Lefebvre Announces UVM recruiting class
University of Vermont head coach Kristi Lefebvre will add six newcomers to the women's soccer program in 2015. Lefebvre announced her fourth recruiting class today that includes Casey Garfinkel, Savana Yurick, Clarissa Gold, Jordyn Klapper, Aly Maneri, and Anna Keimel.
"This is a talented group that our staff worked very hard to assemble. My assistants Jason Russell and Adam Batista did an excellent job identifing these players. We are thrilled to welcome them to Catamount Country. They are diverse in terms of strengths, and each one of them displays the qualities we look for in our student-athletes. We anxiously await their arrival to campus, and have full confidence in them to excel both on the field and in the classroom," said Lefebvre.
Garfinkel was a two-time captain at Livingston High School and led the team to two conference championships in 2012 and 2013. She finished her high school career with four goals and 15 assists. She was an all-conference selection three times and earned all-state honors twice.
Garfinkel is a defender from Livington, New Jersey. She played at Livingston High School and for the Match Fit Academy ECNL club program.
The Match Fit Colchesters won four straight New Jersey State Cup Championships from 2008-11. The team also won the Region I title in 2011 and advanced to the USYS National Finals that year.
In 2013 Match Fit Colchesters also won a Region I title and advanced back to the USYS National League Championship. Garfinkel also participated in ECNL PDP events.
"Casey is one of the best outside backs I have seen. She is great with the ball at her feet, can attack out of the back and her service both during the run of play and on set pieces is exceptional. She is always very connected with the rest of her backline and defensively, she is relentless," said Lefebvre.
Yurick is a midfielder from Wexford, Pennsylvania. She played at North Allegheny High School and with the Beadling Gunners club program.
She competed in the National Olympic Development Program Training Camp in 2013 and was part of the Inter-Regional ODP Training Camp in 2012. Yurick was an ODP team captain three times.
Yurick helped the Gunners advance to the semifinals of the USYS Region I Tournament in 2012 and 2013. The Gunners also won the Pennsylvania West State Cup four times, including three straight years in 2012, 2013 and 2014.
"Savana is a talented attacking-minded player who can create from the middle or out wide. She is smooth with the ball, and makes possession look easy," said Lefebvre.
Gold is a goalkeeper from Columbia, South Carolina. She played at Columbia High School and most recently for the South Carolina United/Mount Pleasant Elite club program in the USYS National League.
South Carolina United/Mount Pleasant Elite was the State Cup U17 Runner Up in 2013 and the U18 champions in 2014. Gold also led Columbia HS to the 2013 Regional Championship.
A two-year member of Region III ODP Team, and attended has also attended ODP National Training Camps.
"Clarissa is an extremely athletic goalkeeper. She has excellent range and great coverage of the 18. She has the ability to make the big save, as well as multiple saves and this sets her apart," said Lefebvre.
Klapper is a forward from Wantagh, New York and played at Wantagh High School. She played her club soccer for East Meadow Hurricanes ECNL.
Klapper scored 25 goals and added 15 assists in her career and led Wantagh to the conference championship in 2012. She was named to the all-class team in 2013 and earned all-county honors in 2014.
"Jordyn is a wide forward who possesses great speed and quickness. She will help us right away in the attacking third. She is good 1v1 on both sides of the ball, and she has good service into the box. Though she is versatile, we look to her to impact right away up top."
Maneri is another goalkeeper from Wayne, Pennsylvania and played at Conestoga High School. She played her club soccer fro FC Europa Storm where she played every minute as the starting goalkeeper for the team.
She led Conestoga to the Central League Championship this fall. She was named to the All Main Line team in 2014.
Maneri led FC Europa Storm to the NCS State Championship in 2014, the Disney Soccer Showcase Championship twice, the CASL Soccer Showcase title in 2013 and the WAGS Showcase Championships in 2014.
"Aly is a very aggressive, fearless goalkeeper. Her work rate and mentality will undoubtedly add to not only the goalkeeping core, but ultimately the team," said Lefebvre.
Keimel (pronounced key-mel) is a defender from Newton, New Jersey. She played at Newton High School and with the Highland Pride FC club program.
Keimel was part of the Highland Pride team that suffered just one loss and one tie in the fall season of 2013 and spring campaign in 2014. She was part of a defensive unit that allowed just three goals in the 2014 season.
"Anna is an excellent defender. She is tenacious, and has great timing on tackles, and reads the game exceptionally well. We are really looking forward to seeing what she brings to our backline this fall," said Lefebvre.
Vermont loses two seniors from the 2014 season and will return 22 letterwinners next season, including the top four scorers and from this year and both starting goalkeepers.
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