July 30, 2008
CollegeSoccerNews.com ranked the University of New Mexico's 2008 men's soccer recruiting class No. 22 in the nation among Division I men's soccer recruiting classes. It is the fifth year in a row that Lobo head coach Jeremy Fishbein has assembled a recruiting class ranked in the Top-40 by CollegeSoccerNews.com.
"We are very excited about this incoming class," stated Fishbein. "We were able to fill our needs on the field and at the same time bring in a group of young men who are committed to being a part of a championship program. The fact that this class is considered one of the top in the country shows that we continue to move towards our goal of being one of the top programs in college soccer."
New Mexico's 2004 recruiting class was the first in school history to be ranked in the nation, coming in at No. 15. The 2005 class, UNM's current seniors, ranked 16th in the nation, while the juniors were tabbed the fifth best class in the country in 2006. Last year's Lobo recruits were ranked 31st according to CollegeSoccerNews.com.
Topping the list of newcomers are midfielder Michael Green and goalkeeper Victor Rodriguez. Both players earned NSCAA High School All-American honors last season. Green, the 2007 Ohio Player of the Year from Strongsville, Ohio, was also a 2007 adidas ESP All-Star. He was recently named to the U.S. U-20 Men's National Team for the 2008 Milk Cup in Northern Ireland. Rodriguez led his Las Cruces High School team to the 2007 New Mexico 5A State Championship and was named the New Mexico 5A Player of the Year last season.
A pair of newcomers are already enrolled at UNM and trained with the team this spring. David Murphy transferred from Wake Forest after helping the Demon Deacons to the 2007 NCAA title. He was a club teammate of Stephen Brown on the Dallas Texans squad that won three consecutive U.S.Y.S.A. national titles. Lance Rozeboom is a freshman who began his collegiate career in January after graduating early from Xavier High School in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. Rozeboom, a long-time member of the Region IV ODP team, played for the Des Moines Menace in the PDL with Lobos Mike Graczyk and Justin Davis last summer.
Five other high school players will join the Lobo program in the fall, including Travis Campbell, Justin Holmes, Seth Neben, Masashi Shibuya and Gary Weisbaum. Campbell is a 5-9 defender and all region player from Phoenix, Ariz. Holmes is the 2007 Northern Indiana Soccer Player of the Year from Elkhart Central High School in Elkhart, Ind. Neben is a 2008 Nebraska Gatorade Player of the Year performer from Lincoln, Neb. Shibuya is a former club teammate of current Lobo Ryan Farquharson, from Scottsdale, Ariz. He was a two-time adidas ESP participant. Weisbaum is a two-time all-state player from Pikesville High School in Pikesville, Md.
New Mexico posted a 12-5-2 record in 2007, winning their fourth-straight MPSF title and making their sixth appearance in the NCAA Tournament in the last seven years. New Mexico has won over 80% of its games since the start of the 2004 season with a record of 61-11-11. The Lobos own the highest winning percentage in the NCAA during that period.
|Name||Height||Weight||Position||Hometown (Last School)|
|Travis Campbell||5-9||165||Defender||Phoenix, Ariz. (Thunderbird HS)|
|Michael Green||5-10||175||Midfielder||Strongsville, Ohio (Strongsville HS)|
|Euan Holden||6-0||170||Midfielder||Sugar Land, Texas (UCONN)|
|Justin Holmes||6-2||188||Goalkeeper||Elkhart, Ind. (Elkhart Central HS)|
|David Murphy||5-11||170||Defender||Grapevine, Texas (Wake Forest)|
|Seth Neben||6-1||155||Midfielder||Lincoln, Neb. (Lincoln Southwest HS)|
|Victor Rodriguez||6-1||170||Goalkeeper||Las Cruces, N.M. (Las Cruces HS)|
|Lance Rozeboom||6-1||165||Forward||Walker, Iowa (Xavier HS)|
|Masashi Shibuya||5-10||160||Midfield/Forward||Scottsdale, Ariz. (Saguaro HS)|
|Gary Weisbaum||5-10||160||Midfield/Forward||Baltimore, Md. (Pikesville HS)|
|Gal Yaar||5-9||150||Midfielder||Petah Tikva, Israel (Beitar Shimshon)|
First team all region player at Thunderbird high school in Phoenix, Ariz...led his team to the regional championships for the third year in a row...played club soccer for the Cisco Toros...led the Toros to the state championship game in each of the last three seasons...Toros competed at the 2008 USYSA National Championships...Personal...Born Sept. 3, 1989...Son of Spencer and Tina Campbell.
Coach Fishbein on Travis Campbell:
"Travis attended our Elite Soccer Academy last summer and really turned heads. He is a tenacious player who gives 100% every time he takes the field. He is going to bring competitiveness, energy and passion to every training session and match."
Four-year letterman at Strongsville HS in Strongsville, OH...Named to the U.S. U-20 National Team for the 2008 Milk Cup in Northern Ireland...2007 NSCAA High School All-American...2007 Ohio Player of the Year...2007 Plain Dealer Newspaper Player of the Year...2007 adidas ESP all-star...2006 NSCAA All-Region...two-time first team all-state selection...listed as one of the top 20 recruits in country by RISE magazine...Played club soccer with Cleveland Soccer Academy and Columbus Crew Academy...2007 NSCAA youth All-American...has won Ohio North State Cup four times...2007 Under-18 US National Pool...2006 Region II Pool...Personal...Born Dec. 25, 1989, Michael is son of Anthony and Cheryl Green...Has one brother, Chris (25).
Coach Fishbein on Michael Green:
"Mike is one of the most exciting players in the country. He has the skill and ability to come in and be an impact player for us right away. He will be fun to watch in a Lobo uniform."
Euan Holden - 6-0 - 170 - Midfielder - Sugar Land, Texas (UCONN)
Transfer from UCONN when he scored a pair of goals in 36 games during his first two collegiate seasons...will be eligible to play immediately and have two years remaining at New Mexico...Was one of the top players cming out of high school in 2006 where his led his Clements team to a 21-3 mark and a spot in the Texas state semifinals...also played for the Houston Texasn club squad and was on the Region III ODP team...Personal...Born February 2, 1988...brother, Stuart plays for the MLS Houston Dynamo.
Coach Fishbein on Euan Holden:
"Euan is an excellent addition to what we think is one of the strongest recruiting classes in the country," stated Fishbein. "He is a talented player who has competed at the highest level throughout his career and we expect him to be an impact player at New Mexico over the next two years."
2007 Northern Indiana Soccer Player of the Year at Elkhart Central High School in Elkhart, Ind...runners up in the state championships each of the last two seasons...spent the summer playing with the Indiana Invaders of the PDL with current Lobo James Urbany...participated in the USL/ODP national camp and select team...Personal...Born Oct. 12, 1989.
Coach Fishbein on Justin Holmes:
"Justin is a great athlete and a talented keeper. He will be fighting for playing time with three other keepers who are all looking to replace graduating senior Mike Graczyk. He has an incredible enthusiasm for the game and his work ethic is going to push our entire team."
Transfer from Wake Forest University for the spring 2008 semester and is currently training with the team...will have three years of eligibility remaining at UNM...Saw action in six games for the NCAA Champion Demon Deacons last season...was a redshirt in 2006...Four-year letterwinner at Carroll Senior HS for head coach Greg Oglesby...all state and district 5-5A MVP as a senior... played club soccer with the Dallas Texans with current Lobo Stephen Brown...helped the Texans capture three straight state, region and national championships from 2005-07... served as the team's captain and also captured the Golden Boot at the 2005 National Club Championships -- the award for the Most Valuable Player of the entire tournament... member of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes program... Personal...Born in New York, New York on October 20, 1987...son of Ken Murphy and Donna Saenz.
Coach Fishbein on David Murphy:
"David is a natural leader. He captained the most successful youth club team in this country's history. We feel UNM is the perfect fit for David and he is going to blossom as a leader and player here."
2008 Gatorade Nebraska Player of the Year...Four-time all-state player at Lincoln Southwest High School in Lincoln, Neb...High School Freshman Gatorade Rookie of the Year...state leader in assists...Lincoln Southwest High School career leader for assists in a season and career assists...Five-time Nebraska state club champions for the CSA Legacy...Personal...Born Sept. 16, 1989...son of Mike and Robyn Neben...father played football and baseball at Concordia University in Seward, Neb...member of the National Honor Society.
Coach Fishbein on Seth Neben:
"Seth is a player who comes in under the radar and I think he will become an impact player for us. He is athletic, intelligent and a very determined athlete. He competes every time he gets on the field and it will be hard to keep him off of it come game time."
2007 NSCAA High School All-American keeper at Las Cruces High School in Las Cruces, N.M...New Mexico 5A Player of the Year...captained Las Cruces High School to the 5A state championship...1st team all-state, all-district and district player of the year as a senior...played for the New Mexico Strikers 91 club team...New Mexico ODP 91 Team Captain...led his ODP squad to a second place finish at the 2008 regional championships...Personal...Born Feb 12, 1991, Victor is the son of Lucina and Ismael Rodriguez...he has six brothers and two sisters.
Coach Fishbein on Victor Rodriguez:
"Victor continues our tradition of bringing in the top players from the state of New Mexico. He was the only NSCAA All-American in the state this year and we wanted to make sure he became a Lobo. He will be competing with three other keepers for time between the pipes."
Enrolled at UNM in January and is training with the team during the spring semester...2007 graduate of Xavier High School in Cedar Rapids, Iowa...did not play high school soccer...seven-time Iowa State Cup champs with the Cedar River Soccer Association...USA Region II Semi-Finalists in 2006, 2006 & 2007...club captain for five years...2002-07 Iowa ODP team member...ODP team captain for two seasons...Region II ODP team member from 2002-07...team co-captain in 2004...traveled to numerous international tournaments with the Region II squad...Spent the summer playing for the Des Moines Menace of the Premier Development League where he earned a starting position as a 17-year old...Teammates with former Lobo Mike Graczyk and current Lobo Justin Davis with the Menace...Personal...Born May, 31, 1989, Lance is the son of Jerry and LuEllen Rozeboom.
Coach Fishbein on Lance Rozeboom:
"Lance gets a head start on our other incoming players, having joined the program this spring. He is a highly decorated youth player and one of the most driven young men I have had a chance to work with, both athletically and academically."
Exciting and creative attacking player who was a club teammate with current Lobo Ryan Farquharson...two-time adidas ESP participant...spent the last six years playing for the Sereno 89's club team...member of the 1989 Region IV ODP Team...went on foreign tours of Germany and Argentina with Region IV ODP squad...Personal...Born March 14, 1989...son of Hiroshi and Akemi Shibuya...orginally from Saitama, Japan.
Coach Fishbein on Masashi Shibuya:
"Mashi brings a different attacking element to our team. He is creative, posses tremendous vision and is deadly on set pieces. He has a passion for excellence and his work ethic will make our enitre program better."
Two-time all-state player at Pikesville High School in Pikesville, Md...played club soccer for the 2005 state champion MSC Dragons...five-time member of the Maryland ODP team...USCSA and ODP Region I champs...USYSA state cup champs and Region I finalists...state futsal champs champs in 2005...team captain last two seasons...Personal...Born Dec. 17, 1989...son of Harold and Sharon Weisbaum...also lettered in basketball and lacrosse in high school.
Coach Fishbein on Gary Weisbaum:
"The thing that excites me most about Gary is that he is a natural leader and a warrior. He will demand excellence from his teammates and make everyone around him better. He has found a way to win at every level and this commitment to excellence will carry forward to UNM."
Gal Yaar - 5-9 - 150 - Midfielder - Petah Tikva, Israel (Beitar Shimshon)