Washington College Athletics
August 19, 2014
CHESTERTOWN, Md. — Year three for Roy Dunshee at the helm of the Washington College men’s soccer program began Saturday as the Shoremen held their first practices of the 2014 preseason. After an 8-8-1 record in Dunshee’s second season last fall – the team’s best in a decade – a veteran group of Shoremen take to the pitch poised for a breakthrough year.
No fewer than 11 seniors are on the Shoremen’s 2014 roster. Team captains and teammates since high school, midfielder Matt Wilfong (Hampstead, Md./North Carroll) and defender Zach Stocksdale (Hampstead, Md./North Carroll) will serve in the formal leadership roles. The team’s Most Valuable Player last season, Wilfong scored four goals and had 10 total points while making 12 starts and playing all 17 games a year ago. Stocksdale took home Most Improved Player honors last year, making a career-best 11 starts in 16 games.
Midfielder Bob Libera (New Providence, N.J./New Providence) and forwards Sam Draper (Centreville, Md./Queen Anne’s County) and Joseph Fili (Sparks, Md./Loyola Blakefield) are three other seniors who started double-digit games last season. Libera’s 15 starts in 17 games were second-most on the squad. Draper scored two goals and assisted on another while making 11 starts in 17 games, while Fili had two goals and one assist in 16 games, 10 of them starts. Senior midfielder Keegan Fisher (Annapolis, Md./Broadneck) made six starts in 17 games, registering one assist, while midfielder Brandon Wilfong (Hampstead, Md./North Carroll) also had one assist while making one start in nine games.
Senior goalkeeper Lin Robinson (York, Pa./York Country Day) made 13 saves and did not allow a goal in 208:22 of playing time last fall, making two starts in five games. Defenders Daniel Grosscup (Baltimore, Md./Baltimore Lutheran) and Adam Smith (Laytonsville, Md./Colonel Magruder) and forward Taylor Price-Kellogg (Clayton, N.Y./Thousand Islands) complete the senior class.
Junior defender Jack Butler (Potomac, Md./Winston Churchill) started 13 games and scored two goals a year ago. He’s joined in the Shoremen’s four-man junior class by forward Cody Gray (West Chester, Pa./Westtown School), midfielder Chris Koch (Hadley, Mass./Hopkins Academy), and goalkeeper David Myers (Westminster, Md./Winters Mill). Gray had two goals and one assist in 15 games, two of them starts, in 2013. Myers started 13 games in goal, posting a .673 save percentage, a 1.41 goals-against average, and two shutouts.
The Shoremen received a big boost from last year’s freshman class. Sophomore midfielder Dimitri Kaliakin (Landenberg, Pa./Salesianum School [Del.]) was the only Shoreman to start all 17 games a year ago and had a team-best four assists. Defender Cole Strong (Severna Park, Md./Severna Park) made 14 starts – third-most on the team – in 15 games. Midfielder Drew Thompson (Dumfries, Va/Woodbridge) scored three goals and registered two assists while making 11 starts in 16 games, while defender Derek Stiles (Hillsborough, N.J./Hillsborough) made nine starts in 10 games and finished the season with one goal and one assist.
A duo of now-sophomore forwards – Brian Wilkinson (Sykesville, Md./Mount St. Joseph) and Chris Lewandowski (Pittsburgh, Pa./Mt. Lebanon) – made a tremendous impact on the offensive end as first-year college players. Wilkinson led the team with seven goals and added two assists, while Lewandowski scored four goals on the season and contributed two assists of his own. Both players made three starts in 17 games. Midfielder Christian Cooke (Bowie, Md./DeMatha) made two starts in 11 games as a freshman last fall. All told, the Shoremen’s class of 2017 accounted for 15 of the team’s 32 goals and 11 of its 23 assists as freshmen last year.
Four freshmen will bolster the Shoremen’s ranks this fall – defenders Michael Holowesko (Nassau, Bahamas/Asheville School [N.C.]), Stephen Boll (McLean, Va./Flint Hill School), and Chris Gingrich (Westfield, N.J./Union Catholic), and midfielder Skyler Clark (Washington, Conn./The Gunnery School). Holowesko is a member of the Bahamian National Team.
Dunshee welcomes two new assistant coaches to his staff for the 2014 season – Tom Batsios and Jade Mesias. Batsios, a four-year starter at Illinois College, is coming off a two-year stint as an assistant coach for the University of Illinois Springfield women’s program. Mesias finished off an impressive collegiate playing career at Benedictine (Kan.) last year, earning All-American honors for the conference championship-winning Ravens.
The Shoremen will open their 2014 season with four consecutive non-conference home games against Gwynedd Mercy, St. Mary’s College of Maryland, Shenandoah, and Goucher. They are also slated to host Immaculata in a non-conference game and will go on the road for non-conference games at Albright, Salisbury, and Catholic. Salisbury is ranked 18th in the NSCAA’s Preseason Top 25, joining a pair of the teams – Franklin & Marshall (10th) and Dickinson (24th) on the Shoremen’s always challenging Centennial Conference slate in the national rankings. The Shoremen’s first two conference games of the season will be against those two squads, hosting Dickinson September 20th and traveling to Franklin & Marshall a week later. Washington fought hard in 1-0 losses to both the Red Devils and the defending Centennial Conference Champion Diplomats a year ago.
Conference play continues with road games at Haverford and McDaniel and home games against Muhlenberg and Ursinus. The Shoremen will finish the season by traveling to Gettysburg and hosting Swarthmore before playing the regular season finale at long-time rival Johns Hopkins. Washington upended the Blue Jays, 2-1, last season.