2011 Alumni Season Updates
Hagerstown, Md. - Former Hagerstown Community College men's soccer players Brian Kukucka ('11), Cody Butts ('11), Steve Kopp ('11), CJ Trammell ('11), and Alex Manea ('10) finished their seasons at their respective universities.
Kukucka, Butts, and Kopp all transferred to Frostburg State University after their time at HCC. FSU finished the season 11-3-5 and fourth in the Capital Athletic Conference. Along the way, they enjoyed a seven-game unbeaten streak which lasted nearly a month. The Bobcats made the CAC playoffs for the first time since their move to the new conference; however, after defeating Wesley in the first round, they were bested by regular season champion Salisbury University in the semi-finals. FSU was awarded a berth in the ECAC's due to their successful season, but a tough seeding forced them to square off against eventual champion Swarthmore College in the first round. Swarthmore would win the game in penalty kicks.
Trammell transferred to Waynesburg College in PA and played defense for the Yellow Jackets. Waynesburg finished 8-9-0, but had a four-game win streak where they outscored their opponents 15-1. In September, the Yellow Jackets squared off against the Bobcats, which pitted the former teammates against one another. FSU captured the 1-0 victory on a goal in the 30th minute.
Manea entered his senior season at Mercyhurst University in Erie, PA. Manea, a Second Team All-PSAC and All-Atlantic Region selection in 2010 helped the Lakers to a #4 ranking in the NSCAA and a 15 game unbeaten streak. An early season injury cut Manea's senior year short and he was forced to redshirt this year. MU finished 10-8-0 after starting the season 8-1-0. A loss in the first round of the NCAA DII tournament brought their season to an end.
"We are extremely proud of our alumni currently playing at the next level," stated head coach Brian Eichelberger. "While at HCC, each player was pivotal in our success and we're happy their skills both on and off the field have been noticed with the schools they transferred to."