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LMU Announces Letters of Intent

Feb. 14, 2007

LOS ANGELES, Calif. - The Loyola Marymount University men's soccer team announced today the members of its incoming 2007 Men's Soccer recruiting class. Donning the crimson and navy in the fall of 2007 will be one transfer and six newcomers. Steffen Canty, who joined the Lions in January after spending the fall of 2006 at the University of Tulsa, will be joined by freshmen Sharif Khatib, Andrew Park, Nate Fischer, Vinny Ocampo, Roland Anderson, and Jack McCormack.

"Our main focus of this recruiting class has been to bring in attacking players who score goals," said Lions Head Coach Paul Krumpe. "We felt it was essential to recruit players with the potential ability to score goals for LMU from day one. With this class, I think we have certainly accomplished that goal. We also have added a very good central defender and an excellent young goalkeeper."

Canty, a wide midfielder/forward, joined the Lions in January after spending the fall of 2006 as a member of the successful Tulsa program. During the 2006 season for the Golden Hurricane, Canty appeared in thirteen games and tallied one assist. Canty prepped at perennial national power Santa Margarita Catholic High School, which he led to the 2006 CIF Southern Section Division I Championship. "Steffen is a very pacey, athletic, gritty type of forward, something which we needed to add to our attack," said assistant coach Michael Erush.

Sharif Khatib

Khatib (5'-11", 165 lbs), from Pear Blossom, California is a member of the SCU Barcelona U-19 team, which was undefeated in 2006 Coast Soccer League play and was the 2006 U-19 Champions of the prestigious Nomad Thanksgiving Tournament. Khatib had 22 goals and 15 assists as he led Highland High School to its first Golden League title in 2007.

"Sharif is one of the best pure finishers that I have seen come along in recent years. He has all the tools and we are looking for him to be a big part of what we will try to accomplish in 2007," assistant coach Mathes Mennell said.

Andrew Park

Park (6-1", 180 lbs), a defender from Coto de Caza, California starred at national power Santa Margarita Catholic High School and will follow in the footsteps of former Eagle players Patrick Lane and Canty as a member of the LMU Soccer Family. He helped lead his U-18 Pateadores Club Team to the Coast Soccer League Premier Title in 2006 and the 2005 US Club Soccer National Title.

"Andrew has the potential to be a defensive starter from day one. He has a great soccer pedigree coming from the Pateadores and Santa Margarita and these experiences will immediately pay dividends here at LMU," said Krumpe.

The tallest member of the 2007 class is forward Nate Fischer (6'-3", 170 lbs), hailing from Brea High School in Brea, California. Fischer was also a member of Fullerton Rangers Club, one of the top teams in the Coast Soccer Premier League.

Nate Fischer

"Nate is a very versatile forward who will be successful in a variety of systems of play. He will eventually become the target forward in our attacking scheme," said Krumpe.

Ocampo (5'10", 160 lbs) from San Diego, California prepped at Mt. Carmel High in San Diego, while he played his club ball for the San Diego Surf Soccer Club. A long time member of the ODP program, both for Cal-South and Region IV, Ocampo brings a wealth of creative ability to the Lions.

Vinny Ocampo

"Vinny Ocampo is a player who adds a vast amount of flair and creativity to our team in an attacking midfield role. I expect him to challenge for a spot in our first eleven right from the get go," said Krumpe.

Anderson (5'8", 155 lbs) from Garden Grove, California prepped at Mater Dei, where he was selected as the Offensive MVP all four years of his high school career. He played for the same U18 Pateadores team as Park as a wide midfielder and as a forward. "Roland is another player who comes to us from a very successful high school and club environment. His play at Mater Dei and for the Pateadores was instrumental in the success of those two teams. He is an exceptionally quick player and is very dangerous in 1 v 1 situations. He will add a great option wide right for our attacking corps," Krumpe said.

Roland Anderson

McCormack (6'1", 165 lbs) from Manhattan Beach, California prepped at Mira Costa High School. He is also a member of the Arsenal FC Club team that is widely regarded as the top U-18 team in the United States. He was the adidas Golden Gloves winner as the best goalkeeper at the 2006 USYS National Championships, where he led Arsenal to their third consecutive National title.

"Jack McCormack is going to be an outstanding goalkeeper at LMU and I expect him to immediately push Patrick Lane, Patrick Sampson and Miguel Benitez for the starting position," said Krumpe.

Jack McCormack

When asked about the role he hopes this 2007 recruiting class will have, Krumpe said, "These young men make up a very talented class. They have the potential to really make an indelible mark here at LMU in terms of their character and their play. They will blend in very well with the style of play and the core group of players we already have in place. Our goal in 2007 is to win the WCC Championship and return to the NCAA Tournament and this class will be instrumental in achieving this goal."