Feb. 18, 2004
Siena College men's soccer head coach Charlie Curto has announced the signings of two high school seniors to national letters of intent for the 2004 season. Joining the Saint program will be Thomas Ciovacco (LaGrangeville, N.Y.) and Liam Welsh (Westtown, N.Y.).
"We are looking forward to the addition of Tom and Liam as they are both very talented players who are expected to make immediate impacts in the fall," said Curto. "They played along side each other on the Empire State Team and will bring a chemistry with them that will prove invaluable."
Ciovacco, a 5'11" forward out of Arlington High School, is the younger brother of former Siena standout Paul Ciovacco, who finished his playing career in 2003 in fifth on Siena's all-time scoring list. Ciovacco led his Class A Sectional Finalist team in 2002 in goals (17) and assists (7) and has played for the club team F.C. Westchester '86 since 2000, a team that was the Eastern New York Premier League Champions in 2003 and a State Cup Semifinalist in 2001. Ciovacco was also a member of the Olympic Development Program in 2001 and 2002 and Bronze Medalist team in 2002 and captain of the Silver Medalist Empire State Team in 2003.
"Tom will come in and be able to contribute right away, most likely filling the hole left by his brother, Paul," Curto said. "A big player with good size, he was a proven scorer at Arlington High School and is just what we are looking for up front."
Welsh is a defender from Minisink Valley High School who has been a five-year member of the Eastern New York Olympic Development Program (ODP) and a member of the Regional ODP Pool Team for one year. He led his Yorktown Spirit club team to two State Cup Championships. Welsh also was a twice named a Section 9 All-Star and was a medallist at the Empire State Games.
"Liam will definitely be playing a midfield position for us and will also be able to jump right into the starting mix," Curto said. "He is a phenomenal player with great technique and vision who will work hard to get things done in the middle of the field."
The Saints finished the 2003 season 6-12-1 (5-3-1 MAAC)after falling 3-0 to the number five seed, Marist College, in the quarterfinals of the MAAC Tournament.