May 16, 2013

Tribe Men's Soccer announce 2013 recruits

Thu, May 16, 2013
WILLIAMSBURG, Va. – William and Mary men’s soccer head coach Chris Norris has announced the signing of four student-athletes to letters of intent on Thursday.  The four-player class is made up of Adam Crenshaw (Sterling, Va., Dominion H.S.), Reilly Maw (Yorktown, Va., Tabb H.S.), Riley Spain (Ijamsville, Md., Urbana H.S.) and Alfonso Speed Jr. (Williamsburg, Va., Lafayette H.S.).
“We are very excited to be adding these four young men to our Tribe Soccer family, stated head coach Chris Norris.”  “They have distinguished themselves in the classroom and on the field and we expect them to continue to do so at William and Mary.  We expect to compete for conference championships and NCAA tournament bids.  These individuals certainly possess the ability and character to help us do so.”

The following is a brief look at the 2013 class:

Adam Crenshaw - Sterling, Va.
Dominion H.S.
Four-year letterwinner as a midfielder for head coach Lucas Cook at Dominion High School … Named a 2013 team captain … Has posted seven career goals to go along with 21 assists while at Dominion … Plays his club soccer for Loudon 95 Red … Was a former member of the Mclean Academy from 2010-2012 … Son of Joanne and Ryan Crenshaw.

Coach Norris on Crenshaw:
“Adam is an exciting, attacking left back.  He has great endurance, excellent timing in getting forward, combines well and serves an outstanding ball.  In addition, he is a good individual defender.  We have had some very influential attacking left backs in our program and are confident that Adam will continue that tradition.”

Reilly Maw – Yorktown, Va.
Tabb H.S.
Four-year letterwinner as a forward for head coach Scott Kuhnle at nearby Tabb High School … Earned first-team all-state accolades as junior in 2012 after netting 36 goals … Also garnered first-team all-region and first-team Daily Press all-area distinctions in last year … Was a 2012 Bay Rivers District first-team honoree as Tabb reached the state AA quarter finals … Earned second-team Bay Rivers District and Daily Press all-area accolades in 2011 as Tabb made an appearance in the state AA semifinals … Son of Donna and Scott Maw.

Coach Norris on Maw: “Reilly has a chance to have an immediate impact.  He is a natural goal-scorer.  Reilly is strong, dynamic, good technically and clever.  Most importantly, he is driven and hungry.  He enjoys the responsibility of being a difference-maker in games.”

Riley Spain - Ijamsville, Md.
Urbana H.S.
Three-year letter winner as a center midfielder for head coach Scott Schartner at Urbana High School … Was a 2012 second-team all-state selection as he ranks seventh all-time at Urbana in career assists … Garnered first-team all-area and all-county accolades in 2012 as he was the Hawks’ team captain … Plays his club soccer for FC Frederick, which earned a top-10 national ranking last year to go along with a Maryland State Cup championship … Plays basketball at Urbana and is a two-time letterwinner for head coach John Cooper … Earned second-team all-area and all-county as a point guard on the hardwood … Son of Joy and Kevin Spain … Father  played basketball and baseball at Campbell University

Coach Norris on Spain: “Riley really impressed us at our camp last summer.  He is a very good athlete and a great competitor.  Riley covers a lot of ground, is a tough tackler and is good in the air.  He is humble, extremely hard-working and versatile.  Capable of playing numerous roles, we expect Riley to compete for time as a central midfielder, right back or possibly central defender.”

Alfonso Speed Jr. - Williamsburg, Va.
Lafayette H.S.
Two-year letterwinner as a midfielder for head coach Brian Sorrell at local Lafayette High School … Garnered first-team all-state, all-region and all-district honors in 2012 after leading the Rams with 23 goals and 15 assists … Also earned first-team Daily Press all-area and first-team Virginia Gazette honors in 2012 … Started as a freshman in 2010 and was named a first-team all-region and all-district performer … Played his sophomore and senior seasons for Richmond Strikers (RSK) Academy … Member of the Virginia Legacy (2002-10) … Participated in the U.S. Soccer Development Academy League as a member of the U-16 and U-18 RSK Academy from 2010-13 … Member of the Virginia State ODP Team member from 2007-10 … Son of Kim and Alfonso Speed … Mother is a graduate of William and Mary.

Coach Norris on Speed: “Alfonso is a tremendous team player.  While primarily a central defender, he can also play as a right back or defensive midfielder.  He is athletic, a good one versus one defender and hates to lose.  Alfonso relishes being a leader and is a very good communicator and organizer.  He will push to play right away and will add some needed depth to our back four.”