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Statham Signs Eight to Class of 2017

Feb. 6, 2013

 Lafayette Women's Soccer Class of 2017

EASTON, Pa. - Head coach Mick Statham has announced the addition of eight newcomers to the women's soccer program as part of the Class of 2017. The incoming student-athletes will replace Lafayette's five graduating seniors.

Kaelin King (La Canda, Calif./Flintridge Prep)
At Flintridge Prep: King served as team captain for Flintridge Prep while helping the team to three  league titles in three's leading scorer as a junior and senior...First Team All-League as a junior...member of Legends FC club team that won the Coast Soccer League Gold Championship in 2010 and was a 2012 California National Cup Semifinalist...quarterfinalist in the prestigious Gothia Cup in Gothenburg, Sweden in 2007 and 2009...member of the Dean's List, an AP Scholar with Honors and National Merit Scholar-Commended Student...received California Scholarship Federation-Associate Bronze and Silver status for academic achievement.

Why Lafayette?
I could not ask for a more perfect school for me.  Lafayette has the perfect balance between challenging Division I athletics and demanding academics.  Coming from a small high school, I wanted a small tight-knit college where there is a sense of community and an opportunity to get to know your professors and that is Lafayette in a nutshell.  Lafayette is a place where I will be able to push myself, athletically and academically, but still have an amazing college experience at the same time.  I cannot wait to start playing for and attending this great school!

Melissa Lynskey (Cranberry Township, Pa./Seneca Valley)
At Seneca Valley: Four-year starter and senior captain...three-time all-county selection and WPIAL AAA All-Section Selection in 2012...led Seneca Valley to three section championships, a WPIAL Conference Championship and two PIAA State Quarterfinals...captain for the North United Club team who were two-time Pennsylvania West State champions and Region I Semi-Finalists...five-year starter for PA West ODP team which reached the 2011 Region I ODP Final...four-year letter winner in Track and Field and was both a WPIAL Conference Finalist and State Indoor Track and Field qualifier...National Honor Society Vice President, a student council class representative, and a member of the Science Honors Society...recipient of the President's Award for Educational Excellence.

Why Lafayette?
I was drawn to Lafayette because of the prestigious academics, beautiful campus, friendly students and faculty that continued to impress me with each visit. Lafayette presents a magnitude of opportunities to its students-not only with its liberal arts core combined with an intensive math and science curriculum in the Engineering degrees, but also with its Division I athletics. I am looking forward to spending the next four years at Lafayette to grow as both a scholar and a person.

Elizabeth Scoda (Edison, N.J./John P. Stevens)
At John P. Stevens: Four-year starter and two-time captain at John P. Stevens...twice named First Team All-GMC Middlesex Conference and First Team All-Red Division...NJGSCA All-North Two on three occasions... 2012 First Team All-Middlesex County New Jersey Star Ledger and First Team All-Area New Jersey Home News Tribune...received the MVP Varsity "Hawk Award" in 2012 and was named as a "Top 20" NJGSCA All-North Two Player in 2011...captain for her NJSA04 Elite club team...member of the New Jersey ODP 1994 State Team that won the Region 1 Championship in 2011...Honor Roll student.

Why Lafayette?
I chose Lafayette because I'll be able to grow both as a student, as well as an athlete, while in a supportive campus atmosphere. Lafayette's great academic courses and competitive Division I soccer program are ideal.

Joanna Scotti (Livingston, N.J./Livingston)
At Livingston: Two-year captain and four-year first-team all-conference performer...NJGSCA All-State North 1 - Top-20 All-Region player 3 consecutive years...named to the Star Ledger Essex County First-Team, Group IV Second Team and All-Groups Second Team as a senior...led her team to the 2012 Upper Essex Conference American Division captain of the SDFC Lynx club which won two New Jersey State Championships...member of the New Jersey ODP State team that won two ODP Region I Championships and was a finalist at the USYS ODP National Championships in 2011...also played varsity Lacrosse at Livingston...Honor Roll student... received the 2011 Presidential Art Award.

Why Lafayette?
With its high academic standards, Division I athletics, and warm and inviting campus, Lafayette is the perfect choice for me. I am looking forward to pursuing my academic interests, contributing to the Leopards' success, and being an active member of the Lafayette community.

Danielle Sedillo (Union, N.J./The Pingry School)
At The Pingry School: Four-year starter at the Pingry School where she won state championships in 2011 and 2012...played club soccer for PDA Celtic who were four-time New Jersey State Champions and thee-time Region I Finalists...member of the New Jersey ODP 1995 State team from 2008-11...part of 2011 ODP Team that followed up its Region I ODP Championship by winning the USYS ODP National Championship...Region I ODP Pool member from 2008-11...invited to the US Soccer Training Center in 2011 and attended the USYS ODP National Camp in 2010 and 2011...Honor Roll student and AP Scholar.

Why Lafayette?
Although I saw Lafayette a bit later in my recruiting process, I knew the moment that I stepped on campus that I wanted to spend the next four years of my academic and career here. From the rigorous academics to the challenging athletics, Lafayette has everything that I wanted within a college and I cannot wait to enroll in the fall!

Cassidy Taylor (East Lyme, Conn./The Williams School)
At The Williams School: Two-year member of The Williams School soccer team... named to the Western New England Prep School Soccer Association All-League Team in 2011 and 2012...selected to the 2012 Southeastern New England Independent Schools Athletic Association All-League First Team...awarded 2011 Offensive Player of the Year Award...played her club soccer for FSA RHAM High School, Taylor was an all-conference member on the cross country conference championship team...Honor Roll student who was also named to the Williams Departmental Honor roll for Spanish in 2012.

Why Lafayette?
I was initially interested in Lafayette because of its Division I athletics and strong academic programs. When I stepped onto campus, it was the warmth and friendliness of the students and administrators that drew me in. By the end of my visit I did not want to leave because of its close-knit community and beautiful campus. I knew that I wanted to make Lafayette my home for the next four years.

Monica Weiss (Boca Raton, Fla./Spanish River)
At Spanish River: Named Offensive MVP, Palm Beach All-County Coaches First Team, Palm Beach Post All-County Second Team and Sun-Sentinel All-County Second Team in 2012...selected Palm Beach All-County Coaches First Team and Sun-Sentinel All-County Second Team in 2011, in addition to winning the Most Improved Player award...Rookie of the Year in 2010...played club soccer for Team Boca, which recently won the 2012 Disney Showcase...Top Soccer Participant, member of the National Honor Society, and AP Scholar...finished in the top-10 percent of her class.

Why Lafayette?
Lafayette gives me the unique ability to combine strong academics and Division I athletics in a beautiful setting at a comfortable size. I can create a curriculum fitting my academic needs and take advantage of the school's diverse programs.

Julia Wescott (East Brunswick, N.J./East Brunswick)
At East Brunswick: Four-year varsity member and 2012 team captain at East Brunswick...Red Division Champions from 2009-2012...three-time Greater Middlesex County Champions...named First Team All-Conference, First Team All-Division, First Team Home News Tribune All-Area Girls Soccer and First Team Star Ledger All-Middlesex Girls Soccer in 2012...member of the PDA Slammers who were 2011 USYSA National Championships...two-year letterwinner in winter and spring track and field and 2013 team captain...Vice President of the Italian Honor Society...member of the Principal's Council, Women's Leadership Conference, and Teen Leadership Committee...participates in peer-to-peer which is a support group for special needs students.

Why Lafayette?
Since the moment I stepped onto campus, I knew that there wouldn't be another school that would have everything Lafayette has to offer. Because of the challenging academic curriculum, beautiful campus, endless extracurricular activities and of course the competitive athletics, I knew this was the place for me. I can't wait for the next four years at such an unbelievable school!