PHILADELPHIA--The James C. Gentle Head Coach of Men’s Soccer, Rudy Fuller, has announced that four student-athletes have been admitted to Penn and will join six previously announced recruits for the 2007 season.
Three of the four new additions are transfer students from Georgetown University and will enter Penn with two seasons of eligibility. Area native, Alex Fairman (Ardmore, Pa./The Haverford School) a midfield/defender, forward Richard Frank (Paradise Valley, Ariz.) and midfielder Brian Mascarenhas (Marietta, Ga.) will join the Quakers’ junior class.
Joining the Class of 2011, Steven Schlaefer, a midfield/defender from Atlantic Beach, N.C. will make seven freshmen on the 2007 roster. Admitted on early decision and previously announced, were defender Zach Barnett (Ellicott City, Md.), goalkeeper Ben Berg (Whitefish Bay, Wis.), midfielders JasonGorskie (Marlboro, N.J.) and Aaron Ross (Woodcliff Lake, N.J.), midfield/forward Loukas Tasigianis (Ridgefield, N.J.) and forward Fernando Duran (Annapolis, Md.). Read the announcement of the first six recruits by clicking here.
“I am very pleased with the class overall and am excited about the years ahead,” said Fuller. “With the addition of these four student-athletes to the six announced earlier this spring, this class certainly rates as one of our best in my 10 years at Penn. It is an exceptionally talented and well-balanced group. They all have a passion for Penn Soccer and are eager to continue and build upon the foundation that previous classes have created. There is a great deal of excitement surrounding our University and soccer program and this class is a direct reflection of that excitement."
Last season, the Quakers were 9-4-2 record and boasted their best Ivy League finish (5-1-1) since the 2002 season.
A brief breakdown of each player along with comments from Coach Fuller is provided below in alphabetical order:
Junior 6-1 170 lbs.
The Haverford School
2006: Played in six games ... Started against Howard (10/3).
2005: Played in all 20 games with 15 starts, including the final 10 games of the season ... Got off five shots on goal from his defensive position ... Named BIG EAST Academic All-Star.
High School: A starter all four years at Haverford, he scored 23 goals and recorded 25 assists ... Received all-area and league honors last three years and led Haverford to the league championship as a senior ... Named team MVP, scoring six goals and assisting eight times during championship season in 2004 ... Played for FC Delco under Coach Mike Gorni ... Played with Eastern Pennsylvania Olympic Development Team since 1999 ... ODP team took home the Region I championship and competed for the national championship in 2005.
Personal: Born Jan. 11, 1987 ... Son of Julie (GNU’80, GRN’92) and Ronald Fairman ... Has one brother, Connor (age 12) ... Intends to enroll in the College of Arts and Sciences majoring in political science.
Why Penn? “I chose Penn because of its strong academic reputation and its support for scholar athletes.”
Fuller on Fairman
“Alex gained a lot of experience in his first two years at Georgetown and we expect our team to benefit from that experience during the next two seasons. He is a talented left-footed defender with good size and excellent passing ability. In addition, we are excited to add another quality student-athlete from the greater Philadelphia area and the nationally competitive FC Delco Soccer Club.”
Junior 5-7 150 lbs.
Paradise Valley, Ariz.
2006: Played in 16 games, starting eight ... Scored the game-winner against Syracuse (9/ 9) ... Scored a goal against Howard (10/3) ... Had assists against George Washington (8/ 25), St. John’s (9/10) and Lafayette (10/10) ... Took 15 shots, putting eight on goal.
2005: Earned the team’s Offensive Rookie of the Year Award ... Played in 17 games, starting 11 times ... Named BIG EAST Rookie of the Week (9/26) after tallying a goal and an assist in wins over Rutgers and Villanova ... Scored goals vs. VCU and Villanova ... Went for a goal and an assist vs. VCU ... Dished out assists on the game-winning goals in wins at DePaul and vs. Rutgers ... Named BIG EAST Academic All-Star.
High School: Started and led Chaparral in scoring during freshman, sophomore and junior years ... Scored 42 goals in 35 games before sitting out senior year to concentrate on club commitments ... Voted Team Offensive MVP freshman and sophomore years and also named 4A First-Team All-State after sophomore and junior seasons ... Played for five-time Arizona state champion, Sereno Eagles club team ... Eagles also won the Region IV championship twice and were runner-up twice ... Took third place at the national championships in 2002 ... A member of the Arizona Olympic Development Team and Region IV player pool in 2002 ... Received two trials with Arsenal F.C. and Ipswich Town FC of the English Premier League ... Selected to the Region IV ODP team in 2004 ... Selected to play with the Region IV team in Chula Vista for an Interregional event in 2005 ... Participated in the adidas ESP Camp and was named to the All-Star team during 2003 and 2004.
Personal: Born Nov. 7, 1986 ... Son of Maria and Ken Frank ... Has one sister, Deanna (age 22) ... Intending to enroll in the College of Arts and Sciences majoring in history.
Why Penn? “Penn has great academics and an excellent soccer program.”
Fuller on Frank
“Richard is an exciting attacking player with electrifying pace. He was one of the best attacking players in the country coming out of high school and was an integral part of Georgetown's attack these past two years despite battling an injury last season. Like Mascarenhas, he has a good deal of international experience and that experience should serve our team well over the next two years. He definitely gives our frontline another dimension and is equally adept with a cross or a shot. He will fit in very well with our returning group and I expect him to have an immediate impact on the field this fall."
Brian Mascarenhas (MAHS-ka-RAY-nas)
Junior 5-10 170 lbs.
2006: Transferred to Georgetown after Vanderbilt program was disbanded ... Played nine games for the Hoyas.
2005: Started all 18 games in which he appeared ... Was named second-team All-Missouri Valley Conference (MVC) and earned a spot on the MVC All-Freshman Team ... One of two MVC first-year players to earn all-conference accolades ... Named to the SEC academic honor roll.
High School: 2004 National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) All-American and a McDonald’s All-American after playing for Edison Academy (Bradenton, Fla.) ... Played on the United States U-16 and U-17 National Teams against national teams from England, Portugal, Brazil, Holland, Germany, Italy, Poland, Finland and France and club teams from Chivas, Atlas, AC Milan and Fulham ... Spent two years in London with English Premier League club Tottenham Hotspurs FC ... Was captain of Concorde Fire (Atlanta) club team ... MVP of Concorde Fire 2000-01.
Personal: Born March 4, 1987 ... Son of Linda and Frank Mascarenhas ... Brother, Mark (25), played soccer at Bucknell ... Intending to enroll in the College of Arts and Sciences, majoring in political science.
Why Penn? “I chose Penn because of the extremely high standard of both academics and soccer.”
Fuller on Mascarenhas:
"Brian's resume speaks for itself. His experience internationally with the Under-17 National Team and Tottenham Hotspur FC will be invaluable for our team. After his strong freshman campaign at Vanderbilt, I was surprised that he didn't have more of an impact at Georgetown this past year, but I am thrilled to have him with us for the next two seasons. He is a natural leader with a very professional approach to the game. His technical ability and tactical awareness are both fantastic. Brian is the type of kid that would find a way to positively impact any team at any level and I am confident he will make an immediate impression on our team this fall."
Steven Schlaefer (SHLAY-fer)
Freshman 6-0 155 lbs.
Atlantic Beach, N.C.
West Carteret/NC School of Science & Math
High School: 88 CASL Elite club team ...2007 U.S. Youth Soccer National ODP Tournament Champion... 2007 Region III Tournament quarter-finalist ... 2007 NCYSA State Cup Champion ... 2006 Region III ODP Tournament Champion ...2006 US Club Soccer Champion’s Cupwinner... 2006 NCYSA State Cup semifinalist ... North Carolina 89 ODP Team from 2001-07 ... Participated in the Region III Camp, 2003-06 ...Playedin USL Wilmington Hammerheads (2003-04) ...Played with 88 Cape Fear Breakers (2003-05) serving as captain 2004-05...Two seasons of varsity soccer at West Carteret HS (2003-04) ... Conference champion,first-team all-conference selection and NCHSAA Scholar-Athlete both seasons... 2003 team high scorer and received Coaches Motivational Award ... Played two seasons at NC School of Science & Math (NCSSM) (2005-06)... Captain and first-team all-conferenceselection both years ...2006 NCHSAA StateMen's Tournament semifinalist, third in final season rankings andconference player of the year runner-up ... 2005 NC High School Soccer Showcase starter ... Participated in Duke Talent Identification Program ... National AP Scholar ... Associated Student Body Government participant ... State Math Competition (2001-06).
Personal: Born June 11, 1989 ... Son of Richard and Catherine Schlaefer ... Brother, Peter (age 23), played soccer at University of Chicago wherehe was captain and earned first-team all-region... Father was on University of Montana ski team ...Will enroll in the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences.
Why Penn? “I love Philadelphia and the SEAS provides me a great opportunity to study engineering. The soccer is also very good and I look forward to being a Fighting Quaker.”
Fuller on Schlaefer
"I was very pleased to add Steven to our squad though the regular decision process. He has experienced some tremendous success at the club and ODP level with his CASL club and the NC ODP team, respectively. He is comfortable playing anywhere along the backline or deep in the midfield. He will give us some much needed depth the back half of the field and I look forward to watching him develop in the years ahead."