Aug 13, 2013
PROVIDENCE, R.I. -
Providence College men's soccer Head Coach Craig Stewart announced the addition of eight players for the 2013 season today (Aug. 13).
The group of incoming players includes junior Fabio Machado (Leominster, Mass.) as well as freshmen Julian Gressel (Neustadt an der Aisch, Germany), Mark Jecewiz (Smithtown, N.Y.), Brian Kennedy (Upland, Calif.), Dominik Machado (Attleboro, Mass.), Nick Sailor (Bloomfield, Conn.), Ben Seguljic (Rye Brook, N.Y.) and Mac Steeves (Needham, Mass.).
Fabio Machado, a 5-10, 172-pound forward, played the 2012 season with Drexel University, where he appeared in 18 games and made 15 starts. He scored four goals, added five assists for 13 points and was named to the All-CAA Third Team. He helped the Dragons to a first-place finish in the Colonial Athletic Association and the team advanced to the NCAA Tournament. Machado played his freshman season at Burlington County College (Mt Laurel, N.J.), where he was named a 2011 NSCAA/Continental Tire Men's Junior College Division I All-American. He led Burlington County to a regional championship (and a national ranking of No. 15) by notching 21 goals and adding nine assists in 15 games. Prior to Burlington County, he played four years of varsity soccer at Leominster HS and he was named All-State as a junior and senior and All-New England as a senior. He finished his high school career with a school record 79 goals and a school record 111 points.
Gressel, a 6-1, 178-pound midfielder, attended Helene-Lange-Gymnasium and played club soccer for SpVgg Greuther Furth (seven seasons), SG Quelle Furth (two seasons), TSV Neustadt/Aisch (one season) and FC Eintracht Bamberg (one season). He had three goals and 12 assists in his season playing for Neustadt/Aisch and in his season with Bamberg he scored a goal and recorded 10 assists.
Jecewiz, a 5-10, 165-pound defender, played for St. Anthony's HS in Melville, N.Y. He earned varsity letters for St. Anthony's as a junior and senior. During his senior season, he scored four goals and had three assists en route to earning All-League, First Team All-Long Island and All-State honors. A four-time honor roll and St. Bonaventure honoree, Jecewiz was also named to the All-Academic Team in 2011 and 2012. His older brother, Keith Jecewiz '13, played for the Friars and was Providence's second-leading scorer as a senior in 2012.
Kennedy, a 5-4, 150-pound defender, attended Upland HS and played for Upland's varsity team as a freshman (2009) and sophomore (2010). He was just the third freshman in the last 20 years to make Upland's varsity team. He captained the Arsenal Soccer Club in 2009 and was named to the Silver Elite Team. Kennedy played for the LAFC Cosmos and has played for various Olympic Development teams. In August of 2011, Kennedy joined the Chivas USA Soccer Academy, playing for their U-17/U-18 teams while also making a MLS reserve game appearance versus Portland (September 2011). He was named to Upland's honor roll as a junior (2011) and senior (2012).
Dominik Machado, a 5-7, 150-pound midfielder, attended Attleboro HS and earned varsity letters playing for Attleboro as a freshman, sophomore and junior while also being named a three-time Sun Chronicle All-Star (2009-11) and a two-time Hockomock League All-Star (2010-11). He also played four seasons with Explosion FC and two seasons with Lusitana Sports FC before joining the New England Revolution Development Academy. He spent the 2012-13 season with New England's U-18 team, making 28 appearances while starting 23 games. He scored 11 goals and added two assists, while three of his goals proved to be match winners. As the team captain, he helped lead New England to its first-ever trip to the U.S. Soccer Development Academy Finals Week (Houston, Texas). He also made five MLS Reserve Division appearances in 2012, including two starts. In 2010-11, Machado made 28 total appearances, including 24 with the U-16 team and four with the U-18 squad. He scored two goals, both of which were match winners, and added an assist. In 2011 MLS Reserve Division action, he made five appearances including two starts, scoring a goal against Toronto FC and adding an assist against the Philadelphia Union. Machado joined the Revolution for the 2009-10 season and he made 28 appearances and 17 starts for the U-16 team, scoring three goals and adding two assists.
Sailor, a 5-8, 160-pound defender, attended Loomis Chaffee (Windsor, Conn.) and earned four varsity letters in soccer, finishing with eight career goals and 25 career assists. He helped Loomis Chaffee to two Founders League titles and three appearances in the New England Quarterfinals. He earned All-State honors while also earning two All-WNEPSSA honors. He also played six seasons with the Oakwood Soccer Club and served as the team captain in 2011-12. A lead sports editor for Loomis Chaffee's newspaper, Sailor was an honor roll student who served as class president as a sophomore.
Seguljic , a 6-3, 195-pound goalkeeper, attended Blind Brook HS (Rye Brook, N.Y.) and earned three varsity letters in soccer and four varsity letters in basketball. For his performances on the soccer field with Blind Brook, he earned two New York All-State (2011-12) and two All-Section (2011-12) honors and he was named the 2012 Westchester County Small School Player of the Year. He also helped Blind Brook to two Section Championships.
Steeves, a 6-3, 200-pound forward, earned four varsity letters playing for Needham HS and served as the team captain as a junior and senior. During his senior season, he played in 23 games, scoring 20 goals and adding 25 assists en route to being named the 2012 Gatorade Player of the Year for the state of Massachusetts. His 45 points as a senior set the single season Needham HS record and he also led the Rockets to the 2012 Div. I State Championship, including scoring the game-winning goal in Needham's 1-0 win over Amherst in the championship game. Other honors he earned as a senior included being named the 2012 NSCAA State Player of the Year and an NSCAA All-American, earning the Massachusetts Div. I Tournament MVP and being named the Boston Globe's Div. I Player of the year. Steeves was a two-time All-New England selection (2011-12), a three-time All-State honoree (2010-12), a two-time Bay State Conference MVP (2011-12), a three-time Eastern Mass. All-Star (2010-12) and a four-time Bay State Conference All-Star (2009-12). He was also named to the Boston Globe and Boston Herald All-Scholastic teams in 2011 and 2012. He finished his career at Needham with 67 goals and 51 assists for a school-record 118 points. Steeves played club soccer with the FC Bolts and served as a team captain on various FC Bolts teams from 2004-2010. He was named to the honor roll in 2010 and 2011.