HANOVER, N.H.– The Dartmouth men’s soccer team will add eight new faces for the Class of 2017. The Big Green will welcome Ricardo Gomez (Miami, Fla.), James Hickok (Westport, Conn.), Nick Ford (Ann Arbor, Mich.), Devin Pierre (White Plains, N.Y.), Brendan Barth (Hanover, N.H.), Jett Orstanglio (Boston, Mass.), Alexander Marsh (Plantation, Fla.) and Emmanuel Arteaga (Escondido, Calif.) to the program next fall.
"The staff and I are very pleased with this incoming class,” said head coach Chad Riley. “They will certainly help us address some needs, as well as increasing the level of competition within the squad. We couldn't be happier with the way the class came together and certainly can't wait to get these players on campus and get to work! On top of being excellent students and soccer players, most importantly, they are good people who will represent Dartmouth and its values well. They have all done a great job in getting here, and this is just the beginning. Now their challenge is to fulfill their potential in all aspects of their time at Dartmouth. Getting here is just the start."
Position: Center Back/Defensive Midfield
Height: 6’0/Weight: 170
Hometown: Miami, Fla. (Ronald Reagan-Doral Senior HS)
Club Team: USSDA Kendall SC
Letterwinner at Ronald-Regan-Doral Senior HS … First-Team All-Dade during his junior year … Earned the Copa Dorada Award, awarded to the top five high school players in South Florida … Finalist at US Club Nationals with Saa Real Madrid … Ranked as the No. 3 defender and No. 6 midfielder in Florida and as the No. 12 player … TopDrawerSoccer.com four-star recruit … Son of Janet Cendon and Ricardo Gomez … Has a sister, Ariana … Earned several academic awards and posted the top score in the world in the AS Spanish Exam (AICE) … Member of the National Honor Society … Scholar-Athlete recognition … Interested in Engineering at Dartmouth.
"Ricardo is an excellent soccer player, with great vision, and great understanding of the game. He has the ability to play a couple of different positions for us centrally. He has a very calm presence on the field, and is a true winner."
Height: 6’2/Weight: 190
Hometown: Westport, Conn. (Staples HS)
Club Team: Beachside SC
Four-year varsity letterwinner and three-year captain at Staples … Two-time captain … Led his team to the 2009 State Championship … Two-time FCIAC champions … Has earned numerous awards throughout his prep career … Two-time Connecticut Post All-Star … Two-time All-State and All-Area and All-FCIAC selection … Earned 2012 All-New England and Scholar New England honors … 2012 NSCAA High School Scholar All-America … Competed in the US Market Soccer Training at Gillette Stadium.
"James is an outstanding goalkeeper who I have watched for some time. He reads the game very well and controls his area excellently. James, Jett, and Stefan make up a great group of goalkeepers. I know they will push each other strongly and will all become better for it."
Position: Attacking Midfield/Outside Midfield
Height: 5’8/Weight: 150
Hometown: Ann Arbor, Mich. (Huron High School)
Club Team: Michigan Wolves
Four-year varsity letterwinner … Led high school team to two conference championships in 2010 and 2012 … All-SEC Conference first-team selection … Led team in points in their first-ever undefeated season … Led club team to three consecutive state cup championships (2009-11) … Team was state cup finalist in 2012 … Midwest Regional Champion in 2009 and Disney Showcase Champion in 2012 … Son of Bill and Lisa Ford … Has three siblings, sisters Ellie and Alexandra and brother Will, who plays hockey at Princeton … Three-time Scholar-Athlete Award recipient …. Member of the National Honor Society and a AP Scholar with Honors … Member of the 2013 Huron High School Executive Board … Interested in studying History or Economics at Dartmouth.
"Nick is a smart technical soccer player and comes from a great club in Michigan. I have coached many players from his club and they are always well prepared to make the transition to college. One of my favorite things about Nick is that he is truly a soccer junkie. He loves the game, and you can see that in his play as he makes great decisions with the ball."
Position: Defender/Defensive Midfield
Height: 5’11/Weight: 165
Hometown: White Plains, N.Y. (Regis Jesuit High School (NYC)
Club Team: USSDA FC Westchester
Co-captain of his high school team … Led team to the CHSAA quarterfinals … Ranked No. 121 in ESPNHS Top 150 College Soccer Recruits … Two-time New York Post All-Manhattan first-team selection (2011 and 2010) … 2011 MSG Varsity Top 20 Soccer Players in New York City … 2011 Runner-up for New York Post Top Boys Soccer Player in New York City … Captain of FC Westchester US Soccer Development Academy team for four seasons... Won numerous club tournaments with FC Westchester, including Eastern New York State Cup Championship in 2009 … New York State Cup finalist in 2008 … Son of Yvan-Claude and Fabiola Pierre … Has a brother, Noah … Earned the Regis Academic Scholarship and was a Merit and Honor card winner all four years … Interested in Economics and Finance at Dartmouth.
"Devin is another versatile player. He is mainly a defender and has the ability to play as both a full back as well as a central defender. He reads the game very well, and is a tough committed defender."
Position: Center Midfield
Height: 5’9/Weight: 140
Hometown: Hanover, N.H. (Hanover High School)
Club Team: Seacoast /Upper Valley Lightning
Four-year varsity letterwinner … Voted MVP of his prep team as a senior … Two-time sportsmanship award winner … First team All-State and All-New England selection as a senior … Three-year member of the Seacoast United Academy team … Son of Richard and Kathy Barth … Has two brothers, Erik and Matt … Earned high honors throughout high school … Plays the Alto saxophone … Possibly interested in studying biology at Dartmouth.
"Brendan is our local Hanover player. I have seen Brendan play up close for a while now, and he is another player in this class who has a great soccer IQ. He has great technique and a tremendous understanding of the game. We are happy to keep him in Hanover and have another local player on the team to join Eric Jayne."
Height: 6’2/Weight: 196
Hometown: Boston, Mass. (Noble and Greenough School)
Club Team: FC Blazers
Three-year varsity letterwinner … Three-time team captain … Led team to back-to-back Independent School League championships in 2010 and 2011 … Squad reached the New England Playoff finals in 2010 … Led the FC Blazers, members of the Region I Premier League, to runner-up honors at the 2011 Disney Showcase … As a member of Valeo FC backstopped squad to finals of President’s Cup in 2010 … Posted seven shutouts in eight games, allowing just one goal all season … Son of Steve and Jeryl Oristaglio … Has two siblings, sister Siena and brother, Jason … Earned highest distinction honors … Thinking of a combination major in Ethics and Business.
"Jett is a very gifted athlete with excellent potential and great hands. He has a great presence in the goal and I know he will thrive working along side Stefan Cleveland and James Hickok."
Position: Outside Midfield/Outside Back
Height: 5’10/Weight: 182
Hometown: Plantation, Fla. (St. Thomas Aquinas High School)
Club Team: USSDA Weston F.C./Schulz Academy
Captained high school squad … Earned MVP of the St. Thomas Aquinas Invitational Tournament … Selected to play in Manchester United Premier Cup in 2010 … Participated in USL Super Y League ODP National Camp … Took part in US Club ID2 National Training Camp … Member of the Florida State ODP team … Son of Michael and Audra Marsh … Has a younger sister, Mackenzie … Member of the National Honor Society and the Spanish National Honor Society … Participated in a National Youth Leadership Forum on Medicine … Interested in studying medicine at Dartmouth.
"Alex has the ability to change games with his pace and instincts. He is someone we saw up close at our Winter ID camp, and we feel he will develop tremendously in our system."
Height: 5’8/Weight: 145
Hometown: Escondido, Calif. (San Pasqual High School)
Club Team: USSDA Nomads Soccer Academy
Earned San Pasqual Most Inspirational Award … Ranked as the No. 60 recruit by TopDrawerSoccer.com … The No. 13 player in Southern California and No. 29 midfielder nationally … No. 75 on the ESPNHS Top 150 … AVID Achievement Award winner … Four-year member of the honor roll … Son of Juan Arteaga and Angelina Ledesma … Has two sisters, Natalie and Christian.
"Manny (Emmanuel) is a technically gifted player, with a great soccer brain. He comes from another great club that has a long history of producing outstanding college soccer players. He can play in a variety of positions in the midfield and has the chance to excel very quickly at Dartmouth."