Ocean City senior academy players getting their chance to shine with Nor'easters
The next generation of Ocean City Nor’easters will be getting the chance to shine during the upcoming 2016 season.
By: Richard Ransom
The next generation of Ocean City Nor’easters are getting the chance to shine during the 2016 season.
Robert Gillin: A defender from Marlton, NJ appeared in 20 games while starting 17 in his rookie campaign for the University of Delaware. Gillin registered nine shots on the season, including three on goal and helped guide the Hens to a second straight CAA Finals game. Gillian has played for Matchfit U15/16 USSF DA Academy as well as a Under-15/16 USSF DA Developmental Player. He was also a member of the New Jersey ODP State Team and attended Super-Y North American Finals with Ocean City FC. He was also a member of the Union Juniors from 2011-13.
Matthew Hendrickson: A forward at Montclair State, the 5’10 player from Sewell, NJ had 11 goals and 24 points in his freshmen season with the Red Hawks. New Jersey Athletic Conference Men's Soccer Rookie of the Week for the week of November 15, 2015. His season stats included 1.09 points per game with 2.41 shots per game.
Ben Clark: Played in 18 games as a defender starting 17 of those games for Haverford College. He was a starter during each of the team’s 10 shutouts as a member of the defense as well as tallying an assist in his first career start, a 1-0 win at Johns Hopkins. Clark is a two-time first-team All-Press of Atlantic City as well as a two-time All-Cape Atlantic League and The Daily Journal selection having earned first-team accolades in 2014. He was a member of South Jersey Elite Barons club team, helping the squad to 2014 NJ State Cup final.
Ryan Saul: The local Ocean City product is a defender from Ocean City High School. Saul was on two South Jersey Group III championship teams and a third that made it to the South Jersey final. He has committed to play college soccer for University of Massachusetts at Amherst for the upcoming 2016 season.
Anthony Colofranson: Colofranson is a forward for Stockton University and has had a successful career so far at the school. The junior has scored 52 goals in 62 games playing for the Ospreys. He was selected to ECAC Metro Second Team for the 2015 season. Colofranson was also named Offensive Player of the Week for the ECAC Metro Region on Oct. 14.
Nicholas Hanuscin: A defender from Cinnaminson, NJ, the junior has become an important piece to the back line of Saint Francis University. He has played in 16 games for the Red Flash. Hanuscin also earned second team All-State Non-Public honors during his senior season at Bishop Eustace Preparatory School.
Dominic Ramirez: The junior forward/midfielder who is Hanuscin’s teammate at Saint Francis, has made five appearances playing 99 minutes total. Ramirez is a two-time all-conference selection, 2012 PSCA all-state honoree, and led the Laurel Highlands Athletic Conference in scoring for three seasons. With 43 goals his senior year he set the Westmont Hilltop High School single-season goal scoring record and the career goal scoring mark as well with 111 in four seasons.
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The Ocean City Nor’easters is a professionally run amateur soccer club with the focus of developing, educating and promoting soccer, health and leadership. Located in Ocean City, New Jersey, “America’s Greatest Family Resort”, the Nor’easters provide quality entertainment to families throughout the Tri-State area and the thousands of visitors every summer.
The Nor’easters organization was established in 1996 and made Carey Stadium, in Ocean City, NJ, its permanent home in 2005. Competing in North America’s top amateur league, the Premier Development League (PDL), the Nor’easters provide the highest level of soccer in Southern New Jersey. The 65-team PDL is the 4th level of soccer in the United States, below the professional leagues; Major League Soccer (MLS), North American Soccer League (NASL) and United Soccer League (USL). As part of the PDL, the Nor’easters’ have the sixth-best overall record since joining the league in 2003 and have upset five professional teams in the Lamar Hunt US Open Cup, third-most of any amateur team in the country. Ocean City players have the ability to compete during the summer months in a professional environment while maintaining their collegiate eligibility and pursuing their academic goals.