June 25, 2007
NEW HAVEN, Conn. - Head Coach Rudy Meredith will welcome five freshmen to New Haven this fall. The Yale Class of 2011 has been ranked as the 48th top class in the nation by SoccerBuzz.com. It features two players from Connecticut, including the younger sister of a former Yale player, two from California and one from New Jersey.
Here is a closer look at the Class of 2011:
Becky Brown, F/M, 5-1, Lawrenceville, NJ, Lawrenceville School
Brown was a two-time first team New Jersey all-state prep player at the Lawrenceville School, which shared the 2003 state championship. She served as team captain and was named the team most valuable player in 2006. In addition, she is the school record holder in the 55-meter dash in indoor track. Brown also played club soccer for PDA Power, which was ranked second in the nation in 2005. The team was the USYSA Region I champion in 2005 and captured the New Jersey State Cup in 2005. In addition, Brown was a member of the New Jersey ODP team.
"Yale, with its amazing combination of challenging academics, competitive athletics, diverse community and wonderful coaching staff, has all the elements that I'm looking for in a college," Brown said. "I'm very excited about becoming a member of the Yale community and am eager to contribute to the success of the women's soccer program."
Kate Macauley, M, 5-2, Wilton, CT, Wilton HS
Macauley, the Coca-Cola 2006 Connecticut Player of the Year at Wilton High School, was a two-time All-America selection and earned All-New England and All-State honors three times. In addition, she served as team captain in both her junior and senior seasons. Wilton won two state championships during her tenure. Macauley also played club soccer for South Central Premier Rush, which was the state champion and Region I tournament finalist in 2006. Her older sister Mimi, a 2007 Yale graduate, played soccer, was a four-year letterwinner and earned honorable mention All-Ivy recognition as a senior.
"When I visited Yale for the first time, I absolutely fell in love with it for its gorgeous campus and diverse student body," Macauley said. "The unique mixture of quality athletics and academics was exactly what I was looking for in a school. I am thrilled to be joining the Yale community and the women's soccer team."
Lizz Reeves, M/D, 5-9, Farmington, CT, Farmington HS
Reeves earned all-state honors and won the CIAC Scholar Athlete Award as a senior at Farmington High School. She was a three-time All-Northwest Conference selection and was the captain and team MVP in her senior year. Farmington won state championships in 2003 and 2005 and was ranked in the top 10 in the nation in 2003. Reeves also played club soccer for the Connecticut United Football Club, which won three state championships and was the Region I champion in 2002 and a semi-finalist in 2006.
"Yale offers everything I could possibly want in a university, both in the classroom and on the field," Reeves said. "I am so thrilled to become a Bulldog this fall and join the Yale community."
Natalie Romine, F, 5-7, Coto de Caza, CA, Tesoro HS
Romine finished her career at Tesoro High School second all-time in scoring and second in career assists. As a senior, she was the CIF Division I leading scorer, and she led the league in scoring as both a junior and senior. Romine is a two-time Tesoro Offensive Player of the Year and was a three-time all-league and two-time All-CIF selection. In addition, she earned all-county honors as a senior. Tesoro won three league championships and two state titles during her tenure. She also played club soccer for West Coast Premier, which was the Cal South state champion in 2002, 2004 and 2007 and a finalist in 2006. In addition, West Coast Premier won the Coast Soccer Premier League at U-19 and was the Super Y League U-17 national champions.
"I was drawn by the beauty and history of the Yale campus, its diverse and spirited students and its academic reputation," Romine said. "I am ecstatic to join the women's soccer team and to be a Bulldog."
Ayana Sumiyasu, GK, 5-8, Altadena, CA, Flintridge Prep
Sumiyasu was the 2006 Prep League Defensive Most Valuable Player and a three-time first team all-area selection at Flintridge Prep. She was selected as one of the Top 10 Female Athletes of the Year in 2006 and was a two-time team captain. Her career save percentage at Flintridge was .860. Sumiyasu also played for the Japan Under-19 national team in 2007 and was in the U.S. U16 National Team pool in 2005 and the U16 Developmental Camp in 2006. Her Cal South State Team Starter was the ODP national champion in 2006 and the Region IV champion in 2006 and 2007. In addition, Sumiyasu played club soccer for Slammers FC, the San Diego Surf Girls Cup 2006 U19 Super Group champions.
"With both incredible academics and competitive athletics, Yale offers everything that I was looking for in a school," Sumiyasu said. "I'm very excited to be a part of the Yale tradition next year and with any luck we might be able to improve on the 2005 NCAA Tournament showing!"
Report filed by Tim Bennett, Yale Sports Publicity