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Statham Inks 10 Student-Athletes to Women's Soccer Class of 2011

June 13, 2007

EASTON, Pa. - Lafayette women's soccer head coach Mick Statham has announced the commitments of 10 student-athletes that are set to join his squad in the fall. Six states are represented by the Class of 2011, a list Statham says has the ability to make an impact when they set foot onto College Hill in August.

"This was our first recruiting class and it's a group Coach Herr and I are very happy with," Statham said. "We're bringing in student-athletes with different strengths and attributes to help with the progression of our team. All of them have magnificent character with strong academic credibility and seem hungry to do well starting in August. It's the first class in our steps towards excellence."

Brittany Futterknecht (Demarest, N.J./Northern Valley Regional HS) is the sole goalkeeper of the class. Futterknecht hails from Northern Valley Regional High School in Demarest, N.J. Her senior year included First Team All-League acknowledgement, as well as being awarded McDonald's Athlete of the Month for October. She was recently named Athlete of the Year for Northern Valley High School.

The second commitment is the first of five signatures from New York. Katie Roberts (Ardsley, N.Y./Ardsley) hails from Ardsley, N.Y., about 25 miles outside New York City. Roberts played club ball for the Eastchester Patriots. She will look for time at the midfield position and plans to major in Economics and Business.

Kassidy Keller (Independence, Minn./Orono) is the lone representative from the Midwest, coming to Lafayette from Orono High School in Minnesota. Keller was named to the All-State team this past season and garnered All-Conference recognition in her junior and senior years. The forward stands in the top seven in Orono history in goals, assists and points. Keller played for the Plymouth Panthers during the club soccer seasons.

Caitlin Kennedy (Havertown, Pa./Haverford) will make the short in-state trek to Lafayette from Havertown, Pa. While attending Haverford, Kennedy was named offensive MVP in her freshman year before making the transition to defense and awarded defensive MVP in her sophomore season. She warranted all-county and all-league recognition in her junior and senior years and was recently honored with the U.S. Army National Scholar-Athlete Award. Kennedy also led her club team, FC Delco, to the state finals in 2004 and the state championship in 2006.

Olivia Hawes (North Salem, N.Y./North Salem) comes to Lafayette with a decorated resume. She was named all-league team all four years during her time at North Salem High School in New York. Hawes was honored with the New York State Scholar-Athlete three years and led her team to the state finals her senior year, while being acknowledged with all-state recognition for her efforts. She will look to step into a midfielder position, a spot that Statham will need to fill after the departure of three graduated seniors. Hawes comes to College Hill to pursue a Psychology degree.

Mackenzie Moore (Cazenovia, N.Y./Cazenovia) is the third Empire State commitment and final midfielder of the incoming class. Moore hails from Cazenovia, N.Y., about 20 miles outside of Syracuse. She was named a NSCAA/Adidas Soccer Scholar All-American her senior year, and also garnered All-Central New York First Team status and All-State Second Team. During the club season, she played for the Syracuse Vortex, helping the squad to a state championship. Moore was a two-sport standout at Cazenovia High School, also being honored to the first team all-league and Libero of the Year her junior and senior seasons in volleyball.

Stephanie Bereday (Irvington, N.Y./Irvington) will have close ties to another incoming classmate when she joins Roberts in the Leopard uniform in August. Bereday and Roberts teamed up on the Eastchester Patriots '89 club team. Bereday was awarded All-League and All-Section from 2003-2006. In 2006, she was named to the Journal News all-section all-star team. She was the Enterprise Player of the Year for three consecutive years, while also lettering in track. The Irvington, N.Y. native will look for time at the forward position and plans to major in Mechanical Engineering.

Grace Fennell (Arlington, Va./Yorktown) is the only representative from Virginia for the incoming class of 10. She is an Arlington, Va. native that will be one of five additions to the Leopard defense in the fall. Fennell is a member of the Bethesda Rapids club team, the current state champions in Maryland. She is a Yorktown High School product who will major in History and Government upon her arrival to College Hill.

Taylor Rand (South Burlington, Vt./South Burlington) was a three-year starter at South Burlington High School in Vermont. The four-sport athlete also lettered in basketball, tennis and lacrosse. During her soccer career, she was mentioned to the All-Metro and All-State team and played for the Nordic Soccer Club for the last seven years. Rand will roam the Leopard defense and has declared a biology major at Lafayette.

Kim Sorace (Highland Mills, N.Y./Monroe-Woodbury) is the fourth defender on Statham's commitment list. The Highland Mills, N.Y. product was the captain of her squad at Monroe-Woodbury High School in her senior year. Her club season time were spent manning the Walkill Red Devils' defense. Sorace also intends to major in biology.

Statham returns 18 letterwinners from the 2006 squad. The Leopards kick off the season on Aug. 31 at perennial Big East power Villanova.