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Mariners Look Across the Ocean for Youth & Strength

February 9, 2006 - USL First Division (USL-1) - Virginia Beach Mariners News Release

The Virginia Beach Mariners announce the signing of Republic of Ireland Youth International Shane McFaul. McFaul born in 1986 comes from Cherryorchard, Dublin in Ireland. McFaul has represented his country every year since he was 13, including the European Championships at U 17 and 19. Now completed a 2 year contract he has made over 35 appearances with Notts County in the English Coca Cola League Two over the 2004/2005 seasons.

McFaul is 6'1" tall and 180 pounds and will be a dominant force wherever he plays. He can play anywhere in the middle either at the heart of the defense or in central midfield. He passes the ball well and likes to link up with the front men. Shane came through the Notts County, England youth system, has all the physical attributes, background and training to excel in the game. The Virginia Beach Mariners are extremely pleased to welcome Shane to America to continue his career. McFaul has been called up for International duty for Ireland in the Madeira Tournament in February 2006 which also involves Finland and Portugal and will join the Mariners from there.

Joining him on the 2006 Mariners squad from Bolden, England will be Lee Paul Scroggins. Scroggins, a 2005 graduate of Lynn University in Boca Raton Florida, is 5' 10" and 175 LBS. He finished the 2005 season earning NSCAA All American Honors, First Team All South Region and for the second consecutive season First Team All Sunshine State. In 2005, Scroggins set a career high for goals (20), assists (5) and points (45), scored a record seven goals in the NCAA Division II tournament and tied an NCAA record with eight career tournament scores. He finished the season with six multi-goal games including his first career hat trick against No. 17 Central Arkansas in the opening round of the NCAA Tournament. During the season he recorded two separate five game streaks of at least one goal.

The Mariners are in the process of forming a core of experienced returning players as well as contracting additional players with USL experience. The new team will be formally introduced in March but the addition of these two young men brings the Mariners additional quality, depth, experience and enthusiasm for key positions.

"We gotta new attitude" is the 2006 slogan for the Mariners season as they build towards opening day on April 22nd at the Virginia Beach Sportsplex.

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