Shep Messing will be inducted into the Lancers Wall of Fame. (Andy Mead/YCJ Photo)
The Rochester Lancers will welcome five new members to their Wall of Fame this year, it was announced Monday night.
The inductees include:
* Rudy LePore and Patsy Frank, who were among the founders of the team
* Frank Tata, an original Lancer and a former Italian American Sport Club player that won the 1963 U.S. Amateur Cup title, which led to the formation of the Lancers in 1967
* Ron DeFrance, former Lancers TV play-by-plya man and longtime Rochester radio and television sports personality
* Former goalkeeper Shep Messing, who performed for the Cosmos and New York Arrows, played for the Lancers in 1979. He is currently a color commentator for Red Bulls’ TV games on MSG Networks. Messing and soccer announcer JP Dellacamera are co-owners of the Connecticut Fusion in United Women’s Soccer. The Fusion will play the Rochester Lady Lancers in the latter’s home opener at Marina Auto Stadium in Rochester, N.Y. May 27 at 2 p.m.
The five inductees were announced by Andrew Battisti and Joe Sirianni on the “Soccer is a Kick in the Grass” radio show.
The five will be inducted at a Lancers’ National Premier Soccer League game in June.