BOSTON, Mass. – Head coach Jake Beverlin has announced the members of his second freshmen class Tuesday afternoon. This year's class features 10 new faces, with four players coming from the state of Massachusetts. This year's class also features a players from Delaware, Connecticut, California, Spain, Brazil, and Venezuela.
The Beacons 2014 season is set to begin on Friday, August 29 when they take on RPI as part of the Roger Williams University/Turfer Classic in Bristol, Rhode Island.
"We are extremely happy to welcome these 10 freshmen to our program beginning this fall. This is the first full year we have been able to recruit an incoming class and we believe we have a very technical group that is comfortable with the ball at their feet," said Beverlin, who is in his second season at UMass Boston.
"This year's class is an athletic group with a ton of pace that will enhance our current roster of returners along with our transfers that will be announced later. These freshmen will provide a significant amount of competition for spots on a daily basis at every position and many of them will be on the field from day one," added Beverlin.
Name: Marcelo Cunha
Hometown: Marlborough, Mass.
High School: Marlborough High School
Club: Scorpions SC/FC Blazers
Awards: Played club soccer for the Scorpions SC helping them to a Mass State Cup semi-final appearance in 2014. Was named Massachusetts All-State honoree as a junior and senior. Named league MVP his junior and senior year, and was selected to the Super Team in his senior season.
Name: Jason Diaz
Hometown: San Diego, Calif.
High School: Nomads International Soccer School
Club: Nomads Development Academy
Awards: Played club soccer for the USDA Nomads Academy. Helped the Nomads Academy to their first ever playoff finals berth in 2014.
Name: Jonathan Figueroa
Hometown: Somerville, Mass.
High School: Somerville High School
Club: Valeo FC
Awards: Played club soccer for Valeo FC. While at Somerville High School was a part of the 2011 GBL Championship team, the 2012 undefeated GBL champions, the 2012 undefeated Division 1 North Champions, the 2013 undefeated GBL champions, the 2013 Division 1 North Champions, the 2013 Division 1 Eastern Mass champions, and the 2013 State Finalists. 2013 GBL First Team All-Star. Was awarded 2013 Best Defensive Player by his coaches. Totaled eight goals and 25 assists throughout his high school career.
Name: Joshua Khang
Hometown: Brockton, Mass.
High School: Brockton High School
Club: Scorpions SC
Awards: Played club soccer for Scorpions SC. Helped Scorpions SC to a semi-final appearance in Mass State Cup. Also, previously played for U.S Development Academy FC Greater Boston Bolts. Eastern Mass All-Star, Massachusetts 2013 All-State team, MVP for Massachusetts South All-Star game.
Name: Giovanni Lima
Hometown: Sao Paulo, Brazil
High School: EAC High School
Awards: Offensive Player of the Year 2012 and 2013, Bergen County Champion 2011, Inter 6 Champion 2013
Name: Fernando Martinez
Hometown: Madrid, Spain/Coronado, Calif.
High School: Coronado High School (Calif.)
Club: Nado (California)
Awards: Played club soccer for the NADO soccer club out of Coronado, California. Was named Offensive Player of the Year for his league as a senior at Coronado High School.
Name: Merveil Meyitang
Hometown: Boston, Mass.
High School: Dorchester Academy
Club: Boston Rams/USSDA FC Bolts
Awards: Played club for the Boston Rams 2013-2014 and previously played for the FC Greater Boston Bolts U.S. Development Academy team. Started his high school career at Brockton High School where he was a member of the All-Conference team. At Dorchester Academy was a Boston Scholar Athlete All-Star and helped his Dorchester Academy team to the Boston league finals. Named a 2-time Boston Scholar Athlete of the Month in his senior year.
Name: Juan Nieto
Hometown: Barquisimeto, Venezuela
High School: Watertown High School (Mass.)
Club: Scorpions SC/FC Blazers
Awards: Played club soccer with Scorpions SC 2014 Mass Cup State semi-finalists, previously played with FC Blazers. 2012 league leader is assists, 2013 Middlesex League All-Star, 2013 Watertown High School captain, 2-Time Division II Sectional Champions at Watertown, 2012 Division III Eastern Mass Champions, 2012 State Finalists, 4-year varsity player, received the Outstanding Academic High School Award for maintain a 3.0 GPA or higher.
Name: Spencer Saunders
Hometown: Old Lyme, Conn.
High School: Lyme Old Lyme High School
Club: Southeast Premiere
Awards: Played club soccer with Southeast Premiere Club and helped the team to a Connecticut State Championship appearance in 2014. Was awarded high school MVP as a senior. First Team All-Conference as a junior and senior. Selected to the Connecticut State Senior Bowl, the All-Area Team, and was a participant in the U.S. Soccer Federation Soccer Market Training in 2013.
Name: Calvin Smick
Hometown: Wilmington, Del.
High School: Charter School of Wilmington
Club: Delaware Rush
Awards: Played for the Delaware Rush where he helped the Rush to the Delaware State Championship in 2012, 2013, and 2014. Was selected as the RUSH Elite Player and All-RUSH team in 2013 and 2014. Selected for Rush Regional U-18 tournament team. Was nominated for National Rush team in 2013, and was selected as Delaware Blue/Gold Soccer Representative.
High School: 2013 runner-up for the Delaware State Player of the Year, First Team All-State, Regional All-American, First Team All-Conference. Scored 12 goals and had 14 assists. 2012 First Team All-State, Regional All-American, and First Team All-Conference, named Conference Player of the Year.