Seahawks Annnounce 2012 Signing Class
Courtesy: UNCW Athletic Communications
WILMINGTON, Carolina - UNCW women's soccer Head Coach Paul Cairney has announced the signing of 12 players to National Letters-of-Intent during the spring signing period.
The class includes Lindsey Byrne, Morgan Byrne, Katrina Guillou, Courtney Kovac, Morgan Leyble, Maddie McCormick, Mikayla Plansker, Greyson Ray, Abby Register, Karissa Smith, Allison Stearns and Liz Thompson. All 13 players will enroll in classes in the fall and join the Seahawks as freshmen for the 2012 season.
"We are very excited for our team to have a group of incoming players who will add depth and competition at every position," said Cairney. "But, it does not matter what these players have achieved in high school or with their respective club teams. It is important; however, what they achieve once they get here."
"This class is large in number due to the fact that we graduated eight seniors last season and will graduate seven seniors this season," Cairney added. "The net loss of 15 players over two seasons dictated that we bring in a bigger than normal class. The numbers in our 2012 class also has a direct impact on our 2013 recruiting class. It allows us to be patient and be very specific and selective in that process."
The class features eight in-state products as well as players from Delaware, New Jersey, Virginia and the District of Columbia. Of the eight in-state players, three - Lindsey Byrne, Morgan Byrne and Stearns - play together at W.A. Hough in Charlotte.
"While these new players will add competition on our team, our coaching staff is very excited about our returning players," said Cairney. "They are training with an edge right now and are determined to bring our team back to the top in the CAA. When we combine this fact with this new talent, our 2012 season is one filled with promise. "
Bio capsules can be found below. Click on the players name for complete information.
Helped W.A. Hough capture 2011 I-Mecklenburg Conference crown and make Class 4A state semifinal appearance ... Earned All-Conference accolades as a junior after finishing with 17 points (five goals, seven assists).
Morgan Byrne (Forward | Charlotte, N.C. | W.A. Hough)
Helped W.A. Hough capture 2011 I-Mecklenburg Conference crown and make Class 4A state semifinal appearance ... Earned All-Conference honors during sophomore season.
Katrina Guillou (Forward/Midfielder | Ft. Washington, Md. | Bishop Ireton)
First-Team All-Metro selection in 2011 after tallying 60 points (24 goals, 12 assists) in 16 games ... Led Bishop Ireton to 2011 Washington Catholic Athletic Conference finals appearance in 2011.
Courtney Kovac (Midfielder |Woodbury, N.J. | Lenape)
Four-year starter at Lenape ... Guided Indians to 95-4-3 record, four state titles and four Coaches Cup crowns.
Morgan Leyble (Defender/Midfielder/Forward | Jacksonville, N.C. | Jacksonville)
Two-time 3A All-State team selection ... Earned conference Offensive Player-of-the-Year accolades after notching 72 points (29 goals, 16 assists) during junior season.
Maddie McCormick (Forward | Newark, Del. | Alexis. I. DuPont)
2011 Delaware Player-of-the-Year after tallying 48 points (17 goals, 14 assists) in 14 games during junior season ... Two-time First-Team All-State selection.
Mikayla Plansker (Defender/Midfielder | Virginia Beach, Va. | Kellam)
Has guided Kellam to Beach District runner-up and Eastern Region semifinal result in 2011 and back-to-back semifinal appearances in 2009 & 2010 ... All-State, First-Team All Eastern Region and First-Team All-Tidewater as a junior.
Greyson Ray (Midfielder | Durham, N.C. | CE Jordan)
Plays at CE Jordan ... Earned All-Conference accolades after guiding Falcons to Pac 6 Conference championship in 2011.
Abby Register (Defender | Statesville, N.C. | Statesville)
All-Conference, All-County and All-Region selection in 2010 ... Tallied 16 points (3 goals, 10 assists) during sophomore campaign.
Karissa Smith (Defender | West Chester, Pa.| West Chester East)
Three-time All-Conference selection ... Finished career with 53 points (15 goals, 23 assists) in 64 games played.
Allison Stearns (Forward | Charlotte, N.C. | W.A. Hough)
Two-time All-State, All-Region and All-Conference performer ... Played junior season at W.A. Hough, leading I-Mecklenburg Conference in scoring with 62 points (25 goals, 12 assists).
Liz Thompson (Goalkeeper | Charlotte, N.C. | Hickory Ridge)
Two-time All-Conference and All-Region selection ... Two-time Southern Piedmont Conference Keeper-of-the-Year.