Rochester Lancers

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Rochester Lancers (NPSL).png
Full nameRochester Lancers
Nickname(s)RLancers
Short nameLancers
StadiumMarina Auto Stadium, Rochester, New York
Capacity13,768
Owner
  • Marc Mandell
  • Doug Miller
  • Salvatore "SoccerSam" Fantauzzo
CoachDoug Miller Adam Schwartz
LeagueNPSL
20173rd, Great Lakes East
WebsiteClub website
Current season

The Rochester Lancers (formerly known as Rochester River Dogz FC) are an American soccer team based in Rochester, New York. The Original Lancers were founded in 1967, were brought back in 2011 as an indoor team and then joined the NPSL in 2016. The team plays in the National Premier Soccer League (NPSL), a national league at the fourth tier of the American Soccer Pyramid, in the Midwest Region. The team play its home games at Marina Auto Stadium.

The team rebranded as the Rochester Lancers in April 2017.[1]

About[edit]

The Rochester River Dogz Football Club were accepted to play in the National Premier Soccer League (NPSL) in November 2015. The River Dogz won their inaugural game 1-0 against FC Buffalo. The River Dogz finished the regular season with a 3-4-3 record. The River Dogz were owned by Marc Mandell and Nick Mojsovski. In 2017 Doug Miller joined the group and convinced Salvatore "SoccerSam" Fantauzzo to be part owner and let the group use the Rochester Lancers name and logo. The Lancers celebrated their 50th year in 2017 with the return of the outdoor Lancers in the National Premier Soccer League (NPSL) and the new Lady Lancers in the United Women's Soccer League (UWS). The 2017 both Lancers outdoor teams played at the Charlie Schiano Field at The Aquinas Institute. Due to renovations at Aquinas the teams moved to the Marina Auto Stadium for the 2018 season. The team was formed in the NASL in 1967. The team played from 1967-1980. In 2009 SoccerSam purchased the Lancers name and logo for his soccer collection and to pay tribute to the Legends and pioneers of American soccer. In 2011, SoccerSam introduced the indoor Lancers as part of the MISL which became the MASL. Lancers indoor soccer brought back many familiar Rochester soccer favorites, including Doug Miller who was the teams leading scorer for the first three seasons and then became the head coach in the final year. After the 2015 season the team went into hiatus due to issues with the NYS insurance fund. [2]

Stadium[edit]

Marina Auto Stadium in Rochester, NY will serve as the home field for the 2018 season. [3]

Year-by-year[edit]

Year Division League Record Regular Season Playoffs Open Cup
2016 4 NPSL 3-4-3 4th, Midwest-Great Lakes East Did Not Qualify Did Not Qualify
2017 4 NPSL 6-4-2 3rd, Midwest-Great Lakes East Did Not Qualify Did Not Qualify
2018 4 NPSL 6-3-3 3rd, Midwest-Great Lakes East Did Not Qualify Did Not Qualify

Players[edit]

2017 Roster[edit]

Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Position Player
0 United States GK William Banahene
28 United States DF Jake Schindler (Captain)
14 United States DF Alex Harling
16 United States DF Anthony Rozzano
7 United States DF Tim Crawford
9 England FW Will Stone
22 Brazil MF Rafael Godoi
4 Republic of Ireland DF Dean Byrne
5 United States MF Jared Toth
10 Scotland MF Ben Allan
24 United States MF Matthew Tucker
11 United States MF Lukas Fernandes
12 United States MF Sammy Wasson
13 United States MF August Finn
No. Position Player
United States DF Nikkye De Point
15 United States MF Austin Gerber
23 Republic of Ireland DF Glenn Holmes
21 Bosnia and Herzegovina FW Zikret Osmic
18 Ghana FW Isaac Kissi
25 United States MF Jesse Toth
3 United States MF Antonio Manfut
2 United States FW John Imwalle
29 United States DF Jayme Kapinos
United States FW Dominic Coco
20 United States FW Mitchell Brickman
17 England FW Sam Jiggins
30 United States GK Joey Kapinos
1 United States GK Tyler Brew

2018 Roster[edit]

Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Position Player
1 United States GK William Banahene
28 United States DF Jake Schindler (Captain)
14 United States DF Alex Harling
16 United States DF Anthony Rozzano
7 United States DF Tim Crawford
9 England FW Will Stone
2 Brazil MF Rafael Godoi
3 United States MF David Wright
4 United States DF Wyatt Scott
5 United States MF Marko Mitrevski
6 Scotland MF Ben Allan
10 United States MF Frank Ciliberto
No. Position Player
11 Brazil MF Lukas Fernandes
12 Trinidad and Tobago MF Darren Toby
13 United States MF August Finn
14 United States DF Nikkye De Point
15 United States MF Austin Gerber
20 United States DF Glenn Holmes
21 United States FW Peter DiLorenzo
22 Ghana FW Isaac Kissi
23 United States DF Alex Harling
24 United States DF Jake Schindler
25 Ecuador MF JP Reyes
3 United States MF Luke Pavone
19 United States FW Doug Miller

Note: Roster up-to-date as of 09-6-18.[4]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Rochester River Dogz FC Rebrands as Rochester Lancers". National Premier Soccer League. 8 April 2017. Retrieved 9 April 2017.
  2. ^ "National Premier Soccer League". Retrieved December 28, 2016.
  3. ^ "RIVER DOGZ REBRAND – National Premier Soccer League".
  4. ^ "Rochester Lancers".

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