SU roundup: Locals standouts join Hornets
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WINCHESTER — Shenandoah University men’s soccer coach Corbin Sutton announced his incoming class of recruits Tuesday morning.
Sutton, getting ready to start his third season at the helm of the men’s soccer program, is bringing 12 new student-athletes onto his squad this fall.
The class boasts four local players, including goalkeeper Rodrigo Casteriana from Sherando High School.
Casteriana was named as the Northwestern District Player of the Year this past spring for the Warriors after earning all-district honors in 2012.
Casteriana’s teammate, Cade Petty, is also slated to join the Hornets as are Daniel Martinez (Front Royal/Warren County) and Philip Stewart (Winchester/Handley).
Petty earned All-Area accolades this spring.
The remainder of the class are natives of Maryland, Virginia and New Jersey.
Huck Pace, a junior back from Boston, Va., is a transfer from Old Dominion Athletic Conference rival Randolph. He is one of two transfers in the class. Brian Ferraro, who played with Casteriana and Petty at Sherando, returns home after playing one year at Becker College.
Ferraro started 13 of 15 games last season for Becker with two goals for four points.
Tommy Scott, a back from Rockville, Md., has a possible leg up on his freshmen teammates in that he has played for Sutton’s club team, FC Frederick, for the past two years. Scott has helped that club to State Cup championships in both 2012 and 2013.
“I am very happy with this group,” Sutton stated in a school news release. “We have a good mix of field players and two goalkeepers and I think these guys are ready to come in and compete for playing time right away.”
The SU men open at home on Aug. 30 with a non-league contest against Washington (Md.).
Hornets earn all-ODAC academic honors
FOREST — Shenandoah had 89 student-athletes earn Academic all-ODAC honors in selections announced Tuesday by the league office.
To be eligible for all-ODAC honors, student-athletes must average a 3.2 GPA on a 4.0 scale during the 2012-13 academic year.
Nineteen of the 20 intercollegiate teams had at least one athlete earn all-ODAC accolades and 10 student-athletes also grabbed an athletic all-ODAC accolade this past year.
Baseball had a department-high 18 players selected while soccer and softball led the women’s side at 10 honorees each.