Feb. 27, 2004
Siena College women's soccer head coach Steve Karbowski has announced the signings of four high school seniors to national letters of intent for the 2004 season. Joining the Saint program will be Amy Loughridge (Guilderland, N.Y.), Tara Ross (Ballston Lake, N.Y.), Katie Goodwin (Valley Stream, N.Y.) and Madeline Rickard (Otisville, N.Y.).
"The 2004 recruiting class is characterized by athleticism, toughness, and versatility," said head coach Karbowski. "We are excited about the players that will join our program this fall. They are a talent group who will bring with them a great attitude and work ethic."
Loughridge, a midfielder out of Guilderland High School, was four-year varsity player. She was honored as All-Suburban Council each of her four years and was named Third Team All-State her senior year. Also as a member of the Clifton Park Premier club soccer team for the past five years, Loughridge led her high school squad to the 2002 State Cup Championship. In addition, she participated in the Empire State Games in 2001 and 2002.
"Amy has a great combination of technical ability, physical presence and awareness for the game," said Karbowski. "She is a tough, hard working player with a great attitude towards the game. Amy will make an immediate impact in the midfield but is also versatile enough to play any position."
Ross is a defender from Shenendehowa High School. She was captain of her 2003 team and twice-named Second Team All-Suburban Council. Ross, who led her team to the state finals as a senior, was also a three-year member of the Clifton Park Premier soccer club that won a State Cup Championship in 2002.
"Tara is a strong defender with great speed," said Karbowksi. "She comes to Siena with valuable playing experience and leadership qualities and will contribute immediately while also having an opportunity to earn a stating spot in the back."
Goodwin, a four-year starter at Valley Stream High School, comes to Siena as a defensive midfielder. She was the captain of her high school squad as a senior and also captained her Empire State Games Team in 2002 and 2003. Goodwin also played for her club team, the Valley Stream Explosion, for ten years.
"Katie is a versatile player," said Karbowski. "She has the technical ability to play in the midfield and the speed and strength to play on the width or as a defender. Katie's focus and dedication to the game will give her a great opportunity to contribute immediately."
Rickard is a midfielder out of John S. Burke High School who was a four-year varsity player. Named Second Team All-State as a senior, she played for the Wallkill Thunder club team from 2001-2002 and the North Rockland Lady Storm from 2003-2004.
"Madeline has a great feel for the game," said Karbowski. "She is a technically sound player and will be able to play anywhere in the midfield and equally well offensively and defensively. Her versatility will give her the opportunity to earn playing time immediately."
The Saints (9-7-1, 5-3-1 MAAC) narrowly missed out on the conference tournament this season, as only the top-four teams advance to postseason play. Siena listed fifth in the conference at the close of the regular season.