Marquette Men's Soccer Announces 2008 Freshman Class

Feb. 15, 2008

MILWAUKEE - Marquette University men's soccer head coach Louis Bennett today announced his freshman class for the 2008 season. Included in the lineup of newcomers are three players from Wisconsin, in addition to three out-of-state players. This is Bennett's third recruiting class since arriving at MU in 2006 and one that is loaded with talent.

"This recruiting class, once they become college fit and acclimatized to college life, will compete for time on the field -- that's exciting," said Bennett. "We are prepared to go anywhere -- coast-to-coast - to find the players who are the best fit for our program. That starts with looking at the best players from Wisconsin first and foremost, then reaching out elsewhere where we need to."

Having signed either the National Letter of Intent or an Acceptance of Admission to attend Marquette University and play for the Golden Eagles next season are: Amilcar Herrera (Milwaukee, Wis. / Riverside H.S. / FC Milwaukee); Chris Madsen (Brookfield, Wis. / Brookfield Central H.S. / Brookfield Select); Calum Mallace (West St. Paul, Minn. / Henry Sibley H.S. / Woodbury Predators), Ben Calvopina (Palatine, Ill. / Palatine H.S. / Chicago Magic), Peter Hyde (St. Louis, Mo. / Chaminade College Prep. / Scott Gallagher Soccer Club); Greg Pignataro, (H.D. Jacobs H.S. / Chicago Magic North), David Check (Mequon, Wis. / Homestead H.S. / Mequon Soccer Club), and Paul Monsen (Stoughton, Wis. / Shattuck-St. Mary's School).

"All of our recruits were highly targeted players that will fit well with our program," said Bennett. "We believe that we have three of the state's top players coming to Marquette, and all of our recruits are accomplished players that have the potential to be some of the best collegiate players in the country."

Three players from this recruiting class have been tagged first team all-state selections: Madsen (Wisconsin), Mallace (Minnesota), and Hyde (Missouri). Herrera played locally with the club team FC Milwaukee (currently ranked 14th in the nation, according to Soccer America), where they've shared much success. Hyde's Scott Gallagher Soccer Club team is ranked No. 23 in the country and Calvopina's Chicago Magic squad is No. 2.

Mallace was a five-year varsity starter on the Henry Sibley High School squad. Calvopina, who is a three-time all-conference goalkeeper, will have the opportunity to work directly with Associate Head Coach Stan Anderson, also a product of Palatine High School and also a member of the school's athletics Hall of Fame.

Bennett mentioned that he will possibly add one or two more exciting players to the incoming class before the end of the Spring season.

"I would like to thank all of the club and high school coaches and counselors who helped these players get to where they are," added Bennett. "Also, our own people at Marquette University who helped with recruiting this class. When you set out on this journey, it's a team effort. I have a lot of respect for everybody who worked with these players and helped them realize their potential at Marquette."

NameHeightWeightPositionHometown (Last School)
Calum Mallace6-1160MidfielderWest St. Paul, Minn. (Henry Sibley HS)
Amilcar Herrera5-8150ForwardMilwaukee, Wis. (Riverside HS)
Ben Calvopina6-0165GoalkeeperPalatine, Ill. (Palatine HS)
Peter Hyde5-6150ForwardSt. Louis, Mo. (Chaminade College Prep)
Christopher Madsen6-1160ForwardBrookfield, Wis. (Central HS)
Greg Pignataro5-10165ForwardAlgonquin, Ill. (H.D. Jacobs HS)
David Check6-0160GoalkeeperMequon, Wis. (Homestead HS)
Paul Monsen5-11175DefenderStoughton, Wis. (Shattuck-St. Mary's)

Calum Mallace - 6-1 - 160 - Midfielder - West St. Paul, Minn. (Henry Sibley HS)
Was a five-year starter at Henry Sibley... Mallace began play with Sibley as an eighth grader when he earned rookie of the year honors... Two-time Minnesota Class AA Boys All-State selection... Team captain and MVP during junior and senior seasons... Honored as a member of the NSCAA/Adidas High School Boys All-Region V team... Won USA Cup with the Woodbury Predators club team... Led Woodbury squad in goals as a midfielder... Personal... Born Jan. 10, 1990... A native of Scotland... Son of Jim and Val Mallace and brother Craig played for the Minnesota Thunder of the United Soccer Leagues' First Division.

Coach Bennett on Calum Mallace:
"Calum has been given a lot of credit in Minnesota for some time by many coaches and players as a quality stylish midfield player with a flair for attacking set pieces. Most of those same advocates also agree that there is a lot more to come from Calum as he develops his wealth of potential. Already a decorated player, Calum has good experience and great sense of the game. A distributing midfield player, his Scottish heritage affords him a feisty approach to 'Footie' and competition in general. I have no doubt he will become a wonderful college player and a player of real significance for Marquette.

"Having worked with his older brother Craig, now a professional player with the Minnesota Thunder, I see both similarities and subtle differences between the two players; but one thing is for sure, they are both soccer nuts."

Amilcar Herrera - 5-8 - 150 - Forward - Milwaukee, Wis. (Riverside HS)
Was a first team all-conference performer during all four years at Riverside... At Riverside, was part of a conference championship in 2006... Holds Riverside record for most goals by a freshman with 20... Member of the FC Milwaukee club team... With FC Milwaukee, finished as national runner-up in 2006 and as national finalist in 2007...Personal... Born Feb. 10, 1990 in Panama... Oldest child of Reyes and Jeannette Herrera.

Coach Bennett on Amilcar Herrera:
"Amilcar has his soccer roots in street soccer acquired from his native country of Panama. He has a creative flair and a way of approaching the game that is unique and exciting with a tricky, quick and dynamic edge. Once he gets his bearings I see him being a player with the ability to both turn a game and excite fans and teammates."

Ben Calvopina - 6-0 - 165 - Goalkeeper - Palatine, Ill. (Palatine HS)
Calvopina was all-conference honoree the past three years while serving as team captain for the last two... Led Palatine High School to a regional championship in 2007 as well as a conference championship in 2005... Team finished as finalists in the sectionals in 2007... Played club ball with the highly regarded Chicago Magic (currently ranked No. 2 in the country, according to Soccer America)... In 2007, Calvopina led the Magic to a state title and a Super Y-League U-18 National Championship...Personal... Born Nov. 2, 1989... Youngest child of Ozzie and Dianne Calvopina...Plans to major in Chemistry and Education.

Associate Head Coach Stan Anderson on Ben Calvopina:
"Ben brings some big-time athleticism to our goalkeeping group. I do like the fact he is from Palatine, my hometown, because he was coached by some first-class coaches in Willie Fillian and Billy Kennedy. I also like the fact he has played well for a big-time club like the Chicago Magic. In a lot of ways I consider him an old school goalkeeper. Matko, Todd Bailey, Mike Litvack, John Hannan all had good things to say about Ben.

"The physical qualities Ben possesses are his quickness off the line and a work rate that does not stop....he also has a presence factor in goal that separates him from most goalkeepers. His best goalkeeping is ahead of him."

Peter Hyde - 5-6 - 150 - Forward - St. Louis, Mo. (Chaminade College Prep)
A 2007 first team all-state member...Hyde was part of a 2006 team at Chaminade, which won the Missouri Class 3 State Championship and finished with a No. 4 national ranking... Leading scorer on Scott Gallagher Soccer Club (currently ranked No. 23 in the nation, according to Soccer America) from 2005-2007... Served as club team captain in 2006 and 2007... Personal... Born Oct. 23, 1989... One of six children to Jim and Molly Hyde... Plans to major in Economics.

Coach Bennett on Peter Hyde:
"Peter comes from great club and high school soccer programs that produce quality hard working intelligent soccer players. Peter is a nimble, quick-turning, savvy forward. He's a player that will fight and compete for everything he gets while being tricky, dangerous and effective from around the box. He also is difficult to mark because of his mobility and size, which allows him to slip by defenders."

Christopher Madsen - 6-1 - 160 - Forward - Brookfield, Wis. (Central HS)
Was a 2007 first-team all-state and all-region honoree... As team captain in 2007, scored 19 goals to go along with 8 assists... Played goalie during junior season at Central... As goalie registered a single season school record of 11 shutouts... Played club ball for current Marquette women's soccer associate head coach, Frank Pelaez, with Brookfield U-18 Red... Personal... Born April 8, 1990... Son of Mark and Nancy Madsen.

Coach Bennett on Christopher Madsen:
"In the true sense of the words 'from out of nowhere' Chris Madsen's rise to become Brookfield Central's leading goal scorer, team leader and class president has happened over the last twelve months. Chris has a great work ethic, a fearless approach to the game and a relentless appetite to improve that has allowed him to be successful. His pace, courage and determination will certainly help him make the adjustment to college soccer at Marquette".

Greg Pignataro - 5-10 - 165 - Forward - Algonquin, Ill. (H.D. Jacobs HS)
Team captain and two-time All-Fox Valley Conference performer at H.D. Jacobs High School, where he helped the team win the regional championship in triple overtime in 2007 and finished sixth all-time at the school in total points... Was named a Northwest Herald All-Area Second Team selection following his season season... Plays club soccer for the Chicago Magic North... Personal... Born March 22, 1990... Son of Philip and Martha Pignataro.

Coach Bennett on Greg Pignataro
"First and foremost, Greg is a student-athlete who will be well-suited for Marquette University," said Bennett. "He is bright and ambitious and has played a high level of soccer. He's another player we found at our High School Elite Camp, which has been a great success. I'm excited that we are now attracting well-rounded players like Greg. The quicker he can adjust to college life and our way of playing, the better equipped he'll be to contribute."

David Check - 6-0 - 160 - Goalkeeper - Mequon, Wis. (Homestead HS)
Helped lead the Homestead High School Highlanders to a conference title in double overtime his senior year... lettered in three varsity sports (track, baseball, and soccer) while at Homestead... Also played under coach Sinisa Angelovski for the Mequon Soccer Club, which has produced five national team players, three All-Americans, 15 professional players, and three MLS players... Personal... Born April 16, 1990... Son of Charlie and Lynn Check.

Coach Bennett on David Check
"We are trying to build a goalkeeping stable that will enable each one of our goalkeepers to push each other. David brings athleticism and ambition to our program."

Associate Head Coach Stan Anderson on Check
"David has no ceiling above him as far as potential. He is very fit and will clearly make our goalkeeping unit better from day one. He has been to my camp and has also personally trained with one of my camp colleagues. I enjoy the huge appetite for improvement he has. He reminds me of some keepers I have coached that have been quite successful in the college game."

Paul Monsen - 5-11 - 175 - Defender - Stoughton, Wis. (Shattuck-St. Mary's)
Spent the last two years playing and training with the Shattuck-St.Mary's residency program in Fairbault, Minn., where he was named the team's Most Improved Player in 2007... All-Southern Badger Conference defender as a sophomore at Stoughton High School... Also trains with the Wisconsin Youth Soccer Olympic Development Program... Personal... Born April 10, 1990... Son of Paul and Kim Monsen... Sister Anna ran track and played volleyball at the University of Oklahoma.

Coach Bennett on Paul Monsen
"Paul is a good addition to our program. He's a specialist central defender who has had great year-round, full-time training at Shattuck-St. Mary's over the last 14 months. He's an intense, focused player that when he becomes familiar with college requirements and the college lifestyle, he's going to be a significant player. With some work, he can bring that physical element of his game right into the college game. How much time it takes, depends on how quickly he adjusts."




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