Georgetown University Head Women’s Soccer Coach Dave Nolan announced that seven student-athletes have signed National Letters of Intent on Thursday. The group will report to the Hilltop in August ahead of the 2018 season.
The talented class joins a squad that returns 20 letter winners and seven starters in 2018. In 2017, Georgetown completed the season with 14 wins and both the BIG EAST Regular Season and Championship titles for the first time in program history. The Hoyas were just the fourth team in league history to win back-to-back titles. GU's NCAA Tournament berth was the eighth for the Blue & Gray.
"Myself and my staff are very excited about this incoming class,” said Nolan. “The class will help to address the needs we have for next year’s team and moving forward. We have quality players coming in all three lines, defense, midfield and attack both centrally and out wide.”
“They are all eager to get started and help maintain the high standards that this program demands, both on the field and in the classroom. We look forward to welcoming them in August and adding them to a strong returning group as we look to challenge for conference success and national recognition."
Laura “Boo” Jackson
High School: Lenape Regional
Club: PDA Gunners DA
2016 ECNL National Champion
2013 & 2015 U.S. Club id2 Camps
2014 & 2015 U.S. Soccer Training Center
Coach Nolan on Jackson: Boo is a clever left-sided player who has played at a very high level of youth soccer. She is athletic and technical and gives us a natural lefty which is something we lacked last year. I am very excited to see Boo provide us with another attacking option this fall.
Why I chose Georgetown: I chose Georgetown University because of the top-notch academics and highly-competitive soccer program. Georgetown’s location, impressive business program and beautiful campus is exactly what I am looking for to have a great college experience. I am excited to be a part of such an amazing soccer team and university.
High School: Hilliard Bradley
Club: Ohio Premier ECNL
Team captain of Ohio Premiere ECNL
2015 ECNL National Player Development Program
Coach Nolan on Kern: Charlie is a strong, physical center back with great leadership qualities. Great in the air, good playing out from the back, she is a real danger on set pieces and somebody we feel can step in and compete from day one.
Why I chose Georgetown: I chose to attend Georgetown University because of the excellent academic and athletic culture. I will be pushed in pursuing my academic goals as well as my goals playing soccer. The prestigious academic reputation made me excited to pursue my future, and the soccer team was very welcoming. I fit in well with the competitive but supportive nature that the soccer team and coaches offer. Also, Washington D.C. offers an exciting city experience with new opportunities to explore.
High School: Princeton
Club: Match Fit Academy ECNL
2017 All- State and All-County
2017 Team Captain
U.S. Region 1 ODP
N.J. State ODP
Coach Nolan on Lis: Devon is a technical, clever player with good size and has the ability to play almost anywhere on the field. She will compete to play in a variety of positions and her drive and personality makes me believe she will be an excellent addition to our squad.
Why I chose Georgetown: I chose Georgetown for its amazing soccer program and its top notch education. Georgetown is the perfect mixture of a close-knit college campus surrounded by a great city, and I love that I can take advantage of the many opportunities that Washington D.C. has to offer.
High School: Loudon County
Club: McLean ECNL
U.S. Region 1 ODP
Virginia State ODP
Super Y National Camp Selection
2015 High school state champion
Team Captain of McLean ECNL
Coach Nolan on Moon: Caitlin is a small, quick, tricky attacking player with good attacking instincts who is driven to succeed. She has a great desire and work ethic and will challenge all our forwards this fall.
Why I chose Georgetown: Georgetown University is one of the premier academic institutions in the world. I can’t imagine a better place to study government and spend my best four years. I’m equally as thrilled at the opportunity to develop as a person and compete as an athlete under one of the best coaching staffs in Division l soccer.
High School: Caitlin Grabel
Club: FC Portland ECNL
Three-time team MVP
Two-time Caitlin Grabel Team Captain
Three-time ECNL Northwest Player Development Program
FC Portland ECNL Team Captain
Coach Nolan on Fernandez-Powell: Maya is a technical central midfielder with good size and a great work ethic. She has a tremendous attitude and offers us versatility in other positions also. She will compete with our returning midfielders for a role next fall.
Why I chose Georgetown: I was initially drawn to Georgetown because it is one of the few universities that manages to have incredible academics as well as exceptional soccer. When you combine that with the beautiful campus, the diverse student body, and the exciting location near D.C, it’s hard not to love Georgetown. Everyone I spoke to at Georgetown genuinely loved being a Hoya, which was probably the biggest selling point of all.
Toms River, N.J.
High School: Toms River North
Club: PDA Gunners DA
2017 High School All-American
2017 Team Captain and Team MVP
2016 ECNL National Champion
2016 & 2017 Northeast Conference Champions
Coach Nolan on Royson: Jenna is a great athlete and an excellent defender with very good attacking instincts. She can play both flanks and is a great competitor. She will compete with all of our fullbacks from day one for a strong role next fall.
Why I chose Georgetown: I believe Georgetown provides the perfect combination of academic superiority and top-level collegiate soccer that I’ve been looking for. Combined with its diverse culture and historic location, Georgetown will provide me with the all the tools necessary for the ultimate college experience. I can’t wait to start my future and represent the school as a Hoya.
High School: Pope John XXIII
Club: NJ Stallions NPL
All-State-Three Sport Athlete
2017 NPL National Champion
2017 Regional Champion
Coach Nolan on Walton: Jaime is a versatile forward, with a nose for the goal and a bravery in the box. She is driven to succeed and has a great work ethic. She will challenge all of our forwards next season.
Why I chose Georgetown: I chose to attend Georgetown because of its elite athletics and academics. The campus, location, and environment at Georgetown are amazing, and I know I will be challenged on and off the field. With the competitive atmosphere, I know I will grow as a player, student and person. I look forward to my next four years with the coaching staff and players.