Meredith To Welcome Seven Newcomers This Fall

Rudy Meredith. (photo by Sam Rubin '95, Yale Sports Publicity)

Recruited Athletes, Walk Ons Complete 2011 Roster

NEW HAVEN, Conn. – Yale women's soccer coach Rudy Meredith will welcome seven newcomers to New Haven this fall.

Here is a closer look at the Class of 2015:

Muriel Battaglia      
Midfielder        
Hinsdale, Ill.     
Hinsdale Central HS   
Eclipse Select

Before Yale: Played club soccer year-round with Eclipse Select… Five-year starter for Eclipse… Helped team to five Illinois state championships, three Midwest Regional League championships, the 2006 WAGS Tournament title and the 2009 Disney Showcase title… Participated in the 2010 and 2011 ECNL national championships… NSCAA Youth All-Region selection… Participated in the Region II Olympic Development Program… Two-time Adidas ESP Camp All Star.

Personal: Brother Frank wrestled at Northwestern and sister Lee played soccer at Northwestern… Eclipse teammates included current Yale players Mary Kubiuk and Lauren Mathy and fellow Yale newcomer Georgiana Wagemann.

Why Yale? "I immediately fell in love with the campus, students and coaches at Yale, and I am looking forward to becoming a member of the Yale community."

Madi Bickel         
Defender           
Danville, Calif.      
San Ramon HS     
Mustang Rampage

Before Yale: Played club soccer for the Mustang Rampage… Eight-year starter for the Rampage… Team won the 2010 ECNL national championship and has reached the final eight of the 2011 championship, which will be decided in July… Mustang also won six Northern California State Cups and was a two-time Region IV finalist… In addition, Mustang won 2009 Surf Cup… Played varsity basketball at San Ramon High School.

Personal: San Ramon High School Renaissance Award recipient four times… Four-year member of the California Scholarship Federation… Volunteered for E2, the environmental club at San Ramon.

Why Yale? "I chose Yale because my dream school combined a high level of academics with a competitive soccer team. The campus is beautiful and the atmosphere is energetic. I am honored to play for Yale and can't wait to compete for an Ivy League championship."

Frannie Coxe       
Midfield/Forward       
San Clemente, Calif.      
San Clemente HS       
Slammers '92

Before Yale: Selected County Player of the Year, Female Athlete of the Year-South Coast League and San Clemente High School Athlete of the Year in her senior year and All-CIF Offensive Player of the Year Southern Section in her junior year…Named league most valuable player as a junior and as a senior … Four time All-CIF selection, three time all-county selection and four time all-league selection...Earned NSCAA Scholar All-American and ESPN Rise Winter All-American as a junior… Named 2011 ESPN Rise first team winter All-American… Team ranked No. 1 in the nation by Adidas in 2009…Earned first team All-CIF, County and League in her junior and senior years…First player in county history to start in four consecutive CIF championship title matches, winning two…Helped team to three State Sectional Championship Finals, winning one…Team captain as a senior…Led the county in assists as a junior and led the league and team in total offensive points as a senior…Five year starter for Slammers '92 soccer team, ranked No. 1 in nation by gotsoccer.com in 2009… Attended USYSA Nationals three time, finishing as runner up in 2007 and semifinalist in 2008…Won National Cup Championships (2009, 2008, 2007), Region IV Championships (2008, 2007), Far West Region Spring League (2009, 2007), Manchester United NIKE Cup (2007), Gothia Youth World Cup (Sweden) (2007), Red Bull National League (2008), Summer Surf Cup (2008) and November Surf College Showcase (2008)…Member Cal South '93 Olympic Development Program

Personal:  Started Operation Smile and Habitat for Humanity Campus Chapters…Volunteered for Operation Smile on a medical mission to Fortaleza, Brazil, on Executive Leadership Council and at Beijing, China, International Student Cultural ExchangeAwarded Prudential Spirit of the Community Medallion as a top California youth volunteer

Why Yale? "The choice was easy. Yale has the best of both worlds - exceptional academics and an outstanding soccer program. I couldn't have imagined anything better!"

Melissa Gavin      
Forward             
Duxbury, Mass.        
Duxbury HS      
Scorpions SC

Before Yale: NSCAA All-American as a senior at Duxbury High School… Eastern Massachusetts Division 2 Player of the Year… All-New England selection… Two-time all-state selection… Patriot League leading scorer with 29 goals and 15 assists as a senior… Scored 69 goals and added 70 assists in her high school career... Named No. 69 on TopDrawerSoccer.com's Top 100 Players To Watch List… Earned All-Scholastic honors from the Boston Globe, Boston Herald and Patriot Ledger… 2010 team captain… Helped lead Duxbury to the 2008 Division 2 state championship… Played club soccer for the Scorpions SC, the 2011 Region I Premier League champions… Also won region titles in 2006 and 2008… Member of the Region I ODP team since 2006… Traveled to Ireland, Spain, Portugal and Russia with the team.

Personal: Father Ed was captain of the Babson College hockey team that won the Division III national championship in 1984.

Why Yale? "I chose Yale because of its reputation of academic and athletic excellence. The positive and welcoming attitudes of the students made me feel right at home the minute I stepped on campus. I am excited to become a part of the Yale community and the Yale women's soccer team."

Meredith Speck        
Forward/Midfield                
Rockville Centre, N.Y.    
Sacred Heart Academy    
Albertson Fury '92

Before Yale: 2010 CHSSA League Player of the Year at Sacred Heart Academy… Two-time all-league and All-Long Island selection… Team captain and team MVP as a senior… Offensive MVP as a junior and rookie of the year in 2007… Helped Sacred Heart to 2008 state championship… Played club soccer for the Albertson Fury '92, an ECNL national finalist and three-time State Cup finalist… Five year Region I team member… Six year New York State team member… TopDrawerSoccer.com Player To Watch… Also played for Long Island Fury, which won the 2008 national championship.

Personal: Sisters Amy (Georgetown) and Liz (Boston University) both played college soccer.

Why Yale? "Being such a prestigious university, Yale will push me to my limits every day."

Georgiana Wagemann       
Forward           
Lake Bluff, Ill.    
Lake Forest Academy     
Eclipse Select '92/93

Before Yale: Four-year starter for Lake Forest Academy… Two-time team captain… Helped Lake Forest to two Waukegan Invitational titles… Seven-year starter for Eclipse Select 92/93… Helped team to five Illinois state championships, three Midwest Regional League championships, the 2006 WAGS Tournament title and the 2009 Disney Showcase title… Played for Illinois ODP and Region II ODP teams.

Personal: Brother Noah plays varsity soccer at The College of Wooster… Eclipse teammates included current Yale players Mary Kubiuk and Lauren Mathy and fellow Yale newcomer Muriel Battaglia.

Why Yale? "Yale offers a competitive soccer program as well as a top tier academic experience, both qualities that I highly value in a university. After my first visit, I was immediately excited by the sense of community and school pride that is constantly thriving throughout the campus."

Elise Wilcox      
Goalkeeper                     
Seattle, Wash.       
The Bush School      
Eastside FC '93

Before Yale: Named No. 9 and top goalkeeper on Top 20 Pacific Northwest Players to Watch by TopDrawerSoccer.com… Club team, Eastside FC '93 Red, State Cup finalist 2009-2011…  2009 & 2010 Las Vegas College Showcase Encore Champions, 2009 Surf College Cup Gold Champions, 2010 US Club National Cup IX Regional Super Group Champions…  Starting varsity goalkeeper all four years at The Bush School…  Helped lead team to 2010 state championship…  First team all-state senior year…  Assisted on the winning goals in the semifinal and state championship games…  Played varsity basketball… First team all-league and team captain senior year … No. 1 rebounder in the state and second in scoring senior year…  Lettered in varsity track all four years…  Qualified for state meet three years…  Qualified in three events senior year - state champion in long jump, second in state in triple jump…  All-league team for three years… Holds the most school records in track with four events (400m, long, triple and high).

Personal: Extensive community service hours with Mercer Island VOICE and SVP…  Senior Head Campus Guide at The Bush School for 2010-11… Took community service trips to Costa Rica, Peru and Honduras.

Why Yale? "On paper Yale had everything I was looking for: top quality academics, endless opportunities to pursue and a strong program in my intended major. But it wasn't until I visited campus and saw how welcoming and dedicated the soccer team was that I knew this college was for me."

Report filed by Tim Bennett, Yale Sports Publicity

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