Rochester Lancers (MASL)

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] A new version of the team started play in Major Arena Soccer League 2. For the 2019-20 season the team is back in Division 1 playing in the MASL.

Rochester Lancers
Founded2010
GroundThe Dome Center
Capacity2,500
OwnerSalvatore "Soccer Sam" Fantauzzo
Head CoachDoug Miller
LeagueMajor Arena Soccer League
WebsiteClub website

History

In 1995, Soccer Sam purchased the Rochester Lancers name and logo as part of his soccer memorabilia collection. In 2010, Soccer Sam 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 the four existing MISL teams and the three new I-League teams. Soccer Sam decided to use his beloved Rochester Lancers name and logo for this new indoor MISL team.

Soccer Sam 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 'Boom Boom' 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] Soccer Sam worked with Ed Hale of the Baltimore Blast and PASL Founder, Kevin Milliken to create the new league called the Major Arena Soccer League. Soccer Sam 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, Soccer Sam 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 Soccer Sam was hired as Commissioner the league folded and Sam had the shortest reign in the history of pro sports as a commissioner. Seriously, Soccer Sam 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, Soccer Sam 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 'Soccer Sam' Fantauzzo. Weeks later Soccer Sam 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.

The Lancers relaunched the indoor team for the 2018-19 season, playing in the Eastern Division of the M2 development league with home games in the The Dome Center. The Lancers returned to Division 1 play as they re-joined the MASL for the 2019-20 season.

Year-by-year results

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
2015–18 on Hiatus
2018–19 MASL2 2nd Eastern Division, 8-4 Won Division Finals

3rd in League

2,500
2019-20 MASL TBA TBA TBA
Total 45–57 4-5 6,359

Head coaches

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

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

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

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

References

  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.
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