VILLANOVA, Pa. -Three newcomers have officially joined the Villanova men's soccer program and will be part of the 2014 Wildcats' roster.
Freshman Lucas Hodges arrives from Palos Verde, Cal., as a midfielder.
Kieran McCarthy and Drew Stanko bolster the Wildcats' ranks at goalkeeper, where only Will Steiner returns from 2013. Stanko, another freshman, hails from Wyomissing, Pa., while McCarthy is a sophomore from Basking Ridge, N.J. who began his college career at Holy Cross College in 2013.
All three are training with the Wildcats in preparation for the 2014 season opener.
Hodges is a product of the Los Angeles region and attended Loyola High School. He captained an undefeated state champion as a senior in 2014 and was named to the First Team All CIF Southern Section. He scored 23 goals as a senior and 55 over the course of his career.
"Lucas is a former Villanova Soccer Training Center player who immediately caught our eye," stated Wildcats head coach Tom Carlin. "His versatility and ability to impact the game with his strong passing skills and athleticism will help us right away. He comes from great parents and he is a high quality character young man."
McCarthy stands 6-6 and his brother is former Wildcats central back and current assistant coach Kyle McCarthy. He was named second team all Somerset County from 2009-11 during his career at Basking Ridge High School. He spent one season at Holy Cross before transferring to Villanova.
"Kieran will be a great addition to our goalkeeping position," noted Carlin. "His experience at Holy Cross will help him be ready to immediately compete for the starting spot. We have known Kieran for a while as his brother Kyle was a 3 year captain and currently our assistant coach so we know he will be a great fit to our family. Most importantly, we are extremely excited to have Mrs & Mr McCarthy back in the mix and on the sidelines."
Stanko excelled in multiple sports at Berks County, working as a pitcher on the varsity baseball team with one season served as the kicker for the varsity football unit. He stands 6-2 and is the son of Ron Stanko, who was a member of the Villanova Track and Cross Country program in his days as a undergraduate from 1968-72.
"Drew comes from a blood line of Villanovans," stated Carlin. "He has a strong sense of what it means to be a part of the Villanova family. On the field, he will add to our depth at the goalkeeping position."