BALTIMORE – UMBC women's basketball head coach Phil Stern inked four players during the early signing period. Laura Castaldo (West Nyack, N.Y./Clarkstown South), Zaenna Echevarria (York, Pa./York Catholic), Carly Harris (Glenshaw, Pa./Shaler Area) and Maddie Torresin (Mechanicsburg, Pa./Cumberland Valley) are set to play for the Retrievers beginning in the 2014-15 season.
Castaldo, a 5-9 guard, has helped in the turnaround of the Clarkstown High School South women's basketball program, guiding the Lady Vikings to back-to-back undefeated county championships. Castaldo, a First Team All-County and All-Section honoree, led Clarkstown in scoring during her junior campaign, pouring in 20.5 points and 12.5 rebounds per contest. Castaldo, a two-time conference MVP, played AAU ball for Hudson Valley Elite.
Echevarria is a four-year letterwinner at powerhouse York Catholic. The Fighting Irish posted a 29-3 record a season ago and earned their record eighth straight District 3-AA title, in addition to making their seventh trip in the last eight years to the PIAA Class AA finals. Echevarria, a 5-8 combo guard, averaged 8.6 points per game during her junior campaign with York Catholic. She competed with the Keystone Force AAU team.
Harris, a 5-7 point guard and a four-year letterwinner at Shaler Area High School, is averaging 8.0 points, 6.0 rebounds and 6.0 assists thus far in her career with the Titans. Harris has played a key role with the Titans since her freshman year when she was a leader on the squad that earned a Western Pennsylvania Interscholastic League Quad A title and went on to the state playoffs. She played AAU for Drill for Skill.
Torresin was a part of Cumberland Valley High School's state championship run last season, as the Eagles posted a 26-7 mark. Torresin, a Mid-Penn Conference All-Star Second Team honoree, averaged 11.2 points and 5.1 rebounds per game, while snagging 67 steals in her junior campaign with the Eagles. Torresin, a 6-0 guard/forward, played for the South Central Select AAU team.
The Retrievers welcomed nine newcomers this offseason and own the youngest roster in the America East.
"I am very excited to welcome these four young ladies to our family," Stern said. "They help us in several different areas and will be able to contribute immediately."