The latest players to make the cut are defender Paul Ehrenworth of West Virginia University, midfielders Robert Crowley of Rollins University and Nate Bourdeau of Rutgers University. Forwards Thomas Obasi of Central Connecticut and Jason Wells of Farleigh Dickinson University, goalkeeper John Fogarty of Villanova completes this lineup.
After months of deliberation, tryouts and scouting adventures the Ocean City Nor’easters have almost completed their 2012 USL PDL roster. There is some real quality amongst the ranks and the final group of players are more than capable of making a bid for a starting position.
Robert Crowley plays his college soccer at Rollins University in Florida is a player who has seen his early college career hit with injury but Coach Oswald is confident he will return better than before “Rob is a very sound player in the midfield 3rd as a central player. Clearly, he could have excelled at the D1 level, but chose to leave the suburbs of Philly for the sunny weather down in Florida. He was exceptional at the tryout we hosted in the winter and immediately caught the eye of the coaching staff. He is gritty, he attacks, he defends, and he works hard. He will become part of a strong MFD core and will chip in for sure.”
Nate Bourdeau is a Senior at Rutgers University and will be bringing all of his experience to the shore. After a Freshman season at Boston College he transferred to Rutgers where he excelled. He was a highly talented youngster and he was able to reproduce that on the college stage earning All-Region & All-State Section 3 First Team at CW Baker High School. His experience will be valuable to the younger players throughout this tough PDL campaign. Coach Oswald says "We are super excited about the signing of Nate. I have spoken on and off again for quite some time with Coach Donigan about him and we are so happy he decided to cap of his career at RUTGERS (after starting at Boston College) and 3rd team All-Big East performance with us. He played a huge role in Rutgers run this year to the Sweet 16 and did a phenomenal job in the midfield for them and scored some big goals in huge situations. We are sure he will bring the same mentality to us this summer and will be a great mentor to some of our younger players."
Jason Wells is a strong defender who has helped Division I school Fairleigh Dickinson University to the NEC Tournament. Wells continues to pick up awards including being named All-Conference second team, NEC All-Tournament squad, third team NSCAA All-North Atlantic member and, apart from an injury in 2010, has started every game through his college career. This is a very impressive feat coming out of a competitive and physically tough division. His toughness and desire to win will be a great asset for the 2012 Nor’easters. "Jason is a former player and starter at NJ Rangers PDL for the past 2 seasons and has started every one of his career games at FDU as a rising RedShirt Senior. He is strong, excellent distributor of the ball, solid vocal leader, athletic and extremely fast central defender that played at Red Bull Academy as a youngster. Jason can play any of the 4 back positions and is a phenomenal 1v1 defender. We are very excited to add him to our squad."
This lineup virtually completes the Ocean City Nor’easters roster for the 2012 USL PDL season and the coaching staff and players couldn’t be happier with the assembled squad. The anticipation is building on the Jersey Shore for the Ocean City Nor’easters to have their best season ever.