For Immediate Release: March 5, 2008
Contact: John Hartrick (
Phone: 607-777-6800

BU women's soccer signs five scholastic players to NLIs

VESTAL, N.Y. -- Binghamton University women's soccer coach Sarah McClellan has signed five scholastic athletes to National Letters of Intent for next season.

Set to join the Bearcats for 2008 are Jen Orlando (Bloomfield, N.J./Immaculate Heart Academy), Brittany Walsh (East Meadow, N.Y./East Meadow), Jen Abbate (Northport, N.Y./Northport), Ann Marie Rizzi (Cornwall, N.Y./Cornwall) and Mary DeWitte (Penfield, N.Y./Penfield).

"This is a great class joining us for the fall," McClellan said. "They all have very impressive soccer pedigrees at the club level. I'm excited to get these kids in for preseason and put our current players and newcomers together. These players will be able to contribute to our program right away."

Orlando is a defender/midfielder who played for the very successful Parsipany Gazelles club team and is also a former club teammate of current BU players Amanda Casares and Dani Raske.

Walsh was a four-year starting center midfielder and all-state selection for East Meadow High. She was a three-year captain and led her East Meadow Dynamite club team to the 2007 State Cup Championship and national Top 25 ranking.

Abbate is a two-time all-state defender/midfielder who also played for the state cup champion Albertson Fury club team. She earned Newsday All-Long Island honors, was a three-time all-county and two-time Player of the Year choice.

Rizzi is a midfielder/forward who was a Super Y League 2007 national camp selection.

DeWitte, who has playing experience with New York State ODP, also played for the Rochester Junior Rhinos Soccer Club, which captured the 2007 U.S. Club national title. She was a four-year starting defender and two-time captain for Section V Penfield High. DeWitte earned all-county honors three times.

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