Head Coach Ken Lolla announced today that six transfers are enrolled in the spring semester at the University of Louisville. Ricky DiPasquele, from Roberts Wesleyan, Mitch Lurie, from Portland, Derek McCaffrey, from Boston University, Nolan Moore, from Cal Poly, James Ockford, from Mount St. Mary’s, and John Strong, from Virginia Tech have all joined the Louisville men’s soccer team.
“The group of players we have received this semester adds talent and experience to our team,” said Lolla. “They are people of good character and will add to the culture of our program.”
DiPasquele, a midfielder, played two seasons at Roberts Wesleyan seeing action in 24 games. DiPasquele scored three goals in nine appearances his sophomore season. A three year starter at Palmyra Macedon High School (Palmyra, NY), DiPasquele was named the 2010 Section V Finger Lakes Player of the Year.
Lurie, a 6-2 defender, appeared in 31 matches for the Pilots with 16 starts over two seasons. He finished with two assists his sophomore season while helping the defense to three shutouts. Lurie was a member of the U.S. U18 National team in 2011. The Alpharetta, Ga., native was a two year team captain at Chattahoochee High School, helping the Cougars to the 2008 regional championship as a freshman.
McCaffrey, a 6-1 midfielder, started 51 games over three seasons with the Terriers scoring game-winning goals against Adelphi and Boston College in 2012. McCaffrey was named to the America East All-Conference second-team in 2011 and to the America East All-Rookie Team in 2010. The two-sport league all-star at Groton-Dunstable Regional High, McCaffrey captained both men’s soccer and basketball teams while being named Worcester Telegram and Lowell Sun Player of the Year in soccer as a senior. McCaffrey was also named a NSCAA Massachusetts Player of the Year and NSCAA All-American his senior season.
Moore, a 6-0 midfielder, tallied a goal and an assist in 18 appearances in 2012 season as a redshirt sophomore for the Mustangs. Moore appeared in nine matches with three starts as a redshirt freshman. Moore is a former captain of the Vancouver Whitecaps FC’s U-19 team and former captain of the British Columbia U-18 Provincial squad.
Ockford, a 6-1 midfielder/forward, started in 48 matches in three seasons with Mount St. Mary’s netting five goals and dishing out four assists. The Yardley, Pa., native was named to the Courier Times Golden Team and the all-league first team in 2009.
Strong, a 5-8 midfielder, started all 39 games in his two years at Virginia Tech while leading the Hokies with four assists with 51 shots in 2012. Strong assisted on two game- winners leading the Hokies to victories over NC State and Richmond his sophomore season. Strong was named the team’s Rookie of the Year in 2011. As a high school sophomore, Strong helped guide his club team, FC Copa Forza, to the 2008 US Club New Jersey State Championship and US Club National Final.