UMBC head women's soccer coach Leslie Wray announced the signing of four prospective student-athletes to national letters-of-intent to attend and compete for the Retrievers in the fall of 2012. The incoming student-athletes are New Jersey native Erin Casey, Baltimore's Alexa Quaranta and Preslie Quananta, and D.C. area-native Amira Walcott.
Midfielder Erin Casey hails from Farmingdale, N.J. and started for three years at St. John Vianney High School. The high honor roll student current competes for PDA Charge and played five years of club soccer for Wall Wombats. She captained that squad from 2009-11 and the team captured the New Jersey State Cup championship in 2009.
Alexa Quaranta earned Baltimore Sun First-Team All-Metro honors after scoring 10 goals and adding 17 assists for the Baltimore County champions this fall. The midfielder also added All-State honors and was an All-Baltimore County selection from 2009-2011 after earning All-Baltimore City and All-IAAM honors while a freshman at Mercy in 2008.
At the club level, Alexa has competed with the Baltimore Bays from U9-U15, and U16-U18 with the Freestate Fury ECNL.
Twin sister Preslie Quaranta earned All-Metro and All-State honors at Perry Hall in 2010 after scoring 20 goals and adding eight assists for the Baltimore County champions. The midfielder earned All-Baltimore City and All-IAAM First Team honors in 2008 at Mercy, then led Perry Hall in scoring in her sophomore campaign with eight goals and 15 assists. She missed the 2011 campaign with a knee injury.
At the club level, Preslie also competed with the Baltimore Bays from U9-U15, and U16-U18 with the Freestate Fury ECNL.
Walcott was a four-year starter at Eleanor Roosevelt and earned Washington Post All-Metro honors in 2010. This fall, the versatile future Retriever earned Prince George's First-Team All-County honors for her squad which captured the AAAA title and made it to the state semifinals. Walcott earned a slot on the U-17 girls' national team for Trinidad & Tobago.
At the club level, Walcott has competed for Freestate Fury from U-15 through U-18. She also played for ASA Chesapeake Charge at the WPSL Club level last summer.
"I am very excited about this incoming class-they will make an immediate impact in our program and are committed to helping the team reach its full potential." Coach Wray said. "These four players will bring up the level of competitiveness immediately and will be a great compliment to the already hard-working veterans. They are all hard-working, competitive, motivated players and we are pleased to have them join the Retriever family."