Former Storm star making mark in college
However, college soccer, Hoxsie said, is another whole level of soccer competition.
“The chemistry we had on the high school team was unbelievable,” said Hoxsie, a member of the mens’ soccer team at Roger Williams University in Bristol, R.I. “Coach (Mark) Diaz and my teammates were some of the greatest people I’ve met in my life. The way we played as with a controlled confidence. In college you come in not knowing anyone and have to work hard to build relationships rather than relying on the relationships you made when you were 5-years-old on the travel team.”
Hoxsie, a 2010 graduate of Scarborough High School, has been able to transition just fine to college soccer.
For the past two years, Hoxsie has led Roger Williams, a member of the Commonwealth Coast Conference, in scoring.
In 2011 he compiled 12 goals, five assists, 29 points and five game-winning goals.
Hoxie accumulated 12 goals, seven assists, 31 points and three game-winning goals this season. In 2010, as a member of the Utica College soccer team, Hoxsie was second on the team in scoring, with nine goals and 20 points.
Hoxsie said he redefined his game this year, his second at Roger Williams, to become a better all-around offensive player and include more people in the offensive attack.
“Personally this has been a challenging year,” Hoxsie said. “I am trying to change my playing style. I have felt more double teamed and triple teamed this year.”
His efforts have paid off. On Saturday Oct. 27, the Commonwealth Coast Conference named Hoxsie the offensive player of the year. Hoxie, a junior, is majoring in finance and is contemplating adding a minor in philosophy.
“I’ve tried to be more of a leader this year and not be so selfish with the ball, knowing when I am in coverage I need to pass the ball out,” Hoxsie said.
This year Roger Williams compiled a 17-5-1 record, an improvement over last season in which the team finished 10- 3-5. The season ended last year with a semifinal playoff loss to Western New England College.
“We were just as good as we were last year, but we didn’t win the games we should have,” Hoxsie said. “Last year we only lost one senior. This year we came together and won when we needed to and earned the top seed and best record in the league and the conference.”
The team entered the first round of the playoffs with a five game winning streak. That streaked continued through the quarterfinal round of the playoffs with a 3-0 win against Curry College.
Hoxsie said he and his teammates knew that their hard work needed to continue through the playoffs.
The team compiled a 1-1 record in the Commonwealth Coast Conference tournament beating Curry College 3-0 in a quarterfinal game, but was upset 2-1 in overtime to Nichols College in the seminfinals.
Roger Williams compiled a 2-0-1 record in the Eastern College Athletic Conference tournament by beating Lesley University 2-0 Wednesday, Nov. 7 and Husson University 8-2 Saturday, Nov. 10. The team, however, fell short in the ECAC championship game by battling the Coast Guard Academy to a 0-0 double-overtime tie. Roger Williams lost 4-2 on penalty kicks.
“It seems like our energy keeps picking up as the season has progressed. I owe our success to the camaraderie and atmosphere on the team,” Hoxsie said.
Hoxsie said he still keeps in touch with Diaz and his soccer teammates, who won consecutive state titles during back-toback undefeated seasons in 2008 and 2009. Last season, Hoxsie played on the Roger Williams team with Andrew Nigro, his best friend from Scarborough. Hoxsie said Nigro redshirted this year because he tore an ACL in his knee before this season started.
Some of his former teammates have now become rivals. On Sept. 29, Hoxsie had a chance to face, Connor Gullifer, a sophomore on the Wentworth Institute of Technology soccer team. Neither Hoxsie nor Gullifer scored in the 1-0 Roger Williams loss.
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