Team

VARSITY

Nick Ambrose (co-captain)
Surya Balaji
Gabe Baltierra (co-captain)
Ry Cohen
Wilson Daniels
Josh DeDomenico
Nick DiMasi
Rob Diorio
Jack Douglas
Mauricio Inglada
Sam Liles
Brendan Lynch
Sebi Montoulieu
Lefty Penderakis
Patricio Perez Elorza
Vaughan Sealey
Austin Sholes
Matthew Tanzer
Callum Wisher

HEAD COACH:  Dan Woog
ASSISTANT COACHES:  Kurt Dasbach, Tom Henske

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MEET THE WRECKERS!

NICK AMBROSE (Co-captain)

Year: Senior 
Position:
 D/MF
First memory of Staples soccer
: Watching the 2009 state championship match
Favorite teacher: Willard (the engineer)
Dream vacation: Any trip where the Banter Bus is rolling
Favorite soccer team and player: Staples; Alex Morgan
Most famous person I’ve met: Slippy G
Best joke to beat Tom’s jokes: Ask Ryan Fincher
Favorite meal: Chick-fil-A chicken nuggets
Most embarrassing moment: Lol, let’s not talk about it
App I can’t live without: Waze
Superpower I wish I had: Shapeshifting
Best line from a movie: “Surely you can’t be serious.” “I am serious … and don’t call me Shirley.” (Airplane!)
One thing no one knows about me: I can solve a Rubik’s Cube
In 30 years I’ll tell the 2048 soccer team: “… and we’re still not sure how his name became Nestor.”

SURYA BALAJI

Year: Sophomore
Position:
 D/MF
First memory of Staples soccer
: First day of freshman tryouts
Favorite teacher: Chi-Ann Lin for always being helpful and never having meltdowns
Dream vacation: World Cup final
Favorite soccer team and player: Chelsea; Didier Drogba
Most famous person I’ve met: Serena Williams
Best joke to beat Tom’s jokes: What did the cannibal get when he was late for dinner? A cold shoulder.
Favorite meal: Mutton biryani
Most embarrassing moment: Not playing the first 74 minutes against Trumbull (freshman team) after swearing at Russ
App I can’t live without: Google Chrome
Superpower I wish I had: Time travel
Best line from a movie: “Do you want the Aladeen news or the Aladeen news?” “The Aladeen news.” “You are HIV positive.” (The Dictator)
One thing no one knows about me: I didn’t start playing soccer until I was 9.
In 30 years I’ll tell the 2048 soccer team: “Don’t tell your coach to f— off.”

GABE BALTIERRA (Co-captain)

Year: Senior
Position:  D
First memory of Staples soccer: Pato’s bicycle kick training
Favorite teacher: Mr. Forgette
Dream vacation: Going to my country house in France
Favorite soccer team and player: Real Madrid; Sergio Ramos
Most famous person I’ve met: Bob Ley
Best joke to beat Tom’s jokes: They are all good
Favorite meal: Steak
Most embarrassing moment: I ran into a sliding door
App I can’t live without: Snapchat
Superpower I wish I had: I wish I could fly
Best line from a movie: “Here’s the deal. I’m the best there is. Plain and simple. I wake up in the morning and I piss excellence.” (Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby)
One thing no one knows about me: I used to be very overweight
In 30 years I’ll tell the 2048 soccer team: How the 2018 team won FCIACs and states

RY COHEN

Year: Senior 
Position:
 GK
First memory of Staples soccer
: Beating Trumbull 8-1
Favorite teacher: Mrs. Parent
Dream vacation: Bota Sapo
Favorite soccer team and player: Borussia Dortmund; Kepa Arrizabalaga
Most famous person I’ve met: Tom Henske
Best joke to beat Tom’s jokes: Bvb 09 nation
Favorite meal: Philly cheese steak
Most embarrassing moment: Fairfield Warde
App I can’t live without: NBC Sports Live
Superpower I wish I had: Read minds
Best line from a movie: “Yo, Adrian!” (Rocky)
One thing no one knows about me: I love the weather
In 30 years I’ll tell the 2048 soccer team: “Willard holds the JV scoring record.”

WILSON DANIELS

Year: Senior 
Position:
 F
First memory of Staples soccer
: O’Dell yelling at us to get on the line to run 840s
Favorite teacher: Dr. Phil
Dream vacation: Amsterdam
Favorite soccer team and player: Real Madrid; Gareth Bale
Most famous person I’ve met: Dan Woog
Best joke to beat Tom’s jokes: Ry called 911
Favorite meal: My ma’s crêpes
Most embarrassing moment: Getting murked for taking my mask off in paintball
App I can’t live without: Tinder
Superpower I wish I had: The force — my free kicks would be insane
Best line from a movie: “I feel like all my kids grew up, and then they married each other. It’s every parent’s dream.” (The Office)
One thing no one knows about me: I’ve made Top 100 on Fut Champions a few times
In 30 years I’ll tell the 2048 soccer team: “Work hard, play hard.”

JOSH DEDOMENICO

Year: Junior 
Position:
 MF
First memory of Staples soccer
: Seeing The Hill for the first time many years ago
Favorite teacher: Mrs. Garstka, of course
Dream vacation: Exploring the Caribbean
Favorite soccer team and player: Liverpool; Roberto Firmino
Most famous person I’ve met: Joe Torre
Best joke to beat Tom’s jokes: What do you call a bird that lives in the bay? A bagel.
Favorite meal: Qdoba burrito (RIP Qdoba)
Most embarrassing moment: Finally getting megged by Sam Liles after hundreds of attempts
App I can’t live without: Subway Surfers
Superpower I wish I had: Ability to fly
Best line from a movie: “If you ain’t first, you’re last.” (Talladega Nights)
One thing no one knows about me: I was born in Belgium
In 30 years I’ll tell the 2048 soccer team: “Win on and off the field.”

NICK DIMASI

Year: Senior 
Position:
 MF/F
First memory of Staples soccer
: I was a ballboy with a couple of my soccer friends in 5th grade
Favorite teacher: Mr. Kopp
Dream vacation: Italy with the boys
Favorite soccer team and player: Staples; Ry Cohen
Most famous person I’ve met: Timmy Liles
Best joke to beat Tom’s jokes: Did you hear about the guy who broke his left arm and leg? He’s all right now.
Favorite meal: Colony Pizza
Most embarrassing moment: I don’t really get embarrassed
App I can’t live without: Spotify
Best line from a movie: “He’s not human. He’s like a piece of iron.” (Rocky IV)
One thing no one knows about me: I carry Lefty in Fortnite
In 30 years I’ll tell the 2048 soccer team: “Don’t take anything for granted.”

ROB DIORIO

Year: Senior 
Position:
 MF
First memory of Staples soccer
: Running for O’Dell
Favorite teacher: Drew Coyne
Dream vacation: Beach house in Dubai
Favorite soccer team and player: Wycombe Wanderers FC; Adebayo Akinfenwa
Most famous person I’ve met: Gaten Matarazzo
Best joke to beat Tom’s jokes: A rabbi, a priest and a minister come into a bar. The bartender looks up and says, “Is this some kind of joke?”
Favorite meal: Boston chicken with mashed potatoes
Most embarrassing moment: Showing up to STA with the wrong jersey
App I can’t live without: Instagram
Superpower I wish I had: The power to pause time
Best line from a movie: “It’s just a flesh wound.” (Monty Python)
One thing no one knows about me: I don’t mind spicy food
In 30 years I’ll tell the 2048 soccer team: “Break in your shoes before you play.”

JACK DOUGLAS

Year: Sophomore
Position:
 D
First memory of Staples soccer
: Kurt’s speed camp
Favorite teacher: Mrs. Garstka
Dream vacation: Greece
Favorite soccer team and player: Liverpool; Mo Salah
Most famous person I’ve met: Steven Gerrard
Best joke to beat Tom’s jokes: Why was the belt sent to jail? For holding up a pair of pants.
Favorite meal: Spaghetti Bolognese
Most embarrassing moment: Not being able to clutch the 1 on 1 in Fortnite
App I can’t live without: Safari
Superpower I wish I had: Being able to fly
Best line from a movie: “This ain’t that kind of movie, bruv.” (Kingsman: The Secret Service)
One thing no one knows about me: My favorite color is red
In 30 years I’ll tell the 2048 soccer team: “Bring home the cup.”

MAURICIO INGLADA

Year: Senior
Position:
 F
First memory of Staples soccer
: Going to Wakeman, not knowing what was going on and not knowing anyone
Favorite teacher: Mr. Blanchardon
Dream vacation: Bora Bora
Favorite soccer team and player: Real Madrid; Isco
Most famous person I’ve met: Iniesta
Best joke to beat Tom’s jokes: Two antennas met on a roof, fell in love and got married. The ceremony wasn’t much, but the reception was excellent.
Favorite meal: Lobster
Most embarrassing moment: Being called for doing something wrong in front of a large amount of people
App I can’t live without: WhatsApp
Superpower I wish I had: Flying
Best line from a movie: “I’ll make him an offer he can’t refuse.” (The Godfather)
One thing no one knows about me: There is a soccer player living in my house in Spain
In 30 years I’ll tell the 2048 soccer team: “Never give up.”

SAM LILES

Year: Junior 
Position:
 MF/F
First memory of Staples soccer
: Meeting the most influential coach of my soccer career: Joel Collins
Favorite teacher: Smiley Reilly
Dream vacation: Scuba diving with Callum
Favorite soccer team and player: Hearts of Oak; David Villa
Favorite meal: Bacon
App I can’t live without: Futbin
Superpower I wish I had: Safe hands
Best line from a movie: “Boonk gang whole lotta gang shi”
One thing no one knows about me: Every Sun Reflexology worker knows me by name
In 30 years I’ll tell the 2048 soccer team: “You know the weatherman on News 4 New York? He was my keeper.”

BRENDAN LYNCH

Year: Junior 
Position:
 D
Favorite teacher: Ms. Pendolphi
Dream vacation: Amsterdam
Favorite soccer team and player: Manchester United; Mbappé
Most famous person I’ve met: Hope Solo
Best joke to beat Tom’s jokes: No jokes beat Tom’s
Favorite meal: Qdoba
Most embarrassing moment: Missing a penalty when I was younger
App I can’t live without: Instagram
Superpower I wish I had: Being able to fly
Best line from a movie: “Just keep swimming. Just keep swimming.” (Finding Nemo)
One thing no one knows about me: I have 3 sisters
In 30 years I’ll tell the 2048 soccer team: “How we won states and FCIACs.”

SEBI MONTOULIEU

Year: Sophomore
Position:
 GK
First memory of Staples soccer
: Freshman STA
Favorite teacher: Mrs. Sicbaldi
Dream vacation: Hawaii
Favorite soccer team and player: Manchester United; David De Gea
Most famous person I’ve met: Kyle Martino
Best joke to beat Tom’s jokes: What do you call a seagull that’s over the bay? A bay-gull.
Favorite meal: Prime rib
Most embarrassing moment: Finding out that I was ranked the worst freshman sprinter in the FCIAC
App I can’t live without: ESPN
Superpower I wish I had: Being able to see the future
Best line from a movie: “Mama always aid life was like a box of chocolates. You never know what you’re gonna get.” (Forrest Gump)
One thing no one knows about me: I have been playing soccer since I was 4 years old
In 30 years I’ll tell the 2048 soccer team: “Goalies have an annoying habit of getting injured.”

LEFTY PENDERAKIS

Year: Senior
Position:
 F
First memory of Staples soccer
: Freshman tryouts with O’Dell
Favorite teacher: Dr. Morgan
Dream vacation: Amsterdam with the boys
Favorite soccer team and player: PAOK; Mitroglou
Most famous person I’ve met: The Greek Freak
Best joke to beat Tom’s jokes: One of Willard’s dirty jokes
Favorite meal: Chicken
Most embarrassing moment: Not sure
App I can’t live without: Snapchat
Superpower I wish I had: Flying
Best line from a movie: “Finish him.” (The Karate Kid)
One thing no one knows about me: I started playing travel soccer in 7th grade
In 30 years I’ll tell the 2048 soccer team: “Play every game like it’s your last one.”

PATRICIO PEREZ ELORZA

Year: Junior 
Position:
 MF
First memory of Staples soccer
: Joe Pravder’s goal vs. Norwalk in states
Favorite teacher: Coccoli
Dream vacation: Amsterdam with the lads
Favorite soccer team and player: Chelsea; Hirving “Chucky” Lozano
Most famous person I’ve met: Carter Bassler (appeared in “5 Stories of Courage”)
Favorite meal: Tuna tartare
App I can’t live without: Snap
Superpower I wish I had: To be as good a weatherman as Ry
Best line from a movie: “Was all this legal? Absolutely not.” (The Wolf of Wall Street)
One thing no one knows about me: I’m a pretty open guy
In 30 years I’ll tell the 2048 soccer team: “Cherish the moment.”

VAUGHAN SEALEY

Year: Senior 
Position:
 MF
First memory of Staples soccer
: Lining up for freshman tryouts without a clue as to what to expect
Dream vacation: Worldl Cup
Favorite soccer team and player: Liverpool; Steven Gerrard
Most famous person I’ve met: Joe Torre
Best joke to beat Tom’s jokes: What happens when a frog’s car breaks down? It gets toad.
Favorite meal: Mashed potato pizza
Most embarrassing moment: Getting shlapped by Greenwich in the first round of FCIACs last yeear
App I can’t live without: iMessage
Superpower I wish I had: Unlimited stamina
One thing no one knows about me: Better left unsaid
In 30 years I’ll tell the 2048 soccer team: “Nothing matters more than self-belief. Don’t take anything from anyone.”

AUSTIN SHOLES

Year: Senior 
Position:
 D/MF
First memory of Staples soccer
: Home opener 3-1 win vs. Fairfield Warde in the rain
Favorite teacher: Mr. Coyne
Dream vacation: Europe
Favorite soccer team and player: Staples soccer; Matt Tanzer
Most famous person I’ve met: Patrick Ewing
Best joke to beat Tom’s jokes: I’ve just written a song about tortillas. Actually, it’s more of a rap.
Favorite meal: BEC
Most embarrassing moment: Accidentally wearing my little sister’s soccer shorts for one of my games
App I can’t live without: Snapchat
Superpower I wish I had: Ability to fly
Best line from a movie: “Okay Ronnie.”
One thing no one knows about me: This is my first year playing for Staples
In 30 years I’ll tell the 2048 soccer team: To have fun and ball out.

MATTHEW TANZER

Year: Senior 
Position:
 D/MF
First memory of Staples soccer
: Playing a hard-fought game against Fairfield Warde
Favorite teacher: Mr. Bengston
Dream vacation: Greek islands
Favorite soccer team and player: Chelsea; N’Golo Kante
Most famous person I’ve met: Doug Flutie
Best joke to beat Tom’s jokes: Mine suck so they will never beat his
Favorite meal: Chipotle or a gyro
Most embarrassing moment: Driving through school during a fire drill with the whole school outside
App I can’t live without: Snapchat
Superpower I wish I had: Teleportation
Best line from a movie: “Great moments are born from great opportunities.” (Miracle on Ice)
One thing no one knows about me: I hate olives
In 30 years I’ll tell the 2048 soccer team: “Work hard and work together. Never give up even if things might not be going your way.”

CALLUM WISHER

Year: Junior 
Position:
 D
First memory of Staples soccer
: Being a ballboy for Greenwich game
Favorite teacher: Mr. Ellis
Dream vacation: Hawaii
Favorite soccer team and player: Arsenal; Aubameyang
Best joke to beat Tom’s jokes: Why do cows have hooves instead of feet? Because they lactose.
Favorite meal: Steak
Most embarrassing moment: Not clutching the dub
App I can’t live without: Flappy Golf
Superpower I wish I had: Power to summon V-Bucks
Best line from a movie: “The suit is black.” (Pause) “Not.” (Borat)
One thing no one knows about me: I was born in Belgium
In 30 years I’ll tell the 2048 soccer team: “We won.”

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RESERVES

Emerson Anvari (co-captain)
Graham Barnes
Carter Bassler
Logan Blend
Michael Bond
Reed Caney
Colin Corneck (co-captain)
Thomas Corridon
Jake D’Amico
Julian de Swart
Lars Djuve
Haran Eiger
Benny Feuer
Alan Fiore
Aaron Jaffe
Eli Kogan
Ben Lafontan
Kevin Lindwall
Konur Nordberg
Zach Pulichino
Aiden Rose
Kyle Rotolo
Sam Seideman
Haydn Siroka
George Smith
Enzo Valadares

HEAD COACH:  Russell Oost-Lievense
ASSISTANT COACH: Reilly Lynch

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FRESHMAN

Will Adams
Gabe Chinitz
John Foster
Brewster Galley
Matt Genser
Jacob Greenberger
Bruno Guiduli
Jackson Hochhauser
Chase Hynes
Matthew Jordan
Spencer Levine
Timothy Liakh
Josh McColl (tri-captain)
Aidan Mermagen (tri-captain)
Murilo Moreno
Jaden Mueller
Rijul Nair
Ishan Prasad
Jesse Sanchez
Mason Schaefer
Ben Tanen
Ryan Thomas (tri-captain)
Bobby Turner
Sam Vannart
Reese Watkins

HEAD COACH: Chris O’Dell