Rough Riders in college in 2018
Aug 2018

The 2018 NCAA men’s and women’s soccer seasons recently kicked off. There are plenty of players from the Long Island Rough Riders organization who are playing collegiately this year.

Here are the players to keep an eye out for this fall.

Robin Afamefuna
University of Virginia, Junior, Defense/Midfield

Afamefuna started 11 of the last 12 games for the Cavaliers in 2017 after missing two of the season’s first three matches due to an injury. Registered one goal and one assist.

Allyson Baner
Stony Brook University, Senior, Defense

Baner made 18 appearances (13 starts) in 2017, scoring three goals. Helped lead the Seawolves to the America East Women’s Soccer Championship and school’s first NCAA Tournament appearance.

Jacob Bohm
Fordham University, Sophomore, Defense

Bohm appeared in 17 games (14 starts) as a freshman, scoring three goals. The two-time Atlantic 10 Rookie of the Week was named to the Atlantic 10 All-Rookie Team.

Nathaniel Crofts
University of Virginia, Sophomore, Forward

Crofts was one of six Cavaliers field players to start all 21 games in 2017, registering two assists and 14 shots (six on goal).

Alexander Dexter
University of Pittsburgh, Sophomore, Forward

Dexter appeared in 17 games (15 starts) in 2017. The ACC All-Freshman Team selection lead the Panthers with 14 points (6 goals, 2 assists).

Cornell Holland
College of Charleston, Senior, Midfield

Holland had two assists in 14 games (two starts) last season. Scored two goals in 18 appearances in 2016.

Robert Leamey
UMass Amherst, Freshman, Goalkeeper

Leamey enters his collegiate career following a successful time at St. Anthony’s High School where he was a three-year starter and All-conference and All-Long Island First Team selection.

Kaitlin Loughren
Stony Brook University, Senior, Defense

Loughren played and started in all 22 matches last season, recording one goal and two assists. Named to the America East Second Team while guiding the Seawolves to their first America East title and NCAA Tournament berth.

Jørgen Oland
Fordham University, Junior, Defense

Oland started all 22 games he appeared in 2017 while earning second-team All-Atlantic 10 honors. Scored a personal-best five goals.

Kyle Perno
Penn State University, Junior, Forward

Perno appeared in all 17 games (11 starts) after transferring from UC Santa Barbara. Had one assist and three shots.

Kayla Saager
Binghamton University, Senior, Forward

Saager lead the America East with 11 goals and seven assists (29 points) in 19 games (18 starts) in 2017. The 2017 America East Striker of the Year was named First team all-conference, second team All-East Region and first team All-ECAC.

Kerianne Scorce
Adelphi University, Junior, Forward

Scorce was second on the team with eight goals in 2018, her first season after having to redshirt in 2016 due to an injury. Played in 17 games (10 starts).

Matt Sloan
American University, Sophomore, Defense

Sloan started 14 games as a freshman. Was named to Patriot League Academic Honor Roll.

Francesca Venezia
Boston College, Junior, Forward

Venezia played in 13 games, making her first-career start against William & Mary on Aug. 20. Tallied eight shots.

Daniel Vitiello
University of Albany, Redshirt Senior, Goalkeeper

Vitiello was the regular-season conference leader in goals-against average (0.48), save percentage (.884), and shutouts (7). Had eight saves in against Maryland in NCAA Tournament first round.

Harrison Weilbacher
Binghamton University, Senior, Midfield

Weilbacher had a goal and two assists last season for the Bearcats. Was a member of the America East Honor Roll.

BY: Michael LoRé
Staff Writer