HEMPSTEAD, N.Y. – Hofstra men’s head coach Richard Nuttall Tuesday announced the addition of six more newcomers for the fall season.
They will join freshmen Matthew Vowinkel, Andrea Codispoti and Storm Strongin.
“We’ve got a great group coming in,” Nuttall said. “They bring a diverse slate of talent and experience, and we expect them to compete for time right away.”
The group of six newcomers includes three transfers and three freshmen, representing six countries.
Hampus Agerstrom, a senior transfer, iwfrom Kentucky, joining fellow former Wildcat Nick Bigilin. In three seasons with Kentucky, the 5-9 central midfielder appeared in 52 games, starting 33. He recorded two goals and an assist as a sophomore after setting up the game-winning goal against then-No. 1 and defending NCAA Champion Notre Dame as a freshman. A native of Helsingborg, Sweden, Agerstrom played at Filborna Skolan, while also competing with Helsingborg IF at the club level and playing senior Division 2 with Helsingborg Akademi.
Junior transfer Marcus Lindqvist played his first two seasons for St. John’s University. The 6-1 Oslo, Norway, native played 27 games, making 16 starts and logging 1,829 minutes for the Red Storm as he could play on defense or in the midfield. Lindqvist played club soccer for Stabaek Football in Norway, helping the team to a state championship and a junior premier championship. He also spent time with Holmen, where he was a two-time player of the year. Lindqvist is able to join the attack from the back, Nuttall said.
A native of Sao Paulo, Brazil, junior transfer Gustavo Nascimento spent his first two seasons at Iowa Lakes Community College. A 6-foot midfielder, He played 30 games and made 27 starts in the midfield, registering six goals and nine assists, earning first-team all-region honors as a sophomore.
Jack Nuttall, the son of the head coach and New Hyde Park native, N.Y. joins his former Chaminade High School teammates, Vowinkel and Codispoti on the Pride. The 6-1 central midfielder was named to the National Soccer Coaches Association of America New York team after finishing his senior season with two goals and 15 assists. He was also an All-Catholic League, Newsday All-Long Island and News 12 Varsity Senior All-Long Island first-team selection, while earning second-team All-Tri-State honors. Nuttall noted his son’s ability to win tackles and headers and communicate effectively on the field.
Hailing from Barcelona, Spain, Marc Rodriguez brings the impressive pedigree of Spanish soccer to the freshman class. Rodriguez worked his way up the CE Europa Preferente ranks, spending his final two seasons as the captain of the Under-19 squad. In 2013, the 5-9 defender led the side to a league championship and was selected to play for the Catalan Selection Football team in Barcelona. Nuttall said that Rodriguez has “a great soccer IQ” and hoped that he would be able to contribute from the start.
George O’Malley, a 5-11 native of Pinner, England, rounds out the Pride’s freshman class. Able to play various roles in the midfield, O’Malley helped the Harrow School to a league championship in 2016 and captained the team to its best result in the national Independent Schools Football Association Cup this year. He captained the England ISFA and England Schoolboys national teams, leading the latter to victory in the Centenary Shield in 2016. Nuttall said that O’Malley “brings a lot of bite and drive” as an “engine-room type player.”
The Pride, which won the Colonial Athletic Association regular season title in 2016, opens its fall campaign at Penn State Aug. 25.