LIVINGSTON, NJ — Six Livingston High School student athletes—Ben Neyer, Jolie Price, Alex Franchino, Caitlyn Sugarman, Abby Kuznick and Megan Leffler—officially signed their Letters of Intent to continue their soccer careers at the collegiate level during National Signing Day on Wednesday.
In the fall, both Neyer and Kuznick will join the Division III (D-III) men and women’s soccer teams at Carnegie Mellon University. Also playing D-III women's soccer are Price, Franchino and Sugarman at Goucher, Muhlenberg and Moravian Colleges, respectively. Leffler, who committed to Monmouth University during her junior year, will play at Division I (D-I), the highest level of intercollegiate athletics.
Boys soccer coach Roger Rubinetti, who has seen the hours and sacrifices many of these athletes have put in over the years, said these schools are lucky to have them.
“Being able to watch them grow up and excel over the years and the dedication they’ve all put forth to get to this level has been wonderful to see,” he said. “I see nothing but good things for them and I think they’re going to be good additions for their programs over the next four years.”
Of the eight seniors on the Livingston girls soccer team this season, five of them will continue the sport next year. Head coach Paul Raiz said one or two more seniors might still commit.
On Signing Day, Raiz said he was “blown away” and felt immense pride in not only the time and effort these girls put in at Livingston High School, but also in the amazing examples they set as student athletes and in the young women they have become. After knowing the girls for so long, Raiz said he fully encourages the love they each have for the sport and their desire to continue playing.
“They’re awesome and I kind of feel like a proud dad,” he said. “What they’ve accomplished has contributed a ton to our program and the seasons we’ve had the last four years and they should be proud of it. When they look back, I hope they smile on what they meant to this program and what they meant to us.”
Raiz wished all of the athletes the best of luck in school, stating that they all deserve it and that he hopes they enjoy the unique experience of being a college athlete.
Athletic Director David Cohen also congratulated the six athletes, who were surrounded by team members, coaches, family and friends as they signed their Letters of Intent.
“To be able to announce that they’re going to continue playing at a collegiate level is very exciting,” said Cohen. “Knowing what I know and what the coaches know about these athletes, their success will only continue.”
Cohen added that having six Lancers sign on the same day was particularly special and a reflection of how successful both the girls and boys soccer teams were over the course of the last four years.