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Men's Soccer Gets Seven Commitments for the Class of 2013

Feb. 11, 2009

EASTON, Pa. - The Lafayette men's soccer program will have seven players join the team in the fall as members of the class of 2013. Head coach Dennis Bohn will welcome players from five different states for the Fall 2009 season.

"I am thrilled with the addition of this talented and well-balanced class," Bohn said. "Our entire staff worked very hard to identify these terrific student-athletes. We believe these young men will be great additions to our program and will play an important role in our future success. They will be a great fit at Lafayette and have the ability to help us continue our tradition of excellence on the field and in the classroom."

The lone forward in the group, Kyle Scharfenberg, was the 2008 Ohio Scholastic Soccer Coaches' Association Player of the Year and is a NSCAA All-America selection. He was a two-time All-State and two-time regional All-America selection for Sylvania Northview High School, where he was also a member of the National Honor Society. During his time at Sylvania, Scharfenberg set the school record for goals (57), assists (47) and points (156) in a career. Scharfenberg is a six-time State Cup Champion and currently plays for the Cleveland Internationals in the U.S. Developmental Academy. He was also a member of the Kansas and Ohio North '90 ODP teams.

Blake Fink is the first of the three midfielders. A member of the National and Spanish Honor Societies at Rancocas Valley (N.J.), he was named the New Jersey South Player of the Year by the NJSCA following a 2008 season in which Rancocas Valley captured the Group 4 State Championship. He tallied 27 goals and 11 assists last fall for Rancocas Valley, which was ranked No. 1 in New Jersey and No. 5 in the United States by ESPN. Like Scharfenberg, he is a NSCAA All-America selection and a two-time All-State player. He also garnered South Jersey Forward of the Year accolades from the SJSCA in 2008 and is a member of Rancocas Valley SC club team. Fink joins two fellow Rancocas Valley graduates currently on the Lafayette roster: sophomore Stephen Macurdy and freshman Luke Calvano.



The second midfielder, Joey Hattis, attends Buckingham Browne & Nichols (Mass.). BB&N won the ISL title in 2007 and was a New England Class A finalist. Hattis is also a member of the three-time State Cup Champion Greater Boston Bolts, now a member of the U.S. Developmental Academy. The Bolts were regional champion in 2005 and regional finalists in 2006.

Sean Peckham rounds out the trio of midfielders. Peckham, who hails from nearby Warminster, is a two-time all-state selection in addition to being a two-time regional All-American. A National Honor Society member at Central Bucks East, Peckham has twice reeled in Intelligencer Player of the Year honors and was named to ESPN's Rise Magazine's All-Area First Team. He played with the Eastern Pennsylvania '91 ODP squad and was a member of the '91 Region I team, participating in trips to Italy, Germany, Belgium and the Disney Soccer Showcase. Peckham was also named to the Super Y League national pool and plays club soccer with Verienigung Erzgebirge (VE).

Defender Rob Bedson joins the Leopards from Fairfield Ludlowe High School (Conn.). A four-year varsity letterwinner and National Honor Society member, Bedson was a 2008 All-State selection as well as a FCIAC All-Conference First-Team member. He served as team captain last fall and was tabbed team MVP. Bedson also participated in the Connecticut Senior Bowl and was named a 2008 News 12 Connecticut Scholar-Athlete. Bedson plays his club soccer with Beachside.

Josh Brown, also a defender, is a three-time All-State player and former team MVP at Somerville High School (N.J.). He played on New Jersey's '91 ODP squad where he is a member of the Region I team pool. Brown also plays club soccer at Matchfit Academy, a member of the U.S. Developmental Academy.

Zach Winthrop, a versatile back, rounds out the class of 2013. Winthrop was a four-time all-league selection and team MVP at Friends Select (Pa.) while also receiving the school's Faculty Leadership Award. He was an All-State player during his career and plays club soccer with Spirit United Premier, which was a Region I League participant.

Lafayette finished 2008 with an overall record of 8-6-5, the program's eighth-straight winning season. The Leopards also advanced to the Patriot League Tournament for the seventh-consecutive year. Last month, 11 players were named to the Patriot League Academic Honor roll, marking the third straight season under Bohn that at least 10 players have been named to the list.

Name	          Pos.	Hometown/High School 
Rob Bedson	  D	Fairfield, Conn./Fairfield Ludlowe
Josh Brown	  D	Branchburg, N.J./Somerville
Blake Fink	  M	Westampton, N.J./Rancocas Valley
Joey Hattis	  M	Newton, Mass./Buckingham Browne & Nichols (BB&N)
Sean Peckham	  M	Warminster, Pa./Central Bucks East
Kyle Scharfenberg F	Sylvania, Ohio/Sylvania Northview
Zach Winthrop	  D	Philadelphia, Pa./Friends Select