Naples High School senior Cole Rathbun signed a National Letter of Intent March 11 to attend Mercyhurst University on a soccer scholarship. The 2018 Section V Finger Lakes West Player of the Year will join a Division II Lakers squad that went 9-6-2 last year in the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference. He’ll major in business finance. Rathbun played four years on the Naples varsity team and finished with 38 goals and 37 assists while helping the Big Green to a 59-8 overall record. Rathbun never lost a league game during his varsity career, going 44-0-4.
In addition to being named the 2018 Section V Player of the Year, Rathbun earned a spot on the 2018 All-Greater Rochester second team, and on the all-New York State team. He also was the Canandaigua Daily Messenger’s Finger Lakes Player of the Year in 2017.
Mercyhurst Head Coach Nenad Vidakovic likes Rathbun’s play-making ability.
“He’s not a very big kid, but he’s so quick on his feet and has such good vision along with the ability to make his teammates better with savvy passes and a quick attack,” Vidakovic said. “And you can always count on Cole to give 100 percent effort.”
Big Green Coach Tom Mannella said Mercyhurst is getting the ultimate team player.
“They’re going to love Cole and his game,” Mannella said. “He’s just so good with the ball and he’s one of the best playmakers we’ve ever had. And he’s a great teammate. I congratulate him and wish him the best of luck.”