WORCESTER, Mass. – Holy Cross head men's soccer coach Marco Koolman has announced that eight players will join the Holy Cross program in the fall of 2012. Diego Ceron (Belleville, N.J.), Eddie Gibbons (Bellport, N.Y.), Justin Marino (Duxbury, Mass.), Luke Melody (Mansfield, Conn.), Connor Mulhern (Winnetka, Ill.), Andrew Rhodes (Saint Louis, Mo.), Eddie Viscount (Smithtown, N.Y.) and Kevin Wright (McKinney, Texas) will all play soccer for the Crusaders.
Ceron is a defender who played three seasons of varsity soccer for St. Benedict's Prep in Newark, N.J. He was a two-time team captain and helped lead his squad to three-consecutive N.J. State Prep A championships in (2009-2011). The squad was also ranked No. 1 after the fall by the ESPN POWERADE FAB 50 rankings in 2011. He also plays for the New York Red Bulls club team as part of the U.S. Development Academy.
Gibbons is a midfielder who played four seasons of varsity soccer for Bellport High School in Bellport, N.Y. He captained the team as a junior and senior and was awarded team Most Improved as a junior and team MVP as a senior. He was also an All-Conference selection as a junior and senior. He ran four seasons of varsity track and field at Bellport and set the school record in the 3000m steeplechase. He plays club soccer for Albertson Academy.
Marino is a goalkeeper who played three years of varsity soccer at Duxbury High School in Duxbury, Mass. He was selected as a Patriot League All-Star in 2010 and 2011 and was named the Patriot League MVP in both those years. He earned Patriot Ledger All-Scholastic honors in 2010 and 2011 and Boston Herald All-Scholastic honors in 2011. He was chosen as an Eastern Massachusetts All-Star and All-State selection his junior and senior seasons and recorded 24 career shutouts.
Melody is a midfielder who played four seasons of varsity soccer at Edwin O. Smith High School in Storrs, Conn. He was a two-time Team MVP in 2010 & 2011 and a three-time All-CCC selection (2009-2011). He was named All-Hartford Courant from 2009-2011 and All-State and All-New England as a senior. He was also selected as an Academic All-American his senior season. He plays for the Oakwood Soccer Club.
Mulhern is a midfielder who played four seasons of varsity soccer at Loyola Academy in Wilmette, Ill. He was named All-Conference in 2010 and 2011 and All-Sectional in 2011. He helped his team win the 2009 CCL Conference championship. He was selected to the Pioneer Press first team All-North Shore as a senior and was one of the TopDrawerSoccer.com Players to Watch For. He also plays on the USSDA Chicago Magic club team.
Rhodes is a forward who played two seasons of varsity soccer at Saint Louis Priory School in Saint Louis, Mo. He helped his team win the Missouri Class 2 state championship in 2011 and district championship in 2008 and 2011. His team went 27-0 his senior season and finished No. 1 in the Saint Louis metropolitan area, No. 1 in the state of Missouri and No. 13 Nationally according to the ESPN POWERADE FAB 50 rankings. He was the Priory Player of the Year in 2011 and was selected first team All-League and All-State that year as well. He plays club soccer for Saint Louis Scott Gallagher Missouri and Lou Fusz Gold.
Viscount is a midfielder/forward who played four seasons of varsity soccer at Smithtown High School West in Smithtown, N.Y. He was named the league MVP in 2011 and was a three-time All-League selection from 2009-2011. He was also a two-time All-Conference selection in 2010 and 2011 and an All-County honoree in 2011. He finished his career with 23 goals and 30 assists. He was also selected for the U.S. National Pool in 2008 and plays club soccer for Albertson Academy.
Wright is a goalkeeper who played three seasons of varsity soccer at McKinney Boyd High School in McKinney, Texas. He was named team captain as a junior and senior and the team MVP and Defensive MVP in 2010 and 2011. He was named a first team All-State and first team All-Region 5A in both 2010 and 2011. He plays club soccer for Dallas Texas USSF Academy.
The Holy Cross men's soccer team is currently on summer break and will return to action in August. The fall 2012 game schedule will be announced at a later date.
2012 Holy Cross Men's Soccer Recruiting Class
|Diego Ceron||Defender||Belleville, N.J./St. Benedict's Prep|
|Eddie Gibbons||Defender||Bellport, N.Y./Bellport|
|Justin Marino||Goalkeeper||Duxbury, Mass./Duxbury|
|Luke Melody||Midfielder||Mansfield, Conn./Edwin O. Smith|
|Connor Mulhern||Midfielder||Winnetka, Ill./Loyola Academy|
|Andrew Rhodes||Forward||Saint Louis, Mo./Saint Louis Priory|
|Eddie Viscount||Midfield/Forward||Smithtown, N.Y./Smithtown West|
|Kevin Wright||Goalkeeper||McKinney, Texas/McKinney Boyd|