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Men's Soccer Inks 13 on National Signing Day

Feb. 7, 2018

-- Dennis Bohn, head coach of the Lafayette men's soccer program, has announced the addition of 12 student-athletes to the Leopards' Class of 2022. The newcomers include Andrew Besley, Jack Cisneros, Will Echeverria, Nate Haynes, Nick Hazel, Max Ippolito, Matt Kehrl, Luke McDonald, Connor O'Donnell, Demetrius Shepard-Lewis, Alex Sutton and Sebastian Varela. Christian Williams, a transfer from Florida Atlantic, will also join the Maroon and White this fall as a member of the Class of 2020.



Besley was a two-year starter at outside back for Saint Thomas Aquinas in Parkland, Fla. He was ranked 47th in the nation and fourth in the state at his position. Off the pitch, Besley earned Principal's Honor Roll every year and was a member of the National Honor Society.

Cisneros is a product of Leesburg, Va., helping Riverside High School to a 3A Virginia State Championship in 2017. In the classroom. Cisneros is also active in the Science National Honor Society.

A three-sport athlete at Longmeadow High School, Echeverria closes out his decorated high school athletic career this spring. The Longmeadow, Mass. product started three or more years in soccer, baseball, and basketball. Echeverria was a soccer team captain in 2017, helping guide his team to a Western Mass. Championship. He was also awarded a spot on the All-Western Mass First Team, All-New England First Team and was named the MassLive Boys Soccer Player of the Year in 2017. As a basketball player, he helped his team to the 2017 Western Massachusetts Championship. On the diamond, he started three years in center field, earning himself a spot on the 2017 All-Western Mass. First Team.

As a four-year member of Somerset Academy Charter High School, Haynes was a team captain during his senior season. The product from Pembroke Pines, Fla. has played on a variety of club teams, including FC Florida Preparatory Academy, where he helped his squad to 14th in the national rankings.

As a two-sport athlete at Florence Township High School, Hazel had success on the soccer field as well as the basketball court. In soccer, he broke the school record with 98 goals and helped his team set the best record in school history at 17-2-2. As a junior and senior, he was the Co-Area Player of the Year and was named to the All-County First Team. As a basketball player, he won the State Sectional Championship in 2017 and was selected to the All-Division First Team as a junior.

Ippolito was a three-sport athlete at La Jolla High School. The La Jolla, Calif. product was a four-year starter in soccer, and a two-year starter and captain in both cross country and track and field. He is a two-time state qualifier in track and holds the freshman two-mile record. In cross country, he holds the 5-K freshman record and was named to the San Diego Union-Tribune All-Academic Team.

A four-year member of the varsity soccer team at Walter Johnson High School, Kehrl earned the starting nod for two years. As a junior, he helped his team win the Maryland 4A State Championship. The Bethesda, Maryland native served as the team captain during his senior season and led the team in goals. In the classroom, Kehrl has been awarded the scholar-athlete award and honor roll every semester. He is also a member of the National Honor Society and Italian Honor Society.

McDonald is a goalkeeper from Novi, Michigan. He was a three-year starter at Novi High School where he posted a 0.58 goals-against average in his senior season. Serving as a two-year captain, he was named to the to the 2017 All-State, All-Region, and All-District First Teams. Off the field, McDonald has been named to the Academic All-State Team three times. He is also a member of the DECA Business Law and Ethics team where he helped his team win the 2017 district championship.

Serving as a three-year starter, O'Donnell manned the midfield for Council Rock North High School. The Newtown, Pennsylvania native served as the team captain for two years where he earned First Team All-League honors in 2017.

Shepard-Lewis is a three-sport athlete at The Heights School. He played soccer, basketball and lacrosse where he's started at least one year for each sport. As a soccer player, he was a team captain and led his team to a 15-4 record in 2017. On the basketball court, he served as the team captain and was a two-year starter at guard. In his only year playing lacrosse, he helped his team to a MILL Championship.

A four-year starter at the High School for Math, Science & Engineering, Sutton helped his soccer team to undefeated seasons during his junior and senior year. The New York, N.Y. commit recorded 57 goals during his senior season, which was an average of 2.33 goals per game. He became the leading goal scorer in school history and second-most in city history. For his club team, Manhattan Soccer Club, Sutton has been a two-time national champion and has assisted his team to a number one national ranking. He additionally started one year for the school's basketball team. Sutton also enjoys teaching the game with the Columbia Soccer Academy.

Varela was a four-year starter on the men's soccer team at Ramapo High School. Throughout his career, he recorded 46 goals and 41 assists on the way to helping the program to four Bergen County championships and one state championship in 2016. The Wyckoff, New Jersey native was named to the All-State First Team in 2015, 2016, and 2017. He was also a two-time recipient of the North Jersey Sports Player of the Year Award.

A transfer from Florida Atlantic University, Williams served as a defender for his last two seasons. As a sophomore, he started every game and nearly played every minute in those games. The Southampton, Pennsylvania native also served as a team captain for FAU last season. Williams was named Academic All-Conference after posting a 3.6 cumulative grade-point average. At FAU, Williams was the vice president for the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee. There, he helped organize various community service events for student-athletes.