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LIU’s Haferkorn player to watch in 2022

Listed among top defenders by United Soccer Coaches

August 10, 2022 John Torenli, Sports Editor Brooklyn Daily Eagle
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Long Island University head men’s soccer coach Michael Mordocco believes junior defender Henry Haferkorn has what it takes to lead the Sharks to a second straight Northeast Conference title.

And the United Soccer Coaches organization agrees.

As LIU officially kicked off practice for the upcoming campaign Tuesday in Brookville, N.Y., the nation’s coaches tabbed Haferkorn as one of 24 backliners to watch in 2022.

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“Henry is a great leader for our program,” Mordocco said of the 6-foot-3, 200-pound German. “He’s very mature. He does all the right things. We’re expecting big things from him this season. Certainly his leadership and maturity will take us a long way.”

The Sharks would be hard-pressed to have a season as historic as last year, when they boasted a 12-5-4 overall record, edged neighborhood rival St. Francis Brooklyn for their second NEC title in four years and beat Maryland in the opening round of the NCAA Championships.

Haferkorn was at the center of it all, amassing two goals and one assist in 21 matches while earning All-Northeast Region Second Team and NEC All-Tournament Team honors.

The business administration major did more than help LIU post its first College Cup victory since 1982, he also excelled in the classroom by grabbing a place on the NEC Spring 2022 Academic Honor Roll.

The Sharks won’t receive their NEC championship rings before hosting Stony Brook in the regular-season opener on Aug. 25.

But Haferkorn is already receiving the type of praise reserved for players from bigger Division I programes across the nation, which the Sharks have proven worthy of competing against.

LIU also announced last week that former assistant coach Luca Campos has been elevated to associate head coach under Mordocco.

The Sharks have enjoyed great success with Campos on board and Mordocco expects more of the same now that he will be higher on the rung of experienced coaches on the staff.

“Luca has been an integral part of our success over the last four years,” Mordocco said.

“His time and commitment helped shape this program to where it is now,” he added. “He’s deserving of this promotion, and we are thankful to have him help lead our squad.”

After opening with Stony Brook later this month, the Sharks will also host Iona on Aug. 29 and Fordham on Sept. 2, which will be Alumni Day.

LIU will hit the road Sept. 6 at Hofstra and begins its NEC slate on Sept. 25 vs. Central Connecticut State.

The Sharks’ annual regular-season finale vs. SFC Brooklyn will be at Brooklyn Bridge Park on Nov. 3.

Last year, LIU and the Terriers went to a shootout in the NEC Final at Brookville before the Sharks emerged with a 6-5 triumph after the teams tied 1-1 through 120 minutes.

The two local programs have won nine of the past 10 NEC crowns, with LIU taking home three of those championships.


The St. Francis Brooklyn women’s soccer team will enter the upcoming 2022 season with a program-best No. 7 ranking in the NEC Coaches’ preseason poll. Photo courtesy of SFC Brooklyn Athletics

The SFC women’s soccer club has received a program-best No. 7 NEC ranking in the league’s preseason coaches’ poll.

Entering their fourth year of existence, the Sharks have made steady improvements but have yet to reach the NEC Tournament, something they might achieve this season if they continue to ascend.

“Our team is motivated to return to action this fall after the first days of camp,” said LIU head coach Justine Lombardi.

The Terriers actually surpassed expectations by finishing seventh a year ago, going 5-8-6, including a solid 3-4-2 in league action.

It was a vast improvement after SFC won two games in the COVID-19 abbreviated 2020 campaign and failed to post a single victory during the inaugural 2019 season.

SFC will begin the year on the road, visiting Canisius in Buffalo, N.Y., on Aug. 18 before returning to Brooklyn Heights on Aug. 21 vs. the University of New Hampshire.

“With a complete spring preseason program under our belt, the work is already showing dividends this summer and we look forward to competing in the NEC for our fourth season,” Lombardi noted.


Former U.S. Olympian Kym Carter was named the new athletic director at Bay Ridge’s Poly Prep Country Day School Tuesday. Photo courtesy of Poly Prep Country Day School

In local high school sports news, the Poly Prep Country Day School in Bay Ridge officially named former U.S. Olympian Kym Carter as its new athletic director.

“I’m interested in listening to people and learning more about this fantastic school,” said Carter, who was a world-ranked heptathlete and competed at the 1992 Barcelona Olympics for the red, white and blue.

“It is imperative to examine how we can further continue Poly Prep’s legacy of shaping young people become true student-athletes, who maintain a healthy balance in life, as well as success in the classroom and on the field.”

Carter previously held head coaching positions in track and field at Notre Dame Academy and Marlborough School before serving as an assistant at George Mason University.

She has already met with at least 27 head coaches at Poly, according to a school-issued release, since beginning her duties last month.

“They are a great group of dedicated people,” Carter said. “Each coach expressed how excited they are to work with the students at this school.”

And Poly Prep is excited to have Carter watching over its players and coaches as well.

“Kym Carter was the most impressive applicant, offering a wealth of experience and the requisite leadership capabilities to oversee an Ivy League scholastic athletic program,” said Poly Prep Head of Athletics Richard Corso.

“We welcome Kym to the Poly Prep family and look forward to her advancing our athletic programs to even greater heights,” he added. “Without a doubt, we have the right person for the job.”

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