Bohn Announces Men's Soccer Class of 2016
Feb. 1, 2012
EASTON, Pa. - Head Coach Dennis Bohn has announced the eight student-athletes who will join the Lafayette men's soccer team for the 2012 season. The Class of 2016 consists of players representing California, Maine, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Pennsylvania and Vermont.
A recent graduate of Needham B. Broughton High School in Raleigh, N.C., Eric West has matriculated to Lafayette this semester and will train with the Leopards during the spring. West, who played center midfield with CASL Chelsea USSF Academy, earned an International Baccalaureate diploma from Broughton and was the recipient of the Bausch and Lomb Honorary Science Award. He intends to major in Chemistry.
The student-athlete traveling the greatest distance to Easton is Quentin Anson from Moorpark, Calif., where he has been a four-year starter at Moorpark High School. Anson has also built an impressive résumé while taking the pitch as a midfielder and defender for a Real So Cal USSF Academy team that placed fourth at the USSF Academy Finals. Anson, who is Bohn's first recruit from California in 11 seasons at Lafayette, intends to pursue a major in the sciences.
Defender Nate Arronson will come to College Hill from Bryn Mawr, Pa. Arronson was a two-time First Team All-Delaware County and First Team All-Inter-Ac selection at the Haverford School. As a senior captain for the Fords in 2011, his squad went 17-2-1 and set a school record with 10 consecutive shutouts. Arronson also plays soccer with FC Delco USSF Academy. An honors student, Arronson is a member of the Economics Club and a Community Awareness Leader.
Greg Biggiani, a forward who scored 45 career goals for Shawnee High School in Medford, N.J., will also join the Leopards this coming fall. Biggiani was a First-Team All-South Jersey selection at Shawnee, where he is also an accomplished sprinter and hurdler on the track and field team. He gained club soccer experience in New Jersey with Marlton SC Lightning. Academically, Biggiani earned a Maxima Cum Laude certificate on the National Latin Exam as well as the President's Award for Educational Excellence. He is also a volunteer with the Special Olympics and Pedals for Progress. Biggiani plans to major in Biology.
Michael Bloom joins the Leopards after a four-year career at Falmouth (Maine) High School and a post-graduate year at Phillips Andover (Mass.) Academy. Bloom, who has racked up 41 goals and 46 assists as a forward, garnered all-state and all-conference laurels en route to a pair of state championships at Falmouth. He then claimed NEPSSA All-Star honors in his year at Phillips Andover as the team advanced to the NEPSSA Class A Championship Game. He also played with Seacoast United USSF Academy in New Hampshire. An honors student, Bloom intends to study Economics at Lafayette.
An attacking player from Williston, Vt., Todd Forrester earned all-state recognition at Champlain Valley Union High School as his squad won a Division I Metro Championship in his junior season and advanced to the state finals in his senior campaign. Forrester also won a state title with his club soccer team, Nordic SC. In addition to soccer, he plays for his high school golf team where he finished tied for eighth at the state tournament. Forrester, who plans to study Engineering, earned a Rensselaer Medal and an AP Chemistry Science Award in his scholastic career in addition to meriting a Cum Laude certificate on the National Latin Exam.
Daniel Friedwald, a dangerous flank player from Purchase, N.Y., played scholastically at Rye Country Day School and club soccer for Beachside SC (Conn.) before transferring to IMG Academy in Bradenton, Fla. Friedwald was his team's leading scorer as a sophomore at Rye and has been a two-year starter for the IMG USSF Academy team. Also a letterman in basketball and lacrosse, his efforts in the classroom have merited Headmaster's List status in each of his last two semesters. Friedwald intends to study business or computer technology.
Also joining the Leopards is Nick Villani from Christian Brothers Academy in Lincroft, N.J. A native of Manalapan, N.J., Villani garnered numerous all-state, all county and all-conference honors to lead his team to the N.J. State Championship. As team captain in his senior campaign, his team finished 21-0 and ranked fourth in the nation. Villani also lettered as a distance runner on the track and field team at Christian Brothers and plays soccer with NJSA 04 USSF Academy. An active volunteer at his local food bank as well as the Ashley Lauren Foundation and Saint Justine's Giving Tree Distribution, Villani plans to major in Economics.
These eight student-athletes will join a 2011 Lafayette squad that boasted the best RPI in the Patriot League en route to its 11th consecutive winning season. The Leopards also finished the year ranked fourth in the nation in team defense with a 0.47 goals-against average and completed the fall semester with a 3.40 team GPA - the highest in program history.