WATERVILLE, Maine -- With 11 seniors and 12 first-year players on the roster, the Colby College men's soccer team enters the 2018 season with the best mix of veterans and newcomers in the New England Small College Athletic Conference.
The Mules, who finished 6-6-2 overall last year, begin the season at local rival Thomas College on Wednesday at 7 p.m. Colby has its home and conference opener against Tufts University on Saturday at 3 p.m.
The Mules had one of the stingiest defenses in the league last year, allowing just 12 goals in 14 games. Senior captains Garrett Dickey (pictured, Centennial, Colo.) and Grady Jendzejec (North Reading, Mass.) will lead the backs for head coach Ewan Seabrook.
Senior Wyett MacDonald (Plainfield, N.H.) and junior Conor Larkin (Newton, Mass.) will both play in back along with first-years Graham Pugh (Phoenixville, Pa.), Dexter Kalderon (Dobbs Ferry, N.Y.), Julian Shapiro-Lopez (Miami, Fla.), and Jared Wood (Ipswich, Mass.).
Senior Dan Carlson (Littleton, Mass.) is the lone goalkeeper with collegiate experience. He played 203 minutes last year and had a 0.44 goals against average. Junior Matt Johnson (Medfield, Mass.) and first-year Matt Morin (Westborough, Mass.) are the other two keepers on the roster.
Senior captain Jeff Rosenberg (Bethesda, Md.), who earned All-NESCAC Second Team honors last year, was dangerous with his speed on the forward line. Lucas Pereira (Hastings-on-Hudson, N.Y.) led the Mules in scoring with two goals and four assists for eight points. Senior forwards Kyle Douglas (Windsor, Conn.), Jacob Tower (Bellevue, Wash.), and Cole Turissini (Winchester, Mass.) all return.
Seabrook, who will have assistant coach Tim Stanton '16 back, is hoping for scoring from first-year forwards Ethan Fabricant (Summit, N.J.), Cam Walker (Missouri City, Texas), and Ryan Seaman (Lake Oswego, Ore.).
The Mules return midfield starters senior Cam Clouse (Holliston, Mass.) and junior Asa Berolzheimer (Hanover, N.H.) after both had solid seasons in 2017. Clouse, who is dangerous in the air at 6-foot-3, had three goals on just eight shots, while Berolzheimer had two goals and one assist.
Senior David Howarth (Chappaqua, N.Y.) and sophomores Jack Fletcher (Wayland, Mass.) and Paul Hawkins (Wellesley, Mass.) also return to the midfield. First-years Colin Sullivan (Tivoli, N.Y.), Nicholas Lemire (New Hartford, N.Y.), Christian Guichard (Accokeek, Md.), and Jack Moore (Belgrade, Maine) will vie for minutes in the midfield.
The Mules had a winning record last year on the new Colby Soccer Field, including a thrilling 2-1 overtime win over then ninth-ranked Amherst College.