Women's soccer announces 11-member incoming class
May 3, 2012
Stony Brook, N.Y. - The Stony Brook women’s soccer team and head coach Sue Ryan announced the addition of 11 newcomers to the 2012 squad on Thursday. The incoming class, which hails from nine different states, adds 10 freshmen and one transfer to a squad that will return 19 letterwinners from a season ago.
"We are very pleased with our 2012 class and feel that several players are going to make an immediate impact,” Ryan said. “Overcoming the injury setbacks that we endured last season, combined with a successful spring, and now bringing in this talented incoming class we feel that we can seriously challenge for top honors this fall.”
Goalkeeper Danielle Singson, a native of Deer Park, N.Y., joins the team from Rider University where she started 19 games as a freshman and finished fourth in the MAAC in goals against average. A graduate of St. Anthony’s High School in 2010, Singson was named MAAC Rookie of the Week three times in her first season with the Broncs.
"Danielle brings ready-made experience from her time at Rider University,” Ryan said. “She will look to compete for time in net this fall and her athleticism will be a great asset to the team."
Kristen Baker joins the Seawolves from Wren High School in Piedmont, S.C. A native of neighboring Greenville, S.C., Baker played midfield and forward for head coach Michael Burriss at the high school level and earned four varsity letters, in addition to being named team captain in 2012. Baker was named 4A All-State in South Carolina in 2011 and was a seven-time state champion for her club team, the CESA 93 Girls Premier. Baker also has prior Olympic Development Program (ODP) experience at the state level from 2005-09 and the regional level in 2009.
"Kristen is a natural left-footed player with a heavy shot,” Ryan explained. “She will look to vie for time on defense and in the midfield as a freshman."
A native of Round Hill, Va., Lexi Clarke comes to Stony Brook from Woodgrove High School after previously attending Loudon Valley High School. The 2011 team MVP, Clarke compiled 13 assists as a junior, which ranked sixth in the state. Clarke also played club soccer for the Washington Freedom and the McLean MPS Strikers, where she helped lead the team to the 2010 USL North American Championship and a No. 1 regional ranking in 2011.
"Lexi will add depth to the forward line and midfield,” Ryan said. “She is technically sound and has a dynamic attacking personality."
Sarah Darmanin, hailing from Miami, Fla., will add more offensive prowess to the Seawolves starting in 2012. A four-year varsity letterwinner for Gulliver Prepatory, Darmanin was elected captain as a senior and set a record for the most goals scored in a single season in Miami-Dade County with 65. Darmanin propelled Gulliver to three district championships (2009, 2010, 2012), a state championship (2011) and helped the team to a 53-game unbeaten streak in 2012, which was the longest in the nation.
"We are excited for Sarah as we feel she is under the radar and is going to show her ability as a fast, technical, versatile goal-scoring threat," Ryan said.
Tessa Devereaux, who calls Syracuse, N.Y. home, will look to make an immediate impact in the attacking third. Devereaux holds the Jamesville-DeWitt High School all-time scoring record with 103 goals and 42 assists in her career and was ranked as the fifth-best high school talent in the state of New York and the 77th-best player in the nation according to TopDrawerSoccer.com. Devereaux also received the 2011-12 NSCAA Senior Excellence Award, 2011-12 NSCAA Scholar All-American honors and was named first-team All-Central New York in 2009-12.
"Tessa has a tremendous work ethic and a great soccer pedigree,” Ryan explained. “She has been highly-coveted during the recruiting process by many schools and we are excited for her contributions next fall and feel she can make an impact immediately."
A striker from Pompton Plains, N.J., Raven Edwards joins the team from West Orange High School. Edwards scored 77 goals in her West Orange career, including 39 as a senior and was the second-leading scorer in the state. A first-team All-Essex County selection from 2008-12, Edwards was also named first-team All-Conference in 2008-11.
"Raven possesses pure athletic ability and great speed with a knack for scoring goals,” Ryan said. “Her speed will allow us to really stretch out opposing defenses."
Another proven goal scorer, Danielle Fuller will don Stony Brook red in 2012 after graduating from Staten Island Academy. Fuller, who earned eight high school letters in soccer and lacrosse, scored 65 goals in her career and was a three-time PSAA All-Star. The Staten Island, N.Y. native was named MVP of the playoffs as a junior and MVP of the league as a senior.
"Danielle will look to battle for time up front on an already talented attacking team,” Ryan said. “She sees and reads the game well and this ability helps her in the attacking role."
Providence, R.I. native Meagan Hallworth brings a defensive presence to the Seawolves from Simsbury High School and East Greenwich High School. A multi-sport athlete, Hallworth also participated in basketball and track in high school and was named captain of the soccer team as a senior. As a freshman and sophomore at East Greenwich, Hallworth helped the team to the semifinals of the state championship and a No. 2 state ranking.
"Meagan will add size and strength to our backline and midfield.” Ryan said. “She’s a tough ball-winner who is not afraid to throw her body around to get the job done."
Another New England native, Aley Leonardi joins the squad from Kennebunk High School in Maine. Leonardi, a native of Concord, Mass., has ODP experience at the state level from 2008-10 and was a multi-sport athlete in high school, participating in softball and track as well. Leonardi bagged 24 goals as a senior and is described as a “spark plug” by Ryan.
“Aley has great quickness and technical ability on the ball, not to mention she is an extremely feisty player,” Ryan added.
Emily Murrer, born in Palo Alto, Calif., will add an element of versatility to the Seawolves in 2012 after playing all over the field at Aptos High School in Aptos, Calif. A two-year soccer letterwinner, Murrer also applied her talents in the pool on the swim team and water polo team. Murrer was a two-time All-League selection and was named Offensive Player of the Year as a junior after scoring 20 goals.
“Emily is another player who will add size and strength to a very solid incoming class,” Ryan said. “She will certainly add versatility and depth to our squad as she can play in multiple positions."
The final member of the incoming class, Stella Norman joins the team from Arapahoe High School in Centennial, Colo. Born in Denver, Norman has ODP experience at the state (2007-11) and regional (2008-10) levels and was named team captain as a senior in 2012. In addition, Norman helped guide Arapahoe to a second-place finish at the state championship as a sophomore in 2010.
"Stella possesses the ability to serve a ball over sixty yards and has a fierce shot from distance,” Ryan explained. “She’s technically sound, intelligent and has great leadership ability. We look forward to having her on our team and seeing her compete for a defensive position next fall.”
The Seawolves recently wrapped up a strong spring season, during which the team went undefeated at 5-0-4, including a pair of draws against Boston College, a 2011 Sweet Sixteen team, and Marist, the defending MAAC champion. Stony Brook also defeated Northeastern, NJIT, Columbia, Sacred Heart and the Japanese All-Star Touring Team and outscored its opposition 15-3 in the spring.
"We showed our perseverance last season and this spring we showed what we are capable of,” associate head coach & recruiting coordinator Steve Welham added. “Next season, with the help our of freshmen, we hope to show the conference who we really are and what we plan to achieve."