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8.16.10
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0 Men's Soccer Preview

Hagerstown, MD - The 2010 Hawks will be looking to build on last season’s success. With their 11-6-2 overall finish, Hagerstown Community College is coming off their best back-to-back years in school history.

HCC returns 10 players from the 2009 team, but three year Head Coach Brian Eichelberger will have to deal with the graduation of three of his top four goal scorers. Graduates Alex Manea, Chris Lambert, and Josh Edwards combined for 32 of the Hawks 55 goals last season.

This season, the Hawks will look to sophomore captain Michael Reyes (Williamsport, Md./Williamsport) and the rest of the midfield players to pick up the offensive slack. Reyes was a Second Team Division I NJCAA Region XX recipient and he accounted for six goals and five assists last year, for 17 points.

Joining Reyes in the midfield will be fellow classmate and captain Andrew Fowkes (Smithsburg, Md./Smithsburg). Fowkes will see increased time in the central midfield this season, as he split time between defense and midfield last season. Edwin Reyes (Williamsport, Md./Williamsport) is also returning to his midfield role this year and will look to build upon his five assists and one goal last season. HCC welcomes back, freshman redshirt Brandon Barlow (Williamsport, Md./Williamsport), who is coming off a season ending ACL injury, when he had to be removed during the first scrimmage last year. The Hawks will gain midfield experience from transfer, CJ Trammell (Frederick, Md./Tuscarora/Methodist), who will be able to step in and become a significant contributor right away. Sophomore Spencer Leggett (Boonsboro, Md./Broadfording) and freshman Troy Burch (Gerradstown, W.Va./Musselman) will look to add support and depth in the midfield.

Up front, the Hawks have a handful of talented players to pick from when making up their attack. Freshmen Zack Morgan (Greencastle, Pa./Grace Academy) and Nelson Moreno (Hagerstown, Md./North Hagerstown) will be expected to lead the Hawks, as Morgan netted 18 goals and added 18 assists last season for Grace Academy, while Moreno had six goals and six assists for North Hagerstown.   Newcomers and high school teammates Jordan Whitt (Hagerstown, Md./Broadfording) and Gabe Hirsch (Hagerstown, Md./Broadfording) will compete with returners Roland Wilson (Hagerstown, Md./North Hagerstown) and Phil Weller (Smithsburg, Md./Smithsburg) for time up front.

In defense, the Hawks return key contributors Cody Butts (Clear Spring, Md./Heritage) and Steve Kopp (Boonsboro, Md./Boonsboro). Both players bring a wealth of experience, as they were pivotal in only allowing 22 goals last season for the Hawks. Freshman Daniel Lennox (Frederick, Md./Urbana) will look to compete right away, as he brings international experience from playing in Scotland. Other incoming freshmen, Alec Long (Clear Spring, Md./Clear Spring) and Sean Koontz (Hagerstown, Md./Grace Academy) will battle for time in defense, with sophomore Cody Riffle (Berkeley Springs, W.Va./Berkeley Springs).  HCC will immediately use freshman standout Garrett Hajjar (Frederick, Md./Urbana) once he is cleared to play, after a suffering a spring injury.

In net, the Hawks return Second Team Division I NJCAA Region XX, Honorable Mention All- MDJUCO, and Division I Region XX All-Tournament Team honoree Brian Kukucka (Monrovia, Md./Urbana).  Kukucka, a team captain this season, garnered much attention around the league last season, as his shot stopping skills thwarted the attack of many conference powerhouses. Joining him in net is JUCO transfer Derek Apple (Martinsburg, W.Va/Faith Christian/Iowa Central) who brings experience at this level from Iowa Central Community College.

“With our returning experience, combined with our incoming talent, I look for us to be highly competitive within our conference” said Eichelberger. “Our sophomores have gained confidence and I look for our freshman to adjust quickly to the college game. The big question will be the scoring offense. If we can find the right combination of players and sort things out early, I see us having a great chance at making a run for the MDJUCO title.”