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Contact: Bill Sodoma
Date: September 8, 2006
WATERVILLE, Maine --- The Colby men's soccer team were just a few goals away from being in the New England Small College Athletic Conference playoffs last year. The Mules lost four one-goal league games last year, including two in overtime.
With an experienced defense and goalkeeper returning for 31st-year head coach Mark Serdjenian, Colby will need the offense to step up in 2006 to challenge for a conference playoff position. The Mules start the season Saturday with a 1:30 p.m. game at Tufts University. The Jumbos took a 1-0 win over Colby last year in Waterville.
Senior co-captain Daniel Kiernan (Brookline, Mass.) proved he could be an offensive threat during his sophomore season by leading Colby in scoring. He switched to defense for his junior season and was named to the All-New England and NESCAC second teams. Kiernan still helped out with one goal and two assists.
Co-captain Josh Kahane (Newton, Mass.) returns in goal after being among the NESCAC leaders in saves per game (5.00). Colby will have more experience in back this year with sophomores Matt Shatkin (Brookline, Mass.) and Tom Milaschewski (Beverly, Mass.), and juniors Jamie Waters (Andover, Mass.) and JoseLuis Mendoza (Washington, D.C.) returning with Kiernan. Zak Starr (Westport, Conn.) will see time in goal as well.
Juniors Will Kinder (Wilbraham, Mass.) and Mike Butler (Saint John, New Brunswick) each started in the midfield last year, while sophomore Todd Boertzel (Mountain Lakes, N.J.) joined the team midway though the season and added one goal and three assists. Sophomore Lucas Bennett (Concord, Mass.) is capable of playing forward or in the midfield.
Senior forward Chris MacFadyen (Providence, R.I.) led the 2005 team in scoring with five goals and two assists for 12 points. Logan King (Braintree, Mass.) and Jim Pilgrim (Baltimore, Md.) add depth to the forward line.
The Mules hope to be tough again at home in 2006. Colby went 4-3 on its home turf, but all three setbacks were one-goal losses.
Colby will try to earn the National Soccer Coaches Association of America Team Academic Award for a sixth straight year. The Mules are the only men's soccer team in NESCAC to have earned the award five straight years.