Without the Rochester Lancers in the Major Arena Soccer League, Western New York soccer talent is pooling together in Syracuse.
The Silver Knights have signed goalie Andrew Coughlin, who's played for Canisius, Syracuse University and FC Buffalo, as well as Doug Miller, former player-coach of the Lancers before they went dissolved last summer.
The duo joins Buffalo natives Gary Boughton (traded from Cedar Rapids to the Silver Knights early this season) and Austin Tom, as well as Rochester-based players Jake Schindler, Tim Crawford and Joey Tavernese, on the active roster.
According to a release, Coughlin -- a native of Baldwinsville -- has been training with the club since the beginning of the season after completing his collegiate career in November 2015.
In 36 starts for Dermot McGrane's Griffins, Coughlin compiled a record of 17-15-4 with a goals against average of 1.03. His 17 total wins and 11 shutouts are tied for the best in school history, while the 6-foot keeper owns several single-season marks. His legacy will live on as part of the Griffins' 50th anniversary Best XI.
Miller, a former member of the Buffalo Blizzard and the Rochester Rhinos, will turn 47 in May, but is a close friend of Syracuse head coach Tommy Tanner. The duo helped lead the Rhinos to the U.S. Open Cup title in 1999.
At 5-6, the Silver Knights sit percentage points behind Waza Flo (Detroit) and currently hold the third spot in the Eastern Division. While there's virtually no chance that Syracuse misses the postseason -- three of the four East teams reach the playoffs, and fourth-place Harrisburg is 0-12 -- the Silver Knights will need all the depth and talent they can muster to leapfrog the Flo and pose a threat to the 11-0 Baltimore Blast.
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