Aug. 2, 2005
NEW HAVEN, Conn. - Talia DiPanfilo, who will be a sophomore at Yale this fall, was the captain of the Stars Of Massachusetts under-19 club team, which won the Ross Stewart Cup and the national championship at Disney World on July 31. The Stars defeated the Dallas Texans Red `86 in overtime. The Stars went 2-0-1 in round robin play to finish first in their bracket and advance to the championship game.
DiPanfilo, a Pembroke, Mass., native, was the only freshman to start all 18 games last year for the Bulldogs. She helped anchor a defense that allowed only 15 goals and posted nine shutouts. At Milton Academy, she was an all-state and all-league selection. In addition, she was a member of the Region I Olympic Development team that traveled to Spain in April of 2004.
In addition, Natasha Mann, who will be a freshman at Yale in the fall, was a member of the Bethesda Excel under-18 club team that lost in overtime to Laguna Hills Eclipse of California South in the championship game. Bethesda also went 2-0-1 in round robin play to earn a berth in the title game.
Mann, a Chevy Chase, Md., native, was an all-state selection, the team most valuable player and the leading goal scorer last fall at Bethesda-Chevy Chase High School. She was a four-year letterwinner and helped the team to state championships in 2001 and 2004.
Report filed by Tim Bennett, Yale Sports Publicity