HAMDEN, Conn. Quinnipiac University men's soccer Head Coach Eric Da Costa has announced the addition of six players for the 2009 season. Phillip Surprise (Milwaukee, Wis.), Ryan Malki (Chicago, Ill.), Tim Quigley (Ridgefield, Conn.), Marijan Juric (Greenwich, Conn.), Greg DiGiovine (West Orange, N.J.) and Carl Stensland (Storrs, Conn.) will all attend Quinnipiac this upcoming fall.
Surprise joins the Bobcats as one of the nation's most highly touted recruits. He comes to Quinnipiac as the all-time leading scorer in Wisconsin history with 115 goals and 58 assists. His 54 goals and 25 assists during his senior season at Pius XI High School were single-season state scoring records. Surprise led the state in scoring in both his junior and senior seasons with 37 and 54 goals, respectively. A three-time all-state selection and a two-time all-mid west selection, he was named the Gatorade/ESPN Player of the Year runner-up in 2008. Surprise also spent five years as a part of the Wisconsin Olympic Development Program.
"Philip was a highly touted and nationally recruited student athlete," Da Costa said. "He is a proven goal scorer with an unbelievable work ethic. Philip has the qualities needed to be a fantastic college player and we expect him to make immediate contributions to the program. He comes from a great family and has exceptional character. We are lucky to have him and look forward to him joining our family."
Malki was a two-year captain and four-year starter at The Latin School in Chicago. He recorded 44 goals and 26 assists in his four years, while also being honored a team MVP. Malki was also named a two-time NSCAA Illinois High School all conference, all area and Illinois All State first team selection. He was the youngest player on the Under-20 US National Team of Superclubs while playing with the Chicago Magic.
"Ryan is one of those players who live the game," said Da Costa. "He has a great soccer pedigree and has played with some of the country's best clubs. Ryan is technically sound with great field vision. Once he adjusts to the speed of play I'm sure he will add depth to our midfield."
Quigley comes to Quinnipiac from the South Kent School where he served as team captain during last season. In 2008, South Kent won the New England Prep School Athletic Conference Championship, while Quigley was named team MVP and WNEPSSA All Star. He played four seasons at Ridgefield High School, captaining the team his senior season and winning the Connecticut LL Class State Championship. A three-year member of the Connecticut Olympic Development Program, Quigley was named to the Danbury News Times All-Area Team and an all-state selection his senior season.
"Tim is a crafty, technical player who is very good at making things happen," Da Costa said. "With a year of post grad play under his belt I feel he can be an asset for us this coming season."
Jurac was the captain of the Greenwich High School soccer team his senior season of 2008. He led the team with 13 goals and 10 assists during his final year, while also earning team MVP and Connecticut Senior Bowl MVP honors. A two-time All-FCIAC selections, Jurac spent time at the New York Red Bulls MLS Academy and at the Liverpool Academy in England.
"Marijan is a big strong target player," said Da Costa. "He showed well every time I was out to see him. He has the ability to hold the ball up, but is also technical enough to run at defenders. Marijan may be the sleeper in this year's recruiting class."
DiGiovine was a three-time letterwinner at Seton Hall Prep School. During his time at Seton Hall, he was named an all-state, all-county, and all-conference player, while serving as team captain during his senior season. DiGiovine was also honored with the Peter Butler Award, given to player who best represents the ideals of Seton Hall Prep, its soccer program, sportsmanship, leadership, determination, discipline and skill. In 2007, he helped lead his team to the state, sectional, conference and county championships. A six-year club soccer player with Matchfit Chelsea Academy, he also played with USA Soccer in Sweden's Gothia Cup against other international team, including the Israeli-Palestinian "Peace Team".
"Greg is a tall athletic defender with very good technical ability," Da Costa said. "He is versatile enough to play either as a central defender or out in a wide position. Greg is a very good defender and also has the ability to start the attack or get himself forward. I am looking for him to challenge for a role in our back line."
Stensland comes to Quinnipiac from Storrs, Conn., where he played at E.O. Smith High School. A two-time team MVP and captain, Stensland was also a two-time all-state selection and named to the All-New England Team his senior season. He played nine seasons of club with the Oakwood Soccer team, serving as team captain for six of those. During his time with Oakwood, Stensland helped lead his team to the 2006 and 2008 Connecticut State Cup Championship. He also spent five years as a member of the Connecticut Olympic Development Program.
"Carl is a very solid and consistent player. He plays relaxed and is very composed on the ball," said Da Costa. "He could play as a deep lying midfielder or potentially at the back. Carl has played both club and high school ball for traditional powerhouses, he has a winning mentality and we look forward to him bringing that here with him."
The Bobcats qualified for the NEC Tournament for the first time since 2004 last season with a 10-5-4 record. In the last two seasons, the Bobcats have posted 19 wins, more than any other two-year period in the last decade.
"This group of incoming players will give us good balance and depth," Da Costa said. "We're hoping some will make an immediate impact while others will set us up for the future. Their addition will create healthy competition within our squad which is very much ready to make another run in the NEC."