Former MYS Players Excel in College Soccer in 2019

McLean Youth Soccer saw 72 of its former female ECNL players compete in collegiate soccer during the 2019 season, playing for a total of 54 different teams across 25 different NCAA conferences (see the table below for a complete list of players and schools). Conference play and postseason tournaments wrapped up the weekend of Nov. 9-10 and a total of 19 players from 14 schools will continue competing in the upcoming NCAA Division 1 and Division 3 Championships.

Taken as a group, McLean players made an impressive contribution to college soccer in 2019: 72 McLean alumni played in a total of 940 games, starting 585 of those matches, scoring 62 goals (20 of them game winners) and adding 76 assists. Six of the teams with MYS players on their roster won their Conference title (For D1 that included Brown, Hofstra, North Carolina, and Penn State, and for D3 that included Amherst and John Hopkins). Several schools that did not claim Conference titles will still advance to the D1 or D3 NCAA postseason tournament due to the strength of their records and the competitiveness of their Leagues (these include: Carnegie Mellon, Duke, Florida, Georgetown, Tufts, Virginia, Virginia Tech, and Wisconsin).

Multiple players garnered All-Conference honors (this may not be a complete list since a few conference have not yet reported honors):

  • Macy Monticello, a stalwart defender for the Wisconsin Badgers, started every game (19 total) and helped her team to ten clean sheets. As a result, she was named to the Big Ten All-Freshman Team.
  • Jordan Silkowitz, who had a standout season between the posts for Ohio State, started 18 games, made 58 saves and allowed a goals-against average of 0.99. She was also named to the Big Ten All-Freshman Team (she played as a redshirt freshman in 2019).
  • Freshman Angela Caloia started all 16 games for the Harvard Crimson and led her team in points (23), with six goals (two of them game-winners) and a whopping 11 assists. She was twice named Ivy League Rookie of the Week and also garnered Player of the Week honors during the season and ended her 2019 campaign with All-Ivy Second Team honors. Caloia led the Ivy League in assists and was ranked fourth nationally in assists per game (0.69).
  • Julia Leas started every game at Georgetown (20 thus far, with the NCAA tournament yet to be tallied). She scored four goals (one game winner) and added four assists for the Hoyas, earning her a spot on the Big East All-Freshman team.
  • Elizabeth Zhou started 16 of 16 games for D3 Wellesley in her sophomore year, notching two goals (two game winners) and an assist, as well as a spot on the NEWMAC Academic All-Conference Team.
  • Kimberly Zhou, a sophomore defender for the Amherst Mammoths, made the NESCAC All-Conference team by starting all 18 games for her team and helping propel them to a conference title and automatic bid for the NCAA Division 3 Soccer Tournament.
  • Senior Madison Hammond closed out her college career in fine form in 2019: she started in 18 games for Wake Forest, scoring three goals (one game winner), adding four assists, and winning All-ACC Second Team and CoSIDA Academic All-District honors.
  • Sophomore Maria Pareja had a stellar sophomore campaign for George Washington. She started 20 of the 21 games she played in, scoring six goals (four game winners), contributing four assists, and claiming a spot on the Atlantic-10 Second Team. During the season she also won Player of the Week honors and tied for the Second Leading Scorer on her team.
  • Senior Goalkeeper Lydia Erickson started in 19 matches for Hood College, which will be competing in the postseason 2019 Division III ECAC Championship. She was named to the All-MAC Commonwealth Honorable Mention Team.
  • Senior Marissa Ferrantino was named to the SoCon All-Tournament Team after playing defense for all 20 matches on behalf of UNC Greensboro in 2019. Over the course of her college career, Ferrantino played in 82 matches, starting in all but two of them.
  • Senior Goalkeeper Erica Sanders started in nine of 12 matches for NCAA D# Tournament-bound Amherst in 2019, and she earned NESCAC Player of the Week honors after performing well in one key match.
  • Senior defender and returning Team Captain Emily Roche capped off an outstanding career at D3 Washington and Lee University by starting 17 of 19 games and being named to the All-ODAC First Team. She helped her team achieve 13 shutout victories in 2019.

Below is a complete list of MYS ECNL alums actively playing college soccer in 2019.

 
2001/2000 Girls ECNL Team #2 in the Country

Congratulations to our ECNL 00/01 Girls who close out their season as #2 in the country after competing in the ECNL National Championship series in San Diego. It was a repeat showing in the Championship game for McLean's U18/19, who finished first place last year. McLean ECNL Girls sent a record four teams to compete in the top division Champions League at the national playoffs in California, including the 02s, 03s and 05s. Teams qualify based on conference standings - 00/01s and 02s were first place, 03s and 05s were second place in conference play.

A special thank you and farewell to our ECNL graduates, amazing young women who have given their all and will continue to #RaisetheGame at the next level where there is #NoCeiling!

 
ECNL Players Named to All-America Team & MYS Program Ranked #9

McLean Youth Soccer ECNL has been ranked #9 in the country among the 92 participating clubs. And the 2018-2019 ECNL Girls All-America Team was announced and includes MYS players Aleigh Gambone, Julia Leas, and Eliza Turner! Congratulations to the players and coaches Clyde Watson, Brent Leiba, Nadir Moumen and Cindi Harkes! We are so proud of you all! Visit the ECNL Girls website for the full list of All-America Team players and rankings.

 
ECNL Players Named Mid-Atlantic Conference Players of the Year

Congratulation to ECNL U17 player Eliza Turner and U19 player Aleigh Gambone who were named as ECNL Mid-Atlantic Conference players of the year for the 2018-2019 season! And to the ECNL players below named All-Conference Team! MYS is so proud of their hard work and dedication. For full details on the selection process and a list of all award recipeints viist the Elite Clubs National League website.

MID-ATLANTIC CONFERENCE AWARD RECIPIENTS
Player of the Year:
ECNL U17: Eliza Turner | McLean YSA
ECNL U18/U19: Aleigh Gambone | McLean YSA

U16 MID-ATLANTIC ALL-CONFERENCE TEAM
Danielle Burke ​|​ McLean YSA
Stephanie Christianson ​| ​McLean YSA

U17 MID-ATLANTIC ALL-CONFERENCE TEAM
Eliza Turner ​| ​McLean YSA
Lauren Flynn ​|​ McLean YSA
Jordan Felton ​| ​McLean YSA
Lauren Meeks ​| ​McLean YSA

U18/U19 MID-ATLANTIC ALL-CONFERENCE TEAM
Aleigh Gambone ​| ​McLean YSA
Angela Caloia ​| ​McLean YSA
Julia Leas ​| ​McLean YSA
Cayla White ​|​ McLean YSA

 
2018-2019 Gatorade Player of the Year

ECNL players Julia Leas and Daniel Diaz-Bonilla were named the 2018-2019 Gatorade State High School Players of the Year for their respective states of Virginia and Maryland. Congrats to these two hard working, exceptional MYS players!

 
ECNL Girls Go Undefeated at Jefferson Cup

Congrats to the ECNL Girls players and coaches of our 04, 03, 02 and 01/00 teams for finishing their competiton at the Jefferson Cup Girls Showcase Weekend March 22-24 with 12 wins and 1 tie! And congrats to the 02 Girls team for winning the highest bracket of the tournament for a 2nd year in a row.

 
MYS Player Chosen for ECNL Player Spotlight

McLean Youth Soccer's 04G ECNL player Maia Morrell was chosen as the ECNL Amazing Young Woman Spotlight of the Week. Congratulations Maia! Click on the picture below to read about our extraordinary player.

 
ECNL Coach Nadir Moumen Named United Soccer Coaches 2018 Youth Coach of the Year

United Soccer Coaches announced the association's 2018 National Coaches of the Year for boys' and girls' youth and high school soccer. Our MYS ECNL Girls Coach, Nadir Moumen, is the recipient of the Youth Coach of the Year award! Congratulation to Coach Moumen on this great honor that is so well-deserved! For a full list of awards and recipients, please vist the United Soccer Coaches website.