Rochester Lancers (2011–15)

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Rochester Lancers
Rochester Lancers 2011 logo.png
Founded2010
GroundThe Dome Center
Capacity4,700
OwnerSalvatore "Soccer Sam" Fantauzzo
Head CoachDoug Miller
LeagueMajor Arena Soccer League 2
WebsiteClub website

The Rochester Lancers were an indoor soccer team in the Major Indoor Soccer League and the Major Arena Soccer League. The team is named in honor of the Rochester Lancers of the North American Soccer League. The team was active from November 2011 through March 2015. In July 2015, the team cited a sharp increase in the cost of insurance to more than double the team's payroll costs and announced the end of the franchise.[1]

History[edit]

In 1995, SoccerSam purchased the Rochester Lancers name and logo as part of his soccer memorabilia collection. In 2010, SoccerSam started negotiating with the Chris Economides of the USL to be part of the new indoor I-League. The USL struggled to attract teams to the newly formed I-League. At the 2010/2011 MISL Championship game in Baltimore, SoccerSam convinced MISL commissioner David Grimaldi to meet with the USL and bring current teams. 2011/2012 the new MISL under the USL banner was launched with 4 existing MISL teams and 3 new I-League teams. SoccerSam decided to use his beloved Rochester Lancers name and logo for this new indoor MISL team.

SoccerSam convinced longtime friends to join him in this new professional indoor soccer venture. John Coraggioso, Luis Ribeiro, Steve Stokes, Dom Vieira and Christopher Wilmot joined the group as minority owners. Rich Randall was hired as team GM and VP of Operations. SoccerSam and Rich worked together with the Rochester Rhinos in 2008 and 2009. Together they created the best office staff in the history of American soccer. The staff included Patty Powers, Lyndsay DiMeo, Donna Waasdorp, Kayla Klark Kent and Ashley Maria King. The group led the MISL/MASL in attendance in their existence. They also helped write the most successful soccer book sold at garage sales throughout the country called 'Saving Soccer'.

Following a merger of the I-League and the third Major Indoor Soccer League, the Lancers played their first game in Syracuse on November 4, 2011, against the Syracuse Silver Knights. Led by team captain and former Rochester Rhinos forward Doug Miller, the first game in the team's history ended in a 16–15 loss and the top scorer was Lubo Kocic who scored 4 goals for the Lancers. The Lancers finished 2nd in the Eastern Division in 2011, qualifying for the playoffs.[2] During the 2011–12 season they, offered a surprise contract to former 76ers player Allen Iverson.[3]

In 2012 assistant coach, Jim Hesch replaced Billy Andracki and became the Head Coach. Former Cuban International, Rochester Rhino and Rochester Lancers player, Rey 'BoomBoom' Martinez became the Assistant Coach. The team finished in 5th place in the MISL with a 10-16 record and did not make the playoffs.

The Lancers announced new head coach Josh Rife on September 13, 2013.[4][5] Josh Rife's assistant coach was Billy Ginther. The team finished in 5th place in the league with a 6-14 record and did not make the playoffs.

After the 2013–2014 season, the team announced that it was leaving the MISL along with five other teams and join the PASL, later renamed the MASL.[6] SoccerSam worked with Ed Hale of the Baltimore Blast and PASL Founder, Kevin Milliken to create the new league called the Major Arena Soccer League. SoccerSam with Tommy Tanner negotiated hard to keep multi point scoring in the game of indoor soccer. The MASL became a one point goal system without 2 & 3 point goals.

On August 2, 2014, team founder and CEO Salvatore Fantauzzo announced that the Lancers would not be playing in the 2014–15 season.[7] Team captain (and Rochester Rhinos legend) Doug Miller intervened and offered to take over management of the team in order to permit the team to preserve its season. Miller later was named coach of the team, though he would continue to play. The team finished in 3rd place in the Eastern Division with a record of 10-10. The team made the playoffs but lost in the division finals to the Baltimore Blast. After the 2014/15 season the team went on a hiatus to hopefully resolve the NYS insurance issues.

In 2016, SoccerSam was hired as the Commissioner of the Indoor Pro League (iPL). The league was owned by Ed Hale of the Baltimore Blast. Less than 30 days after SoccerSam was hired as Commissioner the league folded and Sam had the shortest reign in the history of pro sports as a commissioner. Seriously, SoccerSam helped negotiate the merger of the iPL teams and the MASL teams to join under Joshua Schaub, the new commissioner of the MASL.

In 2017, SoccerSam licensed his Lancers name & logo to the Rochester River Dogz of the (NPSL). The new Rochester Lancers ownership group included Head Coach Doug Miller, GM Marc Mandell, Asst GM Nick Mojsovski and CEO Salvatore 'SoccerSam' Fantauzzo. Weeks later SoccerSam joined the United Women's Soccer (UWS) and the Lady Lancers were born. Sal Galvano and Loren Inglese from Monroe Community College (MCC) handled the team side. Ashley Maria King from the original Lancers handled the business side year one. In 2018, Kayla Klark Kent also from the original Lancers returned to help with the business side. Sal Galvano continued with the team in 2018 as the head coach with Brooke Barbuto as his player/assistant coach.

In 2018, SoccerSam has been negotiating with the Blue Cross Arena (BCA) and the new Dome Arena to bring indoor soccer to Rochester, NY for the future.

Year-by-year results[edit]

Year League Logo Reg. Season Playoffs Avg. attendance
2011–12 MISL 2nd Eastern Division, 11–13 Lost Division Finals 5,675
2012–13 MISL 5th MISL, 10–16 Did Not Qualify 5,975
2013–14 MISL 5th MISL, 6–14 Did Not Qualify 7,347
2014–15 MASL 3rd Eastern Division, 10–10 Lost Division Finals 6,539
Total 37–53 2–4 6,359

Head coaches[edit]

2011/12 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 Leonardo Tillemont
0 Brazil GK Diego Martins
1 Republic of Ireland GK Gavin McInerney
2 Canada MF Josiah Snelgrove
3 United States DF Will Kletzien
4 United States MF Gary Boughton
5 Ecuador MF Juan Pablo Reyes
6 Chile FW Chile Farias
8 United States DF Elliot Fauske
9 United States FW Andrew Hoxie
10 Brazil FW Mauricio Salles
12 Haiti FW Jefferson Dargout
No. Position Player
13 Serbia FW Lubo Kocic
15 United States DF Brayton Knapp
17 Peru MF Nelson Becerra
19 United States FW Doug Miller
21 United States DF Kyle Manscuk
22 United States MF Grady Renfrow
23 United States MF Jeremy Ortiz
25 United States GK Neal Kitson
25 United States GK Patrick Hannigan
26 United States DF Jake Schindler
35 Cuba DF Rey Martinez
80 United States FW John Ball

2012/13 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 Marc Sotle
0 Turkey GK Bora Turgot
1 Republic of Ireland GK Gavin McInerney
2 Brazil MF Pedrinho Franco
3 United States FW Andy Tiedt
4 United States MF Gary Boughton
5 United States DF Troy Cole
7 Germany FW Ivory Washington
8 United States DF Elliot Fauske
9 United States FW Garret Pettis
10 Brazil FW Mauricio Salles (Captain)
11 United States DF Paul Craig
12 Haiti FW Jefferson Dargout
No. Position Player
13 United States DF Stephen Basso
15 United States DF Brayton Knapp
16 Republic of Ireland FW Danny Earls
17 Costa Rica FW Luis Enrique
19 United States FW Doug Miller
20 United States DF Evan McNeley
21 United States DF Kyle Manscuk
23 United States MF Jeremy Ortiz
25 United States GK Patrick Hannigan
26 United States DF Jake Schindler
27 United States FW Joey Tavernese
35 Cuba DF Rey Martinez
77 Republic of Ireland FW Alan McGreal

2013/14 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 Marc Sotile
1 Republic of Ireland GK Gavin McInerney
2 Brazil MF Pedrinho Franco
3 United States DF Sean Summerville
4 United States MF Gary Boughton
5 United States DF Troy Cole
6 United States DF JP Rodrigues
7 United Kingdom MF Julian Myers
8 United States DF Elliot Fauske
9 United States FW Andrew Hoxie
10 Brazil FW Mauricio Salles (Captain)
11 Canada DF Paul Craig
12 Haiti FW Jefferson Dargout
No. Position Player
13 United States DF Stephen Basso
14 Angola DF Edgar Bartolomeu
15 United States FW Josh Faga
17 Costa Rica FW Luis Enrique
19 United States FW Doug Miller
20 Brazil MF Juninho Da Silva
23 United States FW Marco Terminesi
24 United States MF George Morningstar
25 United States GK Patrick Hannigan
26 United States DF Jake Schindler
27 United States FW Joey Tavernese
28 Montenegro DF Bato Radoncic

2014/15 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 Marc Sotile
2 Brazil MF Pedrinho Franco
3 United States DF Roberto Acosta
4 United States MF Gary Boughton
5 Isle of Man DF Seamus Sharkey
6 United States DF Brian Knapp
7 United States MF Tim Crawford
8 United States DF Elliot Fauske
9 United States FW Andrew Hoxie
10 Brazil FW Mauricio Salles (Captain)
11 United States DF Alex Megson
12 Haiti FW Jefferson Dargout
No. Position Player
13 United States DF Stephen Basso
14 Angola DF Edgar Bartolomeu
15 Ecuador FW Juan Pablo Reyes
17 Costa Rica FW Luis Enrique
18 Uruguay MF Carlos Munoz
19 United States FW Doug Miller
20 United States MF Sean Hantes
21 Cuba MF Yaikel Perez
22 Brazil GK Marcelo Moreira
23 United States MF Jeremy Ortiz
24 United States MF George Morningstar
25 United States GK Dominic Coco
26 United States DF Jake Schindler
27 United States FW Joey Tavernese
29 United States DF Jayme Kapinos
30 United States GK Joey Kapinos


References[edit]

  1. ^ Sharp, Brian (July 6, 2015). "Citing insurance cost, Lancers call it quits". Democrat and Chronicle. Rochester, NY: Gannett. Retrieved July 7, 2015.
  2. ^ "Lancers Clinch Final Playoff Berth". United Soccer Leagues. February 23, 2012. Retrieved March 12, 2012.
  3. ^ "Former NBA star Allen Iverson gets pro soccer contract offer". The Globe and Mail. 20 February 2012. Retrieved 20 July 2012.
  4. ^ "Rife Named Coach Of Lancers". MISL. September 13, 2013. Archived from the original on October 15, 2013. Retrieved September 15, 2012.
  5. ^ "LANCERS ANNOUNCE NEW HEAD COACH". Rochester Lancers. September 13, 2013. Retrieved September 15, 2012.
  6. ^ http://articles.baltimoresun.com/2014-04-14/sports/bal-baltimore-blast-joining-with-other-teams-to-form-new-indoor-soccer-league-20140414_1_new-league-misl-baltimore-blast
  7. ^ "To My Rochester Lancers Family". Rochester Lancers. 2 August 2014.