Men’s College Check In

Written by Michael Lewis

Ryan Carmichael, one of the key performers of the Long Island Rough Riders’ run to the USL League Two final, continued to move up the Hofstra University career scoring list during the 2022 men’s soccer fall season.

Carmichael, who was named the 2022 Rough Riders offensive player of the year, converted a 19-yard free kick in the 67th minute of the Pride’s 1-1 draw at No. 24 University of Virginia on Oct. 18. Hofstra, which competes in the Colonial Athletic Association, is 9-3-2.

That score gave the 5-11, 145-lb. Carmichael eight goals in 14 games for the season and 27 for his career. It also moved him into a tie for eighth place on the Hofstra career goals list with Fabio Berlingieri (1984-87). Carmichael also has 65 career points to tie All-American Joe Holland (2012-16) for 10th on the points list.

A native of Armagh, Northern Ireland, Carmichael scored 13 goals in 17 appearances for the Rough Riders this past summer.

Here is a quick look at how the Rough Riders men players are faring in college this fall:

Wessel Speel

Wessel Speel continued his steady play for Hofstra. The goalkeeper has four shutouts in 14 games, while conceding 15 goals for a 1.08 goals-against average and recording a 9-3-2 mark. He has made 29 saves. He was selected to the USL League Two All-League team.

Filip Mirkovic

Mirkovic has enjoyed a fine season, setting up his University of Pittsburgh teammates time and again for goals. The Manhattan, N.Y. native has scored three goals and has recorded nine assists. He is on a four-game point streak. Mirkovic has registered two assists three times this season – in a 3-0 win over North Carolina State, a 3-3 draw with the University of Akron and a 5-2 win over then 25th-ranked Duquesne University on Oct. 17. The Panthers (7-3-3), who compete in the Atlantic Coast Conference, are receiving votes in the United Soccer Coaches Division I rankings.

Amir Daley

Daley, a junior defender who hails from Elmont, N.Y., has been a vital performer for Duke University (9-0-3), which is tied for second in the United Soccer Coaches Division I rankings. The Blue Devils have conceded only five goals in his 13 appearances. UNC has recorded nine clean sheets and is riding a four-game shutout streak. Daley has a goal and one assist as he set up a goal in a 2-0 victory over Notre Dame University on Oct. 14.

Chris Morandi

Morandi, a sophomore midfielder from Mineola, N.Y., has come off the bench twice to score for Monmouth University. He found the net in a 2-1 home loss to Elon University on Sept. 24 and again in a 2-0 victory at Saint Joseph’s University on Sept. 27. He also added an assist on the winning goal – as a substitute – in a 1-0 win at Northeastern University for the Hawks (6-5-1).

Justin Weiss

The junior forward from Syosset, N.Y. has scored a goal in his two most recent matches for Northwestern University. He found the net in the 4-1 loss at Indiana University on Sept. 27 and again in a 2-2 home draw against Penn State University on Oct. 2. Weiss has three goals and one assist in 10 matches for the Wildcats (2-7-5).

Bjarne Thiesen

Thiesen has played an important part of West Virginia University’s success on the backline. The League Two defensive selection has one goal in 14 appearances this season. He helped the Mountaineers (4-6-4) to three consecutive shutouts against the University of South Carolina, Old Dominion University and Lehigh University earlier this month.

Roc Carles Puig

Puig, a native of Mataro, Spain is a junior midfielder who has an assist for Hofstra in 13 starts in as many games.

Pierce Infuso

Infuso, a Merrick, N.Y. resident and junior defender, has one goal in six starts over nine matches for Hofstra.

Mason Tatafu

After scoring in Hofstra’s 2-1 season-opening victory over Fordham University on Aug. 25, the sophomore defender has helped Hofstra limit its opposition to eight goals in seven matches.

Luke McCormick

McCormick has two goals and one assist in 11 appearances for West Virginia this season.

Aaron Denk Gracia

A fifth-year defender, Gracia has been a stalwart on the backline for West Virginia, starting all 13 games in which he has dressed. He has recorded one goal and one assist.

Nico Cavallo

Cavallo has started 15 matches for Davidson University (4-8-3). The junior defender has been a part of four clean sheets. He has one assist this season.

Andre Cutler-DeJesus

The sophomore defender from Mamaroneck, N.Y. scored his second goal of the season in Marist College’s 4-2 victory over Canisius College on Oct. 19. Cutler-DeJesus has started nine matches, playing in 11 for the Red Foxes (6-6-1).

Sean Fitzgerald

Fitzgerald, a Smithtown, N.Y. resident and midfielder, has started five games and played in 10 for Binghamton University (3-7-4).

Albert Kang

Kang has started 12 of the 14 matches he has competed in for Loyola Maryland (4-5-5). A senior midfielder, Kang has a goal and an assist. After scoring in his second game of the season, Kang added an assist in a 2-1 win over Holy Cross on Oct. 8.

Jayden Reid

Reid, a junior midfielder from Elmont, N.Y., has started 12 matches for the University of Connecticut (5-6-2). He has assisted on one goal – in a 3-2 victory over Providence College on Oct. 5.

The Rough Riders will have periodic updates on its men’s and women’s players during the college fall soccer season.


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