Five Freshmen, One Transfer Headed To New Haven
NEW HAVEN, Conn. - Yale men's soccer coach Brian Tompkins will welcome six newcomers to the roster this fall. Five freshmen and one transfer are headed to New Haven.
"Our goal with this recruiting class was to identify players that could strengthen all areas of the team and make an immediate and positive impact," Tompkins said. "I believe we have done that, and they will bring great energy to a veteran group of returners. I am looking forward to integrating them into the squad and getting a measure of how good they can be."
Here is a closer look at the six:
Munich International School
Before Yale: Top scorer for Munich International School as a junior (9 goals, 14 assists) and senior (12 goals, 15 assists)… Named all star at the International Schools Sports Tournament… Two-time team captain… Helped Munich International School to the 2009 Division 1 championship and three consecutive SCIS titles… Played club soccer for MTV Berg, which won a pair of league titles.
Personal: Helped raise money for several schools in Myanmar.
Why Yale? "I feel like it's the perfect place to grow as a soccer player and as a student. Moreover, I was deeply impressed by the team spirit and by the kindness and support of the coaching staff."
Duxbury High School
Before Yale: Played with the FC Bolts Celtic u18 Academy last year… Three-year starter at Duxbury High School… Helped Duxbury to a pair of league titles… Elected team captain… Played club soccer for Crusaders United…Team captain… Helped Crusaders to three appearances in State Cup semi finals and a pair of New England Soccer Classic championships… Part of Massachusetts Olympic Developmental Program and invited to Region 1 ODP camp.
Personal: Regional co-coordinator for Soccer Stars, a program that teaches soccer to children with special needs… Has a USSF F coaching license and coached a Duxbury youth team… Great grandfather, Louis Cook, attended Yale (Class of 1900)… Father played college hockey at Holy Cross.
Why Yale? "It has always been a dream of mine to go to Yale so when I was accepted and offered a spot on the team I knew it was where I wanted to spend the next four years of my life. I cannot wait to be a part of the Yale community on and off the field."
The Pingry School
Before Yale: Somerset Player of the Year at The Pingry School… First team all-state, all-area and all-county selection… Team captain… Recipient of Pingry's 2013 Principal Award for model student-athlete… Helped lead Pingry to three county championships, four conference championships and an NJSIAA New Jersey South championship… Played club soccer for PDA Academy.
Personal: Volunteers at The Market Street Mission.
Why Yale? I chose Yale because of its prestigious reputation, the way it mixes athletics and academics and how the school allows students to find the right balance between it all. I am very excited to play under Coach Tompkins and the rest of his staff."
The Pingry School
Before Yale: All-state and all-county selection at The Pingry School… Led team in goals as sophomore, junior and senior… Finished with 45 career goals… Pingry was ranked second in the state last fall… Played with Players Development Academy since U-9… Ranked as one of the top 100 players in the country during his time on the U-16 Academy team.
Personal: Six year volunteer at Ann's Choice, a New Jersey nursing home… Close friend Brian Costa plays at Princeton.
Why Yale? "Because of the people. Not only are they kind and helpful but they are genuine and provide the perfect balance between intellectual curiosity and athletic dominance. I love the team and my coaches and can't wait to get started with classes and soccer."
Sigrid Rudebecks Gymnasium
Notes: Transferred to Yale from Chalmers University in Gothenburg, Sweden… Class of 2016 at Yale.
Before Yale: Played for Sweden's oldest soccer club, Orgryte IS Youth Academy, from 2007 to 2013… Team captain last year… Named team's newcomer of the year in 2009-10… Helped team to a pair of second-place finishes in the Mariedal Cup, the world's biggest U19 indoor soccer tournament.
Personal: Youth soccer coach… Volunteer at the Church of Saron, raising money for developing countries.
Why Yale? "Yale provides access to a fantastic education program while also offering the opportunity to continue playing soccer at a very competitive level. I look forward to working together with the talented group of coaches and players."
North Andover, Mass.
Buckingham Browne & Nichols
Before Yale: Earned Prep School all-state honors as a senior at Buckingham Browne & Nichols… Defensive Player of the Year runner-up… Two-time first team all-league selection… Team captain as a senior… Posted a league-best 0.74 goals against average with seven shutouts as a junior… Played in the 2011 NEPSSA Junior All-Star game… Helped BB&N to the 2009 ISL championship… Goalkeeper for the Massachusetts Premier Soccer U19/U20 Bulldog Elite Team… Played for the FC Greater Boston Bolts Development Academy team.
Personal: Plays the saxophone… Participated in a 10-day study abroad program in the nation of Jordan.
Why Yale? "With the desire to study global affairs while also continuing my language studies in both Arabic and Chinese, Yale offers an endless possibility of opportunities to excel in these fields."
Report filed by Tim Bennett, Yale Sports Publicity