After a stellar 2013 season, the Crimson is set to welcome in six new freshmen. (Photo: Gil Talbot)
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Harvard women's soccer is set to welcome six new Crimson to Cambridge for the 2014 season, head coach Ray Leone announced this week. Joining Harvard for the upcoming season are Marie Becker, Mia Bladin, Caroline Chagares, Candy Janachowski, Gabby Kaplan and Dani Stollar. The six new Crimson represent four different states and two countries.
Marie Becker | Kiel, Germany | Humboldt-Schule Kiel
Member of the German National Team … Named the Kiel Athlete of the Year (2012) … Schleswig-Holstein's Soccer Player of the Year (2012 and 2013) ... Player of the Tournament of the Schleswig-Holstein Indoor Soccer Championship (2013) … Honor for Outstanding Athletic Performance awarded by the city of Kiel (2009 and 2010) … Helped Germany to fourth place in the U17 World Cup 2012 … Reached the semifinals of the U19 European Championship 2013 … Champion of the 3rd German Soccer League 2012 and 2014
Mia Bladin | Seattle, Wash. | The Northwest School
Four-year starter and two-year captain at the Northwest School, playing as center defender, center mid and forward … All-Area Seattle Times All-Star Team, Forward (2013) … First Team All-League, Div. 1A Conference (2011-13) … First Team All-State, Div. 1A Conference (2012-13) … Second Team All-State Defender, Div 1A Conference (2012) … Played club soccer with Emerald City G95 Green (2007-09), Seattle United G95 Copa (2009-11), Eastside FC G95 Red (2011-14), Washington State ODP/EDP Travel Team (2009, 2011-12), Girls U14 National Team (2010)
Caroline Chagares | Wyckoff, N.J. | Ramapo High School
Five-star player as rated by Top Drawer Soccer … Four-year letterwinner, starter and senior captain for Ramapo High School … Scored 112 goals with 48 assists over her four-year career; scored 15 game winners as a senior … Played in first Girls High School All-American Game on Dec. 7, 2013; scored a goal for the East in the 2-0 win … Two-time Gatorade Player of the Year in New Jersey … Named to the Top-20 Players All-State list all four years at Ramapo … NSCAA High School All-American … First Team All-Suburban … First Team All-County … First Team All-League … Led team to Big North League Championship and North I Group III State Section Championship … Played club soccer with the Wyckoff Torpedoes (2002-07) and the PDA Slammers (2007-14) … Named a top-10 player in the U.S. for class of 2014 … U-20, U-17, U-15 U.S. Women's National Team Pool … Olympic Development Program (2009-12)
Candy Janachowski | Mill Valley, Calif. | St. Ignatious Prep
A versatile player for St. Ignatious College Prep, and also ran track and field … Played club soccer for Marin FC (2008-14), Region IV ODP (2012-13) and Cal North ODP (2011-12), mainly starting at outside back … Helped to lead Marin to NorCal Regional Qualifiers for the National Cup in 2009-11 … National Merit Scholar … 2013-14 Student Body Treasurer at St. Ignatious
Gabby Kaplan | Emerald Hills, Calif. | Castilleja School
Four-year letterwinner at Castilleja, playing attacking mid and forward … Member of the U14 National Team (2010) and U15 National Team (2011) … USYS Adidas Golden Ball recipient (MVP at Nationals; 2010) … USYS National Championship National Guard "Best 11 in Tournament" Award recipient (2012) … MVP of International Costa Rica Training Trip with the Region IV Olympic Development Team.
Dani Stollar | Honolulu, Hawaii | Punahou School
Three-year starter and senior captain at Punahou School, playing holding mid, attacking mid and forward … All-State Honorable Mention in 2011 and 2012 … ILH All-Star First Team (2012 and 2013) … All-State Tournament First Team (2013) … All-State Team (2013) … Helped lead Punahou to a state championship and IHL championship in 2011; scored a goal in the state championship … Played club soccer for the Honolulu Bulls Soccer Club (2003-14), starting every year … Captained the Bulls in 2013-14