Greenville, S.C. -- Furman men's soccer announced the addition of nine players to its roster for the 2016 season on Thursday, including a United States U-19 goalkeeper, NSCAA All-American and two Top Drawer Soccer IMG Top 150 recruits, according to Paladin head coach Doug Allison.
Forward John Branisa of Houston, Texas, goalkeeper Max Fisher of Salisbury, N.C., midfielder Rocky Guerra of Lawrenceville, Ga., goalkeeper Ben Hale of Frisco, Texas, defender Sean Langan of Greenville, S.C., forward Emery May of Wichita Kan., forward Cole McLagan of Lee's Summitt, Mo., midfielder Conor Sloan of Murrells Inlet, S.C., and defender Brendan Weigley of Safety Harbor, Fla., signed with the program this week. Eight of the newcomers will join the team in the fall, while Guerra is already enrolled at Furman.
"This group represents what our program stands for both on and off of the pitch," said Anthony Esquivel, Furman's Associate Head Coach and Recruiting Coordinator. "We are focused on bringing in top quality students who are dedicated to being a positive influence in the classroom, in the Greenville community, as well as on the playing field. I expect them to be successful in every arena."
Hale, a member of FC Dallas' USSF Academy, is currently in Spain playing for the U.S. U-19 Team at the Copa de Atlantico Tournament. He was rated by Top Drawer Soccer as the No. 58 recruit in the nation, while forward/midfielder Conor Sloan was listed as the No. 130 recruit in the 2016 class. Midfielder/forward Emery May earned 2015 NSCAA All-America honors.
Furman is set to return five starters from a 2015 squad that posted an 8-5-6 record, claimed its second consecutive Southern Conference Tournament title and made its second straight NCAA Tournament appearance.
Furman Men's Soccer Newcomers
Name Pos. Ht. Hometown High School Club
John Branisa F 6-3 Houston, Texas Memorial HS Houston Express Soccer Club
Max Fisher GK 6-2 Salisbury, N.C. Salisbury HS NC Fusion USSF Academy
Rocky Guerra MF 5-9 Lawrenceville, Ga. Berkmar HS Gwinnett Soccer Academy
Ben Hale GK 6-1 Frisco, Texas Wakeland HS FC Dallas USSF Academy
Sean Langan D 6-1 Greenville, S.C. St. Joseph's HS Carolina Elite Soccer Academy
Emery May MF/F 5-11 Wichita, Kan. Trinity Academy Sporting BV
Cole McLagan F 6-0 Lee's Summit, Mo. Rockhurst HS Sporting BV
Conor Sloan MF/F 5-9 Murrells Inlet, S.C. St. James HS SC Battery USSF Academy
Brendan Weigley D 5-11 Safety Harbor, Fla. East Lake HS Clearwater Chargers USSF Academy
Projected graduate of Memorial High School where he served as team captain... Earned All-District 18-6A second team honors and academic all-district honors as a junior...Guided the Mustangs to the Bi-District playoffs in 2015.. Played club soccer for the Houston Express...Helped his club to the state finals in 2015... A member of the Region III pool.
Projected graduate of Salisbury High School... Plays his club soccer for the North Carolina Fusion USSF Academy team...Has helped the NC Fusion U-18 squad to a 9-6-1 record in the Southeast Division of the United States Development Academy league...Led Salisbury High School to back-to-back playoff appearances as a freshman and sophomore, including a 2A state championship and Central Carolina Conference title in 2013...Earned All-CCC honors and was named area goalkeeper of the year...A member of the North Carolina ODP Team and Region III squad.
A graduate of Berkmar High School... Led Berkmar to the 2013 6A state championship and three consecutive Region 8-6A titles...A four-time all-region selection...Played club soccer for Gwinnett Soccer Academy...Guided GSA to the 2015 U.S. Youth Soccer Region III title and helped his team to a third place finish at the national tournament.
Projected graduate of Wakeland High School... A member of the United States U-19 National Team and FC Dallas USSF Academy squad...Ranked No. 58 in Top Drawer Soccer's IMG Top 150 recruits and No. 5 among goalkeepers...Helped FC Dallas to the 2015 United State Development Academy title while earning Central Conference Goalkeeper of the Year honors...A member of the Region III team and North Texas ODP team...2012-13 All-District 18-4A selection for Wakeland.
Projected graduate of St. Joseph's Catholic High School...Brother of Furman men's basketball forward Gene Langan...Propelled the Knights to the 2013 and 2015 1A state titles...Earned 1A All-State honors and All-Region 2 honors as a junior...Played club soccer for Carolina Elite Soccer Academy...Helped CESA to 2011 and 2014 State Cup championships and a trip to the region semifinals in 2014.
Projected graduate of Trinity Academy.... Son of former Furman soccer player, David May (1985-88)...A 2015 NSCAA All-America selection...Named 2015 Wichita Eagle/Varsity Kansas.com All-Metro and a 2014 and 2015 all-state pick... Played club soccer at Sporting Blue Valley SC...Helped his club to three state titles...Was named Region III ODP Team Captain and Best XI selection...Garnered Best XI honors at the U-18 national tournament.
Lee's Summitt, Mo.
Projected graduate of Rockhurst High School...Brother of current Paladin defender Kyle McLagan...Helped Rockhurts to the 2013 state title...An all-state and all-region selection while serving as team captain...Named All-Western Offensive Player of the Year.... Played club soccer for Sporting Blue Valley...Claimed a state championship and Surf Cup title...A member of the Region III pool.
Murrells Inlet, S.C
Projected graduate of St. James High School...Earned all-region and "Toast of the Coast" honors prior to joining the South Carolina Battery USSF Academy team...Ranked No. 130 in Top Drawer Soccer's IMG Top 150 recruits and No. 7 in the South Atlantic region...A member of the Region III ODP squad...Served as team captain for the South Carolina Battery in the United States Development Academy U-18 Southeast Division.
Safety Harbor, Fla.
Projected graduate of East Lake High School...Earned rookie of the year honors and scored the winning goal to send East Lake to the region finals in 2012...Played his club soccer for the Clearwater Chargers USSF Academy team...Has helped the Chargers to an 8-5-4 record in the United States Development league's U-18 Southeast Division this season.
Jordan Caskey, Furman Sports Information