June 10, 2014
LOUDONVILLE, N.Y. - Siena Soccer Head Coach Cesar Markovic has named Nick Theobald, Matt Needham and Danilo Markovic as the Saints' tri-captains for the upcoming 2014 season. The announcement comes on the heels of a strong spring season in which the Saints posted an impressive 4-1-4 overall record.
"I believe that our three captains are representative of the makeup of our team," said Markovic, who enters his second season as coach. "We are tough and honest in our approach both on and off the field. We are trying to promote a truly healthy and winning culture around our team. I believe that these three players will help us do that. All three live and die for the program and they represent the ideals that I, as leader of this program, want to be visibly on display on a daily basis."
A native of Mississauga, Ontario, Theobald appeared in all 18 games last fall making 14 starts. The senior back has appeared in 45 collegiate matches including 40 starts.
"Nick is a well respected, hard working tough player that has played very important minutes for Siena and has gained my trust pretty quickly," added Markovic.
A junior back from Sheffield, England, Needham was named MAAC Offensive Player of the Week last Sept. 23 after scoring his first two collegiate goals including the game-winner in the Saints' 4-1 win over Saint Joseph's the previous week. A 2012 MAAC All-Rookie Team selection, Needham finished with six points on three goals in starting all 15 matches he played last fall.
"Matt is a tough, hard-nosed defender who brings the intensity every day and shows maturity around his teammates at all times," explained Markovic.
Markovic's son, Danilo, enters his sophomore season with the Saints. As a freshman last fall he was named a MAAC All-Rookie Team selection. The Queens, N.Y. native started all 16 matches he played in the back last season and tallied an assist.
"Danilo is tough, intelligent defender," noted the elder Markovic. "He has a great amount of experience for a young player."
The trio will lead a Siena squad looking to improve upon its 7-10-1 overall record and 3-6-1 mark in the MAAC last season. Based on the Saints' spring results, the team is hoping to carry over that momentum to the fall.
"I sought out some serious competition with the intent of really testing our young team and some of our new tactical adjustments," said Markovic.
The Saints tallied 14 goals over their nine matches, posting wins over Binghamton (5-1), Hartwick (2-0), St. Rose (2-0) and UMass (1-0) and ties against Army (1-1), Buffalo (1-1), St. Thomas Aquinas (2-2) and Syracuse (0-0). The team's only setback was a 1-0 loss against Hartford.
Tranfers Uros Antic (St. Rose) and Enrique Hidalgo (NJIT) were impressive additions to the midfield for a team that showed some fantastic depth. The Saints displayed tremendous defense led by rising sophomore Ryan Vyskocil who allowed just six goals in playing all nine matches.
"We hope this spring serves as a foundation to how Siena will play soccer in the future," added Markovic. "We are equally as excited about our new class coming in August."