WILMINGTON, North Carolina - Former UNCW women's soccer standouts Jen Ludemann and Stephanie Rose have signed professional contracts with HJK Helsinki of the Finnish Naisten Liiga.

"This is an exciting opportunity for both Jen and Stephanie," said UNCW Head Coach Paul Cairney. "To have the chance to play at a high level after college is a dream for many college players.  In their years at UNCW, they both had a great impact on our program. In addition to being tremendous athletes, they are quality people."

A member of the highest division of women's soccer in Finland, HJK Helsinki has dominated the Naisten Liiga since its inception in 1971, winning a record 22 league titles in that span. The club has also had success on the international stage, qualifying for the UEFA Women's Cup on three occasions and advancing to the semifinals during the inaugural competition in 2001.

A First-Team All-CAA and All-Mid-Atlantic Region honoree in 2012, Rose paced the Colonial Athletic Association in scoring with 40 points during her senior campaign, scoring a league-high 14 goals while dishing out a school-record 12 assists. A native of Jacksonville, N.C., Rose ranked favorably among the nation's scoring leaders, finishing tied for 15th in points per game, 13th in assists per game and 32nd in goals per game among all Division I players.

The first player in program history to earn All-CAA accolades in all four years of their career, Rose ended her time in the Port City in the top three of the program's career goals (34/3rd), assists (20/T-1st) and points (88/2nd) categories.

Ludemann, meanwhile, started all 22 games played in 2012 while playing a key role in anchoring a Seahawks defense that allowed just 21 goals and matched the program record with nine shutouts.

A fixture in the lineup since her freshman season, Ludemann started all but one of her 81 games played during her four-year career as the Greensboro, N.C., product matched the program record for appearances (81) and finished second in career games started (80).

"Stephanie has a knack for scoring and will always be a threat going forward," said Cairney. "Jen is a tremendous defender who is tough to beat and is a natural leader. I am sure they will both have an impact with their new team, HJK Helsinki."