NORTHFIELD, Vt. – Norwich University head men's soccer coach Adam Pfeifer announced his 2017 recruiting class on Friday.
The Cadets will welcome six newcomers to the fold when they begin preseason training in August. NU is coming off a 12-4-4 overall record and an unbeaten 6-0-3 record in Great Northeast Athletic Conference (GNAC) play.
Norwich made its fourth GNAC Tournament final appearance in the last six seasons, falling 4-2 in penalty kicks to Saint Joseph's (Maine) after battling to a scoreless 110-minute draw.
The 2017 season will be Pfeifer's second season at the helm of the Norwich men's soccer program. He coached five GNAC All-Conference selections and had the GNAC Offensive Player of the Year in Jacob Zimmerman last season.
Hometown: Wallingford, Conn.
High School: Lyman Hall
Club/Last Team: Oakwood US Soccer Development Academy/Wallingford Warriors
Height/Weight: 5-8, 140-pounds
BEFORE NORWICH: Won state and regional championship with Wallingford Warriors … third place in 2014 Nationals Presidents Cup … member of National Honor Society … Varsity Scholar … DECA Spanish Club.
PERSONAL: Son of David and Judy Rodriguez … has one brother, David, and one sister, Gabriella … will be rook in Norwich University Corps of Cadets.
Hometown: Pawtucket, R.I.
High School: William E. Tolman
Club/Last Team: Rhode Island College
Height/Weight: 5-9, 170-pounds
BEFORE NORWICH: Junior transfer from Rhode Island College … two-time All-Little East Second Team selection as a freshman and sophomore...played in 36 games, starting 29 of them...tallied 12 goals and six assists for 30 points … named the Little East Conference Rookie of the Week twice as a freshman … all-Division honors as a senior in high school.
PERSONAL: Son of Agustin and Martha Estrada … has one brother, Sebastian who played college soccer at Dean College.
Hometown: Brookfield, Conn.
High School: Brookfield
Club/Last Team: Everton America
Height/Weight: 5-8, 155-pounds
Major: Computer Security and Information Assurance
BEFORE NORWICH: Played soccer at Brookfield High School in Connecticut … two-time Southwest Conference champions … division champions and state champions … won club soccer state championship with Everton America.
PERSONAL: Son of John and Renee Bento … has one brother Michael and one sister Sofia … will be a rook in the Norwich University Corps of Cadets.
Hometown: Tolland, Conn.
High School: Tolland
Club/Last Team: Northeast United Premier
Height/Weight: 5-10, 160-pounds
BEFORE NORWICH: Played soccer at Tolland High School … served as team captain and earned All-Conference honors and State Senior Bowl … won State Championship as a junior and was runner up as a sophomore.
PERSONAL: Son of Donald and Debra Tantillo … will be a rook in the Norwich University Corps of Cadets.
Hometown: Oakdale, Conn.
High School: Montville
Club/Last Team: Southeast Soccer Club/Oakwood
Height/Weight: 5-11, 155-pounds
Major: Mechanical Engineering
BEFORE NORWICH: Three-sport athlete at Montville High School in soccer, golf and lacrosse … two-year captain of soccer team and MVP of the team as a senior … earned All-New England honors as a senior … two-time All-State as a junior and senior … three-time ECC All-Conference selection … two-time Norwich Bulletin All-Area team … won Best Defensive Player team award as a junior … Honor Student, Principal Award (Robotics Fr, Jr), Havard Book Award, World Language Honor Society, Eagle Scout, Senior Patrol Leader (Fresh, Soph) … played club soccer for the Southeast Soccer Club and Oakwood.
PERSONAL: Son of Justin and Alison Cook … father played college soccer at Merrimack College ... has one sister, Greta and one brother, Liam … will be a rook in the Norwich University Corps of Cadets.
Hometown: Shelburne, Vt.
High School: Green Mountain Valley School
Club/Last Team: Far Post Soccer Club
Height/Weight: 6-1, 175-pounds
BEFORE NORWICH: Played soccer at Green Mountain Valley School … team captain as a senior … Twin State Selection … Burlington Free Press All-State Second Team … won six state championships playing for Far Post Soccer Club.
PERSONAL: Son of Staige and Marnie Davis … has one sister Greta.