June 19, 2008
BALTIMORE - Eight student-athletes have announced their intention to attend Loyola College and will comprise the Greyhounds women's soccer Class of 2012, Head Coach Katherine Vettori announced today.
Julianne Bausch (Gaithersburg, Md./Georgetown Visitation Preparatory School/MSC Santos), Kim Byrnes (Rockville, Md./Our Lady of Good Counsel High School/F.C. Frederick Premier), Maggie Ebner (Silver Spring, Md./Our Lady of Good Counsel High School/F.C. Frederick Premier), Alyssa Faller (Floral Park, N.Y./Queens High School of Teaching/Albertson Fury '89), Keri Iheagwara (White Plains, N.Y./Rye Country Day School/Arsenal World Class U-18), Rachel Karanian (Silver Spring, Md./Connelly School of the Holy Child/Arlington Flash), Joie McLaughlin (Smithtown, N.Y./Smithtown West High School/Albertson Fury '89), and Katie Pecoraro (Silver Spring, Md./Our Lady of Good Counsel High School/F.C. Frederick Premier) will join the Loyola team in the fall.
"We are excited about the student-athletes that will be joining the team this fall," Vettori said. "They bring a good combination of skills and will complement our existing team while providing depth and immediate impact to our playing rotation."
The Greyhounds will be looking to repeat as Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference champions and return to the NCAA College Cup for the second year in a row when they begin the 2008 season on Friday, August 22, at Virginia.
A three-sport athlete at Georgetown Visitation, Bausch earned three letters in both soccer and lacrosse and one in basketball. She helped lead the Cubs win the 2007 Independent School League (ISL) title, earning All-ISL honors in the process.
She was tabbed as the team Most Valuable Player and was a captain as a senior, as well. Bausch played club soccer for the Maryland Soccer Club Santos.
Byrnes was a four-year starter and letterwinner as a forward at Good Counsel High School, earning All-State honors as a senior in 2007. She led her team with 20 goals and 10 assists in her final high school season, picking up Montgomery County Gazette All-Gazette First Team and All-Washington Catholic Athletic Conference (WCAC) First Team honors.
Byrnes was named to the Washington Post All-Extra First Team and earned All-Metro Honorable Mention from the publication, as well. She earned Second Team laurels from the Washington Examiner and was a recipient of the Washington Area Girls Soccer Adele Dolansky Scholarship.
Byrnes finished her high school career with 32 goals and 19 assists, earning All-WCAC honors as a junior and sophomore, as well. She played club soccer for the F.C. Frederick Premier, helping her team advance to the Maryland State Cup semifinals for three-straight years.
Ebner, a defender and holding midfielder, was a captain at Good Counsel High School as a junior and senior and earned All-WCAC honors her final year in high school. She was also named All-WCAC honors as a sophomore and junior.
She helped two teams, F.C. Frederick Premier and Olney Soccer Club Breeze, advance to the Maryland State Cup semifinals in 2007 and 2005, respectively.
Faller was a four-year letterwinner at Queens High School of Teaching and led all of New York City in assists as a senior in 2007. She earned All-City honors after leading her division in goals scored, as well.
Faller played club soccer for the Albertson Fury '89 for the past six seasons, helping the team earn a No. 10 national ranking during the 2006-2007 season. The Fury won the 2006 New York State Cup and were finalists at the 2007 State Cup. The team also earned a trip to the final four at the 2007 Disney Showcase.
In addition to her high school and club participation, Faller was a four-year member (2003-2006) of the New York Olympic Development Program team. She was the president of the National Honor Society and vice president of her high school's student government.
Iheagwara earned four letters in soccer and one in basketball at Rye Country Day School where she was the soccer team's Most Valuable Player as a senior in 2007. She scored 16 goals as a senior, earning All-Women's Western New England Prep School Soccer Association honors.
She led the team in scoring each of her final three seasons at Rye Country Day and was tabbed to the All-Fairchester Athletic Association team those three years. Iheagwara also played club soccer for the Arsenal World Class U-18 team out of New Jersey, helping the squad win the Region One Premier League title in 2008 and the Orange Classic crown in 2008.
A speedy forward at Connelly School of the Holy Child, Karinian was a multi-sport athlete, competing in soccer, swimming and track and field. She earned Montgomery County Gazette All-Gazette Second Team honors as a senior, setting a school record with 19 goals scored.
Karinian, who also plans to run track at Loyola, was named to the Washington Post All-Metro Honorable Mention following her senior season. She also earned All-ISL First Team honors in soccer and track and field.
McLaughlin earned three varsity soccer letters at Smithtown West High school and led the team in goals and assists during the 2005-2006 seasons. She also helped Smithtown West earn the Suffolk County AA Championships during those seasons.
She was a teammate of Faller on the Albertson Fury '89, as well as the team won the New York state Cup in 2006 and made it to the State Cup finals in 2007. McLaughlin, who also was named a lacrosse scholar-athlete in 2008, was a four-year member of the honor roll and played for the Eastern New York ODP team in 2006 and 2007.
Pecoraro was a four-year soccer player at Good Counsel and scored 16 goals and tallied eight assists as a senior. She earned Maryland All-State honors and was named to the Montgomery County Gazette All-Gazette Second Team following her final high school season and was an All-WCAC honoree following that season, too. She was a NSCAA Scholar All-American nominee and earned NSCAA Eastern Region Scholar All-America honors.
In addition to being a high school teammate or Byrnes and Ebner, the trio also played for the F.C. Frederick Premier club team. She spent 10 years playing for the club and helped the program to back-to-back State Cup semifinals appearances in 2006 and 2007.