CASTLETON, Vt. – Castleton University head men's soccer coach John O'Connor is pleased to announce that six players have committed to continuing their soccer careers at Castleton University for the 2019-20 academic year.
The class includes a pair of local products from Rutland County, as well as four players from New York. The incoming crop of freshmen consists of Chris Cicarrelli, a midfielder/defender from Schaghticoke, N.Y., Jacob Henderson, a forward/midfielder from Rutland, Eric Maxham, a forward from Rutland, Adam Seamans a midfielder from Bolton Landing, N.Y., and goalkeeper Andres Soto-Burgos from Bronx, N.Y. Also joining the Spartans as a transfer is Dan DeSalvatore, who joins the Spartans after playing at SUNY-Canton for two seasons.
"I'm very excited about this class in terms of their potential to help us be better both now and in the future", said O'Connor. "They are all guys who have played at a very good level in high school and club, and that alone will strengthen the culture of the team in terms of how we move forward. It doesn't get any easier in year two of the Little East as we won't sneak up on teams anymore. I can't wait to see what this group will bring."
CHRIS CICARRELLI - M/D - 6-0 - 160 lbs. - Schaghticoke, N.Y./Mechanicville HS/Saratoga-Wilton SC
Cicarrelli was a four-year varsity letter winner for Mike Ciulla at Mechanicville High School as well as a captain of a team that reached sectional semi-final and had an undefeated regular season in 2018. He scored 34 goals and added 27 assists during his high school career and was named a Second Team Times Union All-Star in 2017 and 2018. He was also a First Team Warren League All-Star and Principles Scholar-Athlete Award winner in 2018. Cicarrelli played in the CDSYL Exceptional Senior All-Star Game and also lettered in cross-country, track & field and baseball while at Mechanicville. He played club soccer for Saratoga-Wilson under ex-Skidmore College coach Jack Huckel and Karl Gerstenberger, and was a member of the National Honor Society and recipient of the Castleton University Maple Award. He plans to major in Biology at Castleton.
O'Connor on Cicarrelli: "Chris is a versatile and athletic player who I could see playing many different roles in our program. A multiple sport athlete who has just touched the tip of the iceberg in terms of his soccer development. I look forward to see him progress throughout his career."
JACOB HENDERSON - M/F - 5'11" - 165 lbs. - Rutland, Vt./Rutland HS/Summit Futbol Club
Henderson was a four-year varsity letter winner and captain for his dad Ron Henderson at Rutland High School. He was a four-time Marble Valley League Champion and two-time Loyzelle Tournament winner. Henderson was an All-State Honoree as a junior and senior, and was named All-Marble Valley League three times in his career. A dangerous scorer at the high school level, he scored 62 goals and added 25 assists in his RHS career. He was selected for the 2018 Vermont Lions Cup game against New Hampshire, and was a multi-sport athlete at Rutland, earning letters in track & field and tennis. Henderson played club soccer for Summit Futbol Club under Castleton head coach John O'Connor, and was selected as a member of the Vermont Olympic Development Program U-16 team. He was also a member of RHS Executive Board, Student Senate, Athletic Council, Key Club, National Honor Society and Tri-M Music Honor Society. Henderson enrolled in the early college program at Castleton University as a senior in high school, and his sister Loren is a goalkeeper on the Castleton women's soccer team. He will major in Biology with a molecular concentration on a pre-med track at Castleton.
O'Connor on Henderson: "Jacob has been our radar since I arrived in Vermont. He's a tough and determined athlete who is always looking to improve his game and reach the next level in his development. He is self-motivated and willing to do what it takes to make his team successful. His best soccer is yet to come and will follow in the footsteps of our local guys like Jacob Godfrey who have gone on to be successful Spartans."
ERIC MAXHAM - F - 5-9 - 155 lbs. - Rutland, Vt./West Rutland HS/Summit Futbol Club
Maxham comes to Castleton as one of the most heralded players in Vermont high school soccer history, establishing himself as the all-time leading scorer for boys in the state of Vermont with 128 goals and 69 assists over 81 career games. He surpassed Castleton teammate Zak Gillette, who previously set the record for Whitcomb High School. Maxham led WRHS to the state finals in both 2016 and 2018, and was a captain for his squad. He was named All-New England as a senior and was a four-time All-State selection at West Rutland High School for his dad, Scott. A two-time Burlington Free Press All-State honoree and four-time Marble Valley League First Team recipient, he was nominated for both Vermont Gatorade Player of the Year and Academic All-America. He played for the Vermont U-17 Olympic Development Program team in 2018 after being selected for the 2017 Lions Twin State Soccer Cup along with Castleton classmate Jacob Henderson. He played club soccer for Castleton head coach John O'Connor at Summit Futbol Club as well as IMX. A standout in the classroom as well, Maxham is the Valedictorian of his class and is a member of the National Honor Society. He will major in Education at Castleton.
O'Connor on Maxham: "We are so excited to have Eric on board as he is not only a proven goal scorer but a passionate soccer guy who takes being a student-athlete very seriously. He comes from an athletic family and his background in the game will serve him well here at CU. Seeing him grow and develop as a player over the past few years while coaching him in club proved to me that he belonged in Spartan green."
ADAM SEAMANS - M - 5'10" - 160 lbs. - Diamond Point, N.Y./Bolton Central HS/NY Elite SC
Seamans was a four-year varsity letter-winner for Coach Rob Thomas at Bolton Central High School. He Scored 35 goals and recorded 44 assists during his career, and was nominated for 2018 Section 2 Class C Player of the Year. A team captain and three-time First Team Section 2 All-Star, he was selected to play in the in the CDSYL Exceptional Senior All-Star Game. Seamans played club soccer for New York Elite FC under Coach Tom DeFillipis and was an honor roll student all four years at BCHS. He also participated in Youth and Government as well as the Drama club, and won Castleton University's prestigious Maple Scholarship. Seamans will major in Athletic Training or Kinesiology with future aspirations being a career in Physical or Occupational Therapy.
O'Connor on Seamans: "Adam is from just over the border in New York and someone who we think will fit very well into our style of play and culture here at Castleton. He's a hard worker, strikes the ball well with both feet, has a very good soccer IQ and is competitive. He will only get better in the years to come and is one to keep a close eye on."
ANDRES SOTO-BURGOS - GK - 6'0" - 155 lbs. - Bronx, N.Y./Salesnian HS/Westchester Flames FC
Soto-Burgos was a team captain and varsity letter-winner at Salesnian High School for coach Jerry Soto. He was voted 2018 SHS MVP, CHSAA All-League in 2017 and 2018 and was a NYC Mayors Cup nominee. He played club soccer for Naim Kurati at FC Westchester. He also played varsity volleyball at Salesian where his team won two CHSAA City Championships, and he holds the CHSAA record for most blocks in a season. An accomplished musician who was a member of the Marching, Jazz and Concert bands as well as the Wind Ensemble, Soto-Burgos held the position of treasurer for his high school Student Government. He will major in Kinesiology or Athletic Training at Castleton.
O'Connor on Soto-Burgos: "Andres was at our ID camp back when he was a sophomore and he really showed promise as a player. Since then, he has made great strides and along with his extensive high school and club success has the base to compete at our level right way. I'm confident he will continue to expand his game and it will be exciting to watch."
DAN DESALVATORE - D – 5-10 - 140 lbs. - Clifton Park, N.Y./Shenendahowa HS/GPS Albany SC
DeSalvatore spent two seasons competing for the SUNY-Canton Kangaroos under Coach Tim Penrod. He was a varsity letter winner at Shenendhowa High School, and also competed in Nordic Skiing during his high school career at Shen. He played club soccer for Clifton Park SC, New York Elite FC and GPS Albany under Coach Devon Tomson. He reached the National Cup with NY Elite and his brother, Nate, played college soccer at Cazenovia College. He plans to major in Computer Information Systems at Castleton.
O'Connor on DeSalvatore: "Dan is a player who initially looked at Castleton as an option coming out of high school and we're happy he will be joining us this fall. He comes with an excellent high school and club soccer pedigree and his experience at SUNY-Canton should make his transition here seamless. He knows what it takes to compete at the college level and that mentality will only help the squad this fall."