June 22, 2007

Four Connecticut Players Lead Men's Soccer Recruiting Class

June 22, 2007

FAIRFIELD, CT - A quartet of Connecticut players highlights the 2007 recruiting class for the Pioneer men's soccer team and head coach Joe Barroso. Led by midfielder Mario Mililli of Shelton, the Nutmeg recruits include defenseman Giancarlo Massaro of Amity High School in Woodbridge, midfielder Lusiano Dadario of East Haven, and goalie Justin Parlapiano of Stafford Springs.

Mililli was a four-year starter at Shelton High School and was named to the Connecticut Post All-Star team. He was a three-time All-Housatonic All-Star, and two-time All-Southern Connecticut First Team selection. He was selected for the Senior Bowl All-Star Game, and was team captain and MVP his senior year. He also played for five years in the Connecticut Olympic Development Program (ODP), and played three years of premier soccer for Samba Premier and South Central Premier, which is ranked nationally.

Massaro was an All-SCC Housatonic Division First Team selection, and was Amity High School's captain and Most Valuable Player last year. He has been with the Connecticut ODP since 2001, and plays on the South Central Premier team with Mililli.

Dadrio was a starter for East Haven High School and was named All-Division in both his junior and senior years, leading his team in scoring both campaigns. He was named the GNHRA Player of the Year in 2006, and was a member of the National Honor Society and peer tutoring program while in high school.

Parlapiano is a 5'11 goalie from Stafford Springs High School, where he was a two-time All-North Central Connecticut Conference (NCCC) selection. He was also named All-State and selected for the Senior Bowl in 2006. He served as captain of both the soccer and baseball teams last season.

The Pioneers also welcome another goalie in 6'2 Tyler Locatell from John Burke Catholic High School in New York. A four-year starter and team captain, Locatell helped his team qualify for the Section IX Tournament in each season. As a junior, he led the team to an undefeated 9-0 mark in the division and his team won the Division IX title. Also captain of the school's basketball team, he has played travel soccer for the Wappingers Iroquois for four years.

Also joining the team from NY this season will be defender Tom Flanagan from Lynbrook High School. He captained the school's team that won the conference championship and reached the quarterfinals of the State Tournament last year. He was named honorable mention Nassau All-County and was a member of the Albertson Academy 88 Club soccer program that is ranked third in NY State.

Another midfielder joining the Pioneers is William Richards from Commack High School. He was named all-league and all-conference this past season. He played club for HBC Soccer that participated in the Northeaster Regional Premier League and finished in second place in the Super National Finals. He is a member of the NY ODP.

Sergio Freitas, a two-time team MVP at John Stevens High School in Edison, NJ, will come to the Pioneers in 2007. He led his high school team in scoring his junior year and was team captain his senior season. He was a member of the Jersey Nights Soccer Club from age 10 until 2006, and was an 06-07 member of the Ironbound Warriors. He is also a member of the NJ ODP.

Two other players becoming Pioneers this fall are defender Michael Puff of Walter Panas High School in Cortlandt Manor, NY, and defender James McNamara from Algonquin Regional High School in Northborough, MA. Puff was team captain and an all-section selection his senior year in high school, while playing for the Westchester 89 premier team. McNamara's team won the Central Mass championship twice and once won the State Championship.