Feb. 10, 2012
PROVIDENCE, R.I. - Providence College women's soccer Head Coach Jim McGirr announced today that 13 student-athletes have signed a National Letter of Intent to play for the Friars, beginning in the fall of 2012.
"I feel this is the strongest class we've ever brought in and that's a strong statement in comparison to some classes we've signed in the past," said McGirr. ""After the huge success of last season, you always experience losses. But the incoming class will allow for a smooth transition into a successful 2012 season."
"There are some fantastic attacking options, which is an area of the field we needed to deepen. We've got players that can come in and score goals, immediately, and attack with a purpose," McGirr said of the incoming recruiting class. " We have also added depth to our defending core, which is extremely strong. With the numbers we're bringing in we have been able to add depth to our bench as well. "
Jenna Donahue (Avon, Conn.)
Donahue played club soccer for the CFC United, who won the Connecticut State Cup Championship in 2011. Prior to that, she played for the CFC Wolves from 2004-10, and helped the team capture the Connecticut State Cup in 2008 and 2009. At Avon High School, Donahue earned four varsity letters, was named Most Valuable Player her freshman year and was captain of the team as a senior.
Lauren Elia (Erie, Pa.)
Elia played for the Erie Admirals Soccer Club from 2002-11, Northern Steel S.C. in 2011 and Century United S.C. in 2012. She also was a member of the Olympic Development Program in Pennsylvania. West team in 2009 and 2010. Elia comes to Providence after playing four years at Mercyhurst, where she earned four varsity letters and captained her team during her junior and senior seasons. In 2010 the team won the Pennsylvania State Championship and was ranked as high as fourth in the nation. For her performance, she was an All-District honoree in 2010 and 2011 and All-Regional award winner from 2008-11.
Nicole Henderson (Mill Valley, Calif.)
Henderson comes to Providence College after playing club soccer for the Santa Rose Aftershocks and the WPDL North Bay FC Wave. In 2011 the Santa Rosa Aftershocks were the Las Vegas College Showcase Champions and CalNorth semi-finalists. Henderson also was on the Olympic Development Program CalNorth State Team and was an U.S. Soccer Training Center participant. During her freshman and sophomore years Henderson attended and played soccer at Marin Catholic High School before going to Tamalpais High School. During her four years in high school she earned a varsity letter each year and was captain of her team during her senior season.
Kathryn Hiller (Dartmouth, Mass.)
Hiller most recently played for the Scorpion Soccer Club, after playing for Crusaders United from 2007-08 and Nor-Easter from 2003-07. Hiller earned four varsity letters in soccer at Dartmouth High School and captained the team her senior season. She earned Mass All-Star First-Team honors as well as being named All-State and Standard Times Player of the Year.
Courtney Maguire (Smithfield, R.I.)
Maguire played club soccer for the Scorpions SC who were Massachusetts State Champions, Region 1 Premier League champions and National Soccer Championship finalists from 2008 through 2011. The team also played in the U.S. Youth Soccer Association National Championship Series. Maguire also was a four year letterwinner in soccer at Smithfield High School, where she holds the school record for most goals in a season and career.
Allison Mills (Atkinson, N.H.)
Mills was a member of the Olympic Development Program N.H. State Team from 2007-09 and the ODP Inter-Regional Select Team and the Super Y Team in 2009. Mills comes to Providence College after playing club soccer for the FC Stars of Massachusetts, who advanced to the ECNL Final Four in 2010 and 2011 and were Massachusetts State Champions. The team was Region I semi-finalists in 2010. Mills was selected to the ECNL All-Event Team in 2011 and participated in the National ID Camp at Gillette Stadium in 2012. Prior to playing for the FC Stars Mills played for the Seacoast United Soccer Club out of New Hampshire. She earned four varsity letters at Timberlane Regional High School
Abby O'Brien (Boxborough, Mass.)
O'Brien comes to Providence College after playing club soccer for the Massachusetts Premier Soccer Renegades. She was named a Super Y All-Star and Most Valuable Player of her club team in 2010-11. O'Brien played soccer at Acton Boxborough Regional High School where she captained her team in 2011.
Megan Sweeney (Coral Springs, Fla.)
Sweeney, a goalkeeper, was a member of the Olympic Development Program in Florida and was part of the Super Y ODP pool. She played club soccer for Coral Springs United in the Renegades Region Three Premier League from 2006-11. In 2011, the team was the Florida State Champions. Sweeney earned four varsity letters at St. Thomas Aquinas High School, and was a member of the Class 5a Florida State Championship team who also was named ESPN rise National Champions.
Morgan Testa (Potomac, Md.)
Testa comes to Providence College after playing club soccer for the MSC Mustangs, for whom she was a captain. She earned three varsity letters in soccer at St. John's College High School in Washington, D.C., where she helped lead the team to the WCAC Championships her senior year.
Morgan Thomasian (Manasquan, N.J.)
Thomasian played for the Player Development Academy from 2009-12 after playing for the Wall Soccer Club from 2004-09. Thomasian earned four varsity letters in soccer at Wall High School and was captain during her senior season. She was named All-Conference, All-Shore and All-Monmouth County.
Darci Vierra (Norwell, Mass.)
Vierra played club soccer for Scorpions SC before coming to Providence College. A captain of her team at Norwell High School, Vierra earned four varsity letters in soccer and was named to the Massachusetts Soccer Coaches' All-State Team and Eastern Massachusetts Soccer All-Star Team, in 2011.
Catherine Zimmerman (Madison, N.J.)
Zimmerman was on the Olympic Development Program New Jersey State Team from 2006-08 and attending the U.S. Club ID Regional Camp in 2009. She also played for the Player Development Academy. In 2011 and 2012, Zimmerman was named an ECNL finalist. In 2011 she also earned a spot on the ECNL San Antonio All-Event Team. Her team was Region I finalists and State Cup Champions in 2011. Zimmerman played for Madison High School, where she was recognized as First-Team All Conference, First-Team All-State Group 2 North and Most Valuable Player for the 2011 season.