Women's Soccer Announces Class of 2012

PHILADELPHIA - University of Pennsylvania women’s soccer coach Darren Ambrose has announced his incoming class for the 2008 season. The program’s Class of 2012 will feature eight recruited student-athletes.

“This is a wonderful group of newcomers to our program,” said Ambrose, who will enter his ninth season at Penn in 2008. “I feel we were able to strengthen the squad in all areas with these eight women. They all bring something different to our program that will help continue the winning tradition Penn Soccer has developed. They will be a credit to our program, both on and off of the field.”

Once again, Penn’s class stretches from one coast to the other. The Quakers stayed local in recruiting Caroline Williams (Ambler, Pa.), and also snared a pair of New Yorkers in Colleen Barry (LaGrangeville) and Marin McDermott (Rhinebeck). Staying in the Mid-Atlantic region, Penn also got a commitment from Adrienne Lerner (Chevy Chase, Md.). Penn’s recruiting also reached into Michigan with Theresa Yankovich (Northville) and Texas with Megan Cassidy (Dallas). The Quakers’ other two commits came from California, in Ursula Lopez-Palm (Escondido) and Kelly McCarthy (Los Angeles).

These eight freshmen will join the Quakers for preseason camp in August. Penn enters the 2008 season looking to defend it Ivy League title -- the Quakers went 6-1-0 in league play, and finished the 2007 season with a 13-4-1 overall record. That gave the Quakers a berth in the NCAA Championship, where they lost to James Madison 2-0 in the first round. Penn put all of this together with a roster that had no seniors on it.

Penn opens the 2008 season in Pittsburgh with a pair of games, taking on Pitt on Friday, Sept. 5, and then Robert Morris on Sunday, Sept. 7.


Colleen Barry
LaGrangeville, N.Y.
Arlington HS
CLUB TEAM: Lewisboro Xtreme
High School: Four-year letterwinner in soccer ... Two-year captain ... Team won Section 1 title and was ranked in the NSCAA Top 20 her first season ... Section 1 Player of the Year and all-state as a senior ... Three-time all-league and all-section ... Five-year member of Eastern New York ODP ... Three-time member of Hudson Valley team at Empire State Games, helped team to one silver and two bronze medals in that time ... Played club soccer for Lewisboro Xtreme ... Also lettered twice in field hockey and track & field ... All-league and honorable mention all-section as a junior in field hockey ... Helped field hockey team to league title sophomore year ... National Honor Society member ... Student Government class representative.
Personal: Born Oct. 6, 1989 in Poughkeepsie, N.Y. ... Daughter of Kathleen and Mark Barry ... Has three sisters: Meghan, Caitlin and Shannon ... Club teammate of future Penn teammate Marin McDermott ... Will enroll in the College of Arts and Sciences.

Megan Cassidy
Dallas, Texas
The Hockaday School
CLUB TEAM: Dallas Texans/Dallas Sting
High School: Lettered all four years in soccer ... Captain as a senior ... Helped team to 2005 and 2008 Southwest Preparatory Conference (SPC) titles ... Also won three zone championships during her career ... Two-time All-SPC and All-South Zone ... Club team, Dallas Texans, was 2007 Region III champion and advanced to national championship match ... Also lettered twice in field hockey ... Helped that team to SPC title in 2007 and South Zone crown in 2006 ... Dartmouth Book Award ... Sudie Duncan Citizenship Award ... Community Service Board Vice Chair ... Presidential Community Service Award ... AP Scholar with Honor ... National Merit commended list.
Personal: Born Feb. 25, 1990 in Dallas ... Daughter of Mitzi and Clif Cassidy ... Will enroll in the College of Arts and Sciences.

Adrienne Lerner
Chevy Chase, Md.
National Cathedral
High School: Lettered four years in soccer ... Captain as a senior ... Team went 58-6-3 during her career and won four regular-season titles ... Two-time all-league ... Honorable mention All-Met ... Plays club soccer for RFC United, which was Maryland State Cup finalist in 2006 ... Member of Maryland and Region I ODP teams ... Also lettered twice in lacrosse, earning team’s Unsung Hero Award in 2005 ... Athletic Association President.
Personal: Born Sept. 17, 1990 ... Daughter of Cherry Joy Beysselance and Matthew Lerner ... Mother competed in synchronized swimming at Agnes Scott College ... Brother, Aaron, attends Duke and plays on the Blue Devils’ club ice hockey team ... Will enroll in the College of Arts and Sciences.

Ursula Lopez-Palm
Escondido, Calif.
San Pasqual HS
High School: Earned four letters in soccer ... Captain as a senior ... Team won four Valley League titles and two CIF Division 2 crowns during her career ... Four-time all-league and all-section ... Also lettered four times in field hockey and twice in track ... In filed hockey, earned all-league and all-section ... Helped FH team to four league titles and 2005 CIF Division 2 championship ... As a freshman, won conference title and fifth at CIF Championships in 400-meter run ... Student body president ... Student council.
Personal: Born June 9, 1990 in La Jolla, Calif. ... Daughter of Anna Bendimez and Raul Lopez-Palm ... Has a sister (Kirsten) and brother (Antoine) ... Will enroll in the College of Arts and Sciences.

Kelly McCarthy
Los Angeles, Calif.
Brentwood School
CLUB TEAM: West Coast FC
High School: Lettered four times in soccer ... Captain as a senior ... Helped team to three league championships ... Three-time all-league selection ... Also lettered four times in track & field and once in cross country ... Three-time Book Award winner for highest GPA ... Cum Laude Society member ... Class treasurer ... Community service representative ... Benefacta Award for community service.
Personal: Born Jan. 25, 1990 in Los Angeles ... Daughter of Karen Krasney and Dennis McCarthy ... Will enroll in Wharton, with a concentration in business management.

Marin McDermott
Rhinebeck, N.Y.
Red Hook HS
CLUB TEAM: Lewisboro Xtreme
High School: Lettered five times in soccer, and was a three-year captain ... Team won league titles in 2004 and 2007, and sectional crown in 2006 ... Two-time league MVP ... Three-time all-state ... Also ran three years of a track and lettered one season of cross country ... In track, won 2005 sectional championship in the 800 ... Fourth-team all-state in XC ... Senior class president ... National Honor Society member ... Principal’s High Honor Roll for all four straight years.
Personal: Born June 29, 1990 in Kingston, N.Y. ... Daughter of Ferijet and Edward McDermott ...Cousin, Kerry, is a two-time state champion pole vaulter in Pennsylvania and will be enrolling at Cornell ... Club teammate of future Penn teammate Colleen Barry ... Will enroll in the School of Engineering and Applied Science.

Caroline Williams
Ambler, Pa.
Wissahickon HS
High School: Lettered four years in soccer ... Two-time captain ... First-team all-league in 2005 and 2007, second-team all-league in 2006 ... 2006 Scholar Athlete Award ... Club team, FC Delco, won state cup from 2005-07 and was a regional finalist in 2007 ... Member of Eastern Pennsylvania 89s ODP team that won 2007 national championship ... She earned Golden Glove Award at national championship event ... Member of the Region I ODP squad ... Also lettered in basketball at Wissahickon as a ninth grader ... French National Honor Society member ... Regional and state award winner at PJAS Science Competition ... Member of Montgomery County Youth Orchestra as a cello player, also a percussionist and guitarist.
Personal: Born Jan. 16, 1990 in Chestnut Hill, Pa. ... Daughter of Deborah and Peter Williams ... Mother rowed at Penn and was on the Quakers’ 1980 Eastern Sprints championship boat ... Will enroll in the College of Arts and Sciences.

Theresa Yankovich
Northville, Mich.
Northville HS
CLUB TEAM: Michigan Hawks
High School: Lettered three times in soccer ... Team won division, district and regional titles in 2006 and 2007 ... Conference champions in 2006 ... Earned Division I all-district, all-region and honorable mention all-state in 2006 ... All-area “Dream Team” in 2006 ... Member of Michigan ODP 89 squad ... Also lettered once in basketball ... National Honor Society member.
Personal: Born Dec. 19, 1989 in Southfield, Mich. ... Daughter of Anne and David Yankovich ... Will enroll in the College of Arts and Sciences.