Salvatore’s Pizzeria recently announced the return of women’s soccer team the Lady Lancers and outdoor men’s soccer team the Rochester Lancers.
“We are proud to be the title sponsor of these historic sports franchises in the Rochester area and introduce the Lady Lancers and Rochester Lancers,” said Salvatore Fantauzzo, CEO and founder of Salvatore’s Pizzeria and host of Kick This!
Loren Inglese, assistant women’s soccer coach at Monroe Community College, will serve as general manager and head coach for the Lady Lancers. Sal Galvano, head women’s soccer coach at MCC, will be the associate head coach.
“I’m very excited to be part of bringing elite level women’s soccer back to Rochester,” Inglese said. “We have great talent here in Rochester, and I look forward to seeing local players competing against some of the best players from across the country.”
The new Lady Lancers will play in the United Women’s Soccer League starting in May.
“We are so excited to have the Lady Lancers join the United Women’s Soccer League,” said Joe Ferrara, UWS league director. “Salvatore and the entire Lancers organization have shown a passionate commitment to the sport of soccer and the city of Rochester. Historically, soccer in Rochester is on par with any city in the U.S. There are certain criteria in a UWS sports franchise that we want our clubs to embody, and the Lancers have it all. From professionalism on and off the field to community and public relations, the Lancers will be a positive beacon in the league.”
Marc Mandell will work as general manager for the Rochester Lancers. Nick Mojsovski will serve as business director, with Doug Miller as head coach. The new Rochester Lancers will play in the National Premier Soccer league starting in May.
“I am excited to help bring back the Rochester Lancers to this area,” Miller said. “After meeting Nick and Marc, I thought as a group we would have the capability to bring back the soccer culture we created with the indoor Lancers.”
All Lady Lancers and outdoor Rochester Lancers home games will be played at the Wegmans Sports Complex at Aquinas Institute, 1127 Dewey Ave., Rochester. The 1967 Lancers played at the original Aquinas Stadium.
“Aquinas is excited about hosting the Rochester Lady Lancers,” said Anthony Bianchi, athletic director for Aquinas Institute. “I recall great memories going to the original Lancer games with my dad. I look forward to re-establishing the Lancers and Aquinas tradition. I am in favor of everything that helps grow the sport of soccer here in Rochester.”