WOMEN'S SOCCER ANNOUNCES 2017 RECRUITING CLASS

RICHMOND, Va. – After a season that polished the wealth of young talent on a VCU squad that will only graduate two players after next season, the VCU Women's Soccer program and Head Coach Lindsey Martin have announced the addition of nine new recruits for the upcoming 2017-18 season.

Martin and her coaching staff adds a staggering amount of Virginia talent with five recruits from the Commonwealth, while adding two from North Carolina, and one apiece from Ohio and Colorado. The depth will add to a supporting cast of Rams who finished 8-10-1 in 2016. 

"We are thrilled to welcome these nine student-athletes to our soccer family. They are a very intelligent group in the classroom and certainly possess the ability to contribute on the field for us right away," said Head Coach Lindsey Martin. "Our entire coaching staff did a great job during the recruitment period, as well as our academic adviser and strength and conditioning coach during the campus visits. This is a great day for the signees and their families, but I hope it is just the beginning of many bright days to come for this class as part of the Ram Family." 

Let's meet the new additions to the Black and Gold family for 2017:

 

Ciera (CiCi) Fox, F/MF, Fredericksburg, Va./Fredericksburg Academy

No stranger to the limelight, Fox is a State Cup champion, along with MVP and First Team All-DAC honoree. The local product from just up I-95 is also accomplished in her club career, notching regional championships with the Commonwealth Futbol Club in 2013 and 2014. Scoring 19 goals in her junior year at FA, she has chosen to pursue a degree in Criminology at VCU.

Why I Chose VCU: "I chose VCU because it offers the majors I'm interested in. I am also very familiar with the area."

Lauren Griffiths, D/M, Raleigh, N.C./Millbrook

All-Conference, All-Region, and All-Academic honors are etched in the bio for Griffiths. She has competed for multiple club teams in 98 CASL ECNL and TUSA 98 Gold, and was a member of the National Technical Honors Society. 

Why I Chose VCU: "I really love the atmosphere of Richmond, and everyone in the VCU soccer community is amazing."

Lyndsey Gutzmer, M/F, Henrico, Va./Godwin 

A local product, Gutzmer was a key part of the 2016 Godwin squad that won a Virginia State Championship this past year. She was also named First Team All-State, and Second Team All-Metro. Gutzmer played club for Richmond United.

Why I Chose VCU: "I like the coaches, campus, and style of play at VCU. Also, they have a variety of majors that interest me."

Kimberly Ito, M, Hudson, Ohio/Hudson

A wiz both on and off the pitch, Ito sports both club national championships with Internationals Soccer Club of the ECNL and an Ohio Science Fair State Winner award on her resume. To go along with her on the field accolades, she also was a member of the National Honor Society and Spanish Honors Society. She will pursue a biomedical engineering degree at VCU. 

Why I Chose VCU: "VCU has an outstanding soccer program and their engineering education is unparalleled. I loved the family atmosphere and the high level of competition."

Samantha Jerabek, M/D, Chesterfield, Va./Clover Hill

Jerabek is another Virginia product with a long list of accolades on the pitch. A big time scorer, Jerabek notched 31 goals and 17 assists as a junior, earning her First Team All-Metro, All-Conference, and All-Region multiple years. She also was named Second Team All-State, and Conference Player of the Year twice. A member of Richmond United, she will pursue physical therapy at VCU.

Why I Chose VCU: "I chose VCU because the campus is close to my family and I loved all the coaches."

Karen Lohrmann, MF/F, Clifton, Va./Robinson Secondary School 

A four-time State Cup Champion in Virginia playing club, Lohrmann is also a member of the U-17 Thailand National Team. Currently playing club for FCV '99 in the ECNL, she will enter VCU as a Biology and Health Sciences major. 

Why I Chose VCU: "I chose VCU because I love the campus, coaches, and soccer program. I am also excited to study here."

Ellen McAdams, M, Durham, N.C./Riverside 

An All-Conference award winner with numerous appointments as a team captain, McAdams brings a wealth of experience to Richmond. She spent club time with the Triangle United Soccer Association. 

Why I Chose VCU: "I love the coaches and the soccer team's hardworking mentality. I also enjoy VCU's unique city campus, and their strong academics."

Caleigh Michael, M/D, Denver, Colo./JK Mullen

Michael is an All-State and All-Conference performer, playing club for the Colorado Rush in the ECNL. The 5-4 midfielder/defender is entering VCU as a business major. 

Why I Chose VCU: "VCU was everything I was looking for; Size, location, a good soccer program, and a good school."

Rachel Moody, M/D, Springfield, Va./Lake Braddock 

Coming to the Black and Gold from NoVa, Moody was a standout at Lake Braddock. She earned First Team All-Conference honors and Second Team Northern VA Region her senior year. A multi-time team captain and member of PWSI Courage for club, Moody has chosen to pursue Kinesiology at VCU.

Why I Chose VCU: "I chose VCU because I really like the city of Richmond, and the school has a great program for what I want to study."