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For Immediate Release: Febraury 9, 2005
Contact: David O'Brian (dobrian@binghamton.edu)
Phone: 607-777-6478

Men's soccer team inks two local standouts

VESTAL, N.Y.--The Binghamton men's soccer team has received a national letter of intent from Justin Leskow (Endwell, N.Y.) and Jason Stenta (Binghamton, N.Y.), each of whom will begin their freshman seasons this coming fall. They are the first two signings that the Bearcats have made this offseason.

Leskow is a striker from nearby Union-Endicott High School. As a senior, he was a NSCAA High School All-American as well as first-team all-state. In addition, he has played club soccer in Syracuse for the nationally-competitive Syracuse Blitz.

At Union-Endicott, Leskow played with current Bearcats Kyle Antos (Endicott, N.Y.), Adam Chavez (Endicott, N.Y.) and Joe Howe (Endicott, N.Y.).

Leskow is the third NSCAA High School American the Bearcats have signed the last two years. Chavez and Dan Rabinowitz (Brookville, N.Y.) joined the squad prior to the 2004 season.

"Justin is athletically gifted and very fast," head coach Paul Marco said. "He is a great left-footed striker, which we need up front. He has the ability to play right away and will fit in very well with the team."

Stenta is a two-time all-state goalie from Chenango Valley High School. He was named second team all-state as a junior and first team all-state as a senior. Stenta was also named to the NSCAA Regional All-America team and plays for the B.C. United Fusion club team, which is also gaining national attention.

"Jason has great natural reflexes and is very quick," Marco said. " He is blessed with natural talent and we are confident that he will rise to the challenge of converting his talent into becoming a very good Division I goalkeeper in the years to come."

The signings of Leskow and Senta mark the start of another offseason in which Binghamton has been able to sign many of the top local high school players.

"We have made it a goal to sign the best local players and (Leskow and Stenta) are two of the best ones this year," Marco said. "We are not finished yet."

Binghamton finished the 2004 campaign with an 11-2-8 record and was the runner-up in the America East Conference. The Bearcats won the 2003 America East Conference title and have a two-year record of 23-5-15. Binghamton was ranked among the NSCAA Top 25 teams six times during the season as well as three times in College Soccer News Top 30. In the week of Sept. 5, the Bearcats peaked in both polls at No. 19.

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