Feb. 3, 2011
BALTIMORE, Md. - Four of the region's brightest high school standouts will join the Loyola University Maryland women's soccer program as Kelly Santangelo (Sayville, N.Y./Sayville), Alysse Houston (Hughesville, Md./St. Mary's Ryken HS), Lindsay LeSavage (Lithia, Fla./Newsome) and Amanda Reverberi (Massapequa, N.Y./Massapequa) signed to compete for the Greyhounds, Head Coach Katherine Vettori announced today.
"We are thrilled about the incoming 2011 class," Vettori said. "We know that Amanda, Lindsay, Alysse, and Kelly will be fantastic additions to our soccer program. Each of them possess unique talents and will greatly enhance the level of play."
Reverberi will join the Greyhounds after leaving New York as one of the state's most decorated soccer talents in 2010. After leading the Massapequa High School Chiefs to the New York state championship and earning the playoffs' Most Valuable Player Award, Reverberi received six Player of the Year honors including the New York State, Long Island, Newsday, Nassau County and Class AA Player of the Year awards.
"Amanda has played at the highest level. She has an innate leadership quality that we believe will positively impact our program immediately," said Vettori. "Her composure on the ball and incredible work rate will help us in the center of midfield."
The dynamic player has also earned consideration for the 2010 Gatorade Player of the Year award to be announced next week.
No stranger to postseason accomplishments, Reverberi took home Most Valuable Player honors from both the Nassau County and Long Island playoffs in 2009.
A captain of the HBC Intense Region I club team, Reverberi has also played for the Eastern New York Olympic Development Program and traveled to Ireland as part of a club trip.
A high honor roll student, Reverberi volunteers in the Long Island Special Olympics and is a member of the National Honor Society and National Junior Honor Society.
Santangelo will bolster Loyola's defensive corps while adding the ability to score. A four-year starter centering the back line at Sayville High School, Santangelo earned Suffolk County League Player of the Year honors in 2010 while leading her team to the Suffolk County Class A title.
"Kelly has a tactical understanding of the game and is coming in as a true defender," Vettori said. "Her defensive instincts will tremendously help our back line."
The two-year captain earned a bevy of awards in her final season including All-State First Team, All-Long Island Second Team, Sayville Team Most Valuable Player and Town of Brookhaven Most Valuable Player honors. She also took the Town of Brookhaven goal scoring title in 2010 after receiving All-League and All-County laurels in 2008 and 2009.
In addition to providing leadership for Sayville, Santangelo also captains the HBC ISA Intense '92 club squad.
Santangelo enjoys success in the classroom, as well. Ranked in the top five percent of her class, Santangelo maintains memberships in the National Honor Society and National Art Honor Society.
Houston will bring speed and a scoring touch to the Greyhounds after establishing herself as one of the area's top players at St. Mary's Ryken High School. An All-State and Washington Post All-Met selection, Houston led the Washington Catholic Athletic Conference in scoring her sophomore year after switching to forward from eight years on the back line.
"Alysse possesses great speed and strength and she will add athleticism to the team," said Vettori. "We expect her to make an immediate impact to either the back or up top."
The incoming freshman's play for the Knights garnered All-WCAC and All-County First Team honors in addition to consecutive team MVP awards in 2009 and 2010.
Houston turned heads with an impressive club career, playing on two United States Futsal Federation championship teams and helping the Baltimore Bays win the 2007 Maryland state title. A four-year member of the Maryland Olympic Development Program, she currently plays for Montgomery SC Matrix.
Houston will run track this spring for St. Mary's Ryken and is a member of Future Business Leaders of America and Key Club while appearing on the school's honor roll.
LeSavage offers further support to the Greyhounds' back line after starring for four years at Newsome High School. LeSavage led the Wolves to three straight district championships and three regional finals appearances while serving as captain her junior and senior years. She has helped Newsome to an 23-0 record this season and a No. 5 ranking en route to a Class 5A playoff matchup tomorrow.
"Lindsay is a versatile player who is extremely competitive and strong," Vettori said. "She will provide us with depth in the midfield and back."
A four-time captain of the Brandon Flames, LeSavage honed her skills on the Florida Olympic Development state team this year.
LeSavage also earned All-State honors in both cross-country and track while extending her leadership in the classroom as senior class president. An a honor roll student, LeSavage is a member of the National Honor Society, Spanish Honor Society, BETA Honor Society and the Rho Kappa history honor society.