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Women's Soccer Welcomes Five Newcomers

In 2011, Head Coach Mick Statham led Lafayette to its best finish since 2001

Feb. 3, 2012

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EASTON, Pa. - Head coach Mick Statham has announced the addition of five student-athletes to the women's soccer program as part of the Class of 2016. The newcomers will look to help Lafayette improve upon its 2011 campaign in which it earned a berth in the Patriot League Tournament and posted its best record since 2001.

"I feel we have a really good group coming in that is fully committed to Lafayette," Statham said. "They have all played at a good level and have the kind of personalities we look for in our student-athletes."

Samantha Potoczak (Avon Lake, Ohio/Lake Ridge Academy): Potoczak served as team captain at Lake Ridge Academy and for her club team, Excalibur SC. She was named All-County, All-District and All-State as well as winning the NSCAA Senior Excellence Award. She helped lead Lake Ridge to an Ohio District Championship in 2009 and a District Runner-Up in 2010. Potoczak was part of Excalibur's Indoor National Championship team in 2010. She was a member of the Academy of Excellence Academically and the National Honor Society as well as a three-time National Student-Athlete. Potoczak is the daughter of Douglas Potoczak and Karen Mihalik-Potoczak and was born on Jan. 4, 1994.

Why Lafayette? - I felt Lafayette would provide me with the best opportunity to play Division I soccer at a strong academic liberal arts college. I didn't want to sacrifice my education, which played a big part in my decision to go to Lafayette.

Madison Murray (Palos Verdes Estates, Calif./Palos Verdes):
Murray helped her club team, Real SoCal, to an ECNL National Championship finalist appearance in 2011 and a Premier League Championship.  She won a National Championship, a Far West Regional Championship and Surf Cup Championship with SoCal Blues. She served as team captain of Palos Verdes as a senior, where she led her team to the CIF Semifinals, the Division I Bay League Championship and was selected All-Bay League. In the classroom, Murray was a member of the National Honor Society, Principal's Honor Roll, and English Honor Society as well as being a CSF Gold Seal Bearer. Murray is the daughter of Rick and Delise Murray and was born on Aug. 10, 1994.

Why Lafayette? - I chose Lafayette because it's the perfect balance between challenging academics, and a very strong Division I soccer program. The soccer coaches are excellent, driven and fun at the same time. The campus is relatively small, so I know that I'll be able to build personal relationships with my professors. Although it's far from home, it's beautiful and magnetic; I felt at home the first minute I stepped on campus.

Allie Torru (Diablo, Calif./The Athenian School): Torru played club soccer for Mustang Rampage for 10 years, was a member of the Cal North ODP State Team and played on the U16 ECNL All-Event Team at PDA, which has a  2012 ECNL top five national ranking. She helped her team to a 2010 ECNL National Championship, Cal-North State Cup Championships from 2005-2007 and 2009-2011. Torru's squad was also a USYSA Far West Regional Finalist in 2006-2007 as well as a 2009 San Diego Surf Champion. She was named First Team All-League at The Athenian School and was a member of the Honor Roll. A NCS Scholar Athlete, Torru was also a Second Team All-League basketball player and ran cross country. Torru is the daughter of John and Katharine Torru and was born on June 30, 1994.

Why Lafayette? - I knew that Lafayette was where I wanted to spend my next four years the moment I stepped off campus after my unofficial visit. I was especially drawn to Lafayette's academic rigor, Division I soccer, the ability to create a unique major with a blend of business and marketing/advertising along with its beautiful campus located on the East Coast.

Shannon Hartzell (Hudson, Wis./ Hudson): Hartzell played on the Minnesota State ODP team from 2009-2011 and served as co-captain and leading scorer on St. Croix Arsenal in 2010-2011. She helped her squad to a Minnesota State Runner-Up finish in 2010 and an Orange Classic International Showcase Championship in 2011. Hartzell earned varsity letters in track from 2009-2011, as well as earning all-conference status. She also lettered in ice hockey as a senior. In the classroom, Hartzell was a member of the National Honor Society, a four-time Academic All-Conference selection and a National Merit Scholar finalist. Hartzell is the daughter of Andrew and Karen Hartzell and was born on Feb. 2, 1995.

Why Lafayette? - I chose Lafayette because of the stunning campus, the challenging academics and the opportunity to play Division I soccer. As soon as I had a chance to experience the engaging atmosphere on campus, I knew that it would be the perfect place to spend the next four years of my life.

Anna Wissler (Alexandria, Va./Bishop Ireton):
As a junior at Bishop Ireton, Wissler was a Washington Catholic Athletic Conference Honorable Mention selection and was awarded the women's soccer Cardinal Award. As a senior, she served as team captain and was a WCAC Second Team honoree. Prior to attending Bishop Ireton, Wissler went to Camp Lejeune High School where she was an All-Conference selection and team captain as a freshman. During her sophomore campaign, Wissler was named All-Conference and All-State, played in the Powerade All-Star Game and was named team MVP in addition to breaking the school record in the 800m dash. She was a member of the Principal's list, earned the Margaret Scafatti Award for Outstanding Academic Achievement and was part of the National Honor Society. Wissler is the daughter of John and Susan Wissler and was born on May 16, 1994.

Why Lafayette?
  Lafayette perfectly balanced everything I was looking for in a college. It has challenging academics, competitive Division I soccer and a close-knit feel in the campus community. I know Lafayette will push me to be my best.

"It is imperative that we keep moving forward as a program and continue to get our message across on the field," Statham added. "This incoming group is hungry to do well and contribute however they can. I am very confident they will do that and make our team stronger."