Feb. 25, 2009
BALTIMORE - Loyola Head Women's Soccer Coach Katherine Vettori announced today that nine student-athletes will join the Greyhounds in the fall and comprise the Class of 2013.
Nicole Alagna (Commack, N.Y./Commack High School/Commack Blasters), Danielle Ippolito (Bellmore, N.Y./W.C. Mepham High School/Albertson Fury `90), Gianna Garfall (Pennsauken, N.J./Bishop Eustace Prepartory School/Mount Larel United Fire), Gianna Mangione (Owings Mills, Md./McDonogh School/Laurel Wildcats), Tessa McClenahan (Arnprior, Ontario, Canada/Arnprior Districk High School/Ottawa Fury), Jennifer Melón (South Huntington, N.Y./St. Anthony's High School/Commack Blasters), Nichole Schiro (Okemos, Michigan/Okemos High School/Michigan Hawks), Jenny Thornton (Severna Park, Maryland/Severna Park High School/Greater Severna Park Flame), Brittany Yancey (Clarksville, Md./River Hill High School/SAC U-17) will play for Loyola.
"We are thrilled to welcome this talented group of student-athletes to Loyola women's soccer as the Class of 2013," Vettori said. "We are excited that we have continued to build on the talent that we have on the team with a great group from the Baltimore area, as well as excellent players from New York, New Jersey, Michigan and Canada. These players are going to compete for significant playing time and help take us to the next level."
Alagna earned All-Conference honors at Commack High School and her team win its league title as a junior in 2007. A four-year letterwinner in soccer, Alagna was named to Commack's High Honor Roll all four years of high school. She played club soccer for the Commack Blasters, a team that advanced to the USYSA Eastern New York State Championship Semifinals each of the last two seasons.
Ippolito was a four-year starter as a goalkeeper at W.C. Mepham High School, leading the Pirates to four-straight state titles. She never allowed a goal in four state championship games and was the winner of the Howard Gould Award as Nassau County's top goalkeeper in 2007 and 2008. She earned All-Nassau County honors in each of those years, as well. Ippolito has played club soccer for the Albertson Fury '90 and was a member of the Long Island Fury of the Women's Premier Soccer League.
Garfall was a member of the four-time Olympic Conference champion team at Bishop Eustace Prep and helped the Crusaders win the New Jersey Parochial School `B' state title in 2006 and 2008. Garfall assisted on the game-winning goal in overtime during last fall's state championship game. She also helped her club team, the Mount Laurel United Fire, win the New Jersey state title in 2008 and reach the final in 2007.
Mangione was a member of the NSCAA/adidas All-America First Team and earned ESPN/Rise Fall High School Girls' Soccer All-America Third Team honors as a senior at The McDonogh School in 2008. In addition to twice being named to The Baltimore Sun All-Metro First Team and the Baltimore County Player of the Year, Mangione received Co-Player of the Year honors in the area from Digital Sports. She was the NSCAA Maryland State Player of the Year and follows a number of her family members to Loyola, including her father, Nick, who is the men's soccer program's fourth all-time leading scorer and was a professional soccer player for the Baltimore Blast and the Kansas City Comets.
McClenahan will be Loyola's first women's soccer player from Canada 17-year history of the program. A multi-sport student-athlete in high school, McClenahan earned Arnprior District High School Junior and Senior Female Athlete of the Year honors and was an honor roll student. She was a member of the Canadian U17 National Team Pool in 2007 and was invited to last year's National Team Camp. She also helped Team Ontario win a gold medal at the 2005 U14 National All-Star Championship and a bronze medal at the 2007 U16 National tournament. As a member of the Ottawa Fury club program, McClenahan was named the team's 2008 Most Valuable Player after helping the team earn a spot in the finals of the 2008 U.S. National Cup and the Super-Y League North American Championships.
Melón comes to Loyola after a standout high career at St. Anthony's High School on Long Island. She helped the Friars win the 2007 NYSCHGAA league and state titles after completing an undefeated season. Her team also reached the league finals in 2008. A two-year member of the National Honors Society, Melón also earned the Dun Scotus Award all four years at St. Anthony's. She played club soccer for the Commack Blasters, helping the program reach the Eastern New York State Cup Semifinals on two occasions.
Schiro is a three-time all-state honoree in Michigan entering her senior season - girls soccer is played in the spring in Michigan - and has already set Okemos High School records in career goals (70) and assists (34). She was named to the Michigan State Dream Team in 2007 and 2008 and picked up Player of the Year honors by the Lansing State Journal. Schiro helped Okemos win the 2006 Michigan Division 2 state title and the 2007 District title. She also was named to the ESPN/Rise Greater Detroit All-Area team in 2009.
Thornton earned All-Metro Honorable Mention laurels from The Washington Post following her senior season at Severna Park High School, helping the Falcons win the Maryland 4A East Region and advance to the state semifinals. She also was named to the All-Metro Second Team by The Baltimore Sun as a senior and earned All-Anne Arundel County honors from the publication following her junior and senior seasons. A track and field standout, as well, Thornton earned All-Anne Arundel County honors in the 400 and 800 meters as a junior, placing eighth at the state meet last year.
Yancey was a two-time all-state player at River Hill High School, helping the Hawks win three state titles during her time on the field. A captain as a senior, Yancey earned All-Howard County honors from The Baltimore Sun and county coaches her final three seasons and All-State and All-Metro honors, as well, as a junior and senior. Yancey also played club soccer for the Soccer Association of Columbia, helping her team win three state club titles. She participated in the Olympic Development Program for four years and was named to the Regional Team in 2007.