For Immediate Release · Friday, December 1, 2017 · email@example.com
Baltimore, Md. – Nicholas Tait '17 (Silver Spring, Md./Sandy Spring Friends School) is going pro. Yesterday, the former Seahawk men's soccer forward signed a rookie professional contract with the Baltimore Blast of the Eastern Division of the Major Arena Soccer League (MASL).
The Blast has won the MASL Championship nine times, including claiming the professional indoor soccer titles in 2016 and 2017. The team plays their home games at SECU Arena on the campus of Towson University in Towson.
Tait, an environmental studies major and double minor in history and Spanish, left his mark all over the St. Mary's men's soccer record book. He completed his career fourth all-time in game-winning goals (9) and fifth in points (88), goals (33), and assists (22). Tait is also tied for first in games played (74), games started (73), and leaves as the record holder in minutes played with 5,715.
"I'm very excited to continue my soccer career with the Baltimore Blast and so grateful for everything I learned at St. Mary's from my teammates and especially from Coach Oliver," stated Tait.
As a senior, the 6-2 midfielder led the Capital Athletic Conference with six game-winning goals, ranking him 14th in Division III in the same category. He was tied for second in the conference with a team-high 11 goals as well as being third in the CAC with a team-best 26 points. Tait also led the team with four assists.
He finished his Seahawk career as a two-time NSCAA Division III Men's All-South Atlantic Region Second Team selection and four-time All-CAC pick, including three straight first team nods. Tait was also the 2015 CAC Player of the Year as well as the St. Mary's Male Athlete of the Year in 2016 and 2017.
A two-year team captain, he excelled off the pitch as well as Tait landed on the CAC All-Academic Team his last two season.
"I am so proud of Nick and what he has accomplished. This is a product of all his hard work and dedication to the game and he thoroughly deserves it. Nick was a very special player for us over his 4 years and I wish him all the best with his professional career," expressed Seahawk head coach Alun Oliver '04.
Tait, who contract with the Blast is for one season, is the second member of the men's soccer program to sign a professional contract. Ryan Olsen '02 played two seasons (2002 and 2003) with the Northern Virginia Royals of the United Soccer League (USL) Second Division, notching six goals and four assists in 21 games played.
The Blast opened up their 2017 season on November 10 and currently own a 2-1-0. Their next match is tonight, December 1.
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