Emmitsburg, Md. (June 7, 2011)--Mount St. Mary's women's soccer coach Tom Gosselin has announced the signing of five student-athletes to National Letters of Intent to enroll at the Mount in the fall.
Mackenzie Buckwalter (Lititz, Pa./Warwick), Cara Deegan (Bowie, Md./St. Mary's), Alicia Mirando (Mechanicsburg, Pa./Trinity), Paige Peck (Pittstown, N.J./Delaware Valley Regional) and Melissa Rowan (Birdsboro, Pa./Daniel Boone) have all signed NLI's to enroll at the Mount in the fall.
Buckwalter was a four-year member of the varsity at Warwick High school. She helped her team to the district playoffs as a senior, winning her squad's Spirit Award for the third consecutive season. She won the team academic award and heart award this year.
"Mackenzie is a strong physical presence with outstanding athletic ability and field coverage," said Gosselin. "We look forward to watching her develop as a productive member of a team vying for a NEC presence."
Deegan earned First Team IAAM All-Conference and Second Team All-County honors as a senior at St. Mary's High School in Annapolis, Md. Also named to the County Senior All-Star team, she will join her older sister, Carly, on the Mount roster.
"Cara has played for a top notch club and competed on the highest levels in club soccer," said Gosselin. "She is an adaptive and technical player who has the skills to make an immediate impact next year."
Mirando, a forward, scored 103 career goals while adding 33 assists for Trinity High School. As a senior, she was named the Mid Penn Capital Division Player of the Year while also garnering First Team honors. She had 42 goals and 16 assists as a senior, earning a spot on the Harrisburg Patriot News Big 11 team while being named to the Mid Penn Senior Girls All-Star game. As a junior, she scored 25 goals while earning Mid Penn All-Star honors in each of her four seasons at Trinity.
"Alicia is a tough central player whose quickness and nose for the goal will be a huge help next year," said Gosselin. "She has had an outstanding club and high school career and we hope she continues that here at the Mount in the next four years."
Peck, a 5-7 midfielder, was a four-year starter in high school, earning First Team All-Conference honors three times. She was named honorable mention all-state as a freshman and won the coaches award as a senior. She finished her high school career with 40 goals and 38 assists.
"Paige also provides us another strong presence and tough tackler in defense or midfield. Her energy and hard work over the past few years should prove to help her contribute this season," said Gosselin.
Rowan, a 5-6 forward, was named All-State and All-County as a senior after tallying 21 goals and nine assists. She finished her high school career with 89 goals and 23 assists. As a junior, she also earned All-State and All-County honors while tying for the county lead in scoring.
"Melissa is a proven scorer and a physically dominant forward," said Gosselin. "She has all the tools to help us succeed at the levels we are striving for this season. Mel has already been part of a team that has turned things around and that experience should be very valuable here as we try to do the same this season."
"Overall we have a very strong class that will fit well replacing our graduating class," said Gosselin. "They all come from good club backgrounds and are all very good student-athletes. We expect them to have great careers here at Mount St. Mary's University on the field and in the classroom."