April 8, 2017
The Salvatore’s Pizza Family is proud to announce the Return of the Rochester Lancers. The team's return was announced at a LIVE Press Conference, Saturday April 8, 2017 in the Kick This! Studio of iHeartMedia Studios in Rochester.
“We are proud to be the Title Sponsor of this historic Sports Franchise in the Rochester, NY area and introduce the Lady Lancers,” said Salvatore ‘SoccerSam’ Fantauzzo, CEO/Founder of Salvatore’s Pizzeria and Host of Kick This! “I have been determined to help bring back Women’s soccer to our great city. I found the Dream Team to help make this a reality.”
Loren Inglese, Assistant Women’s Soccer Coach at MCC, will be the Lady Lancers’ General Manager and Head Coach. Sal Galvano, Head Women’s Soccer Coach at MCC, will be the Associate Head Coach for the Lady Lancers. “I’m very excited to be part of bringing elite level Women’s soccer back to Rochester,” said Inglese, “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, 2017. “We are so excited to have the Rochester Lancers join the United Women’s Soccer League,” said Joe Ferrara, League Director of UWS, “SoccerSam 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 United States. 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.”
All Lady Lancers home games will be played at the Wegmans Sports Complex at the Aquinas Institute at 1127 Dewey Ave. The 1967 Lancers played at the original Aquinas Stadium. “Aquinas is super excited about hosting the Rochester Lady Lancers,” said Anthony Bianchi Athletic Director at the Aquinas Institute, “I recall great memories going to the original Lancer games with my Dad, I look forward to reestablishing the Lancers and Aquinas tradition. I am in favor of everything that helps grow the sport of Soccer here in Rochester, NY.”