Binghamton men’s soccer announces 8-player recruiting class
VESTAL, N.Y. (Via Binghamton University) – The Binghamton men’s soccer program has announced the signing of eight high school seniors. All of them will join the Bearcat program as freshmen this coming fall.
“This incoming class might be one of the more well-rounded classes that we’ve had,” head coach Paul Marco said. “We have brought in players that excel on the field, in the classroom, and in their communities,” head coach Paul Marco said. “Our class brings in three defenders, three midfielders, and two strikers. We are very excited about these eight incoming freshmen who will join a young 2019 Bearcat team.”
Michael Bush (Herndon, V.A.) is a defender from South Lakes High School. As a Junior, he was named First team All-District, First Team All-Region, Second Team All-Met, and has been named captain for his Senior year. Bush plays club soccer for Braddock Road Youth Club Elite and was a member of Virginia’s State ODP team from 2013 – 2016. Brother, TJ, plays soccer for JMU.
“Michael is a talented center back who is a natural leader and will fight to play right away,” Marco said. “He is a great competitor, a good 1v1 defender, and is very good in the air. Not only is he a good defender, his athletic and technical ability allows him to play in other positions higher up the field as well.”
Matthew Cozetti (Commack, N.Y.) is a forward from Commack High School. Cozetti was an All-County selection, Newsday All-Long Island selection, All-State and All-Region selection, and was named Big School Player of the Year and League 1 MVP. He currently plays for the Barça Academy Pro NY 2000 team. He won the State Cup Championship in 2016 and was a two-time EDP league champion. Cozetti is also a member of the National Honor Society.
“Matt will compete to play somewhere up front. He can play both centrally and wide,” Marco said. “He is able to get goals when his teams need them the most and he is great at capitalizing on half chances inside the box.”
Devin Heanue (Garrison, N.Y.) is a defender who plays for FC Westchester of the U.S. Soccer Development Academy. Heanue is an iD2 Training Camp and USSF Market Training participant. Heanue comes from Haldane High School where he was an All-Section Honorable Mention and Section 1 All-League selection. He is also a member of the National Honor Society.
“Devin is a warrior and has a great will to win. He has good technical ability and is tough in a tackle,” Marco said. “He is athletic and has a great engine to get up and down the line. His competitiveness and fight will help him compete to play as a freshman.”
Anthony Lazaridis (Medford, N.Y.) is a midfielder from Patchogue-Medford High School. Lazaridis is a two-time League 1 All-Conference selection and in 2018 was a League 1 All-County selection. In 2018, he also participated in the Suffolk vs. Nassau All-Star Game. Academically, Lazaridis is a member of the Spanish Honor Society, History Honor Society, and National Honor Society. He currently plays club soccer for the Barça Academy Pro NY 2000 team. He won the State Cup championship in 2016.
“Anthony brings great energy to the group. He is a tenacious player that is relentless,” Marco said. “He is a simple player, sees the field well, and plays his part. He will compete to play in midfield or up front his freshman year.”
Dan Mansfield (Vestal, N.Y.) is a forward from nearby Vestal High School. Mansfield is a four-year varsity starter from 2015-2018. Mansfield was a two-year captain for Vestal and helped lead the team to a Class A State Championship his Junior year. He also received the NYSPHSAA and STAC Sportsmanship Award during that season. As a Senior, he was a NYSPHSAA All-State selection and an All-STAC all-star. Mansfield was a member of the Region 1 ODP team in 2016 and 2017. His club team is B.C. United 00, which won the 2017 and 2018 New York State West State Cup. Mansfield played for the same high school and club team as current players Carter Beaulieu and Parker McKnight.
“Dan is a player we have gotten to see grow throughout the club system in Binghamton,” Marco said. “He’s a very good athlete and has good technical ability. He sees the game well and is dangerous on a dribble or with a pass. He will compete to play up front his freshman year.”
Tyler Meotti (Commack, N.Y.) is a midfielder from Commack High School. Meotti is four-year letterman on the varsity team and was an All-Conference selection his Junior year. His Senior year, he was named All-County and All-Long Island Second Team. He was the winner of the Joshua Butzke Award for most outstanding midfielder and was a member of the 2018 Suffolk County All-Star team. He currently plays club soccer for the Barça Academy Pro NY 2000 team. He won the State Cup championship in 2016 and was a two-time EDP league champion.
“Tyler sees the game well and has good technical ability. He can unlock opponents with his deceptive play and great range of passing. He will compete to play in midfield his freshman year.” Marco said.
Sean Molloy (Forest Hills, N.Y.) is a midfielder who plays for BW Gottschee of the U.S. Soccer Development Academy. Molloy helped lead his team to the 2018 USSDA playoffs that were held in California. Molloy has had opportunities all over the world as he has had a training stint with Charlton Athletic in England and has played in tournaments in Bolivia and Spain. Molloy comes from Archbishop Molloy High School.
“Sean is an extremely clever player who has great soccer IQ and technical ability. With his vision and knowledge of the game, he will be a threat in the middle of the park. Sean enjoys the ball and connecting the game as well as being productive with goals and assists.” Marco said. “Sean will compete to play in midfield as a freshman.”
Jacob Warner (Ashburn, V.A.) is a defender from Briar Woods High School. He was named All-Region and All-Conference his Junior year. He was named captain his Junior and Senior years. Warner helped Briar Woods to a Virginia Class 5A state title his Sophomore year. Academically, Warner is a member of the National Honor Society, National Science Honor Society, and Tri-M Music Honor Society. His club team is Loudoun Soccer Club 01 Red who is directed and coached by Mark Ryan. Warner will join former Loudoun Soccer Club players Ryan Pyszka, Kosta Nika, and Aidan Sullivan.
“Jacob brings a well-rounded skill set. He is athletic, competitive, and a natural leader,” Marco said. “He is a very good defender and is useful when he’s on the ball. He will compete to play as a right or left back.”