WOMEN’S SOCCER SIGNS THREE FOR 2005

Baltimore, Md. – The UMBC women's soccer team has signed three players for the 2005 season, it was announced today by Head Coach Michelle Salmon. They are Christine Bacinski, Cara Palmer, and Kali Schwartz.

Bacinski, a four-time All-Met, All-Conference goalkeeper from Mount de Sales, plays club soccer for an extremely strong team, the Damascus Spirit of Freedom. "She is the number one keeper coming out of Maryland this year," said Salmon. "I predict that she will be a top keeper in the America East Conference by her junior year."

Palmer, a standout midfielder from Odenton, Md., is a member of the Reston Football Club (RFC) Rovers, which is currently ranked first in the state of Virginia, seventh in the Northeast region, and 37th nationally. During her career with the Rovers, she led them to a regional championship in 2002 and to the regional semi-finals in 2003. In addition, she has served as part of the Maryland State Olympic Development Program team for the past three years.

Schwartz is an All-State, All-Section, and All-League midfielder from Clarkston South High School. She plays club soccer for the East Chester Patriots, which is one of the top teams in the country, as they are currently ranked eleventh. Schwartz led the Patriots to a regional championship, and helped her high school squad to the New York State semi-finals this past fall. "Kali is one of the most dynamic midfielders in the northeast region," said Salmon. "I anticipate her in the starting lineup as a freshman. She is a true midfielder who will have an immediate impact on our program."