June 28, 2016
Vermont men's team adds 10 players
BURLINGTON, Vt. -- The defending America East men’s champion University of Vermont has added 10 newcomers, coach Jesse Cormier announced Tuesday.
"Coaches Rob Dow and Brian Mitko deserve a lot of credit for putting (together) a very good class to complement our returning team,” Cormier said. “I have a great staff and we feel this has the potential to be an exciting year with the squad we have returning joining this talented group of newcomers. We are also looking forward to the opportunity to play in front of our fantastic fans at an improved Virtue Field with the construction of a grandstand underway."
Among the new Catamounts are Lucas Shaw of South Burlington, three players from Iceland and three transfers:
Jon Arnar Barődal - Midfield - 6-0/170 - Gardabaer, Iceland/Fjolbrautarskolinn Gardabae
Cormier: "Jon is a clever player with the ability to provide us with an attacking vision. We are excited to have him join us and I think we will see him make a difference."
Greg Ginsburg - Defender - 6-0/175 - Chappaqua, N.Y./Horace Greeley High School
Cormier: "Greg did a nice job at our ID Camp. His competitive qualities, ability to connect vertical passes going forward and lockdown mentality will serve him well in his four years at Vermont.’’
10 goals and 12 assists as a senior … All-league as Horace Greeley advanced to the sectional finals in 2013 ... All-Hudson Valley First Team, All-Journal News Second Team, all-league and all-section teams, All-Metro Honorable Mention in 2015.
Mikel Kabala - Midfield - 5-9/160 - Kinshasha, DR of Congo/Manchester (N.H.) Central High School/Providence
Cormier: "We've known Mikel for many years as a New England Revs youth kid, and he has many gifts as a central midfield presence. He has power and strength as is luxury in possession because we feel he can help us build the ball from deep lying positions."
Transfer from Providence ... 11 games (nine starts) as Friars posted six shutouts ... Saint Stephen's Episcopal for one year and Manchester Central High School for three years ... U.S. Soccer Development Academy in 2010-11 ... U.S. Under-17 national team for Four Nations Tournament in Argentina in 2012.
David Price - Goalkeeper - 6-0/180 - Boston, Mass./Beaver County Day School/High Point Univ.
Cormier: "David is a technician who is driven like no other. His will to improve in training, and be as prepared as he can be to play is exciting. He will be a nice addition to our goalkeeper corps.”
Transfer from High Point, started five games in 2015 ... all-league for Needham High School in 2010, becoming first freshmen in a decade to earn the honor ... Led the Eastern Independent League in goals against average ... UC U-17 team in the Maccabi Pan American Games in Sao Paolo, Brazil, in 2011, captained team to silver medal ... two years of varsity soccer at Beaver County Day.
Hakeem Rabiu - Forward - 5-11/176 - Niskayuna, N.Y./Shattuck Saint Mary's (Minn.)
Cormier: "Hakeem is an attacking guy with huge potential. He has a long gait, a clever first touch and with his character is a great fit with the squad.’’
Billy Risigo - Defender - 6-0/175 - Kennebunkport, Maine/Cheverus High School/Providence
Cormier: "Billy is a physical defender who has versatility and carries a lot of pride. He will add some grit and challenge for time immediately.’’
Aron Runarsson - Goalkeeper - 6-4/172 - Akureyri, Iceland/Lundarskóli
Cormier: "Aron is a prototypical goalkeeper, with size, strength, and a wealth of experience. We feel he will be another great addition to the goalkeeper group and help us in many ways.”
Lucas Shaw - Defender - 5-9/165 - South Burlington, Vt./South Burlington High School
Cormier: "I've known Lucas as a local kid and always enjoyed watching him play. He is always enthusiastic about playing and competing. He has good versatility and is a competitive kid that will be a great fit with the culture of the squad.”
Arnar Steinn Hansson - Defender - 6-2/183 - Garđabćr, Iceland/Reykjavik
Cormier: "Arnar is a very good student-athlete. His maturity and character is obvious and will be a welcome addition to our backline. With losing a couple key seniors graduating from our defense, it will be important for Arnar to be ready to step in and help.”
Christopher Watts - Froward - 5-11/160 - New Milford, Conn./South Kent School
Cormier: "Chris is a talented attacking player. He has great character and is a young leader who fits the values of our program. He is a hard worker and was a key player and personality on a championship team last year."
All-State and WNEPPSA All-Star... captain and MVP ... Won two New England Championships and one National Championship.