Rochester Lancers

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 the Aquinas Institute's Wegmans Stadium.

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

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

About

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

The Lancers' home field is Wegmans Stadium at the Aquinas Institute, although they played in Marina Auto Stadium for the 2018 season. [3]

Year-by-year

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
2019 4 NPSL 6-2-2 2nd, Midwest-Great Lakes East Midwest Region Semifinal Did Not Qualify

Players

2017 Roster

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

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

2018 Roster

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

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

Note: Roster up-to-date as of September 6, 2018.[4]

References

  1. "Rochester River Dogz FC Rebrands as Rochester Lancers". National Premier Soccer League. April 8, 2017. Retrieved April 9, 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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