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Women’s soccer lands 10 newcomers for 2013

Bearcats graduate large senior class, reload for fall with big signing class

February 27, 2013

Women’s soccer lands 10 newcomers for 2013

Contact: John Hartrick (

VESTAL, N.Y.—Binghamton women’s soccer coach Sarah McClellan announced her 2013 recruiting class on Wednesday - a large class of 10 scholastic standouts who will begin their collegiate careers with the Bearcats in the fall. McClellan had to replace the largest senior class in program history as 12 letterwinners will graduate this May, including seven starters.

Signing National Letters of Intent were Leighann Bennett (Dryden, N.Y.), Kasey Brida (Lansdowne, Pa.), Kelly Corrado (Freehold Township, N.J.), Haley Downin (Franklin, N.Y.), Alyssa Falinski (West Monroe, N.Y.), Michele Galvin (Middletown, N.Y.), Allison Mack (Hanover, Pa.), Katie O’Neill (Kearny, N.J.), Jacque Rice (Sinking Spring, Pa.) and Kailee Rottet (Tamaqua, Pa.).

“We graduated a large number of seniors and wanted to find top-notch players and people to bring in and help continue the development of our program,” McClellan said. “We are confident and excited to announce that we have done just that in the 2013 class.

“Each of these players has the potential to add to our level of play right away and that is very exciting. This is one of the most athletic and technical class of players we have ever brought in; they will fit into our style of play seamlessly.”

Below is capsule on each:

Leighann Bennett (F): A forward/midfielder from Dryden High School… Six year varsity soccer starter… HS Athlete of the Week accolades… Named Conference All Star six times… Two-time League MVP honors in addition to team MVP … Two-time All-State selection… Holds single season scoring record with 34 goals… … Scored a total of 100 career goals… Five year ODP member… High Honor Roll student… Member of the National Honor Society… Business and Marketing Honor Society member… Recipient of Excellence in English Award and Excellence in Business Award… Youth Soccer Coach… Youth Referee… Spanish tutor… STAR program volunteer…. Daughter of Brian and Janine Bennett.

McClellan on Bennett: “Leigh is a proven goal scorer; she is a hard worker and has a chip about her when she competes. The jump to the college level is a big one and Leigh’s athleticism, speed, and comfort on the ball are going to help her make that transition quickly.”

Kasey Brida (D): A defender/midfielder from The Shipley School… Four year varsity starter… Leading scorer as a freshmen… Led in assists as a midfielder in sophomore year… Twice named 1st Team All-Conference… All-Mainline News Team honoree… Team captain… Member of FC Europa club team coached by Dave Pettican and Kevin Jennings… National Merit Commendation recipient… Member of Economist club… daughter of Anthony and Karen Brida.

McClellan on Brida: “Kasey is a fast competitor and an exceptional student-athlete. Her athleticism carries a burst in change of speed, something that is very valuable at this level. She is another player that the sky is the limit as far as how much she is capable of.”

Kelly Corrado (D): A defender from Howell High School… Four year varsity starter… All District Accolades… Member of Freehold Real Shore club team coached by Mike Lyons… Team captain… Led team to USYSA NJ State Cup Championship… US Club Soccer Premier League National Championship… NJ State ODP team experience… Also played high school varsity lacrosse… National Honors Society member… Recipient of Scholar Athlete Award and Howell Rebel Scholar Award… High Honor Roll student… American Cancer Society volunteer… daughter of John and Camille Corrado.

McClellan on Corrado: “Kelly is one of those players that make others around her better. She communicates well; she has developed great defending technique and habits. Kelly is always striving to reach the next level and she will continue to do so here. She will be a great addition to our back line and will settle in nicely.”

Haley Downin (GK): A goalkeeper from Franklin High School… Four year varsity starter… Team captain… Led team to Section Four Championship in 2012… Three-time League All-Star 1st Team selection… Named to Stamford Mayors Cup All-Tournament Team… Garnered 1st Team All-State honors as a senior… Walton Reporter Athlete of the Week recognition… Member of United FC Premier club team and UFC Binghamton of the WPSL coached by Shane Cook… Also a varsity standout and League All-Star selection in both softball and basketball… Holds black belt in Tae Kwon Do… Member of the Language Club… Class President… Member of Ski Club… Fire Department Explorer member… 4-H volunteer… High Honor Roll Student… Scholar Athlete Award… Member of the National Honor Society… daughter of Dale and Jean Downin.

McClellan on Downin: “Haley brings great presence and athleticism to our goalkeeping squad. She is going to improve so quickly with daily training and within our environment. Her competitive spirit and excellent training focus are going to drive her to a higher level each time she takes the field. The amount of raw talent in her will be exciting to see develop.”

Alyssa Falinski (M/D): A midfielder and defender from Cicero- North Syracuse High School… Four year varsity starter in class AA soccer… Four-time All-League Team recognition… Team captain… Longtime member of Syracuse Blitz soccer club coached by Bob Escobar and Mark Falinski… Captained team to several state cup finalists placing… Led team to State Championship in 2012 and Region I National Championships… Also plays for Empire United team and UFC Binghamton WPSL team… Honor Roll Student… Member of the National Honor Society… French Club member… Student Athletic Trainer… daughter of Mark and Barb Falinski.

McClellan on Falinski: “Aly is a smart, technical player; she is versatile and has a high ceiling of potential. Her drive and work ethic are going to take her a long way just in her first year. Our training environment, along with her attitude, is going to bring so much out of her.”

Michele Galvin (F): A forward from Middletown High School… Varsity starter as an 8th grader… Trained diligently with Primo Sports group… Member of World Class FC team coached by Osborne Carter… Competes in the highly nationally competitive ECNL league… Also has NY State ODP experience… High Honor Roll Student… Ranked in top 3% of graduating class… National Honor Society member… Middletown’s Athletes Care club participant… Breast Cancer Walk volunteer… daughter of William and Ruthann Galvin.

McClellan on Galvin: “Michele is a feisty player; she has an extra gear that gets her flying by defenders on the dribble. She is fantastic at creating opportunities in the attacking third. She is a flank specialist and will learn to dominate at the college level.”

Allison Mack (M/D): A midfielder and defender from New Oxford High School… Varsity Soccer starter… Team captain… MVP honors… Team leading scorer… All-Times Player accolades… Plays club soccer for FC Fusion coached by Nathan Kimbrough and ACF Torino coached by David Jones… Club team National Indoor Champions… Experience in PA State ODP… Also competed and captained high school varsity cross country team and swimming team… Distinguished Honor Roll and Scholar Athlete… Member and president of the National Honor Society… Treasurer for National Art Honor Society… Mentoring Program president… French Club member… Science Olympiad team… Camp CARES counselor… daughter of Stacey and Lori Mack.

McClellan on Mack: “Mack brings a lot of speed to the outside back position. She is able to run up and down the flank all day and is able to shut down the opponent as well as jump start the attack. Her attention to detail when she plays is a really great asset.”

Catherine (Katie) O’Neill (M): A midfielder from Kearny High School… Four year varsity soccer starter… Team captain… Named to the NJGSCA All- State Top 20… NJ assist leader as a junior… Recognized on 1st Team All-Hudson County… Member of well-known SDFC Lynx club team coached by Ashley Hammond and Ed Duddy… 2012 NJ State Championship… 2012 Region I Premier League Championship… Competed in both USYSA National League and Region I Premier League… Member of 2011 NJ State ODP Team and Region I ODP Pool Team… Four year honor student… member of Italian Honor Society… daughter of Hugh and Karen O’Neill.

McClellan on O’Neill: “Katie comes to us from a top level club team and tons of experience playing all over the field. Simply put, she is a game changer. Her speed, athleticism, and soccer ability will make an impact on our team immediately. She is savvy and competes hard day in and day out.”

Jacque Rice (F): A forward from Wilson High School… Four year varsity soccer starter… Team captain… Named to All-Berks Division I Team… All Berks County 1st Team honoree… Led team to Berks Title League Final… Longtime member of PA Classics Academy team coached by Mike Henning… Region I league association… Led club team to multiple tournament championships… National Honor Society member… High Honor Roll Student… Wilson Kid2kid counselor… Leukemia & Lymphoma Society volunteer… Opportunity House volunteer… daughter of Chris and Diane Rice.

McClellan on Rice: “Jacque loves soccer. She’s a competitor, she’s a hard player, a goal scorer, and crafty. She is working really hard to prepare for college and that will pay off. Her talent combined with her passion to be the best are a combination to look out for.”

Kailee Rottet (F): A forward from Tamaqua Area High School… Highly decorated varsity striker… Four year varsity starter… Holds school records for goals in a game (5), goals in a season (38) and total career goals (100)… Team captain… Named Times News Player of the Year as a senior… Two time co-player of the year by Pottsville Republican… Four time 1st Team All-Conference accolades, Twice named to the All-State Team… Member of highly ranked FC Revolution club team coached by Mike Moyer and Eric Puls… National Honor Society member… Honor Roll Student… Member of school Spanish and Biology clubs… daughter of Kim and Tom Rottet.

McClellan on Rottet: “Kailee will stop at nothing when it comes to scoring a goal. She will lay out for every chance. Her attitude and effort are tremendous. Like Leigh, Kailee scored 100 goals in high school; she loves to put the ball in the back of the net.”

The incoming class will look to continue the momentum that the 2012 team closed the season with. The Bearcats won their final two games - both on the road - to get back to the .500 level for the season (8-8-1). Binghamton’s string of postseason berths ended, however, after a tough stretch of one-goal defeats. McClellan is looking to return to form with a program that has advanced to the America East semifinals six times in the last nine years, including a pair of championship game appearances.

“We are returning some strong players with lots of experience as well as some young players who are ready to step up and be difference makers,” she said. “This incoming group needs to come in prepared to meet our team expectations and be ready to compete.

“Our team really wants to accomplish their goals this season and understands the follow through required. The effort and attitude to prepare is something that our incoming group and our returning group have made a commitment to and I believe this will be one of our strongest ever teams across the board.”

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