For Immediate Release: March 4, 2009
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BU women's soccer bolsters program with signing of 12 recruits
All-state forward, twins, two sets of three teammates highlight group

VESTAL, N.Y. - The Binghamton women’s soccer program has positioned itself for a strong future with the addition of 12 high school recruits. Head coach Sarah McClellan announced her first full recruiting class four months after her 2008 squad more than doubled its previous year win total and reached the America East semifinals.

“This is one of the best classes I have had the privilege to recruit," McClellan said. "It's full of talented athletes, hard workers, and really quality people.”

The group is fascinating in many ways, beginning with the two sets of three teammates from Long Island high schools. The class also features a local first team all-state selection and twin sisters.

“This is a large class, but every one of these players brings something special that will contribute to our program," McClellan said. "This class is going to be instrumental in our future success. I believe this class represents the most elite soccer players in the state of New York.”

Joining the Bearcats this fall will be Emily Pape (East Northport), Candice Rowland (Brewerton), Kerry Sullivan (Massapequa), Mollie Bold (Syosset), Nicole Borner (Pendleton), Carly Kirschner (Dix Hills), Taylor McCavanagh (Massapequa), Lisa Campbell (Farmingdale), Meghan Campbell (Farmingdale), Amanda Rittmeier (Baldwin), Jamie Holliday (Apalachin) and Alyssa Staubitz (Massapequa).

Below is a capsule look at each player.

Emily Pape: A midfielder from East Northport and Northport High School…Highly decorated varsity center midfielder… Two time all-county selection… All-League Award… Four year Scholar-Athlete… Team captain… Club player for Albertson Fury 90 and Coach Paul Riley… Led club team to four State Cup Championships and National Ranking of No. 4… Three year State ODP member… National Honor Society member

McClellan on Pape: “Emily is a fantastic player; she comes from a celebrated Albertson Fury team and program. She is soccer smart and very skilled on the ball. We are very excited to have her in this class.”

Nicole Borner: A midfielder from Pendleton and Starpoint High School… Three year member New York West ODP team… 2006, 2007 Starpoint High School MVP and team captain… Two Time High School Athlete of the Week… Three time selection to 1st Team All-League… Empire State Games Gold Medalist… Member of Syracuse FC Team… 2007 New York State West State Cup Champions… ECIC All-Academic Team… High school class valedictorian… National Honor Society member… AP Scholar Award… US Air Force Award for Math and Science

McClellan on Borner: “Nicole is the epitome of a student-athlete. She is a very bright student and committed athlete. She has the ability to playmake as well as score goals. Nicole is another player who will grow quickly within our program.”

Candice Rowland: A forward from Brewerton and Central Square High School… 2008 OHSL Section III Team… 2006 OHSL Section III All League… won 2006 OHSL Section III season scoring title… Member of Syracuse F.C. Team where she played alongside fellow newcomer Nicole Borner… Two time New York State West State Cup Champions… Region 1 Premier league… National Honor Society member

McClellan on Rowland: “Candice came on my radar two years ago. She has tremendous speed and has the ability to open up defenses. I expect her to develop into a premier collegiate forward.”

Kerry Sullivan: A forward from Massapequa and Massapequa High School… Four year varsity standout… Senior captain… Teammate of fellow newcomers Taylor McCavanagh and Alyssa Staubitz… State Champion team… Three time county champions…Three time All Conference selection… Four year Scholar-Athlete… National Honor Society member… Club soccer with East Islip Impact

McClellan on Sullivan: “Kerry is another player that I noticed very early on. She has great athleticism and an attacking personality… also possesses versatility on the field.”

Mollie Bold: A forward from Syosset and Syosset High School… Member of varsity soccer and varsity track teams… Two time Nassau County All Class… Named Athlete of the Week… Varsity Track Coaches Award and Leadership Award… Long Island Super Y Team… LIJSL ODP Team… ENYSSA ODP State Team… National Honor Society member

McClellan on Bold: “I was very lucky to see Mollie play at one of the smaller events. She has a huge amount of potential and will learn very quickly in the collegiate environment. Mollie is a hard-nosed worker on the field with the capability to make opponents pay.”

Carly Kirschner: A forward/midfielder from Dix Hills and Half Hollow Hills High School… Four year varsity soccer… Team captain… Three time Scholar Athlete Award… Played club soccer for Commack Premier… Two time state semi-finalists…Also played varsity basketball… National Honor Society member

McClellan on Kirschner: “Carly possesses the workrate, attitude, and athleticism to make a difference on the field. Her training habits alone will be very visible at the start of the season.”

Taylor McCavanagh: A defender/midfielder from Massapequa and Massapequa High School… Varsity soccer player… Teammate of fellow Binghamton newcomers Kerry Sullivan and Alyssa Staubitz… Helped team to a county championship… Played club soccer for East Islip Impact… National Honor Society member

McClellan on McCavanagh: “Taylor brings an awesome competitive spirit to this class. She has all the talent and potential to become a major factor on the field.”

Lisa Campbell: A midfielder/forward from Farmingdale and Half Hollow Hills High School… Varsity soccer stronghold… Twice named All-League and All-Conference… All-County honors in 2008… Twice named team MVP… Senior team captain… Played club soccer with Stony Brook Arsenal… Two time club Eastern New York State Champions… Club team ranked nationally in top 25… Also played three years of lacrosse… National Honor Society member

McClellan on Campbell:Lisa has the fitness and lungs to run all day. She comes from a quality Stony Brook Arsenal team. Lisa’s speed and athleticism will add a spark to this class.”

Amanda Rittmeier: A defender from Baldwin and Baldwin Senior High School… Five year varsity soccer standout… Two time all conference… All county and all class selection… Team captain and MVP… Club soccer for Oceanside Stars… Four- year varsity softball player and team captain… Three year varsity basketball player and team captain… National Honor Society member… Four year Scholar Athlete… President of Athletes Helping Athletes

McClellan on Rittmeier: “We were very lucky to have the opportunity to recruit Amanda. She has the greatest amount of potential in a player as I have seen for some time. She has a much needed defensive mindset and attitude, brings superb defending skills, athleticism, and coachability.”

Jamie Holliday: A forward from Apalachin and Maine Endwell High School… 2008 New York State 1st Team All-State… Scored 30 goals in senior year leading STAC conference in scoring… Graduated No. 4 on all time scoring records for Maine- Endwell… broke high school record of assists in one season accumulating 25 assists in 2006 season… Led team to four consecutive section titles… Team captain… Played club soccer for B.C. United Fusion… Scholar Athlete

McClellan on Holliday: “I have known Jae for a long time; I’m just happy that despite that she has committed to play collegiately for me! Jae is an attacking minded player with the speed and technical ability to go along with it. She can really cause problems for an opponent.”

Meghan Campbell: A midfielder/defender from Farmingdale and Half Hollow Hills High School… Varsity soccer standout… Garnered All-League and All-Conference Awards… Two time MVP… Team captain… Played club soccer for Stony Brook Arsenal… Two time club Eastern New York State Champions… Also played three years of lacrosse… National Honor Society member

McClellan on Campbell: “Meghan is a versatile player that has experience playing all over the field. She has a second to none worker attitude.”

Alyssa Staubitz: A defender from Massapequa and Massapequa High School… Starting varsity defender and teammate of Kerry Sullivan and Taylor McCavanagh… Three time County Championships… Helped team to a State High School Championship… Two time All County honors… Also garnered All-Conference recognition… Played club soccer for Massapequa Power… Five time Eastern New York State Champions… Three times Regional Semi-Finalists… Named 2008 Nassau County Unsung Hero

McClellan on Staubitz: “I look forward to Alyssa’s work ethic and competitiveness in our training environment. Her experience with a strong club team in the Massapequa Power will help in her jump to the collegiate level.”

Binghamton returns nine starters and 18 letterwinners from its 2008 squad.

“Our veterans are vital in helping these freshmen learn our system and in showing them the ropes," McClellan said. "It will be very exciting to see how our newcomers are able to collaborate on the field with our returners; I expect them to compliment each other’s strengths nicely.”

Binghamton Women's Soccer 2009 Recruiting Class
 Name Position Hometown/High School
Mollie Bold Forward Syosset, N.Y./Syosset
Nicole Borner Midfield Pendleton, N.Y./Starpoint
Lisa Campbell Mid/For Farmingdale, N.Y./Half Hollow Hills E.
Meghan Campbell Mid/Def Farmingdale, N.Y./Half Hollow Hills E.
Jamie Holliday Forward Apalachin, N.Y./Maine-Endwell
Carly Kirschner For/Mid Dix Hills, N.Y./Half Hollow Hills E.
Taylor McCavanagh  Def/Mid Massapequa, N.Y./Massapequa
Emily Pape Midfield East Northport, N.Y./Northport
Amanda Rittmeier Defense Baldwin, N.Y./Baldwin
Candice Rowland Forward Brewerton, N.Y./Central Square
Alyssa Staubitz Defense Massapequa, N.Y./Massapequa
Kerry Sullivan Forward Massapequa, N.Y./Massapequa

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