Gonzaga’s Nicko Corriveau and DeMatha’s Wesley Suggs were among 10 players to sign with Virginia’s men’s soccer program last week, joining a class that includes three of the top 15 recruits in the country.
The All-Met Player of the Year, Corriveau was one of the more decorated prospects in the region this fall. He was named an NSCAA all-American and the co-WCAC Player of the Year after leading Gonzaga to a league championship.
Suggs was a first-team All-Met pick, having developed a reputation as one of the best defenders in the area this past fall, as DeMatha gave up just four goals and posted 14 shutouts. Both have played together on the AC Bethesda club team for about five years, and know each other’s style of play thoroughly, Corriveau said.
“(Suggs) is a really good player,” Corriveau said. “He’s improved a lot. I’m really happy he committed. . . looking forward to going down there with him.”
Alongside Suggs, Corriveau will join a host of familiar faces in this year’s recruiting class at Virginia, including three players that spent time with Corriveau when he was in the U-17 National team’s residency program in Florida last year. That list includes midfielders Patrick Foss (South Riding, Va.), Jordan Allen (Rochester, N.Y.) and defender Riggs Lennon (Phoenix, Ariz.), who is Arizona’s Gatorade Player of the Year.
Virginia, which went 10-7-4 under Coach George Gelnovatch in the fall, graduates just one player from its 2012 squad.
“We have a really young team. The coach said if I come in fit. . . I have a really good chance at starting, so it’s all about the preseason,” said Corriveau, who orally committed to the Cavaliers in Dec. 2011. “I was just looking for the best combination of sports and academics. And for me, Virginia had the best of both. . . It has great tradition there.”
Related: 2012 All-Met soccer teams