GENESEO, N.Y. - The SUNY Geneseo men's soccer team will start the 70th season in program history on Saturday, taking on Rosemont (Pa.) in the first round of the 18th-Annual Garnet Alumni Classic, hosted by Swarthmore (Pa.).
Sixth-year head coach Dominic Oliveri brings back an experienced team along with a strong group of newcomers with goals to compete for the State University of New York Athletic Conference (SUNYAC) Title.
"I am really looking forward to getting under way. I like the amount of talent we have on this roster which is made of a mix of returning upperclassmen as well as some talented newcomers. We should be able to field a really solid group."
"Both players bring a different dynamic to our offense which I like. Gunty plays with a tenaciousness that you can't teach, while Austin has improved immensely over the past year and developed into an impact player for us."
Geneseo brings back a veteran midfield this season. Senior Matt D'Amico returns after tying for second in the SUNYAC with 28 points (13 goals, 2 assists) en route to All-East Region and All-SUNYAC honors, along with classmates Alex Clar (0G, 2A), John Leva and Mike Skrzypczyk (1G, 2A). Juniors Reidis Lata (0G, 5A) and Walter Savidis will also see significant minutes, while sophomores Gavin Gleasman (1A) and Trey Holland will be additional options for Oliveri. Junior college transfer Yuu Sasaki, junior transfer Josh McIntosh and first-years Dean Kousmanidis, Matthew Pike and Junsei Ro all look to make a difference right away.
"We should be deep in the middle of the field. Unlike last year when we were mostly senior oriented, I anticipate playing a mix of older and younger guys right away. D'Amico and Clar will be our senior leaders but there are numerous players that should also see significant time."
Oliveri returns senior captain Brad Campion (3G, 0A), who garnered All-Region honors in 2014, along with juniors Kevin McGrath (2G, 2A), Nick Keneally and Kyle Powers, who all bring experience to the backfield. Junior Evan Orlando, sophomores Greg Baumstein and Connor Ross and first-years Caleb Murthy and Jonathan Tiralosi will also look to make immediate contributions.
"While we graduated some of our most experienced defenders, Campion and McGrath will be key anchors in the back for us again. There are a lot of new guys as well that have brought an athleticism to our backfield that we haven't had in quite some time."
"Heckathorn has been around our program the longest, but I'm also excited by some of the things our newcomers bring to the table. Medd especially brings a real presence in net and has all the potential to be a strong contributor right off the bat."