HARRISONBURG, Va., Feb. 15, 2012 -- James Madison women's soccer Head Coach David Lombardo has announced the signing of five players to scholarships at JMU.
The five represent four states, including Virginia, Texas, Pennsylvania and North Carolina.
"All of these players have come from very well-regarded national-level club teams," said Lombardo. "All of them possess 'big-game' experience and have had exciting careers as youth players. I expect all of them to push for playing time right off the bat and to ultimately help to make us a better soccer program in 2012 than we were in 2011."
The class of 2012 includes:
Elissa Halik, Defender, Spring, Texas, Klein Collins H.S., Club: Challenge SC
Lombardo on Halik: "Elissa is a strong and hard-nosed defender from the Challenge SC who can play in a variety of roles in the defense, as well as in defensive midfield. She is tough and fearless and brings that mentality to the field of play."
Carley Jenkins, Midfielder/Forward, Centreville, Va., Westfield H.S., Club: Chantilly Burn
Lombardo on Jenkins: "Carley is a creative attacking player with the versatility to play infs the midfield or to breakdown defenses and be a scoring threat as a forward. She and Sam Russell are teammates from the Chantilly Burn. We are excited to have the two of them reunited with former Burn teammate (and JMU 2011-12 freshman) Maddy Brown again this fall."
Kelly Kerrigan, Midfielder, Downingtown, Pa., Downingtown East H.S., Club: PA Strikers
Lombardo on Kerrigan: "Kelly is a dynamic player who can really dictate the possession and tempo of the game through her midfield role. Last fall she was named the Gatorade Player of the Year for Pennsylvania and was a key player to the success of her PA Strikers Club team."
Meghan Poirier, Midfielder/Forward, Cary, N.C., Apex H.S., Club: CASL Spartan Elite
Lombardo on Poirier: "Meghan is a smooth, smart and technical player and is expected to contribute in many ways to our offense. She was an important offensive piece to the success of her CASL Spartan Elite club. I expect her to have that same impact here."
Samantha Russell, Defender, Ashburn, Va., Briar Woods H.S., Club: Chantilly Burn
Lombardo on Russell: "Sam will add some much needed depth and experience to our defense. She is strong and athletic, but possesses solid skills on the ball to maintain possession out of the back."
JMU has qualified for the NCAA Tournament 10 times over the last 17 seasons and has won three Colonial Athletic Association championships in that time span.