Head Coach Michelle Salmon announced the signing of seven players to National Letters of Intent to attend UMBC for the 2004-05 school year. The athletes include Noelle Bisinger (Audobon, N.J./Audobon), Nicole Johnson (Severn, Md./Severn), Amy Morrison (Edgewater, Md./South River), Alexis Rogowski (Great Falls, Va./Langley), Casey Smith (Apollo Beach, Fla./Eastbay), Kersha Walker (Ontario, Canada/St. Thomas Aquinas), and Jessica Young (Waldorf, Md./Thomas Stone).
Bisinger, a three year All-Conference, All-Group, and All-South Jersey honoree, is expected to play as a forward or midfielder at UMBC. A recipient of the "Top 20 South Region" Award, she was also president of Audobon High's National Honor Society chapter. "Noelle is a hard-working, fierce competitor who loves to score goals," said Salmon. "We are excited to have her as a part of our program."
Johnson, an All-Conference and All-League defender, was a standout for the Crofton United Soccer Club. "Nicole is a true athlete," said Salmon. "She will be a great addition to the back as she is a tremendous defender who has the ability to get into the attack."
A member of the Maryland Olympic Development Program, Morrison will be another great addition to the Retriever team. She is known for her tremendous vision, and should see time at center midfield. Morrison, an All-State, All-Met, All-County, and All-Conference player, led her Bethesda Rowdies Club Team to the 2000, 2001, and 2002 State Cup Championship title. "We are very excited that Amy has chosen to be a part of the UMBC family," said Salmon.
Rogowski, an All-Conference scholar athlete who possesses a great deal of speed and tenacity, will compete for a position in the midfield. At Langley, she led her team to become a State Finalist, as well as Regional Champions, 1999 Region I Finalist, and 2002 Virginia State Cup Champions. "Alexis is a dynamic player with a dynamic personality," said Salmon. "She will bring plenty of quickness and I think she will do a great job for us on the flanks."
Smith, another highly decorated athlete, previously spent time playing with the Black Watch Club Team. A skilled defender, Salmon looks forward to seeing what she can contribute to the already-stable Retriever back line.
Walker, who previously played on a National Championship Canadian Team alongside current Retriever Amanda DiCarlo, will see time as an outside back. "We are excited to add a player with her abilities," said Salmon. "Kersha is quick, athletic, and will provide more depth to our team's defense."
Young, another All-Conference player and Maryland Olympic Development Program member, is expected to see time as a forward on the Retriever team. "She is unbelievably quick and will be hard to defend," said Salmon. "She is a player who can dominate a game by speed as she has the ability to get behind defenses."