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Josh Ruggiero Inks 10 Women’s Soccer Student-Athletes to Begin Play in Fall 2013 for Wilmington

Tuesday, February 26, 2013 - Newark, Del.

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Returning members of the women's soccer team mixed in for a picture with the 2013 recruits. Copyright 2013; Wilmington University. All rights reserved.



The 2013 women's soccer recruiting class. copyright 2013; Wilmington University. All rights reserved.

On the heels of capturing its first Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference Tournament Championship and appearing in its first NCAA Division II East Regional Tournament this past fall, the Wilmington University women’s soccer program is quickly reaping the postseason success as head coach Josh Ruggiero announces the signings of 10 student-athletes to the team starting next season.

Ruggiero will enter his sixth season as the women’s soccer head coach in the fall of 2013, coming off his finest season in which he led the team to the 2012 CACC Regular Season Championship in the season finale and to its first CACC Tournament Championship after defeating second seeded Philadelphia, 1-0, in the final. With losing 10 players from last season’s roster, Ruggiero has five junior college transfers and five high school student-athletes ready to make an impact in 2013.

Kaitlyn Atmore will join the Wildcats after a two year stint at Burlington County College. This past fall, the midfielder and defender scored a pair of goals while also dishing our four assists. Two of her assists came in a 2-1 win over Harford on September 16. The Southampton, N.J. native started in all 15 games this past fall, helping the team to a 13-3 overall record and a Region IX Championship. She was named First Team All-Garden State Athletic Conference while also picking up a Second Team All-Region IX honor. While at Seneca High School in, she was named Second Team All-Conference as well as All-Star Honor and a team captain.

Cella Cerrato played the past two seasons at Harford Community College as a defender. As a freshman, she helped lead the Owls to a 2011 NJCAA Region XX and District H Championship, qualifying for the NJCAA National Tournament. This past year, Cerrato helped the team to a 7-5-4 overall record, falling in the Region XX Semifinal match in penalties. The Baltimore, Md. native played in all 16 games, making 14 starts in 2012. Cerrato was named Second Team All-Region XX as a sophomore. She was a four-year starter at Perry Hall High School, being named the Team MVP as a freshman and earning the captaincy arm band as a senior.

Alexia Mazzone was a centerback at the Institute of Notre Dame, earning the team’s Defensive Player of the Year award. The Parkville, Md. native was also named the team MVP and earned the captain’s band as a senior. Mazzone also learned the game by playing for the Premier Soccer Club.

Kendal Parliament played the past two seasons at Burlington County College, helping the team to the Region IX Championship before falling in the District H Tournament. As a defender, Parliament recorded two assists on the season, each coming in the first two games of the year. The Whiting, N.J. native plaed in 13 games this past fall, making 12 starts. Parliament also played soccer at Manchester Township High School and for Tomsriver Club (TRIC).

Rebecca Prentice is a defender transfer from Burlington County College, helping the team to a 13-3 overall record and a Region IX Championship. She started all 15 games as a sophomore, passing out her lone assist in the season opener at Salem CC. Before Burlington, she played high school soccer at Riverside High School, in Riverside, N.J. At Riverside, she was named Second-Team All-Freedom her freshman and sophomore year, First-Team All-Freedom her senior year, and Second Team All-County selection. She also played club soccer for Mount Laurel United and Matchfit Chelsea Academy.

Kimberly Richer is a three year letter winner in soccer from Seneca High School. While at Seneca, she was named the Athlete of the Month in November for 2011 and again in 2012. She also was a Second Team All-Conference selection in both 2011 and 2012. She also received the Coach’s award in 2010 and the Seneca Golden Eagle Award in 2011. Kimberly played club soccer for the Marlton Pressure.

Shelby Schneewis is another forward transfer from Burlington Community College, starting in 14 games last season. While at Burlington, she was an All-Region 19 player, second leading goal scorer for both years, and received the Scholar-Athlete award both of her years. The Marlton, N.J., native tallied eight goals and added a team high seven assists in 2012, totaling 23 points. Before Burlington Community College she was a three-year letterwinner at Cherokee High School, being named the Offensive MVP twice and led the team in scoring all three year. She also played for the Pittsgrove Irish club team.

Alexa Smalley is a defender who is coming to Wilmington straight from Appoquinimink High School. The Middletown, Del. native also played club soccer locally for the Kirkwood Courage.

Morgan Tildon, a forward and midfielder, played high school soccer at Aberdeen High School in Maryland. At Aberdeen, she was the Offensive MVP for the 2011 season. Along with playing at Aberdeen, she also played for the Fallston Herricanes.

Loran Wyrough is a forward from Hamilton High School West in Trenton, N.J. At Hamilton, she was recognized as Mercer County’s top 33 girls’ soccer players in 2011 and again in 2012. She was also an All-CVC selection, All-State selection, and Athlete of the Week two times in the 2012 season. She was a four year letter winner and scored 24 goals in her career at Hamilton. Loran also played club soccer for the Hibernian Xcel.

The 11 incoming student-athletes will look to make an immediate impact on the Wildcat program, starting in defending the CACC Regular Season and Tournament Championships in 2013.