June 5, 2006
Six freshman players will attend Princeton and join the Princeton men's soccer team when training for the 2006 season begins this August.
Head coach Jim Barlow, in his 11th season in 2006, welcomes a group that includes players from six states, including California and Colorado. One will become the third member of his family to play for Barlow at Princeton, while another is a graduate of Hightstown High School, Barlow's alma mater.
"We lose a big and talented senior class this year, but we are fortunate to have such a strong incoming group joining us," says Barlow. "These players have excelled at high levels with their clubs and have competed for state, regional, or national titles year in and year out. They are all talented and competitive guys who are also smart players with a lot of personality. We can't wait for them to join our returning group of players as we challenge for the Ivy title in 2006."
Dion Bubar-Hall (Fort Collins, Colo.) was a three-time all-conference selection and two-year team captain at Poudre High School. A striker, he scored 35 goals in his final two seasons and had a state-best 19 assists as a sophomore, when Poudre won the Colorado 5A state championship. He was a two-time all-state pick by the Rocky Mountain News and a two-time first-team All-Academic pick.
Bubar-Hall played club soccer with Real Colorado and was part of a team that claimed four straight State Cup finals appearances, two state championships, a regional title and one national title appearance.
Max Hare (Richmond, Va.) will join brothers Jeff ('04) and Doug ('05) as Princeton men's soccer players. Like his brothers, he attended St. Christopher's School and was a standout soccer player for the Saints, setting the season and career scoring records at the school.
Hare captained the Saints to a state championship as a senior, earning first-team all-state, all-metro and all-conference honors. On the club level, he played for the Richmond Strikers and also with a Virginia ODP team that traveled to Arizona and Germany to compete. He also played basketball and lacrosse at St. Christopher's.
The freshman who will come the shortest distance to attend Princeton is Ben Harms (E. Windsor, N.J.), who, like Barlow, was a standout at Hightstown High School. He was a regional All-America as a senior and earned area Player of the Year honors in 2005.
He was team captain for Rams' teams that won conference titles in both 2004 and 2005, leading the team in assists as a junior and points as a senior. Harms, a striker, also played for Match-Fit United, a three-time New Jersey state finalist and the 2004 Region 1 Premier League runner-up. The club also recently won the NJ State Cup Championship.
Nate Krinsky (Concord, N.H.) is a a product of the Seacoast United Soccer Club, which has never lost a state championship. He played with the club beginning at age 13 after moving to New Hampshire from Utah.
On the high school level, Krinsky, a fullback, was the Gatorade Player of the Year in New Hampshire in 2005 and led the Crimson Tide to its first-ever state championship. He was a three-year all-state selection and captained the team in both 2004 and 2005. Krinsky also earned NSCAA All-America honors.
Devin Muntz (Macungie, Pa.) was a four-year starter at Upper Perkiomen High School, earning first-team all-conference honors each of those years. A midfielder, he finished his career with a school-record 70 assists, including 26 in 2003, and was named the area Player of the Year by the Pottstown Mercury as a junior in 2004.
He was the conference MVP and a regional All-America as a senior, when he was a team captain. On the club side, Muntz played for the FC DELCO Crunch, winners of seven straight state championships. He captained the team for the past two years.
Danny Steiner (Pacific Palisades, Calif.), a defender, was a three-year captain at Brentwood School, where he earned first-team All-CIF honors in 2005 and twice earned first-team all-league honors. He also earned the Brentwood Athletic Leadership award in both 2004 and 2005.
Steiner also captained the West Valley Samba club team that won the Under-17 Cal South National Cup championship and California Premier Championship in both his junior and senior years. He also played on the Cal South ODP team for three years.
Head coach Jim Barlow will welcome six freshmen to the Princeton men's soccer team in August.