that led the nation in shutouts (17) and goals against average (0.317, 8 goals allowed in 25 games). He started all 22 games that he played in and led the team in minutes played (1,670), while adding three goals (one game-winner) and one assist. For his efforts, he was named to the NCAA Division II All-American Third Team, as well as earning All-Conference and All-Region honors.

Spencer Patton (Morrisville, PA)
Junior – Virginia
Ocean City Nor'easters 2018

Patton's role on one of the best teams in the country grew in 2019, helping the Virginia Cavaliers earn the top seed in the NCAA tournament and make a run all the way to the national championship game. Patton, who was the Pennsylvania Player of the Year in high school back in 2016, played in 24 games (four starts), scoring four goals and adding one assist. Despite playing in one of the toughest conferences in the country, Virginia only lost one game all season (vs. Pittsburgh), which included road wins over Maryland, Duke, Notre Dame, and home wins over ranked teams like James Madison, Virginia Tech, Wake Forest and Louisville. They defeated top-ranked Clemson in the ACC championship game to win the Cavaliers' 16th conference title before moving on to the NCAA tournament. There UVA defeated Campbell, No. 14 St. John's, No. 5 SMU and No. 9 Wake Forest en route to the national title game against Georgetown. In the College Cup Final, they battled to a 3-3 draw and fell short in the penalty kick shootout, 7-6.    

Claudio Repetto (Genova, Italy)
Junior - Coastal Carolina
Ocean City Nor'easters 2019

Alongside USL League Two MVP Deri Corfe, Repetto was part of one of the best scoring duos in the league last summer with the Nor'easters. Repetto was second on the team with eight goals and three assists. He transferred to Coastal Carolina and scored two goals and added an assist in 19 games (19 starts) for the Chanticleers. He was part of a Coastal Carolina team that started the season with road wins over ranked teams Oregon State and Portland, and after struggling through the middle part of the season, they got hot at just the right time. They won four of their last five regular season games and earned a No. 2 seed in the conference tournament and received a first-round bye. The Chanticleers defeated Appalachian State in the Semifinals and then edged Georgia State in a penalty kick shootout to win the Sun Belt title for the third time in their four years as a member of the conference. Coastal Carolina played two tough road games in the NCAA tournament, beating NC State 3-2 in double overtime, before falling to No. 3 SMU 1-0, also in double overtime.

Alex Rose (Cary, NC)
Junior – University of North Carolina
Ocean City Nor'easters 2018

Rose blew up in his debut season with the Nor’easters in 2018, leading the team in scoring (8 goals, 1 assist) and earning the club’s Offensive Player of the Year award. His playing time and role with the Tar Heels continued to increase in his sophomore season in 2018 and he enjoyed a breakout season in 2019 as a junior. Rose led UNC in scoring with seven goals (two game-winners) and two assists in 17 games (15 starts). It was a disappointing season by Tar Heel standards in the ultra-competitive ACC. UNC started off with a 7-2-2 record and ranked in the Top 20, but they suffered a seven-game winless streak (0-5-2) to end the season, including a penalty kick loss to Syracuse in the opening round of the ACC tournament.    

Jimmy Slayton (Wethersfield, CT)
Senior - University of Hartford
Ocean City Nor'easters 2017-2018

After a tough year in 2018, the Hartford Hawks had a major bounce back season in 2019. Despite winning just one game in 2018, the Hawks finished with a 12-5-4 record and fell one game short of punching their ticket to the NCAA tournament. After wins over Binghamton and Vermont in the America East tournament, the Hawks lost a tight 1-0 decision to top-seeded New Hampshire in the conference title game. Slayton had a 1.01 goals against average and finished tied for fifth in the country in shutouts (10), and ranked 9th in save percentage (0.805). He earned All-Conference honors for the third time and finishes his career ranked among the greatest goalkeepers in program history. He was also named to the America East All-Academic Team. EverybodySoccer.com ranked Slayton the 5th best senior netminder in the country in the site's season-ending rankings.

After the season was over, Slayton signed his first professional contract with Real Monarchs of the USL Championship.

Brandon Smalley (Bridlington, England)
Junior – Florida Tech
Ocean City Nor'easters 2018

In Smalley’s sophomore year, he had tremendous success both on the field and in the classroom at Florida Tech but in 2018, his junior year, unfortunately, he missed the entire season due to injury. He bounced back in 2019, playing in 11 games (six starts) and dishing out two assists while helping the Panthers earn an at-large bid to the NCAA tournament. The team finished with a 12-4-1 record and reached the third round of the big dance before falling to top-seed Lynn University.  

Alec Smir (Greensboro, NC)
Redshirt Sophomore – University of North Carolina
Ocean City Nor'easters 2018

Smir, the Nor'easters' 2018 Young Player of the Year, became the full-time starter for North Carolina in 2019. He started all 18 games for the Tar Heels and posted a 1.06 goals against average with five clean sheets. It was a disappointing season by Tar Heel standards in the ultra-competitive ACC. UNC started off with a 7-2-2 record and ranked in the Top 20, but they suffered a seven-game winless streak (0-5-2) to end the season, including a penalty kick loss to Syracuse in the opening round of the ACC tournament. Smir remains one of the top pro prospects according to EverybodySoccer.com. Their season-ending goalkeeper ranks have him listed as the ninth best juniors in the country (although he is a redshirt sophomore with two years of eligibility remaining).

Modou Sowe (Harrison, NJ)
Senior - Rowan University
Ocean City Nor'easters 2018

Sowe entered the 2019 season as the two-time reigning New Jersey Athletic Conference Defensive Player of the Year and for his senior season, he helped Rowan University qualify for the NCAA tournament. The Profs reached the third round of the national tournament, their deepest run since 2001. Rowan finished ranked 15th in the country in the final poll. Sowe scored two goals and added one assist and anchored a defensive unit that earned six shutouts and posted a team goals against average of 1.20. The Harrison, NJ native earned All-Region and All-Conference honors for the third year in a row.

Ignacio Tellechea (Madrid, Spain)
Senior – University of California Santa Barbara
Ocean City Nor'easters 2017-2018

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 ranked second on the team in scoring in 2018, but struggled with injuries for his senior season in 2019. Tellechea managed to play in 14 games (eight starts), scoring a goal and adding two assists. The Gauchos finished with a 15-5-4 record, falling short against UC Davis in the Big West championship game. Despite their disappointing finish, the Gauchos had a strong enough resume to earn an at-large bid into the NCAA tournament. After upsetting No. 5 Indiana 1-0 in double overtime, the Gauchos' run came to an end with a narrow 1-0 loss in the Quarterfinals against No. 4 Wake Forest.

Marco Torino (Westchester, NY)
Junior – St. Peters University
Ocean City Nor'easters 2018

After transferring from Hartwick College, Torino stepped in for his sophomore season at St. Peters University and was one of their top scorers. However, his junior season was a disappointing one in 2019 as he appeared in just three games (two starts) due to injury. Despite not being able to get on the field, he continued his success in the classroom. Torino was named to the MAAC All-Academic Team. The Peacocks managed to have a successful season, finishing with a 13-6-0 record. Unfortunately, they fell one game short of the NCAA tournament, losing 3-2 to Iona College in overtime in the MAAC championship game.  

Joseph "Gus" Valeriano (Southampton, NJ)
Senior - University of California (Penn.)
Ocean City Nor'easters 2017-2018

Gus Valeriano saw limited time in goal in his first three seasons at the University of California (Pa.). However, his versatility and athleticism earned him some more playing time as a field player at times. In 2019, his senior season, he started every game in goal for the Vulcans. He finished with a 5-7-3 record and three shutouts. Valeriano also ranked fifth in the conference in saves (65) and was named to the All-Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference West Second Team.     

Aidan Watkins (Indianapolis, IN)
Junior - St. Joseph's
Ocean City Nor'easters 2019

Watkins continued to be a mainstay in the Hawks midfield for his junior season in 2019. As a team co-captain, he started every game (18), led the team in minutes played (1,584) and dished out two assists.

RC Williams (Wayne, PA)
Junior - Pennsylvania
Ocean City Nor'easters 2019

Williams started all 14 games he played in for the Quakers in 2019 and ranked fourth in minutes played (1,343). Penn finished with a 7-5-4 record, good enough for second place in the Ivy League standings. Williams was part of a defensive unit that racked up seven clean sheets, and only allowed multiple goals in a game three times    in 16 matches.

Duhaney Williams (Clarendon, Jamaica)
Junior - Loyola Marymount
Ocean City Nor'easters 2019

Duhaney Williams was a major part of a winning season for the Loyola Marymount Lions in 2019. The team finished with an 11-6-3 record and earned a spot in the NCAA tournament. Williams was the team's top scorer with five goals and three assists, despite only starting two of the 19 games he played in.

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