Rochester Lancers


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1967 -1980
The Rochester Lancers were a soccer team that played in the American Soccer League from 1967 until 1969 and in the North American Soccer League from 1970 to 1980, playing home games at Aquinas Stadium, which was renamed Holleder Stadium before the 1974 season. Their colors were blue and yellow.

The Lancers were the NASL champions in 1970. In the 1971 season, the Lancers finished first in the Northern Division, and made it to the league semi-finals, but were defeated by the Dallas Tornado.

2011 - 2015
In April 2011 the Major Indoor Soccer League was reorganized and the Rochester Lancers name, logo and colors were resurrected to be one of 7 teams in the league. The team was owned by Chris Wilmot, Sam Fantauzzo, Steve Stokes, John Coraggioso, Luis Ribeiro, and Dom Vieira. The Lancers first home game at the Blue Cross Arena was held on November 12, 2011; they lost to the Missouri Comets 13-4. The Lancers finished the season with an 11-13 record, just qualifying for the 4-team playoffs, and were eliminated in the first playoff round by the Baltimore Blast. They finished the 2012-13 season with a 10-16 record in 5th place, just missing the final playoff spot, and the 2013-14 season with a less-than-stellar record of 6 wins and 14 losses. Contracts with the MISL expired at the end of the 2013-14 season, and negotiations began for a merger with the Professional Arena Soccer League.

On May 19 2014 the Lancers were listed as one of the 24 teams in the new [WWW]Major Arena Soccer League, however on August 2 Fantauzzo [WWW]announced they would not return in 2014-15. Following a [WWW]reorganization and change of ownership spearheaded by team member and longtime Rochester soccer star Doug Miller the team was once again confirmed for the 2014-15 MASL season. The Lancers made the playoffs (with a 10-10-0 record) but were eliminated in the second round.

On July 7 2015 announced that due to large increases in their state workers' compensation insurance premiums they would not return for the 2015-16 season.

2017 - 2022
In April 2017 two new outdoor soccer teams using the Rochester Lancers name, logo and colors, and playing home games at Aquinas Institute's Wegmans Stadium, were announced. The teams moved to Marina Auto Stadium for 2018 as the Rhinos took the year off, returning to Aquinas in 2019.

2018 -

In November 2018 a new men's indoor soccer team was announced, to compete in the MASL's MASL 2 development league with home games in The Dome Arena. The indoor Lancers finished their 2019 regular season second in the Eastern Division; in the playoffs they won the division championship and finished 3rd in the league. For the 2019-20 season they advanced to the first division MASL; they posted a 1-21 record, winning only their last contest before their final two games were cancelled due to the Covid-19 pandemic. Several MASL teams opted-out of the late-starting 2021 season, including the Lancers as the Dome Arena was being used that winter as a state COVID-19 vaccination site. The Lancers also sat out the 2021-22 MASL season.

For 2022-23 the Lancers returned to MASL's development league (now called [WWW]M2), finishing second in the 4-team North Division. They won all twelve regular season games in 2023-24, heading the 4-team East Division, then won two playoff games before falling in the final to finish second in the league.


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