CHESTERTOWN, Md. - Progress. In 2012, Roy Dunshee's first season as head coach of the Washington College men's soccer team, the Shoremen definitely made progress. Their best overall won-loss record (5-10) in five years and their first three-win conference season in four years served as proof of that. Now, in Dunshee's second season, the Shoremen will look to finish above .500 for the first time in a decade while they seek their first Centennial Conference Tournament berth since the tournament was established 13 years ago.
No fewer than twenty Shoremen return from last year's team, including a combined total of 15 returning seniors and juniors. Among Washington's five seniors are midfielders Chris Nardo (Middlesex, N.J./Middlesex) and Sam Wild (Chalfont, Pa./Central Bucks West), both of whom started a majority of the Shoremen's games last season and were among the team's top scorers as Wild tallied three goals and Nardo scored two goals and assisted on two others. Like Nardo and Wild, defender Josh Goheen (Bel Air, Md./John Carroll), who made two starts in four games last season, is a fourth-year player. Washington's other two seniors - forward George Gabriel (Cambridge, England/Hinchingbrooke School) and midfielder Keegan Fisher (Annapolis, Md./Broadneck) - were new to the team a year ago. In Gabriel's first season stateside, he scored a pair of goals en route to earning the team's Most Improved Player Award. Fisher, meanwhile, appeared in two games in his first season of collegiate soccer.
Six of the Shoremen's 10 returning juniors played in at least nine games a year go. Midfielder Bob Libera (New Providence, N.J./New Providence)scored one goal and assisted on another while making 13 starts in 15 games, while forward Sam Draper (Centreville, Md./Queen Anne's County)registered one goal and two assists in 15 games, nine of them starts. Twin midfielders Matt Wilfong (Hampstead, Md./North Carroll) and Brandon Wilfong (Hampstead, Md./North Carroll) made four starts in 13 games and one start in 15 games, respectively. Matt scored three goals, while Brandon had one assist. Forward Joseph Fili (Sparks, Md./Loyola Blakefield) added one assist while making two starts in 12 games, while midfielderZach Stocksdale (Hampstead, Md./North Carroll) appeared in nine games off the bench.
Rounding out the Shoremen's returning juniors are defenders Adam Smith (Laytonsville, Md./Colonel Magruder) and Daniel Grosscup (Baltimore, Md./Baltimore Lutheran), forward Taylor Price-Kellogg (Clayton, N.Y./Thousand Islands), and goalkeeper Lin Robinson (York, Pa./York Country Day). Smith made two starts in three games, Grosscup played in four games, and Price-Kellogg played in one game. Robinson did not see action playing behind the since-graduated Tyler Cabot.
Five sophomores return for the Shoremen this season, led by defenders Jack Butler (Potomac, Md./Winston Churchill) and Yaron Greenberg (Kiryat Ono, Israel/Ben Zvi). Butler started all 15 of the Shoremen's games as a freshman, while Greenberg made 11 starts in 12 games. Forward Cody Gray(West Chester, Pa./Westtown School) and midfielder Chris Koch (Hadley, Mass./Hopkins Academy) played in seven and three games, respectively, a year ago, while goalkeeper David Myers (Westminster, Md./Winters Mill) did not see game action.
Two junior transfers and eight freshmen fill out the rest of the Shoremen's roster. Midfielder Matthew Collins (Severn, Md./Old Mill) and forward Tyler Fernandez (Arnold, Md./Broadneck) both join the Shoremen after beginning their collegiate careers at Anne Arundel Community College, where Fernandez was an All-Region player. Forwards Chris Lewandowski (Pittsburgh, Pa./Mt. Lebanon) and Brian Wilkinson (Sykesville, Md./Mount St. Joseph), midfielders Christian Cooke (Bowie, Md./DeMatha), Dimitri Kaliakin (Landenberg, Pa./Salesianum School [Del.]), and Drew Thompson (Dumfries, Va./Woodbridge), defenders Cole Strong (Severna Park, Md./Severna Park) and Derek Stiles (Hillsborough, N.J./Hillsborough), and goalkeeper Jon Wendeborn (Lambertville, N.J./South Hunterdon) comprise the Shoremen's freshman class.
Dunshee welcomes back his entire coaching staff from a year ago, assistant coaches Vincent Caltabiano and Meir Lewin and volunteer assistant Jeff Reinoehl. The Shoremen will open their 2013 season Friday, August 30th, at Shenandoah with a 6:00 p.m. kick-off. Their home opener will come five days later when they host Eastern Shore rival Salisbury at 7:00 p.m. The non-conference schedule also includes home games against Valley Forge Christian, Cairn, Catholic, and Georgian Court and road games at Goucher and Gwynedd-Mercy. Centennial Conference play begins Saturday, September 21st, with a home game against Franklin & Marshall.