The Rochester Lancers have signed two more players for the Major Arena Soccer League season — Frankie Ciliberto and John Ciavaglia.
Ciliberto grew up playing for Doug Miller Soccer and was a training player in 2018 for the Lancers National Premier Soccer League team. This will be Ciavaglia’s first season with the Lancers.
As per league and team policies, no further terms of the agreement were disclosed.
Both players were born in Rochester, N.Y.
“I am excited to have a former youth player of mine as a new Lancers player. I have watched Frankie win a state cup and develop into an indoor Lancer,” Lancers head coach Doug Miller said. “John is a great communicator and leader who is going to transition into the indoor game. He is a terrific shot blocker that will now get to showcase his talents with the indoor Lancers.”
The 22-year-old Ciliberto attended Churchville-Chili High School and was a two-time New York-State and All-Greater Rochester selection. He also was the Monroe County player of the year and Scholar All-American his senior year. He recorded 21 goals and 19 assists. Ciliberto, a midfielder, attended the Worcester Polytechnic Institute and helped the soccer team won the conference tournament and as it made its first NCAA appearance in 2017. He played only three years due to an injury during his collegiate career as he recorded eight goals and six assists. His father, Frank Ciliberto was a member of the 1984 Rochester Flash squad (United Soccer League) and one of Lancers owner SoccerSam Fantauzzo’s all-time favorite Flash players.
Ciavaglia, 23, a goalkeeper, attended Rush-Henrietta High School. He was an all-Monroe County second team in 2013 and county first team and All-Greater Rochester team in 2014. He finished his high school career with 125 saves and a 1.08 goals-against average. Ciavaglia played at Roberts Wesleyan College from 2014-2018, as he was a starter for 2 ½ seasons. He was named team captain in 2017-2018 and led the East Coast Conference in saves his last two seasons. Ciavaglia was ranked ninth in all of NCAA Division II in saves in 2017. He played 43 games for Roberts. Ciavaglia’s cousin, Peter Ciavaglia, is a former Buffalo Sabre and Rochester Americans hockey player.
The Lancers kick off their return to the MASL with a visit to St. Catharines, Ontario for two games against MetroStars of Canada Nov. 22 and 24. Their home-opener is against Utica City FC at the Dome Arena Friday, Nov. 29.