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Men's Soccer Signs Seven Newcomers as Part of 2017 Class

Feb. 6, 2013

EASTON, Pa. - Head Coach Dennis Bohn has announced the addition of seven student-athletes who will join the Lafayette men's soccer team as part of the Class of 2017. The class consists of three players from Pennsylvania, and four others from Kentucky, Massachusetts, New York and North Carolina.

Chuka Anyafo was a four-year letter winner at Charlotte Latin School and captain his senior season. He was a two-time All-Region, two-time All-Conference and an All-State selection. Anyafo was named to the Ravenscroft All-Tournament Team (NCISAA) and received the Charlotte Latin School Players Award. The Pineville, N.C. native was also a finalist for the Charlotte Soccer Gala Player of the Year. He has played for USSDA North Meck SC for four years and was ranked 14th in the South Atlantic Region by in winter 2013. Anyafo was also part of the Price Waterhouse Coopers Scholarship Program.

Ryan Egan was a three-year letter winner and captain his senior year. The Northport High School senior claimed All-Conference, All-County and All-State team honors and was named League MVP. Egan, who hails from East Northport, N.Y., was a Newsday 2012 All-Long Island Boys Soccer Team selection his senior season. Egan was a member of the National Honor Society and a three-time Scholar-Athlete. Egan was a member of Northport Cow Harbor Sound SUSA for nine years before joining the USSDA Albertson SC in 2012. He participated in Just for Kicks, teaching soccer to special needs children, and was a Relay for Life team member. He is a member of St. Anthony of Padua Youth Group as well as Students for 60,000, which provides aid, care and support for the needy.

Conestoga High School's Andrew Gonzalez, a four-year letter winner on defense, earned Team and Central League MVP, All-State and NSCAA Regional All-American accolades as a senior. Gonzalez, who hails from Berwyn, Pa., helped lead Conestoga to Central League Championships in his junior and senior seasons and a District Championship and PIAA Class AAA State Championship in 2011. Gonzalez finished his career with 23 goals and was a three-time team defensive player of the year. He was a First Honors Honor Roll student and a member of the chess team. Gonzalez currently plays as a defender for USSDA FC Delco, a program that is no stranger to Lafayette after producing current team members Erik Cannon, Ryan Dodds, Tom McCutcheon and Nate Arronson.

Joining the Leopards from Central Bucks East High School in Doylestown, Pa. is Ben Marks. Marks, a four-year letter winner, served as team captain his final two seasons. His team was a PIAA/AAA State Qualifier each of his four years and indivually, Marks was a Second-Team All-Suburban One League Continental Conference as a junior before being a First Team honoree his senior season. Marks accumulated 24 goals and 24 assists in his career, including 15 and eight as a senior when he was a 2012 All-Southeastern Pennsylvania selection, a Cole T. Ballay Scholarship recipient and The Intelligencer Boys Soccer Player of the Year. He is currently teammates with fellow recruit, Andrew Gonzalez, at USSDA FC Delco. Marks was a member of the National and French International Honor Society and received High Honors all four years. He served as the Buckingham Woods Food Drive Coordinator on two occasions and coordinated the Jake Dareff 5K Run fundraiser.  

A defender out of Peabody, Mass., Sam Milbury was a four-year varsity letter winner at Brooks School where he helped his team win a 2012 ISL Championship. He served as a captain in 2012, was named Independent School League Defensive Player of the Year, and earned a spot on both the New England Soccer Coaches Association All-New England Team and the NSCAA Regional All American Team. Milbury was named to the Massachusetts Soccer Coaches Association All-State Team his junior and senior seasons and New England Prep School Athletic Conference First Team in 2012, as well as ISL First Team in 2011 and 2012. He finished his career with 14 goals and nine assists. While at Brooks School he also played four years of varsity basketball, and was on the Honor Roll and High Honor Roll. Milbury helped produce the school yearbook, was a Haven for Hunger Volunteer and a school tour guide. He currently plays for USSDA Seacoast United.

Dante Piccolo was a four-year letter winner and two-time captain at Quaker Valley High School where he scored 35 goals and assisted on 39 others, while leading his team to four sectional titles and the 2012 AA WPIAL Championship. The Sewickley, Pa. native was named to the 2011 and 2012 Pittsburgh Tribune-Review All-Star Teams, as well as the 2012 NSCAA Regional All-America Team. A three-time All-Section Team member and Section Player of the Year in 2012, Piccolo earned All-State and All-WPIAL honors in his final two seasons. The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette recognized Piccolo with North Pittsburgh All-Star and All-Pittsburgh All-Star selections in 2011 and 2012. In the classroom, Piccolo was a National Honor Society and Distinguished Honor Roll member, and Global Scholar, while carrying a 4.43 grade-point average. His current team, the U18 Beadling Soccer Club, is ranked #2 in the country after winning the 2011 and 2012 USYS Region I Championships.

Coming to Lafayette from Pewee Valley, Ky. and Saint Xavier High School, Campbell Weyland is Bohn's first-ever recruit from the Bluegrass State. He was an All-State Honorable Mention, All-State Tournament First Team and All-Catholic First Team selection during his senior year. Weyland helped Saint Xavier to state championships in 2011 and 2012 and top five national rankings in both seasons. He captained his club team, United 95 International, which won state championships from 2009-2012. Weyland is currently playing club soccer in the National League for LFC 95 White and played ODP in 2010 and 2011. After earning First Team All-Region Scholar Honors, Campbell was named a 2012 NSCAA High School Scholar All-American. In addition to his academic success, Weyland acted as a Team Leader for Project Warm and started Hope Closet for Home of the Innocent.

These seven student-athletes will fill the void of six graduating seniors as the team looks to defend its 2012 Patriot League Championship and capture its 13th consecutive winning season in 2013.