June 1, 2005
Worcester, Mass. - Holy Cross head coach Elvis Comrie has announced eight new additions to the men's soccer roster for the 2005 season. The Crusaders will welcome Andreas Andrews, Keith Bauer, Felipe Castrillon, Gerald Dickinson, Kregory Hefner, Alejandro Melean, Peter Siclari and Norbert Sieczkewski in the Fall.
Holy Cross is returning 10 starters from a year ago, after graduating just one senior in Geoff O'Connell this Spring.
The 2005 freshman class is made up of four midfielders (Andrews, Dickinson, Melean and Sicalri), two forwards (Castrillon and Hefner), one defender (Sieczkewski) and one goalie (Bauer).
Andrews is a six-foot, 160-pounder from Los Angeles, Calif., who played high school soccer at Loyola, earning team Most Valuable Player honors his senior season. A member of the LA Times All-Star Team and the California Interscholastic Federation Player of the Year, Andrews led Loyola to the 2004 CIF Championship, while being named the 2004 CIF Defensive Player of the Year. Andrews, who also tallied 11 goals and 29 assists his senior season at Loyola, was also a member of the U-17 Men's National Team in 2003.
Dickinson is a 6-foot-1, 166-pound midfielder from Pittsburg, Pa. and was a three-sport athlete at Shaler Area. He was a four-time member of the PA West ODP Team and earned All-WPIAL Team honors his senior season. A two-time All-Section 2 selection, Dickinson was a 2003 Pittsburg Post Gazette All-North Team pick and led Shaler Area to the WPIAL Section 2 Championship in 2001 and 2003. Dickinson amassed 31 career goals and 25 career assists while at Shaler Area.
A two sport athlete at Palmer Trinity, Melean stands at six-feet and hails from Miami, Fla. A two-time All-Dade and two-time All-State First Team selection, Melean combined for 53 goals and 47 assists during his junior and senior seasons on his way to Palmer Trinity Player of the Year honors in 2003 and 2004. He was also the top goal scorer in Dade County his junior year (33 goals in 23 games), while leading Palmer Trinity to the program's first ever District and Regional Championships. As a senior, he helped Palmer Trinity to another District Championship before falling in the Regional Finals.
Siclari is a Providence, R.I. native and was a four-sport athlete at LaSalle Academy. In 2004, Siclari earned Second Team All-Division honors, while helping LaSalle to four state championships. Siclari's father, Michael was a two-sport athlete at Holy Cross (soccer, hockey), while his brother, Stephen played soccer at near-by Assumption College.
Castrillon hails from Weston, Fla. and was a two-time Second Team All-State selection at Cypress Bay. A member of the 2004 Florida ODP Team, Castrillon earned All-County accolades his junior and senior seasons, while being named a Broward All-Star as a senior. In three seasons with Cypress Bay, Castrillon scored 63 goals and added 48 assists, which are both school records.
Hefner was a four-year letterwinner at Thunderbird (Phoenix, Ariz.), where he was a First Team All-Region selection his junior and senior seasons. Hefner also helped Thunderbird to the state championship game as a freshman.
Sieczkewski is a 6-foot-1, 185-pound defender from Linden, N.J., where he played at Linden, helping the team to the Section 2 (Group 4) State Championship and the Watchung Conference Championship in 2004. A First Team All-State and First Team Section 2 (Group 4) selection, Sieczkewski was also a First Team All-Watchung Conference pick as a senior. Sieczkewski was a two-time All-Union County selection and earned First Team All-Watchung Conference accolades as a junior, helping Linden to the Union County Championship in 2003.
Bauer, a 6-foot-2, 180-pound goalie from Commack, N.Y. was a two-sport captain at Commack High School where he led his team to the Suffolk County playoffs four straight years, making the championship game in 2001 and 2004. A member of the Suffolk County Soccer Coaches Association All-League Team as a senior, Bauer also received the Citibank Long Island Scholar-Athlete Achievement Recognition Award this year. The 2003 New York State Section XI Most Valuable Player, Bauer was a Newsday Hi-Five Scholar Athlete and was listed in the Sports Edition of Who's Who Among American High School Students.
Holy Cross finished with a 7-6-2 overall record and a 1-4-2 mark in the Patriot League last year. The Crusaders begin the 2005 season with two tournaments in New Jersey and New York the first two weekends of September before opening up at home against Sacred Heart on Wednesday, September, 14 at 4:00 PM.