ACADEMIC INTEGRATION COMPETITIVE EXCELLENCE

IN DIVISION I ATHLETICS

 

Nine Student-Athletes to Join Women's Soccer for 2011 Campaign

Head coach Ray Leone and the Crimson will welcome nine student-athletes to Cambridge this fall (Gil Talbot).

Ray Leone, the Harvard women's soccer head coach, has announced the addition of nine student-athletes to the Crimson for the fall 2011 season.

The class features seven players who saw action primarily at forward or midfield in the high school game, while the final two members of the recruiting class served as goalkeepers for their respective squads. Members of the group hail from California and Massachusetts, Florida, Minnesota, Nevada, Utah and Virginia, with two each coming from the Golden State and Bay State.

"All of the members of our incoming freshmen are talented players with strong character and strong work ethic," Leone said. "These players will make an immediate impact on our program and will improve the depth of our lineup."

Laura Aguilar/Midfielder/San Diego, Calif./The Bishop's School
National Merit Finalist … Four-year starting midfielder on high school soccer team … Led team to 2010 Far West Regional League championship … Served as captain junior and senior seasons … Played varsity softball for two years and volleyball for one season … Selected to the San Diego Union-Tribune Division IV second team in 2008 and first team in 2009 … San Diego Union-Tribune Coastal South all-league first-team selection 2009-11 … Two-time San Diego Union-Tribune all-academic team selection … 2009 CIF Sportsmanship Award recipient … 2011 High School Sports Association of San Diego Scholar-Athlete … Surf Soccer Club 2011 MVP … High school team was Coastal League South champions four times … Southern California Regional State champions in 2008 … CIF champions in 2009 ….Nine-year starter for San Diego Surf Soccer Club… Received the 2010 Bishop's School President's Award … AP Scholar with Distinction in 2010 … National Hispanic Recognition Program Scholar in 2010 … 2011 Cum Laude Society inductee … National Spanish Exam Gold & Silver Awards recipient in 2009 and 2011 … Associated Student Body Council President 2010-11 … Co-founder and co-president of the Student Diversity Alliance … Summer research intern at UCSD's Mitochondrial and Metabolic Disease Center 2008-10 … Six-year member of National Charity League … 2010 Presidential Community Service Award … Received 2010 Bishop's School Super Service Award for Surf Soccer Club "Goal Challenge" that raised money UCSD Cancer Center … Earned the Laurels for Leaders Award in 2010.

Meg Casscells-Hamby/Midfielder/Winter Park, Fla./Trinity Preparatory School
U17 U.S. National Team pool member ... Florida Gatorade Player of the Year in 2011 … 2008-11 Olympic Development Program Interregional team … 2008-11 ODP Region III team ... Co-founder of the Hearts for Haiti concert, a fundraiser design to raise funds to help Haiti relief efforts … Four-year starter and letterwinner on high school soccer team … Member of cross country team for two seasons … 2006 FHSAA 3A all-state varsity cross country team selection … Soccer team was FHSAA 3A district and regional finalist in 2008 … FHSAA 3A district champion and regional finalist in 2009 … FHSAA 2A district champions and regional finalist in 2010 … FHSAA 2A district and regional champion team in 2011 … 2011 FHSAAA 2A state finalist … Three-time (2008, 2010, 2011) Florida High School All-State team selection … Selected as the 2011 Central Florida, Orange County, Fla. … Played for the U.S. U17 National team against Germany … Participated in the ODP U.S. National Team Camp 2007-09 … Five-year member of the ODP Region III team playing matches in Costa Rica, Denmark, Portugal and Costa Rica … Florida ODP A-team member 2007-10 … Regional III tournament finalists in 2008-10 … Played club soccer for Florida Rush Nike Premier Soccer Club … Florida Cup semifinalist in 2009-10 … Disney Showcase Qualifier 2008 and 2009 Champion … 2008-09 Florida State Cup Champions … Participated in the Las Vegas College Showcase …Member of the National Honor Society … Florida all-star team selection 2010-11 … Four-time central Florida all-region team selection … Nine-year member of the Florida Young Artist Orchestra … TOPPS Soccer volunteer (provides soccer to those with mental or physical disabilities) … Three-year Kick n' Fun Soccer Camp volunteer.
 
Cheta Emba/Goalkeeper/Glen Allen, Va./Maggie L. Walker Governor's School
Member of Virginia Olympic Development state team from 2008-10 ... Four-year starter as a goalkeeper on the soccer team and as a forward on the basketball team in high school … Varsity soccer captain as a senior … Captained basketball team as a junior and senior … Was named all-district soccer honorable mention 2008-09 and second-team in 2010 … All-academic soccer team selection 2008-10 … Virginia Olympic Development Program member 2008-09 … Garnered all-district honorable mention honors for basketball in 2008 and 2009, second-team accolades in 2010 and first-team honors in 2011 … All-academic basketball team member all four seasons… National Merit Finalist … Selected as the Lexus of Richmond Pursuit of Perfect Leadership Award … Member of four National Honor societies (General Spanish, English and Science) … Telluride Association member … Chosen as an AIU High School Diplomat for Japanese-American Cultural Exchange … Volunteered in hurricane Katrina relief … Co-president of the Student Pugwash USA (Scientific and Technological Ethics group) … Co-president of Fellowship of Christian Students … Also enjoys reading.
 
Erika Garcia/Forward/Carson City, Nev./Dayton High School
Member of Mexico Women's National Team pool ... Member of Mexico U20 National Team pool ... 2008 Olympic Development Program Region IV team ... Wendy's High School Heisman state winner … Valedictorian … Earned two varsity letters as a member of the high school soccer team … Earned three varsity letters in both basketball and track … As a freshman on the soccer team she earned second-team all-state and first-team all-league honors … Selected to the Nevada Appeal's All-Sierra soccer team … Set school records and won three Nevada 3A track titles in the 100-, 200- and 400-meter races, while finishing third in the triple jump as a freshman … Named the Reno Gazette Journal's Northern Nevada Track Athlete of the year in 2008 … Garnered first-team all-league honors as a sophomore on soccer and was named the Most Valuable Offensive Player … Again won the 400-meter race at  the state meet as a sophomore … Named the Dayton High School Track Athlete of the year three times … Was selected to the NIAA All-Academic team for her sport she participated … Four-year member of the Nevada Olympic Development program … Selected to the Region IV team in 2008 … Invited to play in two European tournaments with the USA National Soccer Academy – Finished second in Gothia Cup (Sweden) and third in Dana Cup (Denmark) … Member of student council executive board three years …Member of the St. Theresa of Avila Senior Core Team, while also volunteering as a tutor … Two-time Dayton HS Citizenship Award winner.
 
Bethany Kanten/Goalkeeper/Park City, Utah/Park City High School
2007-09 Olympic Development Program Region IV team pool ... Four-time selection to the Utah Olympic Development Program member (2006, '07, '08, '09)  … Earned all-state and all-region honors in 2007, 2009 and 2010 … Played varsity soccer for three years in high school, lettering as a goalkeeper each year … Served as captain of the soccer team in 2010 … Earned two varsity letters as a small forward on the basketball team and another as a member of the swim team … High school team reached Utah high school state quarterfinals in 2009 and finals in 2010 … Was a member of the 2008 Placer United Championship squad …Earned 2011 all-state swimming academic team honors … Member of the National Honor Society … Four-year member of the Key Club … Four-year Natural Helpers Board member … Garnered the 2011 Utah Youth Soccer Association scholarship … Also enjoys downhill skiing, hiking and running.
 
Mai Le/Midfielder/Rancho Mirage, Calif./Xavier Prep
Class valedictorian … Captained soccer team for four years, lettering in the first two years the team was a varsity program in 2009 and 2010 … Was the starting kicker on the varsity football team earning two letters 2009-10 … Was a member of the volleyball and track and field teams for one season … Soccer team MVP all four years … In first two seasons the soccer team was varsity status at Xavier the team went 26-6-5 … Le scored 22 goals and tallied 12 assists in those two years … National Merit semifinalist in 2010 … Founder, member and president of the Xavier chapter of Junior State of America … Also enjoys singing, crafting, skiing, playing violin and cooking … Mother, Susan '81, attended Harvard, participating in soccer, lacrosse and track and field and was a member of Harvard's first varsity women's soccer team … Father, Khoi '83, MD '87, attended Harvard and Harvard Medical School … Uncle, Michael '76, MD '81, attended Harvard and Harvard Medical School while playing football and baseball as an undergraduate … Aunt, Jennifer '90, attended Harvard.
 

Kate Makaroff/Midfielder/Hanover, Mass./Noble and Greenough School
Club team, Scorpions SC, was Region 1 champions in 2006 and 2008, and also Massachusetts state champions in 2006, 2008 and 2009 … Four-year member and senior captain of the soccer team in high school … Also played basketball all four years of high school … Named to the all-league soccer first-team in 2009 and 2010 … Selected to the New England Prep Team in 2009 … Soccer team was league champions 2007-09 … Team was New England Class A Champions in 2008 and 2010 … Was given Noble and Greenough's highest academic all four years … member of the Cum laude Society … Student Life Council Representative 2008-10 … Member of the Campuses Against Cancer … Also enjoys music, basketball, running, reading and Boston sports teams.

 
Marie Margolius/Midfielder/Acton, Mass./Acton-Boxborough High School
ECNL all-event team selection and helped squad reach nationals … Four-year starter on high school soccer team … Captained soccer team as a senior … Also a member of the track team as a senior … Selected to the all-state team as a senior … Was an EMASS all-star junior and senior seasons … Four-year DCL all-star … Selected to the Boston Herald all-scholastic team … Lowell Sun all-star … Member of four-time DCL championship team … High school team won state championship in 2007 and was ranked second nationally … State finalist in 2008 and 2009 … Led team in points as a sophomore and senior … Principal's achievement award for work in student clubs junior year … Garnered Community Service Award all four years of high school … National Honor Society member … Member of the student government all four years … Father, David, played minor league baseball after attending Boston University … Brother, David, played lacrosse at Northeastern … Sister, Amy, played soccer at Richmond and Bentley.
 
Lauren Urke/Midfielder/Medina, Minn./Wayzata
2010 Olympic Development Program Region II Interregional team ... 2010 ODP Region II team ... Member of the Minnesota ODP state team from 2005-10 … National Merit Finalist … Three-year starter and letterwinner as midfielder on the soccer team in high school … Captained soccer team in 2010 … Received letters in hockey and track and field in 2009 and another in track and field in 2010 … Received Wayzata's 2011 Athena Award as the most outstanding athletic and academic performance by a female student-athlete … Was the Minnesota High School Challenge Cup MVP in 2009 … Four-year recipient of the Hardest Worker Award on high school soccer team as voted by teammates … Garnered all-state honors in 2008 and all-conference accolades in 2009 in track and field … Member of the 4x400 team that set the Wayzata school record in 2008 … High school team won state title in 2009 and was runner-up in 2010 … U.S. Presidential Scholar Semifinalist in 2011 … AP Scholar with Distinction in 2010 … National Honor Society member … Volunteered as a violin teacher, soccer and hockey coach, math tutor, Club YES participant and Link Leader … Also enjoys violin, reading, skiing and spending time with friends and family.