HARRISONBURG, Va., April 22, 2013 -- James Madison women's soccer Head Coach David Lombardo has announced the Dukes' eight-player recruiting class of 2013.
The class of 2013 includes:
Allison Bortell, 5'8", Midfielder, Midlothian, Va., James River H.S., Club:
Lombardo on Bortell: "Allison
brings a good athletic dimension to the defensive center midfield. She
is a steady and reliable player who will be competing for playing time."
Sydney Braun-McLeod (pronounced Brawn-Mick-LOWD), 5'10", Forward, Ottawa,
Ontario, Glebe Collegiate Institute, Club:
Braun-McLeod: "Sydney has track speed and will really help us break down other team's defenses. Her combination of size, speed
and skill will make her a very dynamic presence in the attacking half of the field."
Allie Bunner, 5'7", Midfielder, Bristow, Va., Patriots H.S., Club:
Lombardo on Bunner: "Allie
is a very talented and very versatile player. She has played everywhere
on the field, but will likely see time in the midfield."
Maggie Buxton, 5'7", Goalkeeper, Round Hill, Va., Woodgrove H.S., Club: FC Virginia
Lombardo on Buxton:
Maggie is a strong and aggressive goalkeeper. She will add a strong,
physical dimension and a competitive mentality to our goalkeeping
Ciara Conley (See-AIR-ah), 5'4", Defender, Sewell, N.J., Pennington
School, Club: Match Fit United
Ciara is a quick and athletic outside back. Her playing
style is to get into the attack… that will match how we want our
wingbacks to play."
Meghan Cox, 5'8", Defender/Midfielder, Springfield, Va., Robert E. Lee H.S,
Club: VSA Heat
Lombardo on Cox: "Meghan
is a soccer junkie. She loves the game and plays multiple positions.
Last summer, she won the "Golden Ball" award (MVP of the tournament) in
the Under-17 national
club championships, where her team, VSA Heat won the title. Most likely
she will either be in the back or as a defensive center midfielder for
us. I'm confident that she will strengthen any role that she plays in."
Ashley Herndon, 5'7",. Forward, Ashburn, Va., Stone Bridge H.S., Club: FC Virginia
Lombardo on Herndon: "Ashley
has been a proven goal scorer on every team that she has played on. I
expect that will continue once she gets to college. She is fast, fit and
skillful and has
a tremendous nose for the goal. I'm confident that she will help add
some fire power to our offense. Last summer, she and Meghan Cox played
on the same club team (VSA Heat) that won the Under-17 national club
championship. Ashley won the "Golden Boot" (highest
scorer in the tournament) to help VSA Heat win the tournament."
Jennie Sroba (Suh-ROH-bah), 5'6", Defender, Manakin-Sabot, Va., Collegiate
School, Club: Richmond Strikers
Sroba: "Jennie is a fast, athletic outside back. She brings track-speed and a left foot to add some depth and versatility
to our flank game. She will either play wing back or wing midfielder for us.
JMU has qualified for the NCAA Tournament 10 times over
the last 17 seasons and has won three Colonial Athletic Association
championships in that time span.