BALTIMORE – UMBC women's soccer head coach Leslie Wray has announced the signing of five players to National Letters of Intent to join the Retrievers for the fall 2013 season; Victoria Burress (Bristow, Va./Patriot), Annette Cappellino (Penfield, N.Y./Penfield), Caitlyn Whitford (Ellicott City, Md./Howard), Meg Kowalski (Freehold, N.J./Freehold Township) and Destinee Morris (La Plata, Md./La Plata).
"This is an exciting time for UMBC women's soccer," said Wray. "By adding talented players in every position we continue to build the foundation of a successful program. I am confident that these players will raise our overall talent and will add to the outstanding players that we already have within the program."
A member of the Brentsville District High School soccer team as a freshman and sophomore… Earned a starting spot on varsity as a rookie and earned All-District Second Team honors… Led the Tigers in scoring with 17 goals in her sophomore season, receiving first team all-district and second team all-area honors… Also a member of the Brentsville District High School cross country team for two seasons and a member of the basketball team as a freshman… Named a captain of the soccer team in her first season at Patriot High School… Earned All-District First Team and All-Area Second Team recognition for the second-straight season… A member of the Pioneers field hockey team, earning All-District First Team honors… Played for the 2012 US Youth Soccer U17G National Champions and nationally ranked VSA Heat… A member of the National Honor Society and the English Honor Society… Daughter of Gina and Jeff Burress… Is the middle child, with an older brother, Grant, and a younger brother, Ethan… Born Nov. 27, 1994… Planned major is biology.
Wray on Burress: "Tori is a creative attacking-minded midfielder and forward. She is a hard working player, who will add urgency to our attack. We are happy to be getting a player like Tori with such a rich club background that played at the highest level."
Goalkeeper for Penfield High School soccer team… An All-Greater Rochester Honorable Mention as a senior… Earned All-Monroe County Public School Athletic Conference First Team in 2012… Named the Pioneers' Varsity Soccer Most Valuable Player… Played softball at Penfield High School as a freshman… Plays for the Empire United Club Team… An honor roll student… Daughter of Mary and Ron Cappellino… Has two siblings, Allison, who plays volleyball at American, and Erica… Born Sept. 25, 1995… Planned major is biology with hopes of doing research at UMBC and pursue a career in the medical field.
Wray on Cappellino: "Annette is extremely athletic and quick. She will add depth to our goalkeeper position and will flourish quickly in our environment. We are very excited to have her here."
Freehold, N.J./Freehold Township
Played for Freehold Township High School, the 2010 and 2012 Division A North Champions… Helped her team to its first-ever Shore Conference Championship in 2011… Competed with the New Jersey Olympic Development State Team and the Region I Olympic Development Team… National Honor Society member… Is an USSF Grade 8 certified referee and has an "F" coaching license… Daughter of Joy and Craig Kowalski… Oldest of three siblings, sister Sarah and brother Jack… Born Fan. 17, 1995… Planned major is mathematics.
Wray on Kowalski: "Meg is an accomplished crafty midfielder. She has incredible vision and accuracy, which will help our attack in the final third. Her international regional team experience will help in her adjustment to Division I college soccer and we look forward to watching her develop in this atmosphere."
Ellicott City, Md./Howard
A four-year letterwinner at Howard High School… Named to the Coaches' All-County Girls Soccer Team by The Baltimore Sun… A captain of the Lions in her senior season… Current member of the Freestate ECNL program… Played for the Virginia Soccer Association Heat, a club ranked #1 in the nation in 2010… Played for the Maryland State Olympic Development Program… Also competed for Howard's basketball and indoor track teams… An honor roll student… A member of the National Honor Society… A Best Buddies club mentor… Daughter of Amy Eskew and Michael Whitford… Has a younger brother, Michael… Born Feb. 12, 1995… Undeclared major, but wants to become a radiologist.
Wray on Whitford: "Caitlin is a strong willed, hard-nosed player. She is tenacious on the field and will sacrifice her body to win the ball. She will be recovering from an ankle injury, but we expect a full recovery by pre-season. We are very happy to have her."
La Plata, Md./La Plata
Played soccer at La Plata High School… All-State Honorable Mention as a senior… The Warriors' Offensive Player of the Year and MVP during her junior and senior seasons… Led the Southern Maryland Athletic Conference in scoring en route to All-SMAC honors as a sophomore… All-County Athlete of the Year… Competed in Nationals for ECNL with the Freestate Elite… Earned the Principal's Honor at La Plata High School… A National Art Honor Society member… A member of the Student Government Association… Daughter of Sky Moats and William Morris… Father played soccer at Salisbury University… The oldest of four siblings, Matthew Morris, Dominic Barnes and Madisynn Moats… Born April 21, 1995… Plans to major in math and engineering with a minor in art.
Wray on Morris: "Destinee is technically-gifted with both feet and is versatile in her ability to play as a forward and a midfielder. She has the ability to create and score goals from both positions. She works hard on and off the ball and will help in our attack. We are anxious to have her here and see her grow."