SM Alumni Shine on College Soccer Stage
A number of St. Mark’s athletes have gone on to college sports success, and this autumn, three St. Markers are part of strong collegiate men’s soccer programs. Kyle Volpe ‘11 at Tufts, Dan Roberts ‘11 at Claremont McKenna in California, and Harry Copeland ’12 at nationally ranked St. Lawrence University are all regulars on outstanding teams.
Volpe, from Blackstone, MA, started for the Jumbos as a freshman last year. Tufts went 9-4-2 in 2011, ranked #9 in the final NCAA New England poll. Volpe was ranked in the New England Small College Athletic Conference’s Top 20 for scoring, and was in the NESCAC top 10 for assists. He scored two game-winning goals last season, including a header against Bates in double overtime to register a 3-2 victory. This season, Tufts is off to an unbeaten (3-0) start, and Volpe had a key assist in a 3-0 win over Plymouth State. At St. Mark’s, Volpe was MVP of Boys’ Varsity Soccer and an All-ISL first team selection.
Roberts, from Winthrop, MA, was an All-ISL goaltender at St. Mark’s. At Claremont McKenna in Claremont, CA he appeared in five games and started one for the 13-5-2 Stags, allowing just a single goal in 221 minutes of play. This season, Roberts is the starting goalie for the defending champions of the Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference. Over the first six games, he and the Stags are 3-2-1, and Dan Roberts has a goals-against-average of 1.50 with a .780 save percentage. He is ranked 3rd in the SCAIC in fewest goals-against and 2nd in saves-per-game.
Copeland is a starting defender for the so-far undefeated (6-0) St. Lawrence University team. Only four other members of the team have played more minutes than the freshman from Dedham, MA. At St. Mark’s, Copeland was MVP of Boys’ Varsity Soccer and earned All-ISL, All-State, and All-New England honors. This year’s St. Lawrence University Men’s Soccer team is currently ranked 2nd in the nation among all Division III programs.
“I am so happy to have seen these guys grow at St. Mark's and take it to the next level,” says St. Mark’s Boys’ Varsity Soccer coach Neil Cifuentes. “They are really playing well at the Collegiate level and are representing St. Mark's admirably.”