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Women’s soccer locks in seven recruits for 2012 season

Newcomers expected to bolster lineup coming off AE semifinal appearance in 2011

March 21, 2012

Women’s soccer locks in seven recruits for 2012 season

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VESTAL, N.Y.—Binghamton women’s soccer has signed seven scholastic players who will join the program for the 2012 season, head coach Sarah McClellan announced. The seven join a surging BU program that advanced to the America East semifinals for the sixth time in the last eight years before being edged by 14th-ranked Boston University 2-1. McClellan returns 25 players (13 underclassmen) from that ‘11 squad and is excited to infuse even more talent into the program. 

Joining the Bearcats this fall will be Samantha Crane (Corning), Rebecca Raber (Bayport), Katie Corcoran (Fort Salonga), Stephani Church (Latham), Alyssa Vallar (Huntington Station), Genevieve Crescenzo (East Setauket), and Jacqueline Ehrenreich (Hartsdale).

“We are very excited to add such strong, quality student athletes; this group of players have a super work ethic, drive, and competitive spirit,” McClellan said. “They come from well-experienced club backgrounds and we know each will contribute to excellence on and off the field. The talent level of this class is extremely high; we are looking forward to their arrival on campus and joining our veterans.”

Below is a capsule look at each incoming player.

Samantha Crane (F): A forward from Corning and Corning Painted Post High School…Accomplished three sport varsity athlete… Five year varsity soccer center midfielder… Team captain… Led team to Sectional Championship Class AA… Three year All-Conference Selection… Two time All League Player of the Year… Named to the First Team All-State as a senior… also standout in varsity basketball and lacrosse… varsity basketball All-Star and All-Division honoree… Member of New York West ODP team… USYSA Region I regional team member… Long time member of Soaring Capital travel team.

McClellan on Crane: “Sam is a pure athlete; she is ultra competitive in everything she does. Her passion for soccer is tremendous; she is very technical and savvy on the ball, great take on player and can score goals in bunches. We are so excited to see how far she can develop and impact the collegiate game.”

Rebecca Raber (M): A midfielder from Bayport and Bayport-Blue Point High School…Highly decorated varsity midfielder/defender… Five year varsity starter… Four time All-County Selection… Named to the All-State First team as a senior and All-State Second Team as a junior… Awarded Suffolk League Player of the Year honors as a junior and senior… Varsity Basketball, Lacrosse, and Track…Member of nationally ranked Smithtown Attack club team… National Honor Society member… Honor Roll Student… Also member of Anti Bias Task Force and Safe School Ambassador.

McClellan on Raber: “Rebecca is an absolute force to be reckoned with in the midfield; she will be fun to watch as she develops at the collegiate level. She has all the talent and athleticism but also the intangibles in her workrate, attitude, and competitiveness. We knew from the first time we saw Rebecca play that she would be a Bearcat; she is such a perfect fit for our program and will be a dangerous threat as an attacking midfielder.”

Katie Corcoran (M/F): A midfielder/forward from Fort Solonga and Kings Park High School… Two year member of Eastern New York ODP team… Varsity soccer center midfield standout… Team Captain… All County Selection… Named to the New York All State team as a senior… Earned honors of All Suffolk County League Player of the Year as a senior… Named Team MVP… Plays club soccer for strong Masspaequa Force club team… Also competed in varsity Track… All League and All County Academic for track… Track County Championship… 600m league champion… Member of National Honor Society… High Honor Roll student.

McClellan on Corcoran: “Katie is a superb student-athlete. She has great athleticism and awareness and can play relatively anywhere on the field. Katie is smooth on the ball and brings a clever attacking personality and possession play to the game. She is a quick learner and soccer smart; I think she will develop quickly into a great collegiate player.”

Stephani Church (F): A forward from Latham and Shaker High School… Varsity forward decorated with accolades… Class AA New York All-State Selection… Named First Team All-Area and All-Section… Team Captain… Earned First Team Suburban Council Honors… Named Team MVP… Recipient of the North Colonie Physical Education Leadership Award… Plays club soccer for Black Watch premier team… Silver medalist in the Olympiada of Spoken Russian for NY and in the National Russian Essay Contest… Member of the National Honor Society.

McClellan on Church: “Steph is a strong, fast forward. She has consistently separated herself as a top player on the field. She is dynamic and very skilled going to goal, and will only get better in the college training environment. She oozes with potential and we are very eager to see her development within our program.”

Alyssa Vallar (D/M): A defender/midfielder from Huntington Station and Walt Whitman High School… Four year varsity soccer starter… Team Rookie of the Year as freshmen… All-League Selection… Team Captain… Led team to back to back playoffs as a junior and senior… Three Time Suffolk All-County Team honors… Led team to state finals in 2009 while leading the country in shut-outs… Named Team MVP three times… Competes on New Hyde Lady Cougar club team… Suffolk County All- Academic Team recognition as senior… Ranked 4 out of 425 in high school class… AP Scholar… Member of National Society of High School Scholars… National Honor Society member.

McClellan on Vallar: “Alyssa is a consistent and composed all-around player; she can play anywhere in our back line. She is technical and a quick learner of the game. I’m looking for Alyssa to come in and compete in the back; she brings strong size and athleticism, in addition to being an excellent student. Alyssa will be a fantastic addition to our defensive unit.”

Genevieve Crescenzo (D): A defender from East Setauket and Saint Anthony’s High School… Four year varsity soccer player… Led team to Catholic High School State Championship… Standout forward ranked 8th in the nation in scoring in the Catholic High School League… Also ran track… Plays club soccer for the very competitive Smithtown Attack team… Teammates with fellow incomer, Rebecca Raber… Scholar Student-Athlete… Don Scotus Academic Award recipient… Member of National Honor Society in Math and Spanish.

McClellan on Crescenzo: “Gen is a great athlete and competitor. She brings a lot of versatility having played at virtually every position on the field at a high level. She will bring an attacking presence and hard-nosed defending to our back line. She is a technical and hard working player that covers ground and wants the ball. We are excited for her arrival to campus!”

Jacqueline Ehrenreich (F): A forward from Hartsdale and Edgemont High School… Varsity forward and leading scorer… Named All-League and All-Section as a senior… Two year member of Eastern NY ODP team… Plays club soccer for nationally ranked Albertson Elite Fury team… Led club team to two regional finalist performances… Team champions in WAGS, NEWSS and Disney Showcases as well as ECNL Final Four Finalists… Member of the National Society of High School Scholars.

McClellan on Ehrenreich: “Jako is a hard, strong competitor and great target forward. She is skilled on the ball and can fire a power shot. She is very good at combining with midfielders and forwards, but also has the capability of scoring a lot of goals at the collegiate level and has the drive and passion to work hard at the next level.”

With the influx of additional talent, McClellan is already eying another strong season in 2012.

“Our returning squad is working very hard this spring and is taking it to another level in anticipation for an exciting 2012 season,” she said. “I expect the incoming class to transition very smoothly and work well together with our veteran players right away.”

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