Women's Soccer Welcomes Five Incoming Players
April 3, 2013
Chestnut Hill, Mass. - Boston College head women's soccer coach Alison Foley announced the five members of the Class of 2013 this afternoon. The players to join the BC women's soccer program are Hayley Dowd from Peabody, Mass., Meg MacDonald from Glen Ridge, New Jersey, Andrea O'Brien from Concord, Mass. and Ashleigh Ward from Christchurch, New Zealand.
The fifth player in the Class of 2013 is Rosie DiMartino, of Massapequa Park, New York. She follows her two sisters who starred at the Heights - current senior Victoria DiMartino, who was a third round selection by the New York Flash in the new women's professional soccer league and sister Gina, who graduated from the Heights in 2009 and was on the roster for the former pro team, Philadelphia Independence, in 2010-12.
The new Eagles will join a team that has advanced to the NCAA Tournament 10 straight years. Under coach Foley, BC has earned 11 trips to the NCAA Tournament, seven trips to the Sweet 16, two Elite Eight appearances and one College Cup.
Here is the new class ready to become members of the 2013 BC women's soccer team.
Rosie DiMartino - Midfielder - Albertson Fury - Massapequa, NY
Played at Massapequa Park High School ... MSGVarsity.com's Top 30 Long Island Players to Watch for the 2012-13 ... scored the game-winning goal in a 3-2 win for the Class AA Nassau county championship ... 2012 NY State Champs ... owns the school record for most career goals - 72 ... Newsday All-Long Island first team honoree ... two-time team captain ... Member of the Albertson Fury ... 2012 July ECNL-ID2 National Camp ... 2011 ECNL International Tour Team ... 2011 Region 1 ODP Camp.
Hayley Dowd - Forward - Stars of Massachusetts - Peabody, Mass.
Played for four years for Dennis Desroches at Peabody High ... a two-time Northeastern Conference MVP ... four-time Boston Herald All-Scholastic ... three-time Boston Globe All-Scholastic ... two-time All-New England selection, 2011 NSCAA High School All-American ... 2012 NSCAA Youth All-American ... 2011-12 Mass. Gatorade Player of the Year ... helped Peabody win the Division 1 Mass. State Championship in 2011 ... finished her career with a school record 204 points, 148 goals ... Played for FC Stars of Massachusetts ... 2011 February ECNL/id2 National Camp ... 2011 ECNL PDA Showcase All-Event Team ... 2012 Under-18 US National Team Pool Player ... 2012 ECNL San Diego All-Event Team ... 2012 June Under-18 National Team camp.
Meg MacDonald - Defender - PDA Slammers - Glen Ridge, N.J.
Played at Glen Ridge High and helped lead the team to the 2012 New Jersey State Championship ... four year starter and first team All-Conference and All-County ... team captain and the 2012 MVP ... played for PDA Slammers from 2009-13 ... 2012 Nike-ID2 "The Chance" National Team ... 2011-2012 ECNL Player Development Program pool ... Helped Slammers finish first in 2011 & 2012 ECNL League ... three-time state champions ... Ranked No. 2 by TopDrawerSoccer in New Jersey, No. 10 defender in the country.
Andrea O'Brien - Forward - Scorpion Soccer Club - Concord, Mass.
A four-time starter for coach Nancy Slocum at Concord-Carlisle High School ... helped C-C win three straight Dual County League Small School Championships ... three-time Mass. State All-Star ... all-time scoring leader at C-C with 105 goals and 30 assists ... three-time DCL MVP ... 2001 and 2012 NSCAA High School All-American ... 2012 NSCAA High School Scholar All-American ... two-time NSCAA High School All-Regional team ...four time Eastern Mass. All-Star ... Plays for Fred Marks and the Scorpions Soccer Club ... 2010 US Youth Soccer National Championship finalist ... 2011, 2010 2009 Region 1 Champions ... Mass State Champs in 2006-11.
Ashleigh Ward - Defender - Glenfield Rovers Premier - New Zealand
A native of Nelson, New Zealand ... Starting left back for the 2012 Under-20 New Zealand National Team which competed in the World Cup in Japan ... Has earned six caps with the U-20 team and three caps with the U-17 team ... ... Played for the U-20 National team in May 2012 in the US ... Joined the U-20's team in Sept. 2011 ... Member of the New Zealand Under-17 team in 2010 ... Plays for the Mainland Pride National League Squad ... Competed for the team in the 2009-10 national league ... Mainland Women's Player of the Year in 2011, Defender of the Year in 2011, Youth Player of the Year in 2009 . Plays club soccer for the Greenfield Rovers ... Nominated by Mainland Football as Young Sportswoman of the Year for Marriott Canterbury Sports Awards ... Played at Cashmere High School and scored 14 goals in six games ... Also plays rugby and competed for the New Zealand U-17 Girls Touch Rugby team that played in an international tournament in Australia, 2011.