Feb. 7, 2013
WASHINGTON - Georgetown University Head Women's Soccer Coach Dave Nolan announced today that six student-athletes have signed National Letters of Intent to attend the University and play on the Hilltop.
The incoming group of six student-athletes joins a program that returns 21 letterwinners from last year's team that reached the second round of the NCAA Tournament. In the last six years under Nolan, Georgetown has won 85 games, made three NCAA Tournament appearances, reached the 2010 Elite Eight of the NCAA Tournament and reached the semifinals of the BIG EAST Tournament three times.
Georgetown had one of the most successful seasons in program history in 2012, setting a school record with 16 wins. The Blue & Gray finished the season with a 16-4-3 overall record and advanced to the second round of the NCAA Tournament. Along the way, the Hoyas posted an 8-1-1 record in the BIG EAST Conference and won the BIG EAST National Division title.
Grace Damaska, Milton, Ga./Blessed Trinity An athletic forward, Damaska comes to Georgetown from Georgia, playing her club soccer at Atlanta Fire ECNL 96. A standout performer, she has helped her team compete at the highest level of ECNL & USYSA Soccer in the Southern Region. A former member of the Georgia ODP program she also had an outstanding career at Blessed Trinity.
Nolan on Damaska: "Grace is a very dynamic attacker, she has great instincts and is always involved in the scoring or creating of goals. She has the ability to step in right away and compete."
Damaska on Georgetown: "I chose Georgetown because it has been my dream school since the first time I went to the WAGS Tournament when I was 12. I visited the campus while I was there and fell in love with the location. Knowing the academic reputation of the school and getting the opportunity to play soccer made choosing Georgetown a no brainer!"
Kaitlyn Del Savio, Collins Hill Ga./Collins Hills
A speedy defender, Del Savio also joins Georgetown from Georgia, and the Atlanta Fire ECNL 95 squad. A clubmate of incoming teammate Grace Damaska, she has helped her team compete at the highest level of club soccer and she captained her Collins Hill High School team to the Final Four of the state tournament this year.
Nolan on Del Savio: "Kaitlyn is one of those players who has snuck under the radar in my opinion. She has excellent pace, good feet and can attack from the back very well. I think she will push all our outside defenders from day one."
Del Savio on Georgetown: "It has always been my goal to attend a university where I am challenged academically and on the soccer field. Georgetown University will provide me with a great balance of both, as well as valuable life experiences that I will encounter away from home."
Hannah Howell, Bradenton Fla./St. Stephens Episcopal A strong, physical forward, Howell comes to Georgetown from the IMG Academy. She captained her team and led them in scoring as they competed nationally at the highest level. A four- year starter and three-time MVP in high school, she also competed in track and cross-country.
Nolan on Howell: "Hannah is a real handful to defend against, strong and brave. She has the ability to finish chances and also create for herself. I think she will be a big surprise for us next year."
Howell on Georgetown: "At Georgetown I get the opportunity to be a part of both a distinguished University with stellar academics and a top-tier Division I soccer program, a combination I did not find anywhere else to such a degree of excellence."
Emily Morgan, Chester Springs Pa./ Owen J. Roberts A real competitor, Morgan is a member of the Penn Fusion Soccer Academy, where she has led the 94 ECNL team to compete both regionally and nationally. She is a former member of the United States National Team Pool and currently a member of the Region 1 and Eastern Pennsylvania Olympic Development Program. A two-time all-state selection for her high school, she was a two-time Captain and team MVP.
Nolan on Morgan: "Emily is a tough competitor with a strong physical presence in midfield. She leads by example on the field. She also has good passing ability and goes box to box. She's a complete midfielder."
Morgan on Georgetown: "Georgetown University offers a unique combination of a globally respected education, in conjunction with a balanced, high-level athletic program. This important combination of academics and athletics fits my personality, and provides me with a challenging path toward my future. "
Zoe Park, Bethesda Md./Walter Johnson A skillful and crafty midfielder, Park is a product of the Bethesda Soccer Club and starred on the Freedom 94 team. A three-time State Cup winner and Regional Champion in 2008, they currently compete at the highest level of ECNL soccer. She played her high school soccer at Walter Johnson.
Nolan on Park: "Zoe is the real sleeper in this group. She is so smooth on the ball, very technical and blessed with great vision. I believe her best days are in front of her and she will always perform better with better players around her. I am very excited to see how she does this fall."
Park on Georgetown: "I chose Georgetown because I want to be a part of the style of soccer they play and get a great education at the same time."
Nicole Varela, Moorestown N.J./Moorestown Varela plays her club soccer for PDA Crush and is a three-time member of the New Jersey Olympic Development Program. She helped lead this team to a national championship in 2010 and to another national championship final appearance in 2011. In 2011 & 2012 she captained her team to the South Jersey State Championship, being named all-league and all-county in the process.
Nolan on Varela: "Nicole is a very strong, physical defender who can play anywhere along the back line and in midfield. She plays with real courage and is a great personality on the field. She will compete with all our defenders to play from day one."
Varela on Georgetown: "I chose Georgetown because it has the perfect combination of top tier academics and highly competitive Division I women's soccer. The excitement of the Washington, D.C. location, the camaraderie of the team and the exceptional coaching staff were all factors that drove my decision."
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