BALTIMORE – The 2013 America East Champion UMBC women's soccer team will add nine players to its roster when it defends its title in 2014, as announced today by head coach Leslie Wray. All nine prospective student-athletes hail from the state of Maryland and Pennsylvania.
"We are bringing in a class of nine players that will contribute in all areas of the field except goalkeeper," Wray said. "This class will improve our overall speed and will complement our championship team perfectly. They will give us balance and depth where needed and will push our returning players to play at their highest level. We are excited to see what the next stage of Retriever soccer looks like with these players."
Lebanon, Pa./Cedar Crest
A four-year member of the Cedar Crest High School varsity women's soccer team… A three-time Lancaster-Lebanon League First Team All-Star... Named to Lebanon Dailey News All-County Team three straight seasons… A two-time varsity captain… The Falcons' all-time leading goal scorer, finishing with 62 goals in her career… Helped Cedar Crest to back-to-back Lancaster Lebanon-League Championships, including the school's first in school history in 2012… A National Honor Society Member… A member of the Spanish Club, the Fellowship of Christian Athletes Club and the Students for Christ Club… Played for the PA Classics Club team… Earned a spot on the Atlantic Soccer League All-Event Team at Triangle Friendlies… Won the State Cup with the PA Classics in 2012… Daughter of Brian and Melanie Boehmer… Has an older sister, Chelsey… Born Sept. 23, 1995… Hopes to pursue a career in the field of math or science.
Why Boehmer chose UMBC: I felt that UMBC was the best fit for me. I liked the size of the school, the coaching staff and the academics offered."
A four-year varsity starter at Mercy High School… Named team captain during for her senior season… Named a Notable Player to Watch by The Baltimore Sun (2011)… Teammate of fellow UMBC signee Hannah Goff… An honor roll student… Played five years for the Maryland Olympic Development Team… Played club soccer for Parkville Soccer Club and earned the 2012 Region One title… A six-time AAU National Gold Medal Champion in Taekwondo… Daughter of Marc and Beatriz Borkowski… One of three siblings, Emily and Luke… Born Aug. 29, 1996… Major is undecided.
Why Borkowski chose UMBC: "I chose UMBC because of its great academic program, location and the up and coming success of the women's soccer program."
Mount Airy, Md./Linganore
A member of the Linganore High School women's soccer team… Helped Linganore to the regional finals for the first time in over 10 years… Named First Team All-County and First Team All-Area by the Frederick News Post… Lettered and captained the Linganore basketball team… A three-time Linganore High School Attendance Awards recipient… A high honor student… A member of the Math and National English Honor Societies… Daughter of David and Claudia Fegler… Has a brother, David… Born Nov. 16, 1995… Plans to major in pre-med and pre-nursing… Hopes to pursue a job in the medical field.
Why Fegler chose UMBC: Over the summer at the UMBC women's soccer camp, I got to meet and work with the soccer coaches. I really liked their style of play and the vibe I got with them. The coaches strongly care about their athletes outside of athletics and that helped influence my decision. Besides loving UMBC's soccer program, I really liked the campus atmosphere and the school has an awesome program for what I want to major in!"
A four-year varsity player at Mercy High School… Named a captain during her senior season… Earned Interscholastic Athletic Association of Maryland "A" Conference Soccer All-Star recognition during her final campaign with the Magic… Teammate of fellow UMBC signee Anna Borkowski… Also played basketball and competed in indoor and outdoor track during her high school career… An honor roll student… Earned a pair of Published Poetry Awards… A member of the Ambassador for Mercy and Girls' Athletic Association… Competed for the Premier Soccer Club of Maryland, a team that won four Maryland State Championships, reached the finals three times and earned one regional championship… Daughter of John and Michelle Goff… Has a younger brother Jacob… Born Dec. 6, 1996… Plans on majoring in biology to become a trauma nurse.
Why Goff chose UMBC: "I selected UMBC because I fell in love with the coaching staff and their philosophies and the players who made me feel at home and comfortable. I also liked the fact that UMBC is close to home because I am a big family type of person. I also felt the interest being given by Coach Leslie Wray and Coach Steve Campbell by watching many of my games and staying in close contact."
Crofton, Md./South River
A member of the South River High School women's soccer team… Helped the Seahawks to the 2012 Class 4A East Region title with a penalty kick score in the second overtime against Arundel… A part of South River's 4A State Champions Team… Teammate of fellow UMBC signee Kristin Marsha… An honor roll student… A member of the Success Team… Will graduate with AP honors… Played on the Delaware Olympic Development team in 2011 and moved over to the Maryland ODP team in 2012… Played for the Maryland United club team and won the state cup in 2012… Daughter of Kevin and Amy Holbert… One of three siblings, Gabrielle and Izabelle… Born Feb. 23, 1996… Plans on majoring in media and communication studies.
Why Koenig chose UMBC: "I selected UMBC due to its amazing staff, connected team and because it is close to my family. Leslie and Steve are great coaches and very easy to connect with. UMBC seemed like the right choice. It is a great environment where I feel I can easily fit in and make an impact. I am excited and proud to be on this team and I am so excited for the next four years with this program."
Orrtanna, Pa./Gettysburg Area
Four-year Gettysburg Area High School varsity starter… Led the Warriors in points all four years, registering 57 goals and 17 assists in her career… Helped her team to qualify for the school's first appearance in the AAA District 3 playoffs and guided the team to its first district win… Named the squad's Offensive Most Valuable Player all four seasons… Two-year varsity captain… Named to the Gettysburg Times All-Area Girls Soccer Player of the Year in 2012 after tallying 18 goals and seven assists… Earned Gettysburg Times All-Area First Team honors all four seasons… A four-time Mid-Penn Conference Colonial Division All-Star First Team honoree… A two-time Patriot News All-Star Second Team recipient…Lettered in varsity track in 2013 and qualified for regionals as a member of the 4x100 relay… A National Honor Society member… An honor roll student… Competed in SkillsUSA… Played for the Super Nova FC Club Team and the LDC United Futures Club Team… The Futures earned a No. 21 ranking nationally in 2013... Daughter of Rod and Melissa Lyon… Rod played college football for Potomac State University in West Virginia… Has a brother, Logan… Born Dec. 11, 1995… Plans on majoring in biology or pre-allied health in order to become a physical therapist or a physician's assistant.
Why Lyon chose UMBC: "I chose UMBC because I loved everything about it. The environment and the people were both very welcoming and I felt very comfortable there."
Annapolis, Md./South River
A member of the South River High School women's soccer team… Helped the Seahawks to a Maryland 4A State Championship in 2012… A 2012 Capital Gazette High School Athletes of the Year Showcase Second Team selection… An All-County Second Team honoree by The Evening Capital in 2012… A three-time Scholastic Athletic Award recipient… A National Arts Honor Society member and Computer Science Club treasurer… Treasurer of the Technology Students Association and the Audio-Visual Club… Daughter of Ralph and Ricquel Marsh… Has a younger sister Kayla… Born Dec. 26, 1996… Plans to major in computer science and hopes to become a lawyer.
Why Marsh Chose UMBC: "I selected UMBC because the computer science program grabbed my interest with the diverse aspects of study available in the major. Also, the many opportunities I will be able to take advantage of as a student attending one of the nationally-ranked most innovative universities. After meeting Coach Leslie Wray and learning about her vision for the UMBC women's soccer program, I knew this was the place for me."
Elizabethtown, Pa./Elizabethtown Area
A four-year starter for the Elizabeth Area High School women's soccer team… Voted Elizabeth Area High School's Most Valuable Player in 2011… Led the Bears in scoring during the 2012 campaign with 20 scores during the regular-season… A two-time All-Star Second Team honoree and All-County Second Team recipient… Named team captain for her senior campaign… Helped the Bears to a district title in 2013… An honor roll student… Attended National Young Leaders Conference and the Life Skills Leadership Conference… A People-to-People Delegate to Europe… Co-Chairman of Four Diamonds Mini Thon… A member of the Key Club and Positive Community Norms Club …Played Club for the LDC United Futures (Pa.)... Daughter of Allen and Emily Moyer… Has an older sister, Elizabeth… Born Oct 22, 1995… Hopes to become a college soccer coach.
Why Moyer chose UMBC: "I selected UMBC because they offer a variety of majors. I liked the coaching staff, the team and the campus."
Mechanicsburg, Pa./Cumberland Valley
A four-year member and three-year varsity starter at Cumberland Valley High School… Named team captain for her senior season… Earned 2013 Pennlive High School Girls' Soccer All-Stars Second Team recognition from Patriot News… A 2013 All-Sentinel Girls' Soccer Team honorable mention by the Carlisle Sentinel… A 2013 Mid-Penn Commonwealth Division All-Stars First Team selection… Earned back-to-back Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletic Association State Championships with the Eagles in 2011-12 before the championships were moved from the spring to the fall… A PIAA State Finalist in 2012 (fall) and District 3 Champion in 2013… A honor student and National Honor Society Member… A member of the World Language Department Honor Society… Part of the German Club… Competed on the PA Classics Academy and earned a 2012 PA East NCS State title and a 2013 PA East NCS State finalist… Daughter of Pete and Diane Nanov… Younger sister of Peter… Born Nov. 24, 1995… Plans to major in psychology.
Why Nanov Chose UMBC: "I selected UMBC because after visiting, I really liked the campus, the coaches and all the girls. Also, it has a good academic reputation and I like the location of the school."