Siena Soccer Signs Six

Gareth Elliott welcomes five freshmen to the program this fall

April 24, 2012

LOUDONVILLE, N.Y. - Siena Men's Soccer Head Coach Gareth Elliotthas released his incoming recruiting class which will comprise the program's Class of 2016. Rocco D'Arcangelo, Jonathan Kowalczyk, Christian Maldonado, Matt O'Brien, Colin O'Donnell and Alan Torres will enroll at Siena College this fall when they will also begin their collegiate careers on the pitch for the Saints.

A midfielder, D'Arcangelo joins the Saints from Brookfield, Conn. where he served as a team captain last year for the Bobcats. D'Arcangelo led Brookfield to a spot in the Connecticut Class L State Quarterfinals last season. A First Team All-Conference selection last fall, D'Arcangelo played his club soccer for Beachside SC at both the Super-20 and U18 levels and led his U18 squad to the 2011 Disney Soccer Showcase Title.

"Rocco is a steady, consistent player," said Elliott. "He is a good passer and decision maker. We can use him across the midfield or at central defense as a result of his ability to understand the game."

A native of Albertson, N.Y., Kowalczyk led his Wheatley team to the Class B State Championship last fall. A versatile performer who has excelled at both forward and midfield, Kowalczyk led his conference with 14 goals as a senior. A National Soccer Coaches Association of America 2011 All-New York Second Team selection, Kowalczyk has earned All-County and All-Long Island honors during his high school career and was the MVP of the Nassau County Championship Game. Kowalczyk also plays for the Met Oval U18 Development Academy squad which competes in the US Soccer Development Academy.

"We are delighted to bring Jon into the program," noted Elliott. "His work rate is fantastic and will make him a constant threat as a wide player or striker for us next fall."

Maldonado metriculates to Loudonville from East Islip, N.Y. where he served as team captain last fall for St. John the Baptist High. A midfielder and forward, Maldonado racked up All-League honors as a senior while leading St. John the Baptist to a CHSAA League Championship and State Finalist appearance. Maldonado played for the Long Island ODP and played his club soccer for Hicksville Extreme.

"Christian is a tricky, skillful central player," said Elliott. "He has good vision and provides another attacking element to the squad."

O'Donnell excelled at numerous positions while playing for Haddam-Killingworth High in Killingworth, Conn. A Class M All-Area selection last season, O'Donnell tallied eight goals and finished with 17 points for the Cougars en route to a Shoreline Tournament Semifinals appearance. O'Donnell has previously competed for the Connecticut State ODP team and currenly plays his club soccer for FSA West Hartford Premier.

"Colin has a good physique for soccer and a great worth ethic," added Elliott. "We are eager to see where we can best utilize him in the upcoming campaign."

Torres joins the Saints all the way from Garden Grove, Calif. where he excelled as a midfielder at Pacifica High. Last season, Torres totaled 15 points on six goals and three assists for the Mariners and was named the Orange County Player of the Week following his hat trick in the CIF playoffs. A technically gifted left-footed kicker, Torres played his club soccer for the North Huntington Beach Futbol Club.

"Alan will be one of our most technical players next fall," remarked Elliott. "With the right development, Alan can be an important contributor for us."

O'Brien was a four-team varsity standout at Trumbull High in Trumbull, Conn. where he also competed on the indoor track, outdoor track and volleyball teams. A center back, O'Brien totaled seven points last season and helped lead the Golden Eagles to an FCIAC Championship and a Class LL State Finals appearance. Like D'Arcangelo, O'Brien also played his club ball for Beachside SC.

"Matt is a tall, technical defender who is capable of playing central defense or outside back," said Elliott. "He provides instant depth at each position on the backline and will challenge for minutes from day one."

The incoming freshman sextet joins a Siena Men's Soccer program which finished 5-9-4 overall in 2011 and 1-5-3 in the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference.