Feb. 11, 2014
WASHINGTON - Georgetown University Head Women's Soccer Coach Dave Nolan announced today that eight student-athletes have signed National Letters of Intent to attend the University and play on the Hilltop.
The incoming group of eight student-athletes joins a program that returns 20 letterwinners from last year's team, which reached the second round of the NCAA Tournament. In the last seven years under Nolan, Georgetown has won 101 games, made four NCAA Tournament appearances, reached the 2010 Elite Eight of the NCAA Tournament and reached the semifinals of the BIG EAST Tournament four times.
"This signing class will provide us with some great additions to next year's squad," Nolan said. "It gives us greater depth and addresses specifically the loss of a very talented senior class, particularly defensively. It also gives us some attacking flexibility and I am excited to get to work with them and help them realize their goals and dreams for their college years."
Georgetown closed out the 2013 season with a 16-3-2 record, tying the school single season record for wins in a season, set last year when the Hoyas went 16-4-3. The Hoyas were selected to the play in the NCAA Tournament for the third time in four years and reached the second round. The team set a school record with 58 goals scored and was ranked among the top three in the country in scoring offense.
Hometown: Green Brook, N.J.
High School: The Pingry School (Martinsville, N.J.)
Club: PDA Slammers
A member of the U.S. U 18 National team program, Rachel also plays for the PDA Slammers club program, National Champions in 2013 (ECNL) and 2011 (USYSA). A Sr. captain at Pingry HS, she also was named 1st Team All State in 2013 and helped her team to State Championships in 2011 & 2012.
Quoting Coach Nolan: "Rachel is a wonderful and creative player. She has great technical ability and the vision needed to make things happen. She works very hard on her game and her experience with the National Team program will help bring her game to a new level. I am excited to see her in a Hoya jersey next year."
Why I Chose Georgetown: "I chose Georgetown because it is a good balance between top notch academics and a great soccer team, which is very rare to find. Also the opportunity to go to school and play with my sister is something I have never done and look forward to doing."
Hometown: Scarsdale, N.Y.
High School: Scarsdale
Club: Quickstrike FC
A four-year varsity starter at Scarsdale High School, Lonner was also named all-section, and league Player of the Year (2013).
Quoting Coach Nolan: "Ali is a technical goalkeeper with good size. She is a good shot-stopper and has a tremendous work ethic. She will compete from Day One and makes the quality of our goalkeeping group even deeper. "
Why I Chose Georgetown: "I chose Georgetown because I know I will be able to challenge myself both academically, at a world-renowned university, and athletically, as part of a top-20 soccer program in a great city with unparalleled opportunities."
Hometown: Sudbury, Mass.
High School: Lincoln-Sudbury
Club: FC Stars of Mass
McCullough plays her club soccer for FC Stars of Mass ... She was part of teams that won State Cup championships five times ... In high school soccer, she was team captain, and a three-time DCL All-Star.
Quoting Coach Nolan: "Leah is a tough defender with strong defensive habits. She is very smart defensively and composed on the ball, which will help us play out of the back very well. She is recovering from a serious injury but we expect her to be up and running for the Fall."
Why I Chose Georgetown: "I chose Georgetown because it has the best balance between high-level soccer and rigorous academics. Also, being in D.C. exposes me to an international culture that I have always wanted, and it will give me amazing opportunities that will help shape the rest of my life."
Hometown: Wellington, Fla.
High School: American Heritage (Delray Beach, Fla.)
Club: AC Delray/FC Florida
As captain of her high school team, she helped lead them to three state championships, (2011-13) ... She was also named first team all-county in 2013 ... Pak is also a four-year member of the Florida Olympic Development Program.
Quoting Coach Nolan: "Taylor is a great athlete blessed with size and strength. However, she also has some excellent soccer instincts and a good understanding of the game. I expect her to compete and play at center back or in midfield. I am very excited to see her develop in the college game."
Why I Chose Georgetown: "I chose Georgetown University because it will challenge my abilities on the field as well as in the classroom. Georgetown's respected athletic program, rigorous academics and amazing location are all factors that made Georgetown the obvious choice for me."
Hometown: Moraga, Calif.
High School: Campolindo (Campolindo, Calif.)
Club: Lamorinda FC
Reshke was a four-year starter in high school and team captain for her last two years ... A first team all-league player, she was also named league MVP in 2013 ... In club soccer, she played for Lamorinda United 95, one of the premier teams in Northern California.
Quoting Coach Nolan: "Julia is a very technical player with good vision and attacking instincts. She can play central and out wide and gives us great competition in both roles. I am looking forward to seeing her develop in our program."
Why I Chose Georgetown: "I chose Georgetown because it offers me both an excellent education and an opportunity to play beautiful soccer in a highly competitive D1 program with an amazing coaching staff. As a life-long Californian, I am looking forward to experiencing the East Coast."
Hometown: Fenton, Mich.
High School: Powers Catholic (Flint, Mich.)
Club: Michigan Hawks
A member of the Michigan Olympic Development program, Rolls is also a three-time state cup champion and two-time regional champion with the Michigan Hawks Soccer Club ... In high school, she was a first team all-state selection (2012) and second team in 2011 when her team won the state championship.
Quoting Coach Nolan: "Heather is an excellent goalkeeper, with good size, strong hands and great feet. She has a tremendous work ethic and attitude and will push all our goalkeepers as she competes to play."
Why I Chose Georgetown: "I chose Georgetown because of the environment. Not only does Georgetown have a highly competitive soccer team, but Georgetown will also provide me with a rigorous academic environment. Georgetown's soccer team also has a refreshing and welcoming sense of family which I know will make my experience there even better than anywhere else I could've gone. I was always told that I would "just know" when I found the right school for me, and the second I stepped onto Georgetown's beautiful campus I knew."
Hometown: Madison, N.J.
High School: The Pingry School (Martinsville, N.J.)
Club: PDA Ginga
Topor plays her club soccer for the PDA Ginga, who finished third at the USYSA National Championship in 2013 ... A second team all-state selection at the Pingry School, she was team captain this year and helped her team to state championships in 2011 and 2012 ... She was a high school teammate fellow incoming freshman Rachel Corboz.
Quoting Coach Nolan: "Drew is a tough, versatile defender. A good athlete with a real competitive attitude, I expect her to compete for a spot along the back line for us. I am excited to see Drew develop over the next four years here at Georgetown."
Why I Chose Georgetown: "From the moment I arrived at Georgetown, I instantly pictured myself spending the next four years in this environment. Everything about the school - the academics, the soccer, the city, and the people, were exactly what I had been searching for throughout the college process. The soccer program at Georgetown is extremely competitive and I can't wait to be a part of such a talented team."
Hometown: Lititz, Pa.
High School: Warwick (Lititz, Pa.)
Club: PA Classics 95
A member of two-time state cup champions PA Classics 95 (2012 & 2013), Wenger was also named first team all-county and section in 2012 ... Her brother, Andrew, was the winner of the 2012 Hermann Trophy at Duke University and currently plays in the MLS for the Montreal Impact.
Quoting Coach Nolan: "Liz is a very good athlete with excellent pace. She reads the game very well defensively but is also composed on the ball and attacks well from the back. She will compete immediately along the back line. I expect her to grow into a very good college player."
Why I Chose Georgetown: "Georgetown first captured my attention with its location and the reputation of the McDonough School of Business. However, it was the two previous reasons in combination with the opportunity to play for a Division I soccer program like Georgetown's that sealed the deal for me."