February 19, 2013
EIGHT IS ENOUGH
Monmouth women bulk up with 8 recruits
The Monmouth University women's soccer team on Tuesday announced the addition of eight student-athletes to the incoming class.
Krissy Turner, who will enter her 16th season as the head coach of the Hawks, has received commitments from New Jersey products Sydney Lavan (Jackson, N.J./Jackson Memorial), Alexis McTamney (Bordentown, N.J./Bordentown Regional), Erica Murphy (Millstone, N.J./Pennington Prep), Julie Spracklin (Eastampton, N.J./Rancocas Valley Regional), Carlie Till (Butler, N.J./Montclair Kimberly Academy) and Megan Kleeschulte (Vernon, N.J./Vernon Township), while Allie Girardi (Syosset, N.Y./Syosset) from New York and Madi Grieve (Long Beach, Calif./Woodrow Wilson) from California have also signed on with the Blue and White.
“This is a class that adds a scoring punch and great depth in goal, as well as a group of talented players,” Turner said. “Our graduating class is small, so we are excited to add this type of talent to our program.”
Lavan, who was a four-year varsity starter in goal at Jackson Memorial High School, recorded 202 career saves and 40 shutouts during her tenure as a Jaguar. Lavan, who helped JMHS to a combined 61-24 record in four seasons, was part of two Group IV Championship teams. Lavan, who was also a member of Jackson’s state sectional championship basketball squad, played club soccer for the New Jersey Wildcats and was a member of the New Jersey Olympic Development Program team.
“Sydney hails from Jackson, NJ where her high school program demands a team-first mentality and strong work ethic from all of its players,” Turner said. “Sydney has a fantastic attitude which will allow her to be a good teammate. She has great hands and athleticism, and will challenge our returning goalkeepers as a rookie.”
McTamney, a four-year varsity letter winner at Bordentown Regional HS, led New Jersey in scoring her senior year with 58 goals. She amassed 125 goals throughout her high school career. An all-state, all-region, and All-American forward, McTamney led her team to the state championship her senior season. A three-year varsity letterwinner for the Scotties basketball team, McTamney competed on the club level for the Hibernian AA XCEL.
“Alexis is a proven goal scorer," Turner said. "She scored 58 goals in 24 games in her senior season of high school. Her ability to score will add a tremendous spark to our attack.”
A four-year letter winner and four-time Prep A Champion at Pennington Prep, Murphy compiled 62 goals and 21 assists during her career and was named to the ESPN New Jersey first team and ESPN New Jersey all-star teams. A two-time first-team all-state selection, Murphy was named the Trenton Times Prep Player of the Year, and the Trentonian Player of the Year. In 2011, Pennington Prep was ranked No. 1 in the nation by ESPN Rise for four consecutive weeks. Murphy, who helped guide the Red Raiders to a 61-5 record in four seasons, was a four-year member of the New Jersey Olympic Development Program team and won an ODP national championship. Murphy, who is enrolled at MU for the spring semester, also played club soccer for the 2010 New Jersey State Champion PDA Celtic.
“Erica adds a nice attacking mentality to our team. By graduating a semester early from high school she will use the spring to get acclimated to competing in a Division I program," Turner said. "Erica played for the number one girls club program in the nation and her high school team is a national power, so she knows how to win”.
Spracklin, a four-year varsity letter winner at Rancocas Valley High School, was an All-South Jersey selection all four years, including a first team nod following her senior season. A two-year team MVP, Spracklin compiled 43 goals and 34 assists throughout her career as a Red Devil and led her team to the 2012 league championship with a 16-4-1 record. Spracklin played club soccer for the four-time state finalist PDA Crush and was a member of the New Jersey ODP team.
“Julie has been one of the top players in South Jersey the past few years,” Turner said. “She can play up front and score, distribute from the midfield, and has experience in the back. Her versatility makes her a threat wherever she plays on the field.”
Till, a goalkeeper for the three-time Prep B State Champion Montclair Kimberly Academy, holds the single-season shutout record and ranks second all-time for career clean sheets. A first-team all-state pick and MKA captain, Till also amassed 23 goals and 34 assists while playing as a midfielder and forward for the Cougars. Till won three regional championships and a national championship with the New Jersey Olympic Development Program team and a state championship with her club team, PDA Celtic. She received the Klein Award as the top female student athlete at MKA as a freshman and sophomore.
“Carlie is a proven winner through club with PDA and Match Fit,” Turner said. “For most of Carlie’s high school career she played on the field which is a tribute to her technical and athletic ability. She has a great presence in the goal and along with Sydney will challenge for minutes as a rookie.”
Kleeschulte, a freshman transfer from Iona College competed in three games this fall, enrolled at Monmouth for the spring academic semester. The midfielder, who earned minutes against Yale, Hartford and Loyola, was part of a Gaels' team that finished 7-9-3 and fourth in the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference. A 2012 graduate of Vernon Township High School, Kleeschulte received nine varsity letters in cross country, track, and basketball and was a captain of the cross country and track teams. She spent the last two years playing with TSF Academy in NJ after competing for the previous seven years with the Lafayette Inferno, leading her team to a championship appearance in the 2011 Baltimore March Madness tournament, as well as a first place finish in the Mid-Atlantic Region for the United Soccer League’s Super Y-League.
“Megan is a strong athlete with an excellent attitude and great work rate,” Turner said. “The spring semester will allow her plenty of time to prove her talents.”
An All-New York State and All-Long Island defender, Girardi captained the conference champion Syosset H.S. team to a 12-0-2 record her senior season. The MVP of the Braves, she competed on the club level for the Albertson Fury 94. Girardi, a four-year honor roll student, was a member of the National Honor Society and Italian Honors Society.
“Allie has proven with her club team that she is capable of playing in the midfield or on the back line," Turner said. "Her versatility is a terrific asset and adds important depth to our roster. Her club experience allowed her to be in an excellent environment which has prepared her well for the college game.”
Grieve, who has registered 38 goals and 23 assists already in her career at Woodrow Wilson, is a three-year varsity letterwinner for the Bruins. An All-Moore League honoree, Grieve helped lead the team to a pair of league championships in 2011 and 2013, and has earned a CIF All-Star nomination. Grieve plays club soccer for Beach FC, a nationally recognized club team in California.
"Madi is a prototypical target forward - great size at 6-2, plays well with her back to goal and can finish in front of the net with both her head and her feet," Turner said.