Aug. 8, 2006
WASHINGTON, DC - With the 2006 season a little more than two weeks away, George Washington men's soccer head coach George Lidster has announced the signing of nine newcomers to the Colonials roster.
"We have great anticipation and expectation about the incoming group of players," said Lidster. "As we move forward, we will miss our graduating class of 2006, but we feel that this group can continue to help us achieve and exceed the very high standard of success and professionalism established by our soccer alumni."
Byron Walker (6-2, D, New York, NY/The Beacon School)
Walker was named one of the top 100 national college prospects for 2006 according to topdrawersoccer.com. A first team All-Public School Athletic League selection, Walker helped The Beacon School to a 13-3 overall mark and a PSAL-A Championship last fall.
Andrew Kroculick (5-10, M, Moorestown, NJ/Delran)
Kroculick earned second team All-New Jersey accolades in 2005 and helped Delran High School to back-to-back state titles in 2003 and 2004. The four-year varsity letterwinner amassed 138 career points on 39 goals and 58 assists.
Andrew Stadler (5-11, F, Wauwatosa, WI/Wauwatosa West)
One of two incoming Colonials named to the Atlantic 10 Preseason All-Rookie Team, Stadler was named a Regional All-American by the National Soccer Coaches Association of America following the 2005 season. A three-time All-Wisconsin pick, Stadler is the second all-time leading scorer at Wauwatosa West High School with 198 career points, including a season-high 72 (30g/12a) last fall.
Mike Briscoe (6-0, M, Waukesha, WI/Waukesha West)
Briscoe was chosen to the Atlantic 10 Preseason All-Rookie Team following his selection as a Regional All-American by the NSCAA last fall. He scored 32 goals as a senior to break current Colonials junior Thomas Stuber's previous school-record and earn first team All-Wisconsin laurels.
George Garcia (5-11, M, Flushing, NY/St. Francis Prep)
Garcia was a three-time Catholic High School Athletic Association first team all-city honoree at St. Francis Prep. He helped the Terriers to their first New York State Championship as a sophomore in 2003.
Kyle Albrecht (5-8, M, Silver Spring, MD/DeMatha Catholic)
A three-year starter at local power DeMatha Catholic, Albrecht earned first team All-Maryland, All-Washington Catholic Athletic Conference, All-Gazette and all-county accolades in 2005. He was also tabbed a second team All-Met performer by The Washington Post last fall and honorable mention All-Met in 2004. Albrecht scored 11 goals and passed out six assists for a Stags team that finished 23-0 and ranked second in the nation in 2005.
Erick Perez-Segnini (6-2, M, Montgomery Village, MD/Watkins Mill)
Perez-Segnini earned first team All-Met accolades from The Washington Post last fall, as well as being named first team All-Maryland, All-Examiner, All-Montgomery County and the Gazette's Player of the Year.
Mike Holland (6-2, D, Reston, VA/Herndon)
Holland was a starting defender and team captain at Herndon High School in 2005. He helped Reston Football Club to back-to-back Virginia State Cup titles in 2004 and 2005.
Nikolay Aleksandrov (5-11, D, Williamsburg, VA/American School of Warsaw (Poland))
Aleksandrov helped American School of Warsaw to back-to-back Central Eastern European Sports Association titles as a junior and senior and a runner-up finish as a sophomore. He competed for local club team McLean Celtic from 2002-2003 and has played for Agrykola Warszawa in Poland for the past four years.
GW, winner of two of the last four Atlantic 10 Championships, opens the 2006 season against Georgetown on August 25 in the DC College Cup hosted by American.