After a stellar 2014 season, the Crimson is set to welcome in nine newcomers. (Photo: Penny Ashford)
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Harvard women's soccer is set to welcome nine new Crimson to Cambridge for the 2015 season, head coach Ray Leone announced this week. Joining Harvard for the upcoming season are Charlotte Davis, Danielle Etzel, Rachel Garcia (transfer from University of Georgia), Jenny Kronish, Zayne Matulis, Leah Mohammadi, Hannah Natanson, Alli Wiggins, and Niki Young.
"I am very pleased to announce this year's incoming class," said head coach Ray Leone, who is entering his ninth season at the helm of the Crimson. "They all bring different elements to the team but one thread is a constant; they are all coachable, versatile and driven to help this team be the best we can be. I can't wait to see them all on the Harvard campus and finally get on the training field together."
The Class of 2019:
Charlotte Davis | Stilwell, Kansas
Four-year varsity starter as a left back defender and central midfielder for Blue Valley Southwest; captain as a senior … Played club soccer for Kansas City Blaze Blue Angels … First Team All-State (2015) ... First Team All-League (2015) ... 15 goals scored as a senior ... Second Team All-League (2012, 2013) and Honorable Mention All-League (2014) … 2011 Kansas State Cup Champions (KC Blaze) … 2012 Kansas State Cup Finalists (KC Blaze) … 2014 State Tournament Finalists (BVSW) … 2012, 2013, 2014 Regional Champions (BVSW) … Principal's Honor Roll (2011-2015), Presidential Service Award (2011-2015), Student Council President (2015, 2013) (VP 2012, 2014), Spanish National Honor Society President (2015), Relay for Life Event Co-Chair (2015)-- committee Chair 2012, 2013, Project SKIP (work with truant teenagers-2011-2015), Began Dodge to Donate, a charity dodgeball tournament to benefit Paraguayan children (2014-15) American Youth Leader (2014-15), Varsity Debater (2011, 2012, 2013 -fifth place in State Tournament 2012), DECA third place in State (2015)
Danielle Etzel | Madison, Conn.
Played center midfield and in goal for four years on the Choate Rosemary Hall varsity squad … Also was a four-year letterman on the girls varsity basketball team (captain senior year); and a three-year varsity rower in the first boat and fourth boat … Played club soccer with CFC United U18 ECNL—previously played for CFC Lynx U16-U17, South Central Premier Scorpions since U12 … Edith Wallis Award for Greatest Contribution to Athletics in Third Form Year (2012); Eugenia Baker Jessup Award for the Greatest Contribution to Athletics in the Fifth Form-runner-up (2014); 2013 All-League Goalkeeper … Region 1 USYSA ODP program-'97 goalkeeper for 4 years- chosen for international trips and national development camps in Costa Rica (2012), Phoenix, AZ (2013), top 18 team and starting goalkeeper for Boca Raton, FL Thanksgiving Inter-Regional Event (2013 and 2014); 2013 Croatia Istria Cup- represented USA, 2014 Croatia Region 1 trip- represented USA again … Dean's List honoree every trimester at Choate Rosemary Hall; Marjorie Brampton Harvey Prize to a Fourth Former Who Shall Have Distinguished Herself by the Enthusiasm with Which She has Applied Herself to Her Studies and Her Extracurricular Interests- runner up; _Layout Editor- Beyond Choate- Contemporary Issues Magazine at Choate; Senior Writer for Overtime- Sports Magazine at Choate; member of Goldkey-Choate's tour guide group; String Orchestra- played violin; Women of the World
Jenny Kronish | New York, N.Y.
Four-year varsity goalkeeper for Riverdale Country School; was a senior captain … Also lettered in softball (five years) and basketball (one year) … Started as the goalkeeper for the Manhattan Soccer Club (2011-13), FC Sting (2013-14) and Nirvana (2014-15) … 2014: Best Defense Award; All-City Team; All-Bronx Team; All-Ivy First Team; NYC Mayor's Cup All-Star Team; Invited to play for Israel U19 Team in UEFA Championship … 2013: Coaches' Award Recipient; All-Brox Team; All-Ivy First Team … Academic Honor Roll (2013-15)
Zayne Matulis | Austin, Texas
Four-year letterwinner and starting center mid for Westlake High; senior-year captain … Played club for the Lonestars 98 ECNL (2009-15); started all seven years at left mid and center mid … All-District First Team all four years at WHS … 2014 District 15-5A MVP … 2014 TASCO All-Region Senior Team … 2013 TASCO All-State Honorable Mention … 2013 All-Central Texas Newcomer of the Year … 2012 District 15-5A Newcomer of the Year … 2012-15 Academic All-District … 2014 TASCO Academic All-State … 2014 National Honor Society … 2014 Student Council … AP Scholar
Leah Mohammadi | Upland, Calif.
Three-year varsity center-mid at Upland High School … Played club soccer for 2003-15 with Slammers FC … USFF U16 and U19 National Futsal Champion … CalSouth Olympic Development Program (2010-14) … CalSouth Young Olympian (2009) … US Youth Soccer ODP National Champions … Principal's Honor Roll all four years … Scholar Athlete (2012-14).
Hannah Natanson | Washington, D.C.
Four year starter and letterwinner as a forward for Georgetown Day School; captain in 2014; also lettered in track for three years as a sprinter and hurdler … Played club soccer with McLean Youth … Four-star rated player by Top Drawer Soccer (TDS) 2011-15; TDS Rank #14 Mid-Atlantic Region 2015; Played in 2nd Annual NSCAA Girls High School All-American Soccer Game on Dec. 13, 2014 (Defender); Three-time Washington Post All-Met (Forward) 2012-14; Three-time ISL AA All-League 1st Team (Forward) 2012-14; DCSAA Inaugural All-State Team (Forward) 2014; Team MVP and 4-Year Varsity Award 2014; VA & Region I Olympic Development Program 2010-12 (Defender) … GDS 4-Year Career Scoring Record (60 Goals, 22 Assists) 2011-14; GDS Single Season Scoring Record (22 Goals, 7 Assists) 2013; Team Leading Scorer 2011-14 (Average: 15 goals/5.5 assists per season); Washington Post All-Met Top 10 Scorer 2013 (250+ schools); ISL AA Division Goals/Assists Leader (22/7) 2013; ISL AA Top 10 Scorer 2011, 2012 & 2014; Led team to ISL AA Tournament Final (highest postseason finish in program history) 2014; Qualified for DCSAA Tournament (top 8 teams) every year since inception 2012-14; Led team to DCSAA Tournament Semifinal 2013; Two-time All-School Athlete 2012-13 … ECNL/id2 Mid-Atlantic Player Development Program '15 … GDS Outstanding Female Athlete Award '15 … DCSAA Student-Athlete Academic Scholarship Award … Club Soccer: USYS Region I Champions League: Division 1 Blue Champions, RICL Tournament Finalists '15 … 2015 National Merit Scholar; 2015 U.S. Presidential Scholar Candidate (Scholars announced in May); College Board AP Scholar with Distinction; ACTIVITIES: The Augur Bit (High School Newspaper) - Editor in Chief 2014-15/Arts Editor 2012-13/Staff Writer 2011-12; National Institutes of Health Biomedical Research Summer Internship - Research project about the effect of inhaled O2 levels on nitric oxide metabolism in rodents was accepted for NIH Poster Day 2013; Harvard Model Congress International Monetary Fund Committee Delegate – Honorable Mention Award 2015
Alli Wiggins | Methuen, Mass.
Four year forward starter at Central Catholic … Also lettered a year in indoor track … Played club with FC Stars of Massachusetts Soccer (2008-15) as a forward/mid … Merrimack Valley All-Conference (2012, 2013, 2014) … Eastern Mass All-Star (2012, 2013, 2014) … Eagle Tribune All-Star (2013) … Team Offensive MVP (2013) … All-State (2014) … Boston Herald All-Scholastic (2014); Team MVP … 2013 Principal's Award … Academic Scholar Award (2012-15) …. Society of Women Engineers' Certificate of Merit (2014) … National Honor Society (2012-15) … Mathematics Silver Medal … Special Olympics Volunteer (2011-15)
Niki Young | Needham, Mass.
Four-year starter at midfield for Milton Academy; also lettered for three years in both basketball and track & field … Played club soccer for NEFC Elite (five years) … 2013 and 2014 All-League … 2014 All-State … 2014 Team MVP … 2012 League Honorable Mention … Inducted into the Cum Laude Society in 2015 … 2015 Biology Award honoree.
Rachel Garcia | Duluth, Ga.
2014 (Sophomore at Georgia):
One of only two field players to start all 20 games ... 1,187 minutes ... second on the team in points with 16, on five goals and six assists ... led Georgia with 63 shots, 25 of which were on goal (.397) ... two game-winning goals, tied for second-most on the squad ... named to the CoSIDA Academic All-District Team.
2013 (Freshman at Georgia):
Earned starting role at center forward as a rookie, playing in 19 games with 18 starts ... three goals came vs. Houston, Mercer, and LSU ... added team-high five assists to finish with 11 points ... took 49 shots, 18 on goal ... 933 minutes ... named to Top Drawer Soccer's midseason list of top-100 freshman in the nation ... Fall Athletic Director's Honor Roll & Dean's List... SEC First-Year Academic Honor Roll.
2013 Gatorade Georgia Soccer Female Player of the Year ... NSCAA Georgia Girls Soccer Player of the Year ... 2013 NSCAA All-American and All-Region ... 2013 Atlanta Journal Constitution Player of the Year ... 2012-13 Gwinnett Daily Post Super 6 selection ... 2011 State Runners-Up, 2012 state champions ... Gwinnett County Player of the Year 2012 ... All-Region team 2011-12 ... Region 6AA first team 2013 ... Region 6AA All-Region Player of the Year 2012 and Player of the Year 2013 ... Gwinnett Daily Post All-County 2010-13 ... Gwinnett Goal Club All-County 2011-13 ... Gwinnett Goal Club A-AAAAA Girls Player of the Year 2013 ... Offensive Player Award 2012 ... GASCA All-Star Team 2012 ... single-season goals record (53) and offensive output (103 points) ... career record for offensive output (146 goals, 46 assists) ... team captain; four-year varsity starter.