Aug. 7, 2013
LOUDONVILLE, N.Y. - Siena Water Polo Head Coach Ellen Howe has announced her incoming freshman class. Sarah Abbott, Carly Jackson-Clark, Madison Obata and Taylor Young will comprise the Saints' Class of 2017.
"I am really excited about this year's incoming freshmen," said Howe. "They really fit all of our needs and more. They are also all great people and students and will fit into the College and our athletic department nicely."
A native of Alsip, Ill., Abbott was a First Team All-State, All-Sectional and All-League selection this spring for Mother McAuley. She posted a stellar 4.44 goals against average and made 212 saves in leading the Mighty Macs to a 29-5 record and third place finish in the IHSA State Finals. Abbott also achieved All-Sectional honors in 2011 and 2012 and was an All-State Honorable Mention selection in 2011.
"Sarah just came off of a stellar senior season," noted Howe. "She has a ton of upside and will be an asset right away."
Jackson-Clark hails from San Rafael, Calif. where she was an All-North Coast Section Second Team selection and First Team Marin County All-League selection for the Bulldogs last season. In 20 games she tallied a 5.50 goals against average and stopped 448 shots. Jackson-Clark also earned MCAL All-League honors in both 2011 (Second Team) and 2010 (Honorable Mention).
"Carly's size and athletic ability make her very versatile at the collegiate level," commented Howe. "She will be an integral part of our team in the coming years."
Obata joins the Saints from Honolulu, Hawaii where she starred for the Iolani Raiders. Obata was a 2012-13 ILH Girls Water Polo All-Stars Honorable Mention and was a member of the ODP Hawaiian Division from 2011-12.
"Madison comes out of a great high school in Hawaii," Howe said. "She is technically sound and wants to score the ball. She will add a much needed spark to our offense in the years to come."
Young was a two-time All-Inland Empire Team Honorable Mention and ODP SOPAC Division Team member. A native of Corona, Calif., she guided Santiago High to a 25-6 record this spring and a spot in the Division 2 Semifinals. Additionally, she led her club team Xtreme to three Platinum Division National Junior Olympic appearances.
"Taylor comes out of one of the most competitive high school and club leagues in the country," commented Howe. "She has played in a lot of high quality games and tournaments which will help her transition to college game immediately. She is smart and fast which will serve us well."
The quartet joins a Siena Water Polo program which posted a 9-18 overall record this spring including a 3-9 mark in the MAAC.