After a year of elite play at the Empire Revolution Academy in Rochester, former Cooperstown standout Michael Rowley is taking his soccer prowess to the college field.
The field in question is an impressive one, to say the least.
Rowley will be attending Southern New Hampshire University in the fall and will join a team that won the NCAA Division II national championship title in men’s soccer last season.
“They have a great tradition of soccer there and they are a very soccer oriented school,” said Rowley, a 2013 CCS graduate who is for another month or so the reigning two-time Daily Star Player of the Year in soccer. “I got along really well with the coach and players, and I really felt comfortable on the campus.”
“It seems like a place that will push me to reach my potential,” he continued.
Cooperstown coach Frank Miosek said he is equally confident that Rowley has made a good decision.
“He’s always been a good planner for the future,” said Miosek. “Between the coach and discussing it with his parents, he’s made the right choice. I think it is going to be a good fit for him.”
Rowley, who finished his senior season at Cooperstown with an area-best 27 goals and 11 assists in 2012, originally had his sights set on playing Division I soccer, but SNHU is an elite-level Division II program. The Penmen just wrapped up their spring season with a record of 4-0-2, with five of those games against Division I programs. Over the past three years, they have a 7-1-5 record against D-I opponents.
“We stack up really well with most D-I teams that we play,” said Southern New Hampshire head soccer coach Marc Hubbard. “We have definitely developed a good reputation for guys who are looking D-I.”