CAMBRIDGE, Mass. - Ray Leone, entering his third season as head coach of the Harvard women's soccer team, has announced that the Crimson will welcome 10 freshmen to the squad for the upcoming 2009 season.
The incoming class consists of four defenders, two midfielders, two forwards and two goalkeepers. Three players hail from Massachusetts, two from California and one each comes from New Jersey, Illinois, Hawaii, Michigan and Utah.
With the addition of 10 newcomers, the Harvard women's soccer team, the defending Ivy League champion, boasts a roster of 31 players, as it looks to advance to the NCAA tournament for the second straight year. Last fall, Harvard completed the season with a 10-3-5 record and was 5-1-1 in Ivy League play.
Caroline Albanese, Forward, Westfield, N.J./The Pingry School
Earned four varsity letters ... Captained squad as a senior ... Earned all-state, All-Colonial Hills Conference, all-county and all-area first-team honors in 2008 ... Won two state and county championships ... Helped Olympic Development Program team win national championship in 2007 and finished second in 2008 ... National Merit Scholar runner-up.
Alexandra Conigliaro, Forward/Midfielder, Dedham, Mass./Noble and Greenough School
Five-time letterwinner ... Led the Independent School League (ISL) in scoring in 2007 ... Three-time All-ISL team and three-time all-state selection ... Named to All-New England team in 2008 ... All-region as a senior ... Three-time Boston Globe Prep All-Star ... Helped team take three ISL titles and won the 2008 New England championship with a 16-0-0 record ... Massachusetts Olympic Development Program member from 2005-09 ... Three-time Boston Globe Fall All-Scholastic.
Catherine Coppinger, Defender, Billerica, Mass./Phillips Academy
Earned 10 varsity letters in soccer, basketball and track at Phillips Academy ... Captained soccer and basketball teams as a senior ... Winners of the Schubert Key Award, Philip K. Allen Prize and Drake Award at Phillips Academy ... Phelps Scholar-Athlete in 2005-09 ... Boston Globe New England Prep School All-Star in 2008 ... Member of the Massachusetts Olympic Development Program team ... Earned a spot on the New England Aztec U18 Region I Premier League team in 2009 ... Helped Phillips Academy to 2007 NEPSAC championship in soccer and 2006, '08, '09 titles in track ... Three-time New England Division I track individual champion in 400m, 4x400m and 800m ... Co-president of Amnesty International.
Courtney Diekema, Goalkeeper, Holland, Mich./Zeeland East
Earned four varsity letters in soccer, three in cross country and one in swimming at Zeeland East ... Two-time captain of soccer team ... Named all-conference in soccer two years and all-area three times ... Selected all-district in 2009 ... Recorded a school-record 13 shutouts, made a school-record 158 saves and posted a .908 save percentage as a senior ... Finished second in Reeds Lake Triathlon and Grand Haven Triathlon in 15-20 age group in 2008 ... National Honor Society ... Has volunteered at Western Theological Seminary soup kitchen and Walk for Warmth.
Alicia Johnson, Midfielder, Wilmette, Ill./New Trier
Lettered all four years in soccer ... Three-year starter at center midfield and sweeper ... Team captain senior year ... Club team captain 2006-07 ... Pepsi Showdown All-Tournament team in 2009 ... Illinois All-Sectional in 2008 ... Team Field General Award in 2008 ... Illinois High School Association All-Conference in 2007 ... Led 2006 squad to Illinois state championship and No. 1 ranking in the nation ... IHSA state quarterfinalist in 2007 ... Led team to Pepsi Showdown final in 2008 ... National Merit Letter of Commendation in 2009 ... Attended the J. Kyle Baird Leadership program summer 2007.
Morgan Keefe, Defender, San Diego, Calif./Academy of Our Lady of Peace
Captain of the soccer team sophomore and senior years ... Second-team all-league in soccer junior and senior years ... Soccer MVP sophomore and senior years ... Club team captain and Player of the Year in 2008-09 ... Led squad to national finals in 2006 ... Competed in the 100, 200 and 4x100 meter relay on the varsity track and field team ... Also played varsity tennis and served as team captain in 2008 ... Volunteered with HELPS International from 2004-09 and traveled to Guatemala on a humanitarian mission trip as a Spanish translator in 2009 ... National Honor Society ... Tri-Scholar Athlete Award ... Union Tribune Scholar Athlete Award recipient ... National Merit recognition ... Published two articles in medical journals.
Taryn Kurcz, Defender, Agoura Hills, Calif./Agoura
Team captain senior year ... Club soccer team captain from 2004-09 ... Named to All-Marmonte League and the All-California Interscholastic Federation (CIF) twice ... Named Marmonte League Offensive MVP and earned first-team All-County senior year ... Member of the Super Y League All-Star team in club soccer ... Led team to Coast Soccer Premier League, Super Y League and Winter Surf Cup titles in 2006 ... Member of the squad that won the National Cup championship and the Summer Surf Cup championship in 2008, as well as the Spring Far West Regional League championship in 2009 ... Two-year letterwinner in basketball freshman and sophomore years ... Named second-team All-Marmonte League sophomore year ... Ran track first three years, competing in the 100 and 300 hurdles and the 4x100 and 4x400 relays ... Tabbed first-team All-Marmonte League all three years ... Lead runner for the school-record-setting 4x400 relay squad ... Scholar-Athlete Award winner ... California Scholarship Federation member ... Volunteered with the Special Olympics.
Alexandra Millet, Goalkeeper, Westford, Mass./Westford Academy
Four-year starter in goal for the varsity soccer team ... Soccer captain senior year ... Invited to the Nike Premier 50 national camp in 2006 and '07 ... All-Eastern Mass and Dual County League All-Star all four years ... Three-time all-state selection and two-time All-New England honoree ... Lowell Sun All-Star all four years and Player of the Year in 2008 ... Team Defensive Player of the Year in 2007 and MVP in 2008 ... Led team to Division I North finals in 2008 ... Holds school record for most shutouts in a season with 10 ... FC Stars of Massachusetts Player of the Year from 2005-07 ... Led team to two state championships and a No. 8 ranking in the nation ... Lettered freshman year in shot put and hurdles in track and field ... National Merit Scholarship winner in 2009 ... Boston Globe Scholar-Athlete nominee in 2009 and All-Scholastic from 2006-08 ... Massachusetts Association of School Superintendents Certificate of Academic Excellence in 2008 ... National Honor Society Award for Scholarship in 2008 ... Nashoba Valley Special Olympics volunteer.
Aisha Price, Midfielder, Honolulu, Hawaii/Punahou School
Four-year member of the varsity soccer and water polo teams ... Water polo captain in 2009 ... 2009 Hawaii Co-Player of the Year in soccer ... First-team all-league and state championship tournament and state championship tournament Most Outstanding Player in 2009 ... Second-team all-league, second-team all-state and first-team state championship tournament in 2008 ... Second-team all-league in 2007 ... Led soccer team to 2009 state championship ... State championship tournament MVP in water polo in 2008, helping team win state championship ... League Co-Player of the Year in 2008 ... First-team all-league in 2007 ... Academic recognition in AP Environmental Science in 2008.
Alexandra Woodcock, Defense/Midfielder, Park City, Utah/Park City
Received three varsity letters at Park City High ... Helped team win 3A state championship in 2005 ... State finalist in 2006 and 2008 ... Earned second-team all-state honors by Deseret News and Salt Lake Tribune as a senior ... Competed with Region IV Utah ODP team in 2006-07 ... National Honors Society honoree.