The Crimson opens its 2014 campaign with Georgetown on Sept. 5 (photo courtsey: Gil Talbot).
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – After a successful 2013 campaign that saw the Crimson finish second in the Ivy League standings, the Harvard men's soccer team announced it will add eight freshman to the roster for the 2014 season. The incoming class has been ranked No. 34 in the country by College Soccer News, and is the only Ivy League group to appear on the rankings list.
The incoming class boasts four, four-star recruits and has two members that have youth national team experience. The group of eight freshmen hails from five different states: California, Michigan, Washington, Texas and Massachusetts).
Justin Crichlow, Defender, Edmonds, Wash./Meadowdale
Four-star recruit ranked No. 16 in the pacific northwest region by TopDrawerSoccer.com … Captained high school team as a senior and Northwest National club team in 2009-10 … Saw action in 30 games for the Seattle Sounders (MLS) U16 academy in 2012-13 … Helped Sounders' U16 squad finish 13th in the nation last season … Involved with Fellowship of Christian Athletes, student government (student body senator), link crew and National Honor Society, among other clubs during high school … Earned the Your Merit Award (2012) and was named Meadowdale Senior Student of the Month for October 2013
Nate Devine, Forward, Lodi, Calif./Lodi
Looks to be a fast, goal-scorer for the Crimson … Captained his high school team as a junior and a senior … SJAA Offensive League MVP as a sophomore and a senior … SJAA Overall league MVP as a junior … Three-time All-SJAA selection … Helped lead Lodi to SJAA league championship and Sacramento United club team to NorCal State Cup in 2012 … AP Scholar with honors … Recipient of the Pinnacle Award for Academic Excellence … Helped rebuild Lodi soccer field from 2012-14
Sam Brown, Midfield, Ann Arbor, Mich./Ann Arbor Huron
Four-star recruit and ranked No. 119 overall recruit by TopDrawerSoccer.com … Member of the U14/15 USA Youth National Team … Earned all-state honorable mention accolades as a sophomore … Helped high school team to Division III state title in 2011 … Member of the National Honor Society and Youth Impact Club … Brother, Jack, plays soccer at Michigan … Enjoys listening to music, traveling, reading, watching movies and spending time with family and friends
Christian Sady, Midfield, North Andover, Mass./Buckingham, Browne & Nichols School
Four-start recruit and ranked No. 82 overall by TopDrawerSoccer.com … Member of the U14/15/18 USA Youth National teams … Helped BB&N to 2008 ISL championship … Selected as Adidas Interregional All-Star in 2008 … Part of the New England Revolution (MLS) academy team and picked to the all-academy select team in 2010 and 2012 … Selected to Eastern Conference Starting XI by U.S. Soccer in 2011-12 season … Saw action for the New England Revolution reserve team in a match against the New York Red Bulls … Volunteers at Cradles to Crayons and Haley House Soup Kitchen … Cousin, Daniel Sciotino '96, ran track at Harvard
Alex Simon, Forward, Agoura Hills, Calif./Agoura
Three-star recruit coming out of high school … Played two years of varsity soccer and three more years of club soccer in high school … Helped team to 2010-11 Marmonte League title and 2011 Surf Cup Championship … Competed at the 2013 Maccabiah International Games and earned a silver medal … Earned Academic Excellence for Agoura Soccer in 2010-11, was a student representative for the school accreditation committee and a Special Olympics volunteer
Eric Gylling, Defender, Sacramento, Calif./Rio Americano
Four-star recruit and ranked No. 13 overall recruit in Northern California/Hawaii region … Played one year of varsity soccer at Rio Americano and went on to captain San Juan Lightning in 2011-12 and San Juan Academy team in 2012-13 … Named to all-league team as a sophomore and a scholar-athlete in 2010 and 2011 … A four-time San Juan Student Premier Athlete Gold Level … Helped San Juan Academy tie for first place at a series of friendlies in Dallas, Texas (2013) … National Merit Commended Scholar and AP Scholar with Honors … Four-year member of National California Scholarship Federation … Played trumpet and piano in jazz band, concert band and honors concert band
Kyle Parks, Goalie, Plano, Texas/Frisco Liberty
Played soccer for four years and football for three years at Frisco Liberty, captaining the soccer team as a senior … Member of the FC Dallas (MLS) youth academy … Earned first-team all-district honors in football and soccer as a junior and first team all-state as a senior … Also named football special teams MVP and district goalie MVP as a senior … Helped soccer team to district championships in 2013 and 2014 and were area champions and regional finalists in 2014 … Most consecutive shutouts and most career shutouts in school history … Team was ranked 11th nationally and first in the state of Texas … National Merit semifinalist and AP Scholar … academic all-state in soccer and football
Tyler Savitsky, Forward, Malibu, Calif./Malibu
Looks to bring speed and goal-scoring abilities to Harvard offense … Four-year starter at midfield and forward at Malibu … Served as co-captain of academy team from 2012-14 … Four-time academic all-league honoree and honorable mention all-league in 2014 … Helped academy team reach national ranking of 20th, and claim the Coast Soccer Premier League title in 2013 … Also helped team to Surf Cup championship (2013), Albion Cup title (2012, 2013), and California North-South Premier Cup championship … Saw Malibu capture Tri Valley League title in 2014 and reach CIF Southern Section playoffs from 2012-14 … Five-year member of academic honor roll … California Scholastic Federation (CSF) member (2010-14) and Gold Seal bearer in 2014 … National Merit Scholar … Harry Barovsky Memorial Youth Commission member (2010-14)