PISCATAWAY, N.J. – Rutgers head men’s soccer coach Bob Reasso announced that three standout student-athletes will enroll at Rutgers University and compete for the Scarlet Knights starting in the 2009 season. University of South Carolina transfer David MacVane (Saratoga Springs, N.Y.), Jake Grinkevich (Manalapan, N.J.) of New Jersey and Pennsylvania native Dan Parr (Hummelstown, Pa.), will be the latest additions to the Rutgers men’s soccer program.
"We have a much smaller class this year than our last two classes which were big groups,” said Reasso. “We feel that we have an outstanding nucleus here and what we were looking to add was some extra quality. We believe we have added that with these three players who can each make an impact on our team right away."
With the departure of senior goalkeeper Amir Haghshenas, who started every game last season for the Scarlet Knights, the Rutgers coaching staff will look to address that need with the addition of Grinkevich, a 6-0, 195-pound keeper. RU will also add two field players in Parr and MacVane to an already highly-talented group. MacVane will give the Scarlet Knights an added benefit with previous game experience on the collegiate level.
MacVane joins the Rutgers program after a stellar rookie season at the University of South Carolina. The Saratoga Spring, N.Y. native, started all 17 of the games he played in, tying for the team lead in assists with four. Prior to beginning his collegiate career, MacVane participated in the United States U17 National Team residency program. He was a member of the U14, 15, 16,17 and 18 National Teams and Rise Magazine selected him as the No. 7 recruit nationally. MacVane was also a NSCAA (National Soccer Coaches Association of America) adidas High School All-American and was named to the NSCAA All-East Region Team.
“Dave started every game (he played in) for South Carolina as a freshman,” said Reasso. “He’s an outstanding player and we’ve been very fortunate to have some exceptional transfers join our program in the past few years and he definitely adds to that. Dave enjoyed his time at South Carolina but wanted to be closer to home and we are excited to have him.”
Grinkevich was a two-time First Team All-State selection as a senior for Manalapan High School. During his junior campaign, he was recognized as the Shore Goalie of the Year by The Star-Ledger and was a member of the NJ State Group IV Co-Championship team. Grinkevich was also a two-time first team all-state selection by the Soccer Coaches Association of New Jersey as a Top-5 Goalkeeper. A two-time All Monmouth County pick, Grinkevich ended his scholastic career with 46 shutouts.
“We are delighted to have Jake join us,” said Reasso. “He’s an exceptional athlete and young man. Everything he needs to do to be a successful Division I goalkeeper, he does really well. He’s a great striker of the ball, he has very good hands, he’s brave and has great range. Jake will definitely fight for the starting job this season.”
Parr was four-year starter at Lower Dauphin High School and an All-State pick as a senior. A two-time selection to the Mid-Penn Keystone Division Team, he was also named the division’s Most Valuable Player in his final season. Parr was a member of the Super Y ODP National Team in 2006 and 2008. He also won the Region 1 ODP Championship in 2007, competing on the USYSA Region 1 ODP Team in 2003, ‘07 and ’08. An outstanding student, Parr is a member of the National Honor Society and has a class rank of eight out of 350. Parr also has an older brother Andy who is currently a member of the Penn State soccer program.
“Dan is a very technical and versatile player with good size and in the modern game that makes him very valuable,” said Reasso. “He was one of the most highly recruited players out Pennsylvania this year. He is capable of playing a number of positions and will have an immediate impact on our program.”