Men's Soccer Unveils 2009 Recruiting Class

March 25, 2009

WASHINGTON, DC - George Washington men's soccer head coach George Lidster has announced four commitments for his 2009 recruiting class, highlighted by Youth All-American goalkeeper Brendan Lafferty and a pair of Maryland All-State selections.

"Our incoming class for 2009 will really compliment our already experienced and battle-tested roster," said Lidster, who enters his 22nd season at GW in 2009. "We are adding some of the highest-rated players at their position in the entire country. I see this class as a continuation of our recent recruiting success and am very excited to get these four student-athletes on campus."

The Colonials, who had the 27th-best recruiting class according to College Soccer News in 2008, are set to return 24 letterwinners and nine starters from last season's 8-6-3 team.

Brendan Lafferty
North Babylon, NY
St. John the Baptist High School - Albertson SC
6-foot-3 - 200

2008 NSCAA/Adidas Youth All-American and All-Region I selection ... 2008 United States Soccer Federation (USSF) Northeast Starting XI ... Four-year starter on Region I Olympic Development Team (ODP) team, leading team to back-to-back regional titles and national championship appearances in 2007 and 2008 ... Led Albertson Soccer Club to USSF Northeast Conference title in 2008 ... Attended prestigious Adidas ESP Camp in 2007 ... Four-year starter and four-time All-CHSAA selection at St. John the Baptist High ... Cougars' team MVP in 2005 and 2008.

Quote from Assistant Coach Bryan Davis: "We are extremely excited about Brendan coming to GW. His accolades speak for themselves as he is one of the top rated goalkeepers in the nation for incoming freshman. He is a quality individual and a very experienced goalkeeper who possesses tremendous ability and has incredible potential. We look forward to Brendan having an impact on our program."



Jamie LaFleur
Potomac, MD
Winston Churchill High School - Potomac Academy
6-foot - 165

Second team All-Maryland, first team All-Gazette and honorable mention All-Met by The Washington Post in 2008 ... Captained Winston Churchill High to second consecutive AAAA West Regional championship game as a senior last fall, helping team to seven goals against in regular-season play ... Recipient of Bulldog Leadership Award ... played club soccer under current GW assistant coach Bryan Davis at Potomac Academy.

Quote from Assistant Coach Bryan Davis: "Jamie is a great signing for us at GW. He is a very smart and composed player who we feel is capable of contributing right away. He will bolster our strength in the backline and add to the quality of the group both on and off the field."

Mattia Melillo
Frederick, MD
Walkersville High School - Potomac Academy
5-foot-9 - 160

First team all-state, first team All-Met by The Washington Post and first team All-Gazette in 2008 ... Holds Walkersville records for goals in a career (48) and single season (19) ... Paced Walkersville with 14 goals and three assists as a senior to earn Frederick News-Post Offensive Player of the Year ... 2008 ESPN Rise All-Area Greater DC selection ... 2007 NSCAA/adidas Boys High School Scholar All-America Team member ... played club soccer under current GW assistant coach Bryan Davis at Potomac Academy.

Quote from Assistant Coach Bryan Davis: "Mattia is a great addition to our experienced midfield. He is an extremely crafty player that has a tireless work rate on the pitch. Along with that, he has an unparalleled soccer IQ and will bring a lot of savvy to our group. I look forward to big things from him at GW."

Seth Rudolph
Belleville, IL
Belleville West High School - St. Louis Scott Gallagher Metro Academy
5-foot-7 - 155

Illinois All-State and all-section selection as a senior in 2008 ... Two-time All-Metro Area selection by St. Louis Post-Dispatch ... Three-time All-Southwestern Conference honoree... Totaled school-record 53 goals in four-year scholastic career, including new single-season mark of 23 in 2008.

Quote from Assistant Coach Bryan Davis: "Seth is an incredible pickup for us in this class. He is one of the hardest working players we have ever seen in the recruitment process. He possesses great speed and ability to get in behind the defense. I am very excited to see his growth in our already potent attack."

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