Feb. 6, 2014
EAST LANSING, Mich. - The Michigan State men’s soccer head coach Damon Rensing has announced the addition of seven student-athletes as part of the 2014 recruiting class. The class of 2014 includes Brad Centala (Grosse Pointe Woods, Mich./Grosse Pointe North), Jimmy Fiscus (Novi, Mich./Northville), Jimmy Hague (Walled Lake, Mich./Walled Lake Western), Ken Krolicki (Canton, Mich./Plymouth Canton) Michael Marcantognini (Sudbury, Ontario/St. Andrews), Lou Plascencia (Okemos, Mich./Okemos) and Phil Stair (Flushing, Mich./Flint Powers Catholic).
“I think the class is pretty well rounded as far as positions,” said Rensing. “We’ve got a few defenders, two goalkeepers and some attacking players. They certainly fit the needs that we have moving forward here at Michigan State. Six of the seven kids are from the state of Michigan. I think that just proves our commitment to both Michigan kids and Midwest kids. I think we’ve always tried to recruit highly-talented players that are high-character individuals. Certainly this group of seven guys fits that mold here at Michigan State - great kids off the field; great competitors and they’re very good in the classroom, as well. I think when you look at all, not just the soccer talents, but the character of the kids and the quality of the individual in the classroom, we’re really excited about this group as a whole and we’re excited to make them a part of the Michigan State soccer family.
"In order for us to assemble this quality of a class, certainly it’s not just the head coach. (Assistant coach) Kylie Stannard, who’s been our recruiting coordinator, and assistant coach Ben Pirmann have done a great job identifying, communicating and letting these young men see what Michigan State soccer is all about. In that regard, we think it’s a great fit and certainly want to thank those two assistants for doing a great job in helping assemble this class.”
Fr., D, 6’0”, Grosse Pointe Woods, Mich./Grosse Pointe North
Prior to MSU: U-16 and U-18 starter for the Vardar Academy under coach Demir Muftari and Mike Lupenec…In 2010, member of the team that were State Cup Champions, MRL Champions and Annandale Alliance Cup Champions…In 2011, helped lead the team that were State Cup Champions, MRL Champions and Midwest Region II semi-finalists…In 2012, was a member of the team that were State Cup semi-finalists, Las Vegas Mayor’s Cup semi-finalists, NPL Champions and NPL Nationals semi-finalists…Detroit and Chicago US Market National Training Center Invitee…Soccer letterwinner at Grosse Pointe North for coach Ship Mukhtar… Named Most Valuable Player, All-District and All-Conference, scoring six goals his sophomore year…Scholar athlete his freshman, sophomore and senior year…Member of National Honors Society…AP/Honors student…Also lettered in football his senior year as a kicker/punter, earning All-Conference honorable mention recognition.
Coach Rensing on Centala…
"Brad comes from the Vardar Club which is a very well known and respected club in Michigan, one of the academy clubs. He can play a couple positions. He can play center back or holding mid. What I like about Brad is his composure on the ball. He’s very good on the ball, very composed. He’s very good technically. He’s got good size. He’s actually more athletic than what you see at first sight. He runs really well. He’s kind of a quiet individual, but he gets the job done. I think he’ll have a chance to compete for minutes potentially right away."
James ‘Jimmy’ Fiscus
Fr., D, 6’2”, Novi, Mich./Northville
Prior to MSU: Four-star recruit by TopDrawerSoccer.com…Ranked No. 90 nationally, 24th-ranked defender and No. 4 in the Great Lakes regional rankings…Two-year soccer letterwinner at Northville high school playing for Henry Klimes…Elected captain his sophomore season…Named All-Conference and All-Area as a freshman and sophomore…Earned All-District and MVP honors of the team his sophomore season as he helped lead the team to an 11-6-3 record and No. 5 ranking in the state…Scholar Athlete…Member of the National Honor Society and German Honor Society…Three-time captain of the Crew Soccer Academy Wolves under Brian Doyle and Lars Richters…In 2012, helped lead the CSA Wolves team that was the second-ranked defense and finished first in the Academy Playoffs Pool, second in the Great Lakes Division and third at Nationals…In 2013, was a member of the CSA Wolves team that finished first in Academy Playoffs Pool and in the Great Lakes Division and placed eighth overall at Nationals…Was named to the 2012-13 U-16 Conference Starting XI team…Played ODP from 2008-2011 on the Region II team that played in Costa Rica…Captain of the ODP State team that traveled to the IMG Academy.
Coach Rensing on Fiscus…
“Jimmy’s probably one of the top defenders in the Midwest and probably in the country coming out of this 2014 class. He’s one of the leaders on the Crew Academy Wolves team that went to two back-to-back years of national championships. He’s a great leader. He’s an ultra-competitor, athletic and someone who could certainly compete for minutes right away if he comes in ready to go which we expect. He’s a central defender, a center back. Certainly left backs and center backs are a position of need for us. We have some players that are in the program that will compete and some players that are coming in that will also compete for those slots.”
James ‘Jimmy’ Hague
Fr., GK, 6’4”, Walled Lake, Mich./Walled Lake Western
Prior to MSU: Four-year letterwinner in soccer for Walled Lake Western for coach Dan Turner...Elected team captain his senior year…All-District and All-Conference player all four years, All-Region his freshman through junior year and All-State his sophomore year…Starting goalie for the Walled Lake Western Warriors…Recorded 122 saves his junior season…Started at center back his senior season, leading the team with nine goals…Member of National Honor Society and Student Leadership…Starting goalkeeper for the Michigan Jaguars under coach Paul Tinnion and Mike Scobie… Member of the team that won the USYSA National Championship in 2012 & was named Golden Glove Winner presented to the top keeper in the tournament…Also allowed zero goals against in the regional championships in 2012…Played five years for the Michigan State Youth Soccer Association ODP team that were two-time winners of the tournament…Attended the IMG Academy…Traveled to Costa Rica, Alabama and Florida, playing three years on the MSYSA Regional team…Detroit US Market National Training Center Invitee.
Coach Rensing on Hague…
“Jimmy Hague has got a ton of potential. He’s a 6’4” goalkeeper - good hands, good feet and really hasn’t filled out physically yet as well, so I think he has a ton of potential. We really like what kind of tools he brings to the table. Certainly it’s hard for any goalkeeper as a freshman to start, but I think with having Zach Bennett and Quinn McAnaney who are trainers and competitors that both Jimmy and Phil (Stair) will adjust well and they’ll be in a great environment to get better as goalkeepers.”
Fr., M, 5’10“, Canton, Mich./Plymouth Canton
Prior to MSU: Ranked No. 109 nationally, 37th-ranked midfielder and No. 7 in the Great Lakes Region by TopDrawerSoccer.com…Grew up in Japan where he played soccer until moving to Michigan his freshman year…Was a 2010 All-City Select player in Kitakyushu in Southern Japan, helping his team qualify for the All-Prefecture …Soccer letterwinner at Plymouth Canton for coach George Tomasso…Named All-Conference honorable mention his sophomore season, helping his team to a 24-1-2 record and a Michigan State Championship…Also a member of the CrossFit Club… Starting Midfielder for Michigan Jaguars in 2011 and 2012 under coach Barry Scott… Member of the team that finished as USYSA National Finalist & National League Champions in 2011 and USYSA State Cup, MRL, Regional and National Champions in 2012… Starting Midfielder for the U-16 and U-18 Crew Academy Wolves in 2013 and 2014 under coach Lars Richters and Brian Doyle… Member of the CSA Wolves team that finished No. 8 in the national rankings and qualified for the Academy Playoffs in 2013… Also played as a Michigan ODP starter in 2011 and 2012…Named an All-Tournament player in the ODP winter Interregional at IMG in 2012…Was a member of the team that finished as Region II Champions in 2012… Detroit and Chicago US Market National Training Center Invitee.
Coach Rensing on Krolicki…
“Ken is teammates with Jimmy Fiscus on the CSA Wolves team that went to two back-to-back national championships. He lived over in Japan for awhile and trained there through his freshman year in high school, and then returned back to the state of Michigan. He’s a really technical player, quick, he’s got a really good tenacity and he really understands the game well. He does some things in the midfield and the attacking third of the field that you can’t teach. He has very good instincts and overall game-management skills. He’s another one who will be competing for minutes certainly right away.”
Fr., M, 5’10”, Sudbury, Ontario/St. Andrews
Prior to MSU: Ranked No. 11 in the international region by TopDrawerSoccer.com…Four-year soccer letterwinner at St. Andrews College under coach David Manning…Elected captain in 2013…Was the league’s top scorer all four years and named the team’s Most Valuable Player his freshman, junior and senior seasons…Helped lead the team to a CAIS National Championship Gold Medal in 2011 with a 16-3-1 record…Tallied 96 total goals and 39 total assists in 66 games at St. Andrews… Also lettered in basketball his junior season…Academic scholar…Named Athlete of the Year and received the Physical Education Award his freshman, sophomore and junior year…Also played for the Toronto FC Junior Academy for coach Anthony Capotosto…Participated in the Aegon Future Cup in Amsterdam where he was a part of the team that finished sixth overall…U-14 and U-16 Team Ontario Provincial Team Member, where he traveled to Brazil and Spain.
Coach Rensing on Marcantognini…
“Michael comes from St. Andrews College, a prep school in Ontario, where he was a prolific goal scorer there. He has also played with the Toronto FC Academy. He’s a very technical player. He can play in the center midfield, out wide and can play up top. He can play basically any of the attacking positions. Similar to Ken (Krolicki), he’s got some really smooth technical ability and can do some things that you can’t teach in the final third. He’s also got a very good work rate, endurance and is kind of a prototypical central attacking midfielder.”
Fr., D, 5’6”, Okemos, Mich./Okemos
Prior to MSU: Four-year soccer letterwinner at Okemos High School under Brian Guggemos…Earned White District Championship letters his junior and senior seasons…Elected captain his senior year…Also lettered in wrestling his freshman and sophomore year…Awarded 2010-11 Freshman of the Year…Varsity starter his freshman season…Named First-team All-Conference and All-District his sophomore and junior year…Fall 2012 All-Academic…Named to the Division I All-Area and All-League teams as helped lead his team to an overall record of 13-4-3 and an undefeated 7-0 standing en route to a CAAC Blue League Championship his junior season…His senior year, he helped lead his team to a League Championship with an 8-0 record, Division I District Championship and Division I Regional Finals…Named to the First-Team All-State Division I First-team, MIHSSCA 2013-14 All-State First-Team and Dream Team…Lansing State Journal All-Area Dream Team, CAAC Blue- All-League First-Team and All-Conference First-Team…Starter on the 2012 U-18 Novi Jaguars National Championship team under Mike Scobie…Also played with the Grand Rapids Crew Juniors…Was a Michigan ODP player since 2008 and Region II holdover player…MVP Tournament Player and winner of the Golden Ball Award at the 2012 ODP Regional camp.
Coach Rensing on Plascencia…
“Lou is one of the ones who has always wanted to be at Michigan State. You never have to question Lou’s heart or his competitive spirit. I think it’s always great to have kids, not only from the state of Michigan, but from around our local area who come and try to represent Michigan State soccer and the athletic department. He’s a tireless worker. He can play either as a holding mid or a wide defender, wing back. He can get up and down the line and we’re excited to have him as a part of Michigan State.”
Fr., GK, 5’11”, Flushing, Mich./Flint Powers Catholic
Prior to MSU: Two-year starter and letterwinner at Flint Powers Catholic under coach Mike Korhonen…Elected captain his sophomore season…Named All-District his freshman and sophomore seasons…Played in 17 games as a freshman, owning a 1.00 Sv %...Earned All-League Big 9, All-Region and Second Team All-State Division III honors his sophomore season after scoring two goals as a goalie and owning a .964 Sv % … Starting goalkeeper for the U-16 and U-18 Crew Soccer Academy Wolves in 2013 and 2014 for coach Brian Doyle…Helped the CSA Wolves that finished first in the Central Conference and ended the season 22-8-4 with a No. 8 final national ranking in 2013…Played one year in the Michigan ODP… Detroit US Market National Training Center Invitee.
Coach Rensing on Stair…
"Phil comes from Flint Powers and is also on the Crew Academy Wolves team with Jimmy (Fiscus) and Ken (Krolicki). Phil’s been coming to residential camps here at MSU since he was 10 or 11 years old. We’ve always known he’s been a very good athlete. He’s a little bit different than Jimmy (Hague). He’s 5’11” and very technically sound. He’s very good with his feet as a goalkeeper. He’s very confident and a very good shot stopper. Again, getting Phil in with Jimmy and training with Quinn and Zach Bennett will be good. We’ve got two goalkeepers that are different in maybe what they bring to the table, but at the end of the day, I think they’re both capable of playing Big Ten soccer and that’s what we’re excited about.”
Also eligible to play for the 2014 season is Jason Stacy, who transferred to MSU from the University of Michigan and sat out due to NCAA regulations during the 2013 season.
“It’s been great having Jason in training sessions,” said Rensing. “He’s certainly shown the capability of being a Big Ten level player and potentially an All-Big Ten type of player. He can take people on, he’s left-footed and has the ability to score goals. We’re really excited that Jason is with us and training with us, so we expect him to impact the line up immediately in 2014.”
A McDonald’s All-American from Grand Rapids, Mich., Stacy earned two-time first-team All-State recognition and was named to the Michigan Dream Team. He was also twice named to the Michigan ESPN Rise Starting 11and earned ESPN National top-100 players recognition. Stacy scored 78 goals at Forest Hills Central high school career with 81 assists, which ranks third all-time in Michigan high school soccer history. In 2012, he competed at the Michigan, totaling 101 minutes, including two Big Ten Tournament appearances.