Adelphi’s men’s soccer team will feature 11 new faces for the fall season, with eight of the players hailing from the Long Island and New York Metropolitan area.
The incoming class consists of George Adamou (Queens, N.Y.), Taylour Bolton (Brookhaven, N.Y.), André De Giorgi (Lisbon, Portugal), Mariopio DiPasquale (Flushing, N.Y.), Raymond Leto (Laurel Hollow, N.Y.), Stephen Megaloudis (Bayville, N.Y.), Alessandro Sambone (Massapequa Park, N.Y.), Tommy Speed (Chester, U.K.), Eric Stewart (Merrick, N.Y.), Joseph Thomann (Merrick, N.Y.), and Alex Varkatzas (Elmira, N.Y.).
Seven of the players join the Panthers from high school while the remaining four have prior college experience.
“We are thrilled to be adding a group of freshman and experienced transfers to our returning group for 2017,” said Carlo Acquista, the team’s head coach who is entering his 11th season at Adelphi. “Each one of the new guys will add something different in their own way that will complement the assets we already possess.”
Adamou, a local product from Queens, is a 5-11 striker who acted as captain of Cardozo High School in his final season. He was selected for the 2016 NYC Mayors Cup was also part of the Arista National Honors Society and competed with Eleftheria Pancyprian Soccer Club.
Bolton hails from Brookhaven, N.Y. where he competed for the Bellport Bulldogs and Port Jefferson Soccer Club. Named to the High Honor Roll and captain of Bellport High School soccer team, he was awarded Academic All-County and Most Improved Player. Also spotted at the Panthers ID Clinics, Bolton was “ahead and above the rest of the pack,” according to the coaching staff.
The first transfer and international newcomer is De Giorgi, who spent the last season playing at Tusculum College as a forward. He was a First-Team NSCAA All-Southeast Region selection for the Pioneers in a season where he scored 16 goals, including five game-winners, and finished second in the SAC in both goals and points to earn first-team All-Conference honors.
The native of Lisbon, Portugal, scored at least one goal in 12 of the Pioneers’ 20 matches, including a pair in Tusculum’s 2-1 double-overtime victory over Lincoln Memorial in the SAC Tournament finals en route to earning conference tournament Most Valuable Player honors.
DiPasquale, the second to travel from Queens to Adelphi, played for the Saint Francis Prep Terriers as well as a member of PDB United 99. In addition to the National and Italian Honor Societies, the 5-8 midfielder earned the Scholar Athlete Award and was named to the Principal’s List.
The second transfer comes from UMass Amherst and will contend for time in goal after gaining training and game experience with the club soccer team. Leto is familiar with the area, having played for the Trojans of Garden City High School where he was a two-time All-County honoree and Defensive Player of the Conference in addition to being named All-New York State.
Megaloudis is a Long Island native that will join Adelphi after spending a season with the Lions of Nassau Community College. His technique, mobility and passing ability are expected to help him compete for a starting role in midfield.
Sambone will add depth and competition to the left side of the field, after concluding his senior season as an MSG Varsity All-County, All-Long Island and All-Metro selection with the Massapequa Chiefs. The 5-9 wing joins as a true freshman who Acquista expects will “fit in comfortably with our upcoming team due to versatility playing back and midfield.”
The second international member of the incoming class hails from Chester, United Kingdom, as Speed joins the Panthers as a 5-11 midfield/defender. He competed with the Airbus U.K. FC and can play multiple positions.
Stewart comes from Calhoun High School where he was named Offensive Player of the Year as a junior and senior, leading his team to a Nassau County and Long Island Championship in his final campaign. A 5-11 forward, Stewart was a two-sport athlete for the Colts and was also a member of the National and Spanish Honor Societies. Joining him from Calhoun is Thomann, a 6-1 midfielder and four-year varsity starter who was named Team MVP and All-County Honorable Mention.
The final member of the incoming group is Varkatzas, who comes as a transfer from Binghamton University with one final year of eligibility. Before BU, Varkatzas scored a team-record 29 goals in 2012 at Elmira Free Academy and was honored as a Third-Team All-State selection his senior year.