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Men’s Soccer Celebrates 10 Years in NCAA With 2014 Alumni Game

Tuesday, April 29, 2014 - Newark, Del.

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The alumni presented Nick Papanicolas with a framed jersey for his 10 years at the helm of the Wildcats. Copyright 2014; Wilmington University. All rights reserved. Photo by James Jones



Assistant Coach Jeff Zoyac was also honored with an alumni filled signed game ball. Copyright 2014; Wilmington University. All rights reserved. Photo by James Jones



Copyright 2014; Wilmington University. All rights reserved. Photo by James Jones

Commemorating 10 years as a member of NCAA Division II and 10 years at the helm of the Wilmington University men’s soccer team, head coach Nick Papanicolas’ men’s soccer alumni game was bigger than ever on Saturday, April 12.

The coaching staff saw approximately 30 former players attend the alumni game celebration, with many still in awe of playing at the WU Athletics Complex for the first or second time.

But it was Papanicolas and long time assistant coach Jeff Zoyac that received the ultimate surprise as the alumni presented their former coach with a framed jersey commemorating every student-athlete Papanicolas once coached. Zoyac received an autographed game ball signed by every player.

“The gift was a huge surprise for me and just shows what kind of people that have come through our program, current and alumni,” Papanicolas said. “Every year our alumni game gets bigger and bigger. They love to come to our new facility and play on the turf.”

In addition to the alumni game, the coaching staff put together a men’s soccer all-decade team, looking back at all the players Papanicolas has coached in the NCAA era since the 2004 season.

Wilmington University Men’s Soccer All-Decade Team:

First Team (Name, Position, Final Year):
Anthony Allison (Sargbah Tarpeh), F, 2009
Elton Joe, F, 2013
Fatoma Turay, M, 2009
Nick McDonald, M, 2010
Jared Hughart, M, 2005
Kresimir Nurnberger, M, 2012
Dave Dease, D, 2009
Jamal Wiggins, D, 2010
Selekie Kamara, D, 2008
Sam Fahnboto, D, 2014
Dan Mangat, GK, 2007

Second Team:
Eddie Kowalo, F, 2011
Tom Quaranta, F, 2013
Ray Kuemmer, M, 2012
Matko Novak, M, 2013
Danny Nyugen, M, 2010
Anthony Randazzo, M, 2010
Tony DiVirgilio, D, 2010
Carsten Wagner, D, 2009
Jose Hernandez, D, 2011
Ryan Doyle, D, 2011
Duhan Malali, GK, 2010

Honorable Mention:
Jorge Zapapta, F, 2010
Jordon Ellison, F, 2016
Otis Williams, M, 2012
Greg DiDiego, M, 2006
Joe Galasso, M, 2006
Joe Stant, M, 2010
Billy Curran, D, 2008
Joe Woodley, D, 2015
Geoff Velasquez, D, 2016
Justus Henry, D, 2012
Ethan, GK, 2008

All Hustle Team:
Mike Andrews, D, 2005
Billy Curran, D, 2008
Matko Novak, M, 2013
Joe Galasso, M, 2006
Joe Stant, M, 2010
Jared Hughart, M, 2005
Tony DiVirgilio, D, 2010
Jordon Ellison, F, 2016
Ryan Doyle, D, 2011
Otis Williams, M, 2013
Tom Quaranta, F, 2013