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Top PDL Performers: College Week in Review (Oct. 31-Nov. 6)

11/07/2016, 10:45am EST
By AARON CRANFORD - aaron.cranford@uslsoccer.com

Dayton's Lynch scores, assists for Wright State; Regis, Moar lead Pfeiffer to title


Photo courtesy of Wright State Athletics

The stakes have been raised as conference tournament action replaces regular-season competition, and many PDL Players to Watch have stepped up for their programs.

Eric LynchJimmy Fiscus, Nathan Regis, Marco Micaletto and Thomas Barlow have claimed Top PDL Performers honors after strong weeks.

The PDL Players to Watch list includes players named to and considered for the six 2016 PDL Top Prospects lists throughout the summer. More than 20 scouts across North America provided the PDL with valuable insight on players who were performing at the highest level within the league, possessed strong technical and tactical qualities and had the potential to play at the professional level. The Top Prospects list serves as a useful resource for professional clubs who are interested in identifying and scouting high-level performers.

TOP FIVE PERFORMERS

Eric Lynch – F – Wright State – Dayton Dutch Lions

Lynch was the difference for Wright State, as the program clinched the Horizon League regular-season title.

The senior forward scored one goal and recorded one assist in Wright State’s 2-0 win against Valparaiso. Lynch excelled in the PDL this summer, scoring six goals and provided six assists in 13 games for the Dayton Dutch Lions.

Jimmy Fiscus – D – Michigan State – Des Moines Menace

Fiscus scored the game-winner in Michigan State’s 2-1 victory against Penn State in the Big Ten Conference Quarterfinals.

The goal was the junior defender’s first of the college campaign. Fiscus scored one goal in 12 games for the Des Moines Menace during the 2016 PDL season.

"It was an amazing feeling. I've been wanting that for a while,” Fiscus said of his game-winner. “I've been asking for it all year. Even at practice yesterday, I kept hitting the ball, and it kept missing the net and getting so close, so that makes it even sweeter to score that goal and put us up 2-1."

Marco Micaletto – M – Young Harris College – Charlotte Eagles

Micaletto rose to the occasion in the Peach Belt Conference Tournament, leading Young Harris College to a title.

The Charlotte Eagles standout started the competition in style, providing one assist in Young Harris’ 3-0 win vs. Montevallo in the quarterfinals before scoring one goal and playing a part in more during the program’s 4-3 win vs. North Georgia in the semifinals. In the final, it was Micaletto who scored the game-tying goal to force overtime. The game finished 2-2 (4-3 in PKs) in Young Harris’ favor.

Nathan Regis – F – Pfeiffer – Ocean City Nor’easters

Regis was on fire in the Conference Carolinas Tournament.

The Ocean City Nor'easters standout scored three goals and provided one assist in Pfeiffer’s 7-1 win vs. Barton in the quarterfinals. He then netted three goals and provided one assist in the program’s 5-1 win vs. Limestone in the final. The win against Limestone handed Pfeiffer its third consecutive Conference Carolinas Tournament title.

Thomas Barlow – F – Wisconsin – Des Moines Menace

Barlow had a big impact in a tough Big Ten Conference Tournament matchup.

The forward, who played for the Menace in 2016, scored one goal and provided one assist to lead Wisconsin to a 3-0 win against Ohio State in the quarterfinals. The junior now has four goals and three assists this college campaign.

Honorable Mentions

Aaron Herrera – D – New Mexico – FC Tucson

Aaron Herrera continues to shine in his sophomore season.

The defender, who played for FC Tucson in 2016, provided one assist in New Mexico’s 2-0 win vs. Old Dominion. Herrera has now scored two goals and recorded two assists in 17 games this season, helping the program secure seven shutouts.

Santi Moar – F – Pfeiffer – Charlotte Eagles

Alongside Regis, Santi Moar was also instrumental in Pfeiffer’s run to the Conference Carolinas Tournament title.

The Eagles talent scored four goals and provided five assists in three games. In the quarterfinals, Moar netted two goals and provided three assists in Pfeiffer’s 7-1 win vs. Barton. He then recorded repeat one-goal, one-assist performances.

Wyatt Omsberg – D – Dartmouth – GPS Portland Phoenix

Wyatt Omsberg was key for Dartmouth, which sits in first in the Ivy League standings.

The junior defender, who played for the GPS Portland Phoenix in 2016, scored one goal in Dartmouth’s 2-0 win vs. Northeastern before helping the Big Green record their fifth shutout of the season in a 1-0 win against Cornell.


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