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Daniel Lauletta, Coordinator of Sports Info
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Wilmington Women’s Soccer Head Coach Josh Ruggiero Signs 10 Student-Athletes to NLI’s

Tuesday, February 25, 2014 - Newark, Del.

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Dana Jones signed her NLI from her high school in Tampa, Fla. Copyright 2014 Wilmington University. All rights reserved.

Carin Essex-Arline added her NLI after the opening signing day, making it 10 student-athletes in all for the Wildcats.Copyright 2014; Wilmington University. All rights reserved.

Head coach Josh Ruggiero (far right) and assistant coach Derek Buckley (far left) are joined by the 2014 incoming class: Chandler Lages, Morgan Webster, and Jessica Carpenter (front row; left to right) and Sierrah Taylor, Kellie MacIntosh, Gabrielle LeGendre, Dana Hansen, and Nicole Becker (back row, left to right). Copyright 2014; Wilmington University. All rights reserved.

Wilmington University women’s soccer head coach Josh Ruggiero has had a busy offseason preparing for the 2014 season with the announcement of 10 student-athletes signing National Letters of Intent earlier this year. The group consists of three junior college transfers and seven high school standouts.

Katelyn Becker, Dana Hansen, and Kellie MacIntosh each played two seasons at separate junior colleges while Jessica Carpenter, Carin Essex-Arline, Dana Jones, Chandler Lages, Gabrielle LeGendre, Sierrah Taylor, and Morgan Webster will join the Wildcats in the fall after completing their final season in high school this year.

“This group has balance,” Ruggiero, who just finished his sixth season at the helm of the Wildcats, said. “We have players who are going to come in and effect each phase of our team. What makes this group so special is that each one has the ability to contribute in multiple areas; they are all versatile. Each one brings something different but they are all ready to come in and be Wildcats.”

Becker (Yardville, N.J./Hamilton High School East) played two seasons at Mercer County Community College, helping the team to a 10-7-1 overall record and 7-2 in the Garden State Athletic Conference in 2013. The team reached the NJCAA Region 19 Championship game, falling in overtime. Becker, playing all over the field, scored four goals and added three assists as a sophomore. She earned Second Team All-CVC in high school and was a member of the GSAC All-Academic Team I at Mercer.

Hansen (Brockport, N.Y./Hilton) played the past two seasons at Genesee Community College, leading the team to a 13-4-1 overall record, 6-1 in the conference. The Cougars reached the NJCAA Region III Final, falling in overtime. Hansen led the team with 13 goals and eight assists, scoring a team high 34 points as a sophomore. She was a First Team All-Region and All-Conference honoree as a sophomore, while also earning Second Team All-Conference honors as a freshman.

MacIntosh (Burlington, N.J./Burlington Township) played two seasons at Burlington County College, leading the team in goals and points as a sophomore. She helped the team to the NJCAA Region 19 Semifinal round in 2013, going 4-11-1 overall and 4-2 in the conference. MacIntosh tallied eight goals and three assists for a team high 19 points as a sophomore.

As for the incoming freshman, Carpenter (Parkville, Md./Loch Raven) earned a spot to play in the Senior All-Star Game after being named the Loch Raven team MVP. She helped lead the team to the Maryland Tournament State Finals this past fall as a senior. As a junior, Carpenter earned All-Division and All-County honors for her play on the field. She also plays for the Northern Elite during her club season.

Essex-Arline (Burlington, N.J./Burlington Township) was a First Team All-State performer as both a junior and a senior at Burlington Township High School. As a senior captain, she was also named First Team All-County and First Team All-Conference in 2013. She earned Second Team All-County as a sophomore in 2011. Essex-Arline is also a member of the South Jersey Elite Barons club team.

Jones (Tampa, Fla./Freedom) is coming off her senior season at Freedom High School in which she was a Second Team All-Western Conference National Division member and All-Hillsborough County Honorable Mention honoree. She was awarded with Freedom’s Defensive MVP award for the second straight season this past Fall. As a sophomore she was named Second Team All-Western Conference National Division after being named All-Western Conference Honorable Mention and the Western Conference Rookie of the Year in 2010. Jones also plays for the Florida Soccer Club team.

Lages (Jackson, N.J./Jackson Memorial) helped lead her Matchfit Club Team to the National Tournament in Chicago in 2012. Lages also helped the club team to a US Club Soccer Regional Championship in 2012 before finishing up her high school season at Jackson Memorial this past Fall.

LeGendre (King of Prussia, Pa./Upper Merion) changed from being a midfielder to a goalkeeper for her senior season, with the result only being more positive. She was a Second Team All-Suburban One League midfielder as both a sophomore and a junior, before becoming a First Team All-Suburban One League goalkeeper as a senior this past Fall.

Taylor (Forest Hill, Md./Fallston) was a four-year letterwinner at Fallston High School, starting all four years. She led the team in goals in both her junior and senior seasons, earning First Team All-County each year. She helped lead her team to a Regional Championship and to the Maryland State Tournament Championship game as a junior. Taylor also plays for the Northern Elite Piranhas during club season.

Webster (Abington, Md./Patterson Mill) was a two year All-County performer at Patterson Mill High School. She earned First Team All-County as a senior after being named Second Team All-County as a junior. She also earned the team’s Unsung Hero Award and Team MVP award during her tenure at Patterson. Her older sister, Kory, also played soccer and lacrosse at Wilmington University. Webster also plays soccer for the Baltimore Bays Chelsea during club season.

“The bottom line is that these players can come in and have an impact right away,” Ruggiero added. “The players here are hungry for another championship and welcome each of the players who are coming in to help us win. As we move forward we need to bring in the pieces that will push for more. This group is talented, young, and hungry and that helps us move forward and set our sights higher than ever.”