Feb. 6, 2012
EVANSTON, Ill. - Northwestern head men's soccer coach Tim Lenahan and his staff have announced the addition of six individuals to join the Wildcats for the upcoming 2012 season. Lenahan's recruiting class includes three in-state players from Illinois, two from California and one from Texas.
"We are thrilled about this class and their potential impact on the program," Lenahan said. "Being that they all come from great families, we are excited to have this group as a part of our Northwestern family.
"It is a very good class in that they should all be able to help us on various parts of the field. We've added a pure goal scorer in Joey Calistri, an incredibly dynamic flank player in Cole Missimo, a versatile and intelligent player in Mick Maley, our first former U-17 Residency Player in defender Sagar Jambusaria, an absolute warrior in the back in Henry Herrill, and a gifted, athletic goalkeeper in Zak Allen.
"Last year's recruiting class, while not as highly rated as others before them, yielded two freshmen All-Americans in Tyler Miller and Nikko Boxall. I feel pretty confident that some of these players will find their way onto the field this season and help our program reach its goals."
Complete bios on each of the signees follow.
Hometown: Chicago, Ill.
High School: St. Ignatius College Prep
High School: Four-year letterwinner ... Team captain as a junior and senior ... 2011 Team Most Valuable Defensive Player ... 2011 Chicago Tribune Top-20 Players to Watch ... 2011 Chicago Sun-Times Top Players ... Two-time All-Sectional Team and two-time All-Conference Team ... Holds the St. Ignatius record for career shutouts with 35 ... Illinois State Scholar and National Honor Society Member ... Club/ODP: Six-year member of Chicago Fire ... Has played in the USSF Developmental Academy with the Chicago Fire since 2009 ... Teammate of fellow NU signee Joey Calistri and current Wildcat Peter Beasley ... 2010 USSF Academy National Champions ... State champions in 2009 ... Former member of the ODP Region II Team and Illinois State Team.
Personal: Born Zachary Thomas Allen ... Son of Jeff and Susan Allen ... Older sister, Madison, is currently captain of the track & field team at the University of Chicago ... Chose Northwestern over Colgate, University of Chicago and Princeton ... Attended Northwestern's College Soccer Training Center and One Day Prep Camp.
Coach Lenahan on Zak Allen: "Zak has great quickness and seems to get better and better each time we see him. What I loved about Zak was that the bigger the game, the better he seemed to play. He will give us great depth at the goalkeeper position and should have a great career at Northwestern."
Hometown: Deerfield, Ill.
High School: Deerfield High School
High School: Four-year letterwinner ... Team captain as a junior and senior ... 2012 ESPN Rise Top-100 Recruit ... 2012 NSCAA/Adidas All Region-V Team ... Two-time Illinois First-Team All-State ... Three-time All-Area selection ... Team MVP as a junior and senior ... Led Deerfield to best record in school history in 2009 (19-4-1) ... Notched 89 goals and 41 assists over his career ... Teammate of current Wildcats Connor Holloway and Scott Lakin ... Club: Three-year member of Chicago Fire ... Has played in the USSF Developmental Academy with Chicago Fire since 2010 ... Teammate of fellow NU signee Zak Allen and current Wildcat Peter Beasley ... State Cup runner-up in 2009 ... Named to Super-Y League National Team in 2009.
Personal: Born Joseph Vito Calistri ... Son of George and Elsa Calistri ... Chose Northwestern over Xavier and Indiana ... Attended Northwestern's College Soccer Training Center, One Day Prep Camp, and Residential/Commuter Camp.
Coach Lenahan on Joey Calistri: "Joey caught our eye four years ago actually at our youth camp and then at subsequent camps over the past few years. He has great pace, tremendous work ethic and the terrific ability to finish his chances. One thing that separates Joey from most forwards is that he works as hard defensively as he does in trying to score goals. He should have a great career at Northwestern."
Hometown: Altadena, Calif.
High School: Loyola High School
High School: Three-year letterwinner ... Team captain as a senior ... Two-time All-State (CIF) and two-time All-League honors ... Led Loyola to two-straight league titles ... Junior Cum Laude Society and John C. Laugharn '67 Merit Scholarship ... Club: Six-year captain of FC Golden State ... Named MVP of FC Golden State in 2011 ... Named MVP of Cerritos Memorial Tournament in 2011 ... Led FC Golden State to Southern California National Cup Championship in 2010.
Personal: Born Henry Davis Herrill ... Son of Matt and Maryanne Herrill ... Mother, Maryanne, played basketball and volleyball at Loyola Marymount ... Father, Matt, played volleyball and rowed at Loyola Marymount ... Has an older brother, Jack, and younger sister, Kate ... Chose Northwestern over Yale, Loyola Marymount, UC Irvine, Santa Clara, Colgate and Lafayette ... Attended Northwestern's College Soccer Training Center.
Coach Lenahan on Henry Herrill: "Henry absolutely blew us away at the College Soccer Training Center last summer at Northwestern. His intensity, fitness and toughness made him arguably the best player in the camp. In following up post-camp, watching his club team and talking with his coaches, we found out his performance at camp was his standard. He could be a great defender before his days at Northwestern are over."
Hometown: Van Nuys, Calif.
High School: J Serra Catholic High School
High School: Three-year letterwinner ... Named to TopDrawerSoccer.com's Top-100 Players to Watch ... Led team to California (CIF) State Championship in 2010 ... Club/ODP/National: Two-year member of LA Galaxy ... Has played in the USSF Developmental Academy with LA Galaxy since 2010 ... Member of the USSF Academy National Champions in 2011 ... Former captain of West Coast FC ... Three-year member of Cal South ODP team ... Three-year member of Region IV ODP Team ... Captain of both State and Regional ODP teams ... U-17 National Team member ... One of 40 players selected to U-17 National Team Residency program in 2010.
Personal: Born Sagar Sunil Jambusaria ... Son of Sunil and Sangeeta Jambusaria ... Has older brother, Ankit ... Chose Northwestern over Penn, Dartmouth, Cornell, Loyola Marymount and Cal Poly ... Attended Northwestern's One Day Prep Camp.
Coach Lenahan on Sagar Jambusaria: "Sagar becomes the first member of the U-17 Residency program to attend Northwestern. He has outstanding vision, has a great possession rate and is an excellent defender who has all the tools to be a great player at Northwestern. He was a key player on the LA Galaxy Developmental Academy team and helped them bring home a national championship in addition to winning a state championship with his high school. He is a winner with talent to match."
Hometown: South Elgin, Ill.
High School: Marmion Academy
High School: Four-year letterwinner ... Team captain junior and senior year ... 2010 & 2011 Conference Player of the Year ... 2011 All-State selection ... 2011 NSCAA All-Region V selection ... 2011 Beacon News Player of the Year ... Led Marmion to first-ever state finals appearance in 2011 ... Notched 42 goals and 34 assists during his career ... Second Wildcat to hail from Marmion, following in the footsteps of Gerardo Alvarez, `07 ... Illinois State Scholar, National Honor Society Member, and Senior Class President ... Club: Three-year member of Sockers FC ... Has played in the USSF Developmental Academy with Sockers FC since 2009 ... Follows in the footsteps of numerous former Wildcats from Sockers FC ... Former member of Eclipse SC.
Personal: Born Michael Joseph Maley ... Son of Doug and Peggy Maley ... Father swam at Indiana University ... Chose Northwestern over Michigan State and Colgate ... Attended Northwestern's One Day Prep Camp.
Coach Lenahan on Mick Maley: "Mick really impressed us with his play with the Sockers FC, at Marmion H.S, and at the One Day Prep Camp. The last player to come to Northwestern from Mick's high school, Gerardo Alvarez, turned out to be one of the best players in school history. He has an intelligent approach to the game, which combined with an ability to step up at critical moments, bode well for his future at NU."
Hometown: Dallas, Texas
High School: Prestonwood Christian Academy
High School: Three-year letterwinner ... Team captain as a freshman, sophomore and junior ... 2010 & 2011 District Offensive Player of the Year ... Two-time Texas First-Team All-State and three-time First Team All-District ... Twice named to state All-Tournament Team ... Led Prestonwood to Texas (Private Schools) State Championship in 2010 and state runner-up in 2011 ... Holds the Prestonwood record for goals in a season with 39, notching 71 goals for his career ... Also notched 36 assists during his sophomore and junior years ... Club: Eight-year member of Solar Chelsea SC ... Second Wildcat to hail from Solar, following in the footsteps of Drew Ratner ... Has played in the USSF Developmental Academy with Solar since 2009.
Personal: Born Colton Lawrence Missimo ... Son of David and Debbie Missimo ... Has two younger brothers, Zach and Shane ... Chose Northwestern over SMU, Wake Forest and Michigan State ... Attended Northwestern's College Soccer Training Center and One Day Prep Camp.
Coach Lenahan on Cole Missimo: "Cole is a special attacking player with a great ability to break players down 1 vs. 1. He is very smooth going forward and should make an immediate impact at the college level. He is the most dynamic flank player we have recruited since Dave Roth who turned out to be the first All-American in Northwestern history."
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