“This is the deepest and one of the best recruiting class we have had in our 22 years here at Rutgers,” said Reasso. “I have to give a great deal of credit to my outstanding assistants, Jeff Zaun and Pedro Lopes, for their hard work in securing this group. Our goals for this class were to get bigger, stronger and faster and we believe we have accomplished those goals. We have a number of players in the group who will have an immediate impact on our program.”
The class includes four players off the Bethesda Alliance club team that made it to the Final Four in the U-17 club team National Championship, coached by Graham Ramsey, highlighting a group that also includes three top players from Pennsylvania as well as standout players from Georgia and New York. The class is further augmented by a Junior College All American and a pair of outstanding prospects from New Jersey.
Lubos Ancin was a First Team All-State goalkeeper by the Star Ledger and a First Team All-League honoree by six different newspapers. He was the MVP of the Rutgers Elite Camp in the Summer of 2002 and a First Team All-Burlington County pick as a junior in 2001. A native of Slovakia, he moved to the United States in June of 2001 after starting in goal for the Slovakian National Champions in 2000-2001. A member of the Slovakian Youth National Team in 2000-2001, Ancin played club ball with the Medford Strikers (2001) and FC Coppa (2002).
“Lubos learned his goalkeeping skills when he played for the Youth National team in Slovakia,” said Reasso. “He has adjusted to life in America very quickly and is an outstanding student. He is a fierce competitor who has the potential to be an outstanding Division I goalkeeper and compete for the starting job right away.”
Ricardo Arenas played the last two years at Mercer County Community College in West Windsor, NJ, where he captained the team and led it to the National Final, finishing second. He was named to the Final Four All-Tournament team and also a Junior College All-American selection. Areans, a native of Guatemala, has played for its U-17, U-20, and U-23 National team. He also has appeared once for their full National Team.
"We are delighted that Richi is joining us next year," said Reasso. "He is an outstanding player with International experience. He can play a number of positions, is big and strong and is a very skillful left footed player. We expect him to make an immediate impact on our team with his leadership, experience and his playing ability."
Tommy Birch was named to the All Regional Team in 2002 and earned All-State and Mid-Penn Player of the Year honors. He was a three-time Liberty Division Player of the Year and a three-time First Team All-League selection. A two-time member of the Patriot News Big 11, Birch was also named to the Carlisle Sentinel All-Star team three-consecutive seasons, earning Player of the Year honors in 2002. A member of the US Youth National Team from 1999-2001, Birch was also a member of the US Region 1 Team and played with the Super Nova Premier Soccer Club.
“Tommy is a fierce competitor and a leader,” said Reasso. “He is a player who is comfortable playing just about anywhere on the field. I am very confident he will have a big impact on our team as a freshman.”
William Chiles was an All-Met pick as a senior in 2002 and an All-Gazette, All-County and All-Star selection in Montgomery County. An imposing presence in net (6-3, 210), Chiles had five shutouts, a 0.50 goals against average and allowed only three goals all season. A member of the Springbrook varsity basketball team as well, Chiles played for the Bethesda Magic AAU team, which was a national qualifier in 2002. He played club soccer with the Bethesda Alliance and was a member of the Regional team for five years and the ODP program for six.
“Billy fits the mold of our team getting bigger and stronger,” said Reasso. “He is a truly exceptional athlete who will come in and compete for the starting goalkeeper position as a freshman.”
Brinker Dailey, whose final high school season will take place this spring, has played in back-to-back final fours at Wesleyan High School. He earned All-County honors as a junior in the spring of 2002 after scoring 27 goals in 18 matches, receiving team MVP honors. Dailey also plays for the United Quest Club for the past five years, leading the team to a state championship in 2001 and most recently in 2003. A three-sport standout, Dailey also competes in cross country and basketball. His older brother, Reid, is a goalkeeper at St. John’s University.
“Brinker is an outstanding athlete who is a big midfielder that covers a lot of ground. He is brave and can score goals from the midfield,” said Reasso.
Jared Komar was a four-year starter in goal for FD Roosevelt and averaged nine saves per game as a senior in 2002. He was a First Team All-Conference pick in 2002 and a two-time All-League selection in 2000 and 2001, adding honorable mention status as a freshman and sophomore. The Poughkeepsie Journal named him a Second Team All-Star in 2002 and a honorable-mention pick in 2000 and 2001. A member of the Region I ODP team in 2002, he also played two seasons in the USSF Y-League, placing sixth overall at the 2002 Nationals.
“Jared is a Regional caliber goalkeeper with excellent skill and understanding for the position,” said Reasso.
Larry Mark was the DeMatha Player of the Year in 2002 after scoring 37 goals and adding 26 assists in his career, including 19 and 7 as a senior in 2002. He is a two-time WCAC (Washington DC Catholic Area Conference) selection and a 2002 All-State performer. He was named the Prince Georges County Player of the Year in 2002 and earned All-Metro honors from the Washington Post. He was also an NSCAA All-American in 2002. As a member of the Bethesda Alliance club team, Mark won the 2002 State Cup championship and the 2002 Region I crown.
“Larry is a very talented athlete who can play a number of positions,” said Reasso. “He is a very good student and the type of young man we want to build our program around.”
Tamer Mohamed is a two-time All-Queens and All-City selection, earning All-State honors from the CHSAA in 2002. He was the 2002 CHSAA Player of the Year, helping his team to the City Championship and a state finalist spot last fall. He also played on a City and State Championship team as a sophomore in 2000. Mohamed played club ball with the East Meadow Hawks, which won the 2000 state championship and the 2002 Capital Cup. He is also a four-year member of the NY state ODP team.
“Tamer is a gifted player who possesses the skill and athletic ability to be an outstanding Division I player,” said Reasso. “He has a wealth of potential.”
Lexton Moy is a three-time all-league honoree, earning player of the year honors in 2002 and league MVP honors on two occasions. He scored 34 goals in his career and added 41 assists. Moy played club soccer for three seasons with the Merrick Red Storm and was a four-year member of the state ODP team. He is a three-year member of the Regional team as well.
“Lex is a charismatic young man and a very talented and experienced defender,” said Reasso. “He is quick and tenacious – two skills that will make his adjustment to the college game much easier.”
Jason Pelletier was a four-year starter on the varsity and is the school’s career scoring leader with 194 total points (66 goals, 62 assists). He also holds the single-season assist record with 34 in 2002. Pelletier was named to the Patriot News Big 11 First Team and was selected to the Central PA All-Star squad. A First Team All-Division pick, Pelletier anchored the 2001 PA State AA Champions. He played seven seasons with the Super Nova Football Club and also played with the Region I ODP team that competed internationally in France. A member of the Eastern PA ODP team since 1997, Pelletier played for the 1999, 2001 and 2002 Region I champions and will compete for the ODP National Championship in Texas in 2003.
“Jason is a very versatile player and can help our team at a number of positions,” said Reasso. “He has very quick feet and has Division I skill.”
Warren Richards was an All-Main Line pick in 2002, as well as a First Team All-League selection. The team’s leading scorer in all four of his varsity seasons, Richards owns the school record for goals in a game with five. He also lettered in track and field at Friends’ Central, finishing second in the state on the prep level in the 100m, 4x100 and 4x400 relays. Richards played club ball most recently with the Council Rock Soccer Club.
“Warren is a left sided attacking player who can beat people,” said Reasso. “He is blessed with speed and skill and will play up front or as a winger for us.”
Adam Sternberger amassed 78 goals and 29 assists during his three-year varsity career, including 25 goals and four assists as a senior in 2002. A three-time All-CAL pick, Sternberger led his team to the Group 3 State Championship in 2000 and 2001. He was a First Team All-Atlantic City Press and Courier Post pick in 2001 when he registered 33 goals and 10 assists. A member of the Pittsgrove club team from 1997 to 2002, Sternberger also played with the Match Fit Academy Crew, earning MVP honors at the Disney Showcase and posting state championships in 2001 and 2002.
“We are delighted that Adam has decided to attend Rutgers,” said Reasso. “Adam is very quick and can score goals. He is very competitive, can play up front as well as on the wing and should make an immediate impact on our team.”
Alieu Terry was a first team All-Gazette and a Second Team All-Met pick in 2002. He entered the season as the top-ranked player in the area and scored nine goals with seven assists in a shortened, seven-game senior campaign. A three-year varsity starter, Terry led his team to the 4A West Region semifinals in 2002. He played his club soccer with the Bethesda Alliance and won the 2002 Regional Championship and was a member of the Maryland ODP team for the last three years.
“Alieu is an outstanding athlete and a tough defender,” said Reasso. “He is a left sided player who should come in and fight for the staring spot right away.”
Daniel Waldo was a four-year varsity starter at Walt Whitman High School, which was nationally-ranked in both 2000 and 2001. Waldo guided his team to the 2002 State Championship and was named All-County, All-State and All-Met (Washington Post) last fall. One of only two players to start all four years at Whitman, Waldo anchored a defense that gave up only eight goals in 2002. During his four-year varsity career, the team posted 25 shutouts, an average of 6.3 per season. A member of the Bethesda Alliance club team, Waldo also won the Region I title and state championship in 2002.
“Danny is an outstanding leader and player,” said Reasso. “He has captained his high school team to the State Championship and captained his club team to the National Final Four. We expect him to come in and fight for playing time right away.”
|Lubos Ancin||GK||Burlington, NJ||Burlington|
|Ricardo Arenas||F||Guatemala City||Mercer CC|
|Tommy Birch||M/B||Mechanicsburg, PA||Cumberland Valley|
|William Chiles||GK||Silver Spring, MD||Springbrook|
|Brinker Dailey||MF||Atlanta, GA||Wesleyan|
|Jared Komar||GK||Hyde Park, NY||FD Roosevelt|
|Larry Mark||M/F||Beltsville, MD||DeMatha Catholic|
|Tamer Mohamed||MF||Queens, NY||Holy Cross|
|Lexton Moy||B/M||New York, NY||Friends Seminary|
|Jason Pelletier||B/M||Middletown, PA||Middletown|
|Warren Richards||F||Philadelphia, PA||Friend’s Central|
|Adam Sternberger||M/F||Petersburg, NJ||Ocean City|
|Alieu Terry||B/M||Silver Spring, MD||Montgomery Blair|
|Daniel Waldo||B||Bethesda, MD||Walt Whitman|