March 15, 2011

Men's Soccer Announces 2011 Freshman Class

WORCESTER, Mass. Holy Cross head men's soccer coach Ted Priestly has announced that seven players will join the Holy Cross program in the fall of 2011. Will Bowers (Raleigh, N.C.), Andrew Butterworth (Haverhill, Mass.), Beau Gordon (Millburn, N.J.), Ian McGarry (Hanover, Ind.), Gavin Millay (Shelburne, Vt.), John O'Hanlon (Saint James, N.Y.) and Michael Thompson (Cromwell, Conn.) will all play soccer for the Crusaders. 

"Each of these young men reflects the ideals and mission of Holy Cross in their academic, athletic and personal goals," said Priestly. "We are pleased to welcome each player into the Holy Cross soccer family, and we look forward to them adding to our competitive atmosphere."

Bowers is a defender/midfielder who played three seasons of varsity soccer for Leesville Road High School in Raleigh, N.C. He was named team captain in 2010 and earned All-Conference and All-region honors his senior year. His team was crowned the 2010 CAP-8 conference champions. He also plays for the 92 CASL Elite club soccer team, who won the Capital Area Soccer League (CASL) 2010 state cup championship.

Butterworth is a midfielder who played three seasons of varsity soccer for Central Catholic High School in Lawrence, Mass. He also spent a majority of his time playing for the IMG U18 Development Academy Team, the FC Stars of Massachusetts and the FC Greater Boston Bolts. He was a five-year member of the Massachusetts ODP State Team as well. He was named the 2009 MVP of the U18 state championship team (FC Stars) and helped the team become a Region 1 Premier League finalist.

Gordon is a midfielder who was a varsity starter for four seasons at St. Benedict's Prep in Newark, N.J. He was a three-time New Jersey All-Prep Selection (2008-2010) and helped his team to four New Jersey state prep championships (2007-2010). He won the team's Scholar Athlete award in 2010 and will graduate with high honors.

McGarry is a forward who played four seasons of varsity soccer at Madison Consolidated High School in Madison, Ind. He was a two-time All-Conference first team selection and named first team All-District as a senior. He captained his high school squad as a junior and senior, winning the team's Top Player award in both 2009 and 2010. He finished his career with 129 career points, scoring 27 goals and recording 48 assists. His team won the sectional championship every year he played. He plays for the Mockingbird Valley and Columbus Express soccer clubs.

Millay is a defender who played four seasons of varsity soccer at Rice Memorial High School in South Burlington, Vt. He was a two time team MVP and named the 2010 team captain. He was named first team Lake Division in 2009 and 2010 as well as the Lake Division Offensive Player of the Year in 2009. He was named to the Twin State Vermont team (top 20 seniors in Vermont) in 2010 and finished his career as the program's second all-time leading school scorer (43 goals) as he also registered a school record for goals in a single season (19). He also plays for the Synergy football club, captaining the squad in 2009.

O'Hanlon is a midfielder who played two seasons of varsity soccer at Chaminade in Mineola, N.Y. He was named CHSAA All-League as a senior and helped his team win the 2010 CHSAA state championship. He finished his high school career with 15 goals and 15 assists as his team won the CHSAA league championship in all four of his playing seasons. He plays club soccer for the Smithtown Wizards, captaining the team during the 2009-2010 season.

Thompson is a goalkeeper who played three seasons of varsity soccer at Xavier High School in Middletown, Conn. He was named a two-time team MVP (2009-2010) and was selected to the Connecticut Soccer Coaches Association Senior Bowl (2010). He ended the 2010 season with 11 shutouts in 16 games, allowing only six goals for a .375 GAA. For his efforts, he was named ESPN RISE first team All-State and to the National Soccer Coaches Association of America Scholar All-America team. He also plays for the Oakwood soccer club.

"Every one of these players comes from positive, winning soccer traditions where character counts as much as the results on the soccer field," continued Priestly. "Clearly, our focus needs to be set on winning  and this recruiting class will help us achieve the positive results that we expect here at Holy Cross on the soccer field, in the classroom and in the community."

2011 Holy Cross Men's Soccer Recruiting Class

Name                                    Position                  Hometown/High School
Will Bowers                           Midfield/Defense     Raleigh, N.C. / Leesville Road
Andrew Butterworth             Midfield                   Haverhill, Mass. / Central Catholic
Beau Gordon                        Midfield                   Millburn, N.J. / St. Benedict's Prep
Ian McGarry                          Forward                  Hanover, Ind. / Madison Consolidated
Gavin Millay                          Defense                   Shelburne, Vt. / Rice Memorial
John O'Hanlon                      Midfield                    Saint James, N.Y. / Chaminade
Michael Thompson                Goalkeeper             Cromwell, Conn. / Xavier