Head Coach Mick D'Arcy and the Central Connecticut women's soccer program have announced the addition of six new Blue Devils to the 2015 roster.
The Blue Devils are coming off a Northeast Championship season in 2014 where they finished with an 11-6-4 overall record and 4-2-2 mark in the NEC. Their league record earned them the third seed in the tournament. Central went on to defeat second seed Wagner (2-1, 2OT) in the semifinal game and host and top seed Fairleigh Dickinson (2-0) in the championship game.
The NEC Championship was the eighth in program history and sixth under D'Arcy. The Blue Devils went on to face Harvard in the first round of the NCAA Tournament. The Blue Devils have qualified for the NEC Tournament in 11 of the last 13 seasons.
This year's recruiting class will join a Blue Devil team that will lose seven seniors from its championship team, including NEC Player of the Year, Tori Sousa. The class consists of two players each from Connecticut, New York and Massachusetts.
Below is a closer look at CCSU's incoming student-athletes.
Shelbie Carr – Defense – Windsor Locks, CT / Windsor Locks
Shelbie Carr is a defender from Windsor Locks, CT. Carr is a four-year letter winner at Windsor Locks High School in soccer, leading her team in scoring all four years. Carr is a three-time NCCC All-Conference player and All-State selection her junior and senior year. She played Premier soccer for FSA United in the Elite Clubs National League (ECNL). Carr also was a member of the Windsor Locks indoor and outdoor track teams.
Ashley Cavanaugh – Goalkeeper – Belchertown, MA / Belchertown
Ashley Cavanaugh is a goalkeeper and native of Belchertown, MA. Cavanaugh is a four-year member of the Belchertown High School varsity soccer team and captained the squad her senior year. She earned All-Western Mass. First Team honors her senior season. Cavanaugh also played her Premier soccer for FSA United.
Lexi Kochin – Forward – Bristol, CT / Bristol Central
Lexi Kochin is a forward and Bristol, CT product. Kochin is a four-year varsity letter winner at Bristol Central High School and captained the team her senior year. She is a three-time CCC South All-Conference award winner and two-time All-State honoree. Kochin played Premier soccer for the Connecticut Football Club in the ECNL. She was also a member of the Bristol Central indoor and outdoor track teams. Kochin earned CCC South All-Academic honors in soccer, indoor and outdoor track.
Charlotte Maurer – Midfield – Northampton, MA / Northampton
Charlotte Maurer is a midfielder that comes to New Britain from Northampton, MA. Maurer attended Northampton High School. She was named to the All-Western Mass. First-Team her senior year. Maurer also played Premier soccer for FSA United.
Danielle Pearse – Forward – Seaford, NY / Seaford
Danielle Pearse is a forward from Seaford, NY. Pearse played her high school soccer at Seaford High, scoring 13 goals in her senior campaign. She also played Premier soccer with the Albertson Furry Soccer Club out of the Elite Clubs National League (ECNL).
Nicole Russell – Defense – Westbury, NY / W.T. Clarke
Nicole Russell is a defender that hails from Westbury, NY. Russell played her high school soccer at W.T. Clarke High School and recorded a pair of goals and two assists in her senior season. She also played Premier soccer for the East Meadow Soccer Club in the Elite Clubs National League (ECNL).