June 6, 2011
BALTIMORE - Loyola University Maryland Head Men's Soccer Coach Mark Mettrick announced today the addition of eight players to the Greyhounds' roster, completing the program's recruiting class and fall roster.
Tommy Defino (Toms River, N.J./Toms River H.S. North), Alexander Driessen (Columbia, Md./Wilde Lake), Carson Pryor (St. Louis, Mo./Mary Institute and St. Louis Country Day School), Julian Saldana (Rockville, Md./Northwood), Drew Waddington (Jamestown, R.I./La Salle Academy) and Xavier Williams (Moriches, N.Y./William Floyd) will enter the Loyola Class of 2015 as freshmen.
Geaton Caltabiano (Lothian, Md./Mount St. Joseph/George Mason) and Vegard Vinje (Ullern Videregående Skole/University of Oslo) will transfer and be sophomores in the fall.
The eight student-athletes join three other players who previously signed to play for the Greyhounds: Joey Cahalan (Baltimore, Md./Gilman School), Connor Thompson (Swindon, England/Cirencester Academy), and Joey Wilkins (Oakton, Va./Gonzaga College H.S.).
Caltabiano played in seven games in the George Mason midfield last season and will follow in his father's footsteps on the pitch for Loyola. Nello Caltabiano played on the Greyhounds' 1976 NCAA Division II National Championship team. Geaton was a standout in high school at Mount Saint Joseph High School in Catonsville, Md., prior to playing at George Mason.
He helped lead the Gaels to the 2009 Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association `A' Conference crown and a No. 1 ranking in the state. The team was also ranked 15th in the nation as Caltabiano earned All-MIAA, All-Maryland, All-South Region and Baltimore Sun All-Metro First Team honors. He was also named the Maryland Old Timers Association Player of the Year following his senior season.
Caltabiano earned a spot on the Region 1 Olympic Development Program pool and was a four-year member of the Maryland ODP team. He also played for the Baltimore Bays, helping the club team win the U-14 and U-15 National Championships.
Defino comes to Loyola after a high-scoring career at Toms River (N.J.) High School North where he helped the Mariners reach the Shore Conference finals as a junior and senior. He was a three-year varsity starter and led the team in scoring as the captain as a senior. Defino was the All-Shore Team Offensive Most Valuable Player and also was named to the All-A-South squad.
The Mariners were the New Jersey Group 4 Sectional State Champions and the A-South titlists, as well. Defino earned honor roll recognition at Toms River North and was a member of several community service initiatives at the school.
He played for NJSA 04 Academy on the club pitch and helped the unit reach the finals of the NJSA State Cup and the U.S. Club State Cup. Defino was a member of the New Jersey ODP team and was a Regional ODP pool player. Two of his sisters, Kristin and Kate, played collegiate soccer, as well.
Driessen was a key member of the Wilde Lake High School team in Columbia, Md., that went 14-1-2 during his senior season. He earned All-Metro Second Team honors from both The Baltimore Sun and The Washington Post and was an All-Maryland Second Team honoree by the Maryland Association of Coaches of Soccer (MACS).
In addition to those honors, Driessen was named the Howard County Coaches' Co-Player of the Year by varsitysportsnetwork.com. The Wildecats won the Howard County and District V Championships in 2010. He was a four-year starter and two-year captain of his team, as well.
Driessen, who completed nearly 20 honors and Advanced Placement courses at Wilde Lake, was a member of the Maryland ODP team from 2008-2010. He competed for the Baltimore Bays and SAC United in club competition, helping the Bays win the 2009 State Cup Championship. He was also a six-year captain of his Bays teams.
Pryor scored 129 points during his four-year soccer career at Mary Institute and St. Louis Country Day School, tallying 46 goals and 37 assists. He finished as the school's all-time leader in goals and points after scoring 21 goals and assisting on 15 as a senior.
He earned Class 2 St. Louis Region Player of the Year honors and was the unanimous ABC League Player of the Year. A Class 2 All-State First Team honoree, as well, he helped the Rams earn a spot in the district finals with a 15-7-1 record in 2010.
Pryor was a four-year varsity starter and also earned four letters in track and field, two in basketball and two in football. He was an All-Conference honorable mention selection in basketball and an All-Conference First Team member as a placekicker in football. On the club pitch, Pryor played for the U-18 St. Louis Scott Gallagher Elite, helping his side reach the USYSA National finals and win the USYSA Region II Championship, during which he scored seven goals in just five games.
Saldana played at Northwood High School in Silver Spring, Md., and was a club standout for the D.C. United Academy. He helped his academy team reach the U.S. Soccer Development Academy Finals.
He was a three-year starter at Northwood and helped his team win its first divisional title since the school reopened in 2006. Saldana was a part of back-to-back division champions and national academic achievement award-winning teams. His United side also was the MLS Cup U-17 champions and won the 2010 SUM U-17 Cup.
Vinje will enter Loyola as a sophomore after a year at the University of Olso and his high school term at Ullern Videregående Skole. A top player on the juniors level for Lyn Fotball, Vinje helped his team finish as the runners-up in the Keele International Cup in Manchester, England during the summer of 2010.
A top student, as well, Vinje had the highest grade point average in the Ullern Videregående Skole's Class of 2010 in both 2008 and 2010. He also is an accomplished cross-country skier, earning the silver medal at the Norwegian Junior Championships.
His father, Velte was a silver medalist in rowing at the 1988 Summer Olympics in Seoul, South Korea.
Waddington was a team captain of the La Salle Academy team in Providence, R.I., that reached the 2010 Rhode Island Quarterfinals. He helped the Rams go 48-5-8 over the last three seasons. He earned All-Division I First Team honors from state coaches in 2010 and was named to the Second Team as a junior.
An honor roll student and member of the National Honor Society, Waddington was a starter in the central midfield for the New England Revolution academy team.
Williams was a team captain for the William Floyd High School side and earned All-Conference honors from the Suffolk County Soccer Coaches Association following his senior season. Williams also was named to the County's list of Exceptional Seniors and was the Colonials' Defensive MVP in 2010-2011.
He was the vice president of his school's Business Honor Society and was a varsity lacrosse player for his high school since his freshman season. His older brother plays soccer at Methodist University, and his twin sister will play lacrosse at Johns Hopkins.
Williams was a club player for the Auburndale Bayside Aston Villa Flames, helping his side win the U-16 State Cup in 2010 and reach the finals of the Disney Showcase in 2009.