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Men’s Soccer Adds Six To 2013 Fall Season

ALBANY, N.Y. – University at Albany men’s soccer coach Trevor Gorman announced six new players to join the Great Danes’ roster in the fall of 2013 on Wednesday, May 28.

“We’re excited to be adding a group with such tremendous potential” Gorman stated. “Our coaching staff has spent a lot of time identifying the right fits for our program needs, and we feel that each of these young men will be good additions to our squad.”

Jordan DiLapo: GK – 6’1 – 175lbs. – Colden, NY (Orchard Park HS/Loyola, MD)

Quick Facts: DiLapo spent the past year at Loyola University, a member of a squad that captured the 2012 MAAC regular season title. He spent his youth career participating for the Cleveland Internationals and Empire United of the USSD Academy, as well as with FC Buffalo of the NPSL. He was a three year starter at Orchard Park HS, helping them to three consecutive divisional semi-final appearances.

Gorman on DiLapo: “Jordan comes back to his home state after spending a year in a quality program at Loyola. He’s a very dedicated individual who is looking forward to joining our goalkeeping group. We’re looking forward to continuing his development here at UAlbany.”

Jonathan Interiano: FWD – 6’2 – 188lbs. – Brentwood, NY (Brentwood HS)

Quick Facts: A 2012 NSCAA High School All American, Interiano completed a decorated career at Brentwood HS leading his team to the state championship match. A former member of Alberston in the USSD Academy, and Dix Hills soccer club, he has also represented the US Olympic Development Program throughout his youth soccer career.

Gorman on Interiano: “Jonathan is a big, strong, player who will physically adapt quickly to the college game. He has been a part of winning teams, and programs, throughout his career and will bring a great hard working mentality to our squad from day 1.”

Eric Orlogio: GK – 6’0 – 180lbs. – Williston Park, NY (The Wheatley School)

Quick Facts: A member of the Alberston USSD Academy program, Orlogio has been a part of a defense that’s been at the top of the academy standings each of the past two years. In 2011 he led his high school team to the NY Class B state championship match.

Gorman on Orlogio: “Eric is an athletic goalkeeper with great reflexes. He’s been exposed to a high level of competition with his club team, and will be another guy that we look forward to watching improve throughout his career with the Great Danes.”

Luke Palmateer: DEF – 6’3 – 180lbs. – Perth, Australia (St Mark’s Anglican School)

Quick Facts: A member of the Balcatta Soccer Club, Palmateer has served as captain of their U23 side. Additionally, he has previously served as captain of the U19 Western Australia State Team, and of his St Mark’s Anglican School. He was a part of the Balcatta squad that captured the state league title in 2011.

Gorman on Palmateer: “Luke is an experienced defender who’s played, and trained, at a high level throughout his development. He is excited to join our other Australian players here in Albany, and we’re looking forward to adding him to our defensive group.”

Michael Pizzuti: GK – 6’0 – 180lbs. – Mount Vernon, NY (Archbishop Stepinac HS)

Quick Facts: A two-time CHSAA All-League, and two time high school team MVP, Pizzuti comes to UAlbany having competed for the Westchester Flames club. Twice he accompanied the Flames to the national finals, including a fourth place finish with the U20 group in 2012.

Gorman on Pizzuti: “Michael is another goalkeeper who is excited about the opportunity to grow within our program. He has trained with quality instructors throughout his career and has a lot of tools that can develop during his time here at UAlbany.”

Andres Sandoval: MF – 5’11 – 165lbs. – Lindenhurst, NY (St. John the Baptist HS)

Quick Facts: A current member of the Albertson USSD Academy squad, Sandoval completed a successful high school career at St. John the Baptist. Twice he was named an all-state and all-league selection. He previously competed with the Lake Grove United club team.

Gorman on Sandoval: “Andres is an excellent technical player with a good range of pass. He understands the game and enjoys being on the ball. We’re looking forward to his transition to the college game and think he has the attributes to become an influential player for us.”

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