All Bring Talented Credentials
NEW HAVEN, Conn. – Yale men's soccer coach Brian Tompkins will welcome six freshmen to campus this fall. All bring strong credentials to New Haven.
"This year's freshman class represents a variety of different types of players and has answered some important tactical needs for us, adding size, speed, skills and smarts," Tompkins said. "It is never easy to predict how much impact a new class will bring to a team, but I feel confident that this group will make its mark in positive and noticeable ways this fall."
Here is a closer look at the Class of 2018:
Before Yale: Captain of the Westminster School soccer team… Helped team reach the quarterfinals of the England School's Cup and the final of the London School's Cup… Westminster set school records for wins in a season and shutouts in a season during his tenure… Selected to represent England Independent Schools U14 through U18… Gained an England cap by playing international fixtures against Australia, Wales and Scotland schools… Captained ODP Europe… Four-year Independent Schools starter.
Personal: Father was a squash player at Harvard… Coached soccer at a local primary school for three years.
Why Yale? "Yale was the perfect opportunity to receive a top class education and also pursue the game that I love. I am really excited to get to know the team and to work with the coaches."
Tompkins on Iselin: "Ollie has outstanding size and athleticism and brings a tremendous amount of international experience. He has the tenacity and smarts to play a number of roles for us, and I look forward to seeing his impact on the college game."
Mill Valley, Calif.
Tamalpais High School
Before Yale: Marin County Athletic League Player of the Year as a senior at Tamalpais High School… Scored 15 goals and had 20 assists in his senior season… First team all-league selection as a junior… Missed sophomore season with injury… Honorable mention all-league as a freshman… Helped Tamalpais to a pair of NCS championships and four MCAL titles… Played club soccer for Marin FC, which won the 2012 Surf Cup and reached the finals two other times… Played for the Region IV ODP team for two years… Named to the Region IV Championship all-star team in 2011 and the interregional all-star team in 2012… Selected to the 2014 Boys IMG Academy 150 Player Pool.
Personal: Volunteered as a tutor at Caliber Schools in Richmond, Calif… Father and uncle both played soccer at Brown.
Why Yale? "Because of the world-class education it offers, in addition to the opportunity the school has given me to continue playing soccer at a very high, competitive level. I am very excited to play under Coach Tompkins and the rest of the coaching staff for the next four years."
Tompkins On Janetos: "I see Lucas as a spark plug for our squad. He is a true two-way player and has distinguished himself as a tough and tenacious defender who loves to attack whenever the opportunity presents itself."
Mill Valley, Calif.
Tamalpais High School
Before Yale: Marin County Athletic League Player of the Year as a junior at Tamalpais High School… First junior to ever win award… Scored 27 goals and had 20 assists in his junior year... Injured for the regular season in his senior year… Returned for the post season and scored eight goals and added five assists… Helped Tamalpais to back-to-back NCS titles… Played for the Cate School as a freshman, scoring 20 goals and adding 15 assists… Santa Barbara Athletic Roundtable Player of the Week selection, the first freshman in Case history to win the award… ESPN Rising Player of the Week runner up in his freshman season… Helped Case to 2010 CIF championship by scoring a hat trick in the final… Played for former Yale star Rick Fullerton '93 with the Mill Valley Soccer Club… Also played for the Santa Barbara Soccer Club and Marin FC.
Personal: Has participated in Westminster Presbyterian Youth mission trips since sixth grade… Grandfather, Jackson O. Hall, was an All-America soccer player at Dartmouth… Father played collegiate soccer at Davidson.
Why Yale? "My primary mentor and coach was a Yale graduate, Rick Fullerton. It is an honor to follow in his footsteps."
Tompkins On Mauze: "Teddy is a clever and skillful forward with the ability to not only score goals but also connect and combine with other players in dangerous areas. His target play will allow us to have variety in our attack on the ground and in the air."
Beacon High School
Before Yale: Four-year varsity letterwinner at Beacon High School… New York City Mayor's Cup All-Star (PSAL)… Team captain as a senior… Helped lead Beacon to the 2009 PSAL Division A championship… Team was the Division A runner up in 2013… Plays club soccer for the Manhattan Soccer Club, the 2014 NPL Eastern Development League champions… Also played for Match Fit Chelsea USSF Academy and the New York Red Bulls Pre-Academy… Ranked as one of the top 100 players in the country from age 15-17… Member of Region I and New York State ODP teams.
Personal: Interned at the Ascend Learning Charter School in Brownsville, helping to develop middle school reading guidelines… Volunteered at the Good Shepherd After-School Center at Middle School 442… Manchester United fan.
Why Yale? "I am honored to be attending an institution with such a long-standing tradition of academic and athletic excellence. I want to be a part of the team that brings the Ivy League title back to Yale."
Tompkins On Miller: "Theo is a highly skilled and technical player who can operate in a number of roles. His versatility and ability to play in midfield or as a defender will be an asset for us."
Palo Alto, Calif.
Palo Alto High School
San Jose Earthquakes Academy
Before Yale: Spent the last three years with the San Jose Earthquakes, part of the US Soccer Development Academy… Team captain for both U16 and U18 squads… Made the second most starts on U18 Earthquakes… Played one year at Palo Alto High School… Only freshman on the roster… Helped lead Palo Alto to the CCS quarterfinals… Also played for Santa Clara Sporting club, the 2010 Far West Regional League champions… Member of the 2010 ODP state team and selected to the 2010 ODP Region IV team.
Personal: Two-time President's Award recipient for more than 100 hours of community service… Co-founded Laces Soccer Camps, a non-profit soccer camp where all proceeds were dedicated to the Right To Play charity… Grandfather was drafted to play professional baseball… Loves to play the guitar.
Why Yale? "Because it offers the best combination of fantastic academics and high achieving sports. To top it off, the student body and staff at Yale are unlike any other school in the world. Once I saw how much Yale has to offer. I knew that it was the perfect place for me."
Tompkins On Totte: "Josh has great poise and technique and has gained valuable experience playing for the Earthquakes. He will be an excellent addition to our squad in midfield or as a wide option."
Troy High School
Crew Soccer Academy
Before Yale: Spent the last two years with the Crew Soccer Wolves, part of the US Soccer Development Academy…The Wolves finished eighth in the nation in 2013, qualifying for the U16 Academy finals week… Wolves won the U16 Mid America Division… Played one year of varsity soccer at Troy High School and earned all-league, all-district and all-region honors… Named rookie of the year.
Personal: Coached a youth soccer team in the summer for four years.
Why Yale? "Because I felt I would have an unparalleled experience. Yale's prestigious academic reputation and Coach Tompkins' professionalism made me feel confident about playing for Yale."
Tompkins On Wang: "Allens club experience under the leadership of former Yale star Lars Richters has seen him evolve into a steady and reliable defensive presence capable of playing anywhere across the back line."
Report filed by Tim Bennett, Yale Sports Publicity