June 18, 2012
Vermont adds class of 11 players
BURLINGTON, Vt. – The University of Vermont men's soccer program will add 11 newcomers to the team for the 2012 season. The following incoming Catamounts will join the team for the fall of 2012: P.J. Abplanalp, Jonny Bonner, Danny Childs, Charles DeFeo, Nate Frieberg, Teddy Gula, Sam Keenan, Carter Lincoln, Jack Shea, Simon Sugarman and Nile Walwyn
Abplanalp (5-8 – Midfielder – Allendale, N.J./Northern Highland Regional HS) comes to UVM from Northern Highland Regional High School where he was a first team all-league and all-county selection as a senior. He also earned second team all-state honors in 2011. Northern Highland won the Bergen County Title in 2010 and was a sectional finalist in 2009 and 2011. Abplanalp scored seven goals and handed out 15 assists as a senior.
Bonner (5-8 – Midfielder – Buncrana, Ireland/Scoile Mhuire) comes to Vermont after a one-year stint at High Point University in 2010 and a season at Genesee Community College in 2011. He appeared in 11 games at High Point before moving on to Genesee. While at Genesee, he led the Cougars to the NJCAA Division III National Championship game and a 16-2-2 mark. Genesee finished the 2011 campaign as the national runners-up and Bonner was named to the NJCAA National All-Tournament Team.
A native of Buncrana, Ireland, Bonner played for Ireland's U17 and U16 national teams. He was the soccer player of the year in 2008 and 2009 and won Ulster Championships in 2007 and 2009.
Childs (5-9 – Midfielder – Colorado Springs, Colo./Sand Creek HS) comes to Vermont from Sand Creek High School where he was a two-time Colorado Spring Metro League (4A) First Team selection. He was also named to the Gazette Pikes Peak All-Area team in 2010 and 2011 and was selected to the Colorado All-State team twice. He leaves Sand Creek as the all-time leader in goals (73) and assists (56) and also owns the school record for most goals in a season (28 in 2010).
DeFeo (6-2 – Midfielder – Newfields, N.H./Holderness) comes to Vermont after a scholastic career at Holderness School in Plymouth, N.H. He helped Holderness win the NEPSAC title in 2011 and the team was the runner-up in 2012. He served as captain of the team as a senior and garnered spots on the Boston Globe All-Scholastic Team, NEPSAC and Lakes Regional All-Star Teams. He was also named to the NEPSAC All-Tournament Team. He finished his career with 30 goals and 75 assists at Holderness.
Frieberg (5-8 – Midfielder – Colchester, Vt./Colchester HS) comes to Vermont from nearby Colchester High School. He also spent his sophomore season at Gunnery Prep before returning to Colchester to finish out his high school career. Frieberg earned Connecticut Soccer Coaches Association All-State honors in 2009 and 2010 while at Gunnery. He was also named to a Western New England Prep School Athletic Conference Soccer All-Star in 2010. After returning to Colchester, he was named to the 2011 Vermont All-Metro Conference First Team and the Vermont Soccer Coaches Association All-State First team. He also garnered a spot on the Burlington Free Press All-State First Team.
Gula (5-10 – Forward – New Market, Md./Linganore HS) comes to Vermont after being the leading scorer for the Frederick County
High School Division with 21 goals and eight assists in 2011. He finished his career at Linganore with 38 goals and 16 assists. Gula was a three-time MVAL Piedmont First Team selection and also earned all-area first team honors in 2010 and 2011. He was named the all-area offensive player of the year, all-county player of the year and selected to the all-state and all-metro first teams in 2011.
Keenan (5-9 – Midfielder – Queensbury, N.Y./Queensbury HS)scored 26 goals and added 21 assists during his four-year career at Queensbury High School. He was a two-year captain and earned team MVP honors as a junior and senior. He was named to the Foothills Council First Team twice and was the Player of the Year in 2011. He also was a Section 2 First Team in his final two years and the Section 2 Player of the Year as a senior.
Lincoln (5-10 – Midfielder – Essex Junction, Vt./Essex HS) comes to Vermont after two seasons at Southern New Hampshire University. He was a redshirt as a freshman in 2010 and played in seven games with one start in 2011. The Penmen advanced to the NCAA Division II Tournament twice while Lincoln was a member of the squad.
Lincoln played his scholastic soccer at Essex High School and led the Hornets to two semifinal appearances in the Division I State Tournament and a trip to the championship game in 2007. He was a first team all-state selection and All-New England nominee as a senior. Lincoln was also named the team MVP as a junior and senior.
Shea (6-2 – Defender – East Montpelier, Vt./U-32 HS) led U-32 to the Division II Vermont State Championship game as a senior and was named the Gatorade Player of the Year for Vermont. He scored 13 goals and added nine assists in his final high school season. He was an NSCAA All-American and was the Barre Times Argus Player of the Year and was a two-time first team all-state honoree. In 2008, Shea's only goal of the season proved to be the game-winning tally to lead U-32 to the Division II Vermont State title.
Sugarman (6-1 – Forward – Moreland Hills, Ohio/Orange HS) comes to Vermont from Orange High School where he scored 44 goals and added 13 assists in his career. As a senior he netted 21 goals and added three helpers and was named the Cleveland Plain Dealer Division II Player of the Year. He was an all-region selection and named to the All-Ohio First Team. Sugarman was also a two-time Division II Greater Cleveland First Team honoree and was named to the Chagrin Valley Conference First Team as a junior and senior.
Walwyn (6-2 – Defender – Mississauga, Ontario/Iona Secondary School) comes to Vermont from Mississauga, Ontario. In his final year at Iona Secondary School, he scored 10 goals and handed out six assists in eight contests. Iona Secondary went undefeated during the regular season and advanced to the finals of the Ontario Cup, while winning the Ontario Youth Soccer League Championship and the Ontario-Quebec Cup.
Walwyn is also a member of the St. Kitts and Nevis U23 and U20 national teams. He participated in the Olympic qualifying games and will be competing in the upcoming U20 World Cup qualifying games for St. Kitts and Nevis.