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Men's Soccer Adds Four To Program

Denir Radoncic (back left), Stephen Nichols (front left), Jake Dengler (back right) and Davey Mason (front right) will join the men's soccer program.
Denir Radoncic (back left), Stephen Nichols (front left), Jake Dengler (back right) and Davey Mason (front right) will join the men's soccer program.
Feb. 8, 2018

BALTIMORE - Loyola University Maryland head men’s soccer coach Steve Nichols has announced that Stephen Nichols and Denir Radoncic have signed National Letters of Intent, and that two transfers, Jake Dengler and Davey Mason, have joined the program. 

Stephen Nichols, the eldest son of Steve Nichols, and Radoncic will come in as freshmen and comprise the Loyola Men’s Soccer Class of 2021, while Dengler – a transfer from CCBC Essex – will join the Class of 2020 and Mason – a transfer from Georgetown – will become a member of the Class of 2019.

“Even though this class is smaller in numbers than our classes in the past, it’s packed with talent and provides us with the final pieces to the vision that we had when we started here four years ago,” Steve Nichols said. “Even though it’s truly only our third recruiting class, we feel like we’re not only talented at every position, but that we will now have the quality of players and the depth necessary to help us win championships. It will be on us to come together, find our maturity and use our skill to push forward together.”

No. Name Pos. Ht. Wt. Hometown/High School/Previous
14 Stephen Nichols F 5-8  165  Baltimore, Md./McDonogh
16 Davey Mason D 5-11  165  Bethesda, Md./Walt Whitman/Georgetown
25 Jake Dengler D 6-5  180  Baltimore, Md./John Carroll School/CCBC Essex
33 Denir Radoncic D 6-2  170  Matawan, N.J./Matawan

Jake Dengler – Defender – 6’5”/180

“Jake is one of the best incoming centerbacks in the country,” Steve Nichols said. “After being named a Best XI in the U.S. Development Academy last year and a JUCO All-American this fall, we expect him to come in and help stabilize our backline immediately. On top of his defensive ability, he also has a knack for scoring clutch goals in big moments.”

• Played 20 games in one season at CCBC Essex, finishing second on the team with 11 goals and 25 points
• Earned NJCAA All-America, United Soccer Coaches All-East Region First Team, Region XX First Team and Maryland JUCO First team honors while with Essex in 2017
• Won All Region XX Championship and Maryland JUCO Championship with the Knights
• Won USYSA State Cup, Regional and National Champion with Pipeline in 2016
• Captained Pipeline to its first national championship in 2016
• 2016-17 USSDA Best XI
• Captained Baltimore Armour to first playoff appearance and No. 8 national ranking
• Scored six goals and assisted four in 26 games for Armour

“When I made my final decision on Loyola, it really came down to the coaching staff,” Dengler said. “I have a lot of respect for Coach Nichols, Coach Marchiano and the rest of the staff. When Steve told me his vision of this team, I immediately wanted to be apart of it. With the training facilities and the academics that Loyola has to offer, it just seemed like the best fit for me.”

Davey Mason – Defender – 5’11”/165

“Davey will make an immediate impact on our team, filling a major void as a left-footed, left-sided player,” Steve Nichols said. “He could help us as a winger or left back, but no matter where he is on the field, he’ll be a game-changer immediately.”

• Played in 21 games, starting three, in two seasons at Georgetown; the 2017 BIG EAST Champion and NCAA Tournament participant
• Tallied two assists as a freshman for the Hoyas; at Maryland and Princeton
• Named to BIG EAST All-Academic Team
• Won three state championships, two with MSC Falcons and one at Walt Whitman High School
• Gazette Player of the Year for Montgomery County
• NSCAA Fall High School All-Mid-Atlantic as a junior
• Included on All-America Watch List for two-straight seasons in high school
• All-Met First Team, first-team all-state and all-south region for Whitman
• Spent senior season with Bethesda Olney Academy

“I chose Loyola because the coaches really care about their players,” Mason said. “We also have a young and promising team that will compete for championships at the highest level in college soccer.”

Stephen Nichols – Forward – 5’8”/165

“We expect Stephen to come in and help us anywhere in our front five,” Steve Nichols said. “He’s very talented with the ball and is equally as dangerous scoring goals as he is creating them. A top-goal scorer in the U.S. Development Academy last fall, we expect him to come in and add even more quality to an already dangerous attacking group.”

• Played two seasons at McDonogh and earned all-conference, all-state and all-metro honors as a sophomore after helping the Eagles win the MIAA conference championship
• Scored 22 goals and added 18 assists in freshman and sophomore seasons at McDonogh
• Starting midfielder for USYSA National Championship Team for Baltimore Celtic in 2015
• Three-year starter and two-year captain for Baltimore Armour U19
• Leading goal scoring in U.S. Soccer Development Academy 2016 for the fall season
• Three-year U.S. Soccer Training Center Selection

“I chose Loyola because the school itself is great and the soccer program is growing into a national contender,” Stephen Nichols said.

Denir Radoncic – Defender – 6’2”/170

Denir is another player that will come in and help stabilize our backline,” Steve Nichols said. “A left-footed leftback, he’s not only a good defender, but he’s just as dangerous going forward. He will add major competition to a spot that we’ve lacked depth at in the past.”

• Started every game at left back for Cedar Stars Monmouth in the U.S. Soccer Development Academy in 2017
• Recorded three goals and seven assists in U18 season
• Helped Matawan Regional High School to the program’s first division title in school history as a freshman

“I chose Loyola because of the winning and positive mentality the coaches and players have,” Radoncic said. “While I’m getting a great education, I will also be competing for a national championship.”
 

 

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