LEWISBURG, Pa. – Bucknell head coach Brendan Nash has high hopes for an incoming recruiting class featuring nine student-athletes. The Class of 2022 is loaded with talented players, each of whom played high-level soccer while sitting near the top of his class academically.
Bucknell Men's Soccer Incoming Recruiting Class
- Alex Clarke (Windsor, Conn./Loomis Chaffee/New England Revolution)
- Colin Eifert (Harrington Park, N.J./Northern Valley Regional at Old Tappan/World Class FC)
- Adam Kulick (Cambridge, Mass./Milton Academy/GPS NPL 98s)
- Jacob Mittman (Philadelphia, Pa./La Salle College H.S./Patriot FC)
- Patrick O’Hara (Burlington, Vt./South Burlington/Far Post)
- Michael Pavick (Clifton, N.J./Seton Hall Prep/PDA Academy)
- Andrew Roseberry (North Canton, Ohio/Hoover/Cleveland Internationals USSDA)
- Stephen Schmitt (Flemington, N.J./Hunterdon Central/PDA Academy)
- CJ Uche (Hamilton, N.J./Princeton Day School/Match Fit Academy)
“We are very pleased with our incoming class,” said Nash. “Though we only are graduating three seniors, we felt we needed to add depth into our program. This is a larger group compared to the last few years. Yet we felt we could not ignore the character and talent of the nine young men who wanted to become Bison. Some of these nine will compete for playing time as soon as they walk on campus. The others will provide us with much-needed depth and enhance our training sessions. One of our philosophies is searching for student-athletes who want to be a part of Bucknell University and our men’s soccer program. These nine have the passion we are looking for. Overall, I felt our staff did an excellent job of finding the right pieces to help get us back to the level we have come to expect of the program over the years.”
ALEX CLARKE | Windsor, Conn. | Suffield Academy/Loomis Chaffee | N.E. Revolution, Black Rock FC | Midfield/Forward
Before Bucknell: Was a four-year varsity starter at Suffield Academy, before doing a postgrad year at Loomis Chaffee … at Suffield was a two-time all-state selection … also a two-time All-NEPSAC and two-time All-WNEPSA pick … helped lead his team to the New England Class B semifinals … once again an All-NEPSAC choice at Loomis Chaffee after helping the team win the New England Class A championship … had 12 goals, 20 assists in his season at Loomis Chaffee … played club soccer with Black Rock FC and with the New England Revolution at the U14, U16 and U18 levels … was invited to market trainings for the U.S. National Team pool … Generation Adidas Cup … part of a side that reached the quarterfinals of the U16 Academy playoffs against the Philadelphia Union.
Nash on Clarke: “Alex will bring a great work rate and attacking dimension to our midfield. He was instrumental in helping his team come away with a surprising championship this past fall. An added bonus is that our former captain, Seb Blickman, helped with his team this fall. Seb knows the type of student-athlete we look for at Bucknell and how much emphasis we place on character. Alex definitely fits our mold.”
COLIN EIFERT | Harrington Park, N.J. | Northern Valley Regional at Old Tappan | World Class FC | Defender
Before Bucknell: Three-year starter for the Old Tappan soccer team, which captured two state sectional titles in his last three years … team captain as a senior … earned all-state, all-county and all-league honors … named Big North Conference Player of the Year … Old Tappan was picked as the Big North Conference Team of the Year … listed among the Top 30 public school field players in New Jersey … recorded eight goals and an assist as a senior … plays club soccer for World Class Football Club … traveled to Scotland in the summer of 2016 and played in multiple friendly matches.
Personal: Son of Beth and Brian Eifert … father is a Bucknell alum … has two brothers, Kevin and Christopher … Kevin is currently a freshman at Bucknell.
Nash on Eifert: “Colin knew about Bucknell before we knew about him. His father went here and his brother is currently enrolled. So Colin decided to attend our elite camp this summer. Right away we could tell he was our type of defender. He is hard working, strong in the air and has a good attitude. He will fit in well with our defenders.”
ADAM KULICK | Cambridge, Mass. | Beaver Country Day/Milton Academy | GPS NPL 98s | Midfielder
Before Bucknell: Varsity starter throughout his high school days, first at Beaver Country Day School (2013-15) and then at Milton Academy (2016-17) … helped both teams to NEPSAC berths each year, including a runner-up finish in 2014 … played club soccer for Global Premier Soccer NPL 98s … team won the New England Premiership and Jefferson Cup in 2016 … three-time NEPSSA All-Star … First Team All-EIL in 2015 and All-ISL in 2017 … captained the Milton Academy side as a senior … received the Borsook Award.
Personal: Son of Claire Laporte and Neil Kulick … has one brother, Noah.
Nash on Kulick: “Adam is your prototypical hard working midfielder. He covers a lot of ground and can use both feet well. He will bring some much-needed depth to our midfield.”
JACOB MITTMAN | Philadelphia, Pa. | La Salle College H.S. | Patriot FC | Forward
Before Bucknell: First Team All-Philadelphia Catholic League and All-State selection last fall at La Salle College High School … led his team to the PCL title when his 81st-minute goal propelled La Salle to a 1-0 win over Roman Catholic … played for Continental FC Academy from 2014-17 and for Patriot FC in 2017-18 … two-time U.S. Soccer invitee … in 2014 trained with the Philadelphia Union Juniors and Academy teams.
Personal: Son of Yvette and Jeremy Mittman … has a brother, Ryan.
Nash on Mittman: “Jacob is a dynamic winger. He likes to run at defenders and it is going to be a useful tool for our attack.”
PATRICK O’HARA | Burlington, Vt. | South Burlington | Far Post | Forward
Before Bucknell: Four-year varsity starter for South Burlington High School … 2017 Burlington Free Press Vermont Player of the Year and Vermont Gatorade Player of the Year … United Soccer Coaches All-America selection … three-time All-State pick … two-time All-New England selection … led team to state championships in 2014 and 2017 … finished career with 61 goals and 50 assists, including 21 goals and 20 assists as a senior … also lettered in track and field and basketball … soccer team captain as a senior … played club soccer with Far Post and won two state titles.
Personal: Son of Cynthia and Michael O’Hara … has two siblings, Keegan and Katie.
Nash on O’Hara: “Patrick was named Vermont Player of the Year for a good reason. He helped lead his high school to a state championship this past fall. He has very good speed and a nose for the goal. We are hoping he can adjust to the college game quickly and score some goals for the Bison.”
MICHAEL PAVICK | Clifton, N.J. | Seton Hall Prep | PDA Academy | Forward
Before Bucknell: Played with PDA Academy as a freshman in high school before deciding to play for Seton Hall Prep as a sophomore … three year varsity starter… Third Team All-State as sophomore… Second Team All State as a junior… Preseason All-American as senior before suffering a season-ending injury … team captain as a senior … team captured the Non-Public A championship … currently plays for PDA.
Personal: Son of Stephen and Patty Pavick … has an older brother, Nicholas.
Nash on Pavick: “Unfortunately, Michael injured his knee in the beginning of his senior soccer season. However, we saw plenty of Michael before the injury to know he will help us. He is a big, strong and fast forward. He will bring a different style to our forward position that we have not had since Brendan Burgdorf.”
ANDREW ROSEBERRY | North Canton, Ohio | Hoover | Cleveland Internationals USSDA/Team Challenger FC | Defender
Before Bucknell: Played his senior year of soccer for Hoover H.S., starting every game on defense and helping the team set a school record for with in a 14-2-3 campaign with 12 shutouts … team won the Federal League title and was a district finalist … named Soccer Scholar-Athlete of the Year, First Team All-Federal League, First Team All-County, Second Team All-District, and First Team Canton Repository Prep … moved over to Challenger FC at the end of the high school season … previously played with the Cleveland Internationals USSDA, where he was a four-year starter … SuperY North American champion and two-time OYSAN state champion as a youth player.
Personal: Son of Susan and Rex Roseberry … brother, Tom, plays rugby at Wittenberg … graduating summa cum laude and plans to major in chemical engineering.
Nash on Roseberry: “Andrew is another player we identified through our summer camp. He has been to camp two years in a row and we know what type of defender he can be. He is a big defender who is strong in the air. He will add depth to our center back position.”
STEPHEN SCHMITT | Flemington, N.J. | Hunterdon Central | USSDA PDA | Midfielder/Defender
Before Bucknell: Has played last four years at USSDA level at PDA ... has started in every position for PDA (even goalkeeper in an emergency) ... won NPL National Championship in 2014 in Greensboro, N.C., scoring two goals in one game ... played Region 1 ODP in 2013 and was selected for ODP National All Star team in Casa Grande, Ariz. ... scored two goals in Zender Cup in Saarland, Germany with ODP in 2014 ... has trained with Celtic FC in Glasgow, Scotl and with Chievo Verona in Verona, Italy ... East PA Futsal Champion in 2014 and NJ Finalist in 2013 and 2015.
Personal: Son of David and Denise Schmitt … has a younger brother, Thomas.
Nash on Schmitt: “Stephen was captain of his PDA Academy team, which is annually one of the strongest teams in the country. When Stephen came to our summer camp we immediately picked up on his leadership skills. Stephen is a solid outside back who reminds us of Joe Meyer. He will just show up and do his job day in and day out.”
CJ UCHE | Hamilton, N.J. | Princeton Day School | Match Fit Academy | Midfielder
Before Bucknell: Four-year varsity starter at Princeton Day School … two-year team captain … three-time All-Prep B First Team selection … team won the New Jersey Prep B state championship during his junior year in 2016 … tallied 16 goals and 13 assists in his career … played club soccer with Match Fit Academy.
Personal: Chijoke “CJ” Uche … son of Ebere Uche … has two younger brothers, Tochukwu “Toby” Uche and Chibuike “Chuby” Uche.
Nash on Uche: “CJ comes to Lewisburg from Match Fit Academy. We have had a very strong relationship with the club over the last two decades. CJ plays the traditional No. 6 role, he reads the game, and will fit in well to our system.”