The New England Surge Professional Indoor Football Team Announce First Players to Sign Up from Weekend Try Outs

The New England Surge professional indoor football team issued contracts to 14 athletes from this past weekend’s player tryouts. They were also invited to join last year's team at the preseason practice camp next month.

Worcester, MA, January 31, 2008 --( Roy Lucas, Jr. Owner and Head Coach of The New England Surge of the Continental Indoor Football League, (CIFL), issued contracts to 14 athletes from this past weekend’s player tryouts. On Saturday, January 26, 2008, 49 hopeful athletes came out for a chance to compete for a professional indoor football position with the New England Surge at Team Works in Auburn, Mass. Besides receiving contracts, the 14 athletes also received an invitation to join members of last year’s team next month for the start of the preseason. Roy Lucas, Jr. Owner and Head Coach stated, “I was really impressed with the talent that came to the tryouts. Several that were selected have Professional Arena Football (AF2) experience, and many were top athletes at the college level.”

The CIFL teams have an active roster of 19 players with 2 additional players on the practice squad in case of in season injuries. The 14 finalists will join the 22 players from last year to compete for the 20-member roster. All 22 players from the Surge’s inaugural season are expected back.

In its inaugural year, The New England Surge completed their 12-game regular season at 8—4, and were defeated in the Atlantic Division Conference playoff against the Rochester Raiders, who also went ahead and won the CIFL Championship.

The 2008 season is highlighted by two match-ups against, Atlantic Conference rivals and defending CIFL League Champions, the Rochester Raiders. Also for the first time The Surge will play non conference games against Great Lakes Division foe Flint Michigan and the Miami Valley Silverbacks of Ohio. The Surge home opener will be played on Sunday, April 20th at 2:00 p.m. and its first season game is away on Saturday, March 8, against Lehigh Valley Outlawz.

About the New England Surge; The New England Surge is a locally owned professional indoor football team, a CIFL team, and is dedicated to providing exciting, family oriented sports entertainment experience to the Central Mass. The first game is away on March 8, 2008 at Lehigh Valley Outlawz and the home opening game at the DCU Center, Worcester, MA is April 20. Through ongoing public and outreach campaigns, the New England Surge organization is committed to high professional and ethical standards and dedicated to actively partnering with communities, schools and youth organizations, local government, business and non-profit organizations to positively impact fans, the players, and the community, while providing fast-paced, action–packed professional football. Season tickets are on sale now by calling the Surge at 508.791.6373.

Corporate Sponsors: game time opportunities are still available for local / regional corporate sponsorship - contact Joe Goldman, Sponsor and Corporate Sales, N.E. Surge 120 Main Street, Worcester, 508-791-6373,

For more information or interviews, contact: Christina Andrianopoulos, Public Relations; The New England Surge, 917.734.9804,

New England Surge 2008 Player Try Out Finalists

Kevin Anderson Walpole, MA 5’ 11” 255 LB/DE Bridgewater State
Andreas Craig Springfield, MA 6’ 3” 210 WR Norwich University Fort Wayne Fusion—AF2
Thomas Craig W. Hartford, CT 5’8”183 RB/WR/DB/ KR Central Conn. U
Eddie Jones Framingham, MA 6’ 180 DB E. Carolina Univ
Keith Lessner Malden, MA 5’ 10” WR/DB American International Manchester, Wolves-AF2
Chris Macharie Springfield, MA 5’11” 175 DB/WR
Michael Malvesti Braintree, MA 5’11” 190 DB/WR Bentley
Keilen McDonald Brockton, MA 6’1” 230 LB Dean
Caleb Neves Bristol, MA 6’ 1” 195 K
Thomas Pinto Plymouth, MA 6’ 0” 262 WR/DB Curry
Dharius Rohn Springfield, MA 6’ 0” 207 WR/DB American International
Sir Snowden Bridgeport, CT 6’ 2” 200 DB Southern CT. State University Barre/Scranton Pioneers—AF2
Greg Sullivan Bristol, RI 6’ 0” 215 WR University of RI
Michael Vaz Springfield, MA 6’ 3” 225 WR/QB University of Mass

Official New England Surge 2008 Season Schedule

Saturday, March 8 7:30p.m. @Lehigh Valley Outlawz
Friday, March 28 7:30p.m. @ Flint
Saturday, April 5 7:30p.m. @Chesapeake Tide
Saturday, April 12 7:30p.m. @ Miami Valley Silverbacks
Sunday, April 20 2:00p.m. Lehigh Valley Outlawz @ Home
Saturday, April 26 7:30p.m. Flint @ Home
Saturday, May 3 7:30p.m. @ Rochester Raiders
Saturday, May 10 7:30p.m. Chesapeake Tide @ Home
Saturday, May 17 7:30p.m. New Jersey Revolution @ Home
Saturday, June 7 7:30p.m. Lehigh Valley Outlawz @ Home

* Home Games in Red, and all played at the DCU Center, Worcester, MA

New England Surge
Christina Andrianopoulos
New England Surge Office, 508.791.6373