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NYAC's roster hits the right balance between exciting young talent & quality experienced players

NEW YORK, NY (05/11/11) - New York Athletic Club of the East Conference of the Women's Premier Soccer League (WPSL) have announced their initial roster for the Summer 2011 Season. NYAC will feature familiar names from the local area as well as some established collegiate stars. 2011 New York State Gatorade H.S. Player Of The Year, two-time NSCAA/adidas All-American and U-19 English international goalkeeper Tatiana Saunders (above) will start for NYAC on Friday, May 20th at Columbia University's Baker Field Soccer Stadium.

The team will take on the New Jersey Blaze in their Summer 2011 Home Opener (7:00 PM kick-off) in the Mid-Atlantic Division. NYAC will play the balance of their home schedule at their Travers Island facility in Pelham Manor, NY.

"I am just thrilled to have so many talented players to work with and I am over the moon about this team's potential," said Head Coach Courtney Caroll. "While it is a privilege to represent the New York Athletic Club and we have so much leadership and individual ability - the real key will be how we all come together as a team and work very hard for one another over the course of the season.

"This is my second year with a number of these ladies and we've really got a great core group, add to a team that was already very good a number of talented young players and you have the secret of our success."

The team will also have the goalkeeping talents of rising St John's senior Lindsey Hall this season. The defense will be anchored by 2009 All-WPSL East Second Team selection Stephanie Barrett, who was the team captain her senior year at UMass. University of Vermont-bound Zoe Boyd represented Ireland in the U-17 World Cup last summer and will be one to watch this year.

Lauren Cooke was a four-year starter at Columbia where she eared All-Ivy League Honors. Sarah Dwyer had a standout career at Penn State, where she was a four-year starter as well and earned All Big-Ten Conference honors. Smithtown, Long Island-native Megan Klement is a central defender from St John's University, who made a number of big plays for NYAC in last year's Women's Cup Championship match.

WPSL veteran Lindsey Mushett and her Columbia teammate Megan Gallivan (Ms. Soccer for the State of Minnesota) are both rising seniors. Kelsey Quick from Bernardsville, NJ will round out the defensive corps, and was Dartmouth captain and named All-Ivy League in her senior season.

The midfield will be led by Erin Byrnes who was part of two NCAA Tournament Teams at Villanova and Maura Gallagher, a former Princeton standout who earned All-Ivy League Honors and was a member of 2004 NCAA College Cup Semifinalists. Midfielder Katie McDermott was Fordham's team captain and a candidate for the 2010 Lowe's Senior Class Award, and Alisha Moran was a former Harvard star and All-Ivy selection. Moran played for the Irish National Team and was selected as the FAI eircom International Player of the Year in 2007.

East Patchogue, NY-native Briana Salvia was a standout at Monmouth and Elizabeth Wicks (a rising senior at Columbia) and a member of the England U-19 Team - all six of these midfielders played key roles in the NYAC's 2010 Women's Cup Championship run. They will be joined by WPSL veteran & Columbia standout Nora Dooley and former University of Oregon player Danielle Oster.

The team's offense will feature former Duke star and member of the U.S. U-20 National Team Elisabeth Redmond, who was an All-ACC selection for the Blue Devils and a Parade All-American at Lawrenceville H.S. She will be joined by Amy Marron from St John's and Marissa Schultz, a rising senior at Columbia.

Two young players that should figure prominently are Liana Cornacchio (Princeton), who helped her Briancliff Manor H.S. team win three state championships, and Kate Schwindel (University of West Virginia) who is a member of the U.S. U-17 National Team and is the Star Ledger 2010 NJ High School Player Of The Year.

"We are excited to field a team that has a balance of exciting young talent, many of them local players, and a good number of quality experienced players who will help them develop and mature," said NYAC Soccer General Manager Charles Spingler. "It's great for us to have players like Elisabeth Redmond and Alisha Moran on this team, with high level playing experience, who can lead by example and bring some composure to the team.

"It will also be good for the youth and junior players in our soccer community to come out and see this team in action against some of the other outstanding young American players participating in the WPSL this summer. We are looking forward to the 2011 season."

For more information on the the New York Athletic Club, please visit http://www.nyac.org and for more details on the roster and the team schedule, please visit the team's page on the WPSL website at http://www.wpsl.info/team/index.php?tid=25. If you would like to have your youth soccer team considered for invitation-only attendance to a NYAC WPSL match and to inquire about having them be NYAC youth soccer ambassadors and/or ball girls, please send an e-mail to

NYAC All Americans

March 2011
Two NYAC soccer players, Tatiana Saunders and Joseph Vella, won All American recognition from the National Soccer Coach Association of America (NSCAA) for their outstanding performances last year. The NSCAA is the largest soccer coaches' organization in the world. In additional to a national rankings program for colleges and high schools, it offers an extensive recognition program that presents nearly 10,000 individual awards every year. 

Tatiana Saunders, a member of the NYAC women's soccer program since she was 15, was honored as a NSCAA High School All-American for the second years running. She is one of only two goalkeepers in the country to  have gained this honor prior to 2010. the Rye, New York native attends Rye High School; but, she's already jumped to an international level, having represented England's U-19 women's team in European Championship qualification. Both of Tatiana's parents are English, giving her eligibility for their national team. She was a candidate for the Gatorade National Player of the Year.

Tatiana is headed for Dartmouth College after receiving early acceptance. For the NYAC, her record is no less glittering. She was in goal for the women's team in its run to the national title. "She had an incredible season with the New York Athletic Club," said Chuck Spingler, general manager of the women's team. "Our team won the 2010 US Women's Cup - the national amateur championship - in no small part sue to Tatiana's outstanding defensive play in goal. I was not surprised when, at just 17, the English national team coaches asked her to fly to the UK to compete with them for the U-19 World Championships."

Joe Vella, from Manius, New York, was selected as a NSCAA Division III Second Team All-American for his outstanding senior season performance at Williams College. He started all 17 games for WIlliams and tallied four goals and one assist. As a senior co-captain, Joe led his team to an NCAA tournament berth. He has been described by his college coach, Mike Russon, as a "hard nosed defender who relishes the opportunity in one-on-one situations on the ground and in the air. He is the team's best header of the ball and will be a go-to guy on the re-stats. He also strikes the ball well, as his free kick beat Bowdoin last year in OT. He is especially talented from around 30 years out."

Joe has represented the NYAC men's soccer team during the NPSL summer season. Coach Barclay MacKinnon n
oted his contributions, "He was the mainstay in the central defense for our NPSL team this summer. Joe never loses a battle in the air, and he scored some key goals off set pieces for us. He fully deserves his All American recognition."

-   Dane Murphy

Gatorade Honors NYAC's Tatiana Saunders

NEW YORK, NY (02/15/11) -
 Tatiana Saunders - starting goalkeeper for the 2010 U.S. Women's Open Cup champion New York Athletic Club of the East Conference of the Women's Premier Soccer League (WPSL) - has been named the Gatorade New York High School Player Of The Year. This prestigious award distinguishes the Rye High School shot-stopper as New York's best high school girls soccer player and now, she becomes a finalist for the prestigious Gatorade National Girls Soccer Player of the Year award to be announced in May.

This honor recognizes not only outstanding athletic excellence, but also high standards of academic achievement & exemplary character demonstrated - on and off the field. Tatiana has done very well in the classroom and will attend Dartmouth College this September. Saunders recorded 16 shutouts for the 22-1 Rye H.S. squad this past season, allowing five goals in 23 matches as the team was ranked No. 1 in the ESPN RISE national rankings for six weeks and finished at No. 8.

A two-time All-American selection by the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA), Tatiana was also named an ESPN RISE All-American, the New York State Class A Player Of The Year and the Journal News Player Of The Year. Tatiana is also a member of the England's Under-19 Women's National Team, and posted four shutouts for England this past fall to help them qualify for the European Championships, which will take place this spring.

The summer before her senior season, she was the goalkeeper for New York A.C. who won the U.S. Women's Open Cup, where she posted a shut-out in the Final as her team defeated Dallas Premier by a 2-0 score. Saunders started seven matches last season in the WPSL East Conference, allowing seven goals while helping NYAC to a 4-2-1 record in those matches.

This summer, NYAC will compete in the Northeast Division of the WPSL East, going up against the likes of defending WPSL Champion Boston Aztec Breakers Reserves, five-time East champions New England Mutiny and former U.S. Women's Open Cup champions SoccerPlus CT.

The Gatorade Player Of The Year program annually recognizes one winner in the District of Columbia and each of the 50 states that sanction high school football, girls volleyball, boys & girls cross country, boys & girls basketball, boys & girls soccer, baseball, softball and boys & girls track & field, and awards one National Player of the Year in each sport. Tatiana joins recent Gatorade New York Girls Soccer Players of the Year and current & former WPSL stars 
Crystal Dunn
 (2009-2010, South Side), Alaina Beyar (2007-08, South Side) and Hannah Cerrone (2006-07, Ketcham) among the state's list of former award winners.

www.WPSL.info To keep up to date on the latest happenings, become a fan of Gatorade Player of the Year on Facebook and/or follow them on Twitter. For more on the Gatorade Player of the Year program, including nomination information, a complete list of past winners, and the announcement of the Gatorade National Player of the Year, visit their official website at http://playeroftheyear.gatorade.com.

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