March 13, 2007
Baltimore, Md. - Head women's soccer coach John Byford announced Tuesday that the Greyhounds will add of Marissa Greco, Taylor Santypal, Lina Staropoli and Kelly Thomas for the 2007 season. The four have signed National Letters of Intent to play for Loyola next season.
Greco is a native of Long Valley, N.J. and played center midfield for West Morris Central High School. She has also been a member of the New Jersey Olympic Development Program and her club team, the Parsippany Gazelles have been New Jersey state cup finalists the past two years.
Santypal hails from Massapequa, N.Y. She was a member of the New York State Championship team from Massapequa High School. Her squad was also ranked sixth in the country. Santypal was also a member of the East Meadow ISA Magic Club Team that was ranked fourth in the nation. She also played for the Eastern New York South ODP team that won a national championship. Taylor will not be the first Santypal to attend Loyola as her brother recently graduated from the college.
Staropoli is a Raritan, N.J. native and currently attends Bridgewater-Raritan High School. She also plays for the PDA Fury Club Team that was a national finalist in 2005. Staropoli has also played for the New Jersey ODP Team and the Region 1 ODP squad.
Finally, Thomas is a Shaker Heights, Ohio native. She attends Walsh Jesuit High School. Her squad at Walsh Jesuit was one of the top ranked teams in the nation, Ohio State Champions and went 23-0 last season. Thomas also plays for the Cleveland Cobras Club Team and has been a member of the Ohio North ODP team for four years and was a Region II ODP player in 2004.
"I am very happy with this recruiting class," Byford said. "We lose six seniors this year and need players that can come in and make an impact immediately and I believe this group can do that. Marissa comes from a fine club program and is a versatile player who has played forward and midfield. Taylor has known success at many levels of soccer and can play defense or midfield. Lina plays on one of the best club teams in the nation and has established herself as a Region 1 ODP player and can play outside back or midfield while Kelly too can play defense or midfield and has been successful at the high school, club and ODP level. This class, together with our returning group, means the Loyola women's soccer program will be in good hands for years to come."