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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 Major Arena Soccer League, however on August 2 Fantauzzo announced they would not return in 2014-15. Following a 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.
In April 2017 two new outdoor soccer teams using the Rochester Lancers name, logo and colors, and playing home games at the Aquinas Institute, were announced. The men's team competed in the National Premier Soccer League, just missing the playoffs by finishing third in the 7-team East Conference. The Lady Lancers finished seventh in the 8-team East Conference of United Women's Soccer. Although 2017 home games were played at Aquinas Institute's Wegmans Stadium the teams plans to play 2018 home games at Marina Auto Stadium as the Rhinos take a year off.
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