Terps Women's Soccer Welcomes Nine For 2009Talented group includes three U.S. National Team selections and four USYS Regional Team members
Feb. 4, 2009
COLLEGE PARK, Md. -
Maryland women's soccer head coach Brian Pensky welcomes nine high school standouts from seven different states to the Terrapin soccer program for the 2009 season as part of National Signing Day.
"As always, this is such an exciting day - we officially welcome another outstanding group of student-athletes into our program," said Pensky. "As a whole, this collection of kids is extremely technical. They are also varied in terms of where they play on the field. We virtually have every position covered in this recruiting class. Our coaching staff just can't wait until they're on campus for good."
Coming to College Park to don the red and black will be defender Bailey Bodell (Boyds, Md.), midfielder/forward Megan Gibbons (Ellicott City, Md.), midfielder Domenica Hodak (West Sayville, N.Y.), forward Danielle Hubka (Strongsville, Ohio), goalkeeper Lianne Maldonado (Clifton, N.J.), forward Caitlin Mooney (Edmond, Oak.), defender Erica Page (Bowie, Md.), midfielder Olivia Wagner (Boulder, Colo.) and goalkeeper Shannon Zickler (Sellersville, Pa.).
Boyds, Md. Defender
St. John's College HS
A four-year letterwinner at St. John's College High School ... two-time first team Washington Post All-Met and two-time honorable mention All-Met ... three-time Washington Post DC All-Extra Team ... two-time first team All-Examiner by the Washington Examiner ... first team All-WCAC ... named team defensive MVP ... named to the 2008 NSCAA/adidas Girl's High School Scholar All-America team ... two-year member of the Maryland ODP team ... played club for the Laurel Wildcats for coach Mike Vawter ... helped the Wildcats to back-to-back State Cup Championships ... 2007 Region 1 semifinalists ... semifinalists at the 2007 Disney Showcase ... also competed for the St. John's College High School Cadets ... three-time WCAC champions ... a member of the De La Salle Scholars Program ... member of the National Honors Society and the National Spanish Honors Society ... chose Maryland over Cornell, George Washington and Bucknell.
Why I chose Maryland: "I wanted the perfect combination of athletics and academics. Having grown up around Maryland athletics, I have always wanted to be a Terp."
Pensky on Bodell: "Bailey is a hard-nosed, honest, blue-collar defender. She serves a very good long ball as well. We are happy to another player with Bailey's size and athleticism."
Ellicott City, Md. Midfielder/Forward
A standout performer from the McDonogh School ... two-time Baltimore Sun All-County ... two-time IAAM All-Star ... 2007 All-State selection ... played club for the Laurel Wildcats for coach Mike Vawter ... helped the Wildcats to back-to-back State Cup Championships ... 2007 Region 1 semifinalists ... semifinalists at the 2007 Disney Showcase ... four-year member of the Region 1 ODP Team ... chose Maryland over Clemson, Miami, Penn, Bucknell and Boston U.
Why I chose Maryland: "It was simply the best fit. I love the school and the soccer team and it just seemed to be the right place for me. The University of Maryland is an excellent school and I know that it will provide me the opportunity to fulfill my academic and athletic goals."
Pensky on Gibbons: "Megan is a slasher, with outstanding change of pace, and good crossing ability. She can play in a number of positions - from wide winger, to attacking center-midfield, to an attacking right back. We look forward to seeing where she fits in here."
A two-year captain at Sayville High School ... 2008 NYSCAA All-Region ... three-time first team all-state ... two-time All-Long Island selection by Newsday ... two-time Suffolk County Small School Player of the Year ... five-time Eastern New York ODP and Regional Team member ... named one of Top Drawer Soccer's Top 100 recruits ... played club for the Alberston Fury 90 for coach Paul Riley ... helped the Fury to four State Cup championships and the 2008 Regional final ... four-year member of the Region I ODP Team ... chose Maryland over Penn State.
Why I chose Maryland: "The University of Maryland is not too far from my home, the campus is beautiful and the thrill of playing in the ACC was too good to pass up."
Pensky on Hodak: "Min is terrific in her possession of the ball. She can solve pressure very well off the dribble. And for being a somewhat slight player, Min is tough as nails. She is going to be great for us."
A four-year starter and letterwinner at Strongsville High School ... ranked the 44th best recruit in the nation, according to ESPN RISE ... 2008 ESPN RISE first team All-American ... 2008 NSCAA/adidas All-American ... finished the season with 26 goals and 20 assists ... Cleveland Plain Dealer Player of the Year ... Ohio Division I and All-Greater Cleveland Player of the Year ... three-time first team All-Greater Cleveland ... two-time All-Sun MVP ... four-time All-Sun Southwest Team member ... three-time first team all-conference ... played club for Cleveland Internationals for coaches Zdravko Popovic and Keri Sarver, Maryland's all-time leading scorer ... member of the 2008 U.S. U18 National Team ... selected to the 2009 U.S. U20 National Team player pool ... chose Maryland over Penn State, West Virginia, Ohio State and Virginia Tech.
Why I chose Maryland: "It was the perfect fit for me - great soccer and academics, beautiful place and big school. The team and coaches were great and I can't wait to compete in the best conference in the country."
Pensky on Hubka: "Danielle just keeps getting better and better. With each high level opportunity that she is afforded, her talent just continues to shine - whether it's W-League, U18 national team, or U20 national team. Danielle is going to be a terrific asset to our program."
Clifton, N.J. Goalkeeper
A four-year starter and letterwinner at Clifton High School ... member of the U.S. U-16 and U-17 Women's National Team training rosters ... four-time first team all-league and all-county ... three-time all-state honoree ... four-time All-North Group 1 ... four-time first team NJGSCA ... two-time team captain and MVP ... two-time member of ODP Super Y National Select Team ... two-year member of N.J. ODP team ... played club for World Class for coach Kazbek Tambi ... helped lead them to the 2007 State Cup and Region 1 championships ... two-time Region 1 Premier League Champions ... also a three-time letterwinner in basketball ... three-time first team all-league on the hardwood ... two-time second team all-county ... chose Maryland over Miami, Rutgers and Seton Hall.
Why I chose Maryland: "It has outstanding academics, as well as a growing soccer program in the ACC. After visiting the school and meeting with the enthusiastic coaching staff, I knew Maryland was the perfect for me. I felt extremely comfortable and found everything I wanted in a university."
Pensky on Maldonado: "Lianne is going to flourish at Maryland. All quality keepers get better in the college environment, simply because of the day-to-day training. And Lianne is no different - she is going to be outstanding. This kid is chomping at the bit to get better...and she's already very very good."
Edmond, Okla. Forward
Edmond Santa Fe HS
Dallas Texans 91
A four-year starter and letterwinner at Edmond Santa Fe High School ... ranked the 37th best recruit in the nation, according to ESPN RISE ... 2008 ESPN RISE first team All-American ... 2007 NSCAA/adidas Girls Youth All-American ... two-time first team all-conference, all-city, all-district and all-Edmond ... two-time team MVP ... member of the 2007 U.S. U-17 Women's National Team, scoring two goals and added two assists in three matches ... selected to the 2008 U.S. U18 National Team player pool ... plays club for USYSA National Champion Dallas Texans 91 for coach Ryan Higginbotham ... chose Maryland over Notre Dame, Tennessee, Illinois and Villanova.
Why I chose Maryland: "Out of all of the schools that I visited, Maryland had the nicest campus. The soccer is great and I really like the coaches. The girls are awesome and after I visited it just felt right. I want to major in biochemistry and Maryland has an amazing program."
Pensky on Mooney: "Caitlin is a savvy, skillful and thoughtful soccer player. She can hold the ball well under pressure, and delivers passes with terrific weight and accuracy. Her ability to finish scoring opportunities under pressure is fabulous as well."
A four-year letterwinner at Archbishop Spalding High School ... career totals of 56 goals and 41 assists ... 2008 ESPN RISE second team All-American ... 2008 Baltimore Sun Player of the Year after scoring 16 goals and adding 17 assists ... helped lead the Cavaliers to the 2006 and 2008 IAAM championships ... two-time first team all-state ... two-time first team Baltimore Sun All-Metro ... four-time first team Baltimore Sun All-Anne Arundel County ... 2008 Annapolis Capital Player of the Year ... four-time all-county by The Capital ... two-time Washington Post All-Met ... four-time IAAM all-conference ... plays club for McLean Freedom for coach Clyde Watson ... helped lead the Freedom to the 2008 Virginia State Championship ... played club for the Freestate Shooters for coaches Win Puffer and Graeme Miller ... helped the Shooters win the Maryland State Championship in 2004 and 2008 ... 2007 US Club Soccer National Champions ... member of the Maryland ODP team from 2002-08 ... member of the 2004, 2005 and 2007 Regional ODP pool ... chose Maryland over Rutgers, Pitt and Loyola.
Why I chose Maryland: "First, it is a good academic school and a big school. I liked the coaches and the players and Maryland plays in a very competitive conference."
Pensky on Page: "Erica is very unassuming, and in many ways, has been overshadowed by some of her past teammates - yet she herself is a big-time player. We are ecstatic to have her at Maryland. She is tremendously skillful, hard, and fast."
Boulder, Colo. Midfielder
A four-year letterwinner at Alexander Dawson ... two-time team captain ... first team all-state as a junior ... two-time first team all-conference ... plays club for Real Colorado for coach Lorne Donaldson ... 2008 CO State Champions ... three-year member of Colorado ODP Team ... two-time member of Region IV ODP Team ... 2008 Region IV team captain ... chose Maryland over UCLA, Texas A&M, Denver and Loyola Marymount.
Why I chose Maryland: "When I stepped onto the Maryland campus I had a feeling I was going to be a Terp. The enthusiasm and school spirit that I felt from the coaches, the players and the other students at Maryland was infectious. All of this, on top of the fact that I would be playing in the toughest conference in women's soccer, the ACC, made Maryland a great choice, as well as a great challenge."
Pensky on Wagner: "Olivia is an amazingly intelligent and skillful player. Her free kicks are absolutely deadly - which we are elated about. She is a soccer junkie - and will just keep getting better and better in college."
A four-year starter and three-year letterwinner at Pennridge High School ... has led Pennridge to a three-year record of 42-18-4 with 26 shutouts to her credit ... has a career goals-against average of 0.788 ... three-time all-conference selection ... two-time All-Southeast Pennsylvania Area ... led Pennridge to the Suburban One playoffs all three seasons ... played club for the Pennsylvania Rush for coach Dave Cardie ... trained in 2008 with the Philadelphia Liberty of the WPSL ... participated in the 2007 Regional ODP Camp ... chose Maryland over Drexel, Morehead State and Monmouth.
Why I chose Maryland: "Being asked to play for Maryland in the ACC was a dream come true. Besides the outstanding soccer and athletic facilities on campus; the wide array of majors and the beautiful campus in College Park made Maryland the complete package for me. I anxiously await playing for the Terps and pursuing the educational opportunities that the University of Maryland will provide."
Pensky on Zickler: "We found a diamond in the rough in Shannon. Her upside is just tremendous. Again, this environment will be huge for her development - we're excited to watch Shannon grow very quickly as a player."