Harvard Welcomes Nine-Member Class for Men's Soccer

Harvard Welcomes Nine-Member Class for Men's Soccer

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. Jamie Clark, the Virginia B. and James O. Welch, Jr. ’52 Head Coach for Harvard Men’s Soccer, has announced that nine student-athletes will join the Crimson in the fall of 2009. 


The group consists of four defenders, two forwards, two goalkeepers and one midfielder.  The class also includes three players from Massachusetts and New York and one each from California, Florida and England.


The addition of nine players brings the 2009 Harvard roster to a total of 27 student-athletes, as the Crimson will look to reach the NCAA Championship for the fourth consecutive season.  Last year, Harvard advanced to the second round of the NCAA tournament and posted a 12-6-0 record.


John Bryant, Goalkeeper, Montgomery, N.Y./Valley Central

Named all-Section, all-State and an NSCAA Scholar All-American as a senior ... Four-year member of the Eastern New York North Olympic Development Program team ... Led squad to 2007 and 2009 state cup final ... Invited to the Super Y League ODP National Camp ... Captain of the East Fishkill Thunder travel team from 2006-09.

Brett Conrad, Goalkeeper, Orleans, Mass./Nauset Regional

Honored as Atlantic Coast League Player of the Year in 2008 ... Two-time Atlantic Coast League All-Star ... Named Boston Globe and Boston Herald All-Scholastic  ... Selected as Boston Globe Division 2 Player of the Year in 2008 ... Named Eastern Massachusetts All-Star, all-state, All-New England and All-America senior year ... First All-American in school history ... Named ACL Defensive Player of the Year in 2007 ... Posted 30 career shutouts at Nauset Regional ... Member of the Massachusetts South Sectional All-Academic team senior year.


Owen Fox, Defender, Beverly, Mass./St. John’s Preparatory

Named Boston Herald, Salem News and Lynn Item all-star senior year ... Honored as Eastern Massachusetts All-Star, Catholic Conference all-star and Furstenburg Cup all-star in 2008 ... Led team to state championship as a sophomore with a 22-0-1 record and a No. 6 national ranking, as well as conference championships sophomore and junior years ... Member of the Stars of Massachusetts club team that was a U-15 Massachusetts State Cup semifinalist in 2006 ... Member of FC Greater Boston Bolts that won the U-16 Massachusetts State Championship and was a U-16 Region I tournament finalist in 2007.


Scott Prozeller, Midfielder, Sudbury, Mass./Noble and Greenough School

ESPN Rise All-America honorable mention in 2008 ... State Cup MVP in 2006 ... Two-time All-Scholastic ... Named All-Independent School League in 2007 and ’08 and received honorable mention in ’06 ... Two-time all-state honoree ... Development Academy in 2008 ... Member of the U-18 National Team and the U-18 national pool ... Led team to ISL championship in 2007 ... Helped squad to New England Class A semifinals in 2007, Class A quarterfinals in 2006 and 2008 and Class B quarterfinals in 2005 ... Led FC Greater Boston Bolts to state championship and regional final in 2006-07.

Brian Rogers, Forward, Bronxville, N.Y./Bronxville

Was nation’s sixth leading scorer with 44 goals in 2008, leading team to state championship ... Gatorade New York Player of the Year 2008-09 ... NSCAA All-American in 2008 ... ESPN Rise All-American 2008-09 ... USSF U-18 Northeast Conference Starting XI in 2008 ... NSCAA all-region 2007-08 ... NSCAA first-team all-state 2007-08 ... Journal News Athlete of the Season for all fall sports as well as soccer in fall 2008 ... New York State Championship tournament MVP in 2008 ... Section I Player of the Year 2007-08 ... All-Section 2006-08 ... Conference 4 Central League MVP 2007-08 ... All-League 2004-08 ... Mt. Markham Optimist Tournament Offensive MVP 2007-08 ... New York State leading goal-scorer in 2007 and 2008 ... Played high school soccer with fellow incoming freshman Leighton Welch.


Richard Smith, Defender, Durham, England/Durham Gilegate Sixth Form Centre

Helped Sunderland youth team to Premier Youth League championship in 2006-07 ... Led Durham City AFC to the Angrove Northern League First Division championship in 2007-08 ... Helped Durham Gilesgate Sixth Form Centre to County Cup, Tyneside Senior Schools Cup, Durham County League championship and County League Cup in 2007-08 ... Member of Durham City AFC that won the Unibond First Division and Chairman’s Cup championships and was a County Cup and Challenge Cup finalist in 2008-09 ... Participated in the England Academy team trials ... Player of the Season for Durham City and Durham Gilesgate Sixth Form Centre in 2007-08.

Brad Stevens, Defender, Winter Garden, Fla./Trinity Preparatory

Earned two varsity letters in soccer .... Rise Magazine All-Central Florida team in 2007-08 ... Captained OFC club team from 2005-08 ... Member of Super-Y U16 National ODP team in 2007 ... Played in Dallas Cup from 2007-09 and at the Disney Showcase in 2008.

Leighton Welch, Defender, Bronxville, N.Y./Bronxville

Named all-league five times and all-section three times ... Led high school team to state championship senior year ... Earned six varsity letters in tennis and four in track and field ... Tennis captain junior and senior years ... AP Scholar with Distinction ... Father, Leighton ’83, played soccer at Harvard ... Cousin, Elizabeth Bast ’09, was a member of the Harvard fencing team .... Played high school soccer with fellow incoming freshman Brian Rogers.


Zack Wolfenzon, Forward, San Diego, Calif./La Jolla Country Day

Tabbed to ESPN Rise All-America third team ... Named to first-team all-league, All-CIF Division IV and All-San Diego County junior and senior years ... Team MVP junior and senior years ... Named San Diego County Player of the Year by senior year ... Led team to Francis Parker Cup championship in 2007 and 08 ... MVP of the tournament both years and holds the record for most goals and points in tournament history ... Led team to Coastal South League championship from 2007-08 and CIF Division IV final from 2007-08 ... Owns school records for goals (79) and points (184).