BALTIMORE – UMBC Women's Soccer's Head Coach Leslie Wray has announced the addition of six players, including three from the state of Maryland, to the Retrievers' roster. The Dawgs will add Karen Aye (Columbia, Md./St. Johns College), Katherine Berkowitz (Crofton, Md./South River), Jenna Denis (Ridgefield, Conn./Ridgefield), Mikayla Krinetz (Annapolis, Md./Broadneck), Skyler Mackey (Washington, D.C./Woodrow Wilson) and Leigh Roth (Valencia, Pa./Pine-Richland).
"We are very excited with the 2015 incoming class," said Wray. "They are a very talented group of young women that excel on the playing field and in the classroom. They have all played with quality club teams that compete at the highest levels and we are looking forward to the impact they can make on our team."
Columbia, Md./St. Johns College
A four-year member of the St. Johns College High School varsity team… Named to the 2013 Washington Catholic Athletic Conference All-Conference Second Team and 2014 WCAC All-Honorable Mention… Member of 2011 WCAC championship team… Missed out on the 2012 season due to injury… A National Spanish Honors Society honor roll member in 2012-2014… Awarded academic achievement with distinction from 2012-2015… Daughter of Phillip and Luz Aye… Has two older brothers, Phillip and Ricardo… Born Oct. 10, 1997… Hopes to pursue a career in information technology cyber security.
Why Aye chose UMBC: "I chose UMBC because they are strong academically and I liked the coaches, program, and players."
Crofton, Md./South River
Member of South River High School varsity soccer team… Named to the Anne Arundel All-County Second Team in 2013 and 2014… Part of the Maryland 4A 2012 State Championship team… Received the Principal's Honor Roll… Active member of the National Honor Society as well as Destination Imagination that helps provide homeless children with school supplies… Daughter of Sheila Greaney and Steve Berkowitz… Has one younger sibling, Kyle… Born Oct. 1, 1997… Hopes to pursue a career in engineering.
Why Berkowitz chose UMBC: "I picked UMBC because I loved the team, coaching staff, and the campus. I feel that UMBC will provide me with a great educational and athletic experience."
A member of the Ridgefield High School varsity team… All-Fairfield County Interscholastic Athletic Conference First Team in 2014 after helping her team to the state semifinals… Earned the team's Outstanding Player Award in 2014… Received Ridgefield High School Captains' Award in 2014-2015… Also competed in high school basketball and tennis… Named to the Academic Honor Roll for three straight years… Daughter of Laura and Fabrice Denis… Has two older brothers, Paul and Sean… Born April 24, 1997… Hopes to pursue a career in athletic training
Why Denis chose UMBC: "I chose UMBC because of the soccer team. Also, as UMBC is primarily a math and science school, I find it very suiting as I will probably major in biology or something in the science field. UMBC was also a good distance for me, I wanted to go south but not too far from home at the same time."
A four-year member of the Broadneck High School varsity soccer team… Credited with 53 saves and one assist as the goalkeeper in 2014… Named Honorable Mention for All-County recognition in 2014… Honored as a Maryland ODP/Rider Cup Selection in 2010-2012… Member of Bethesda United club team that made it to the Champions League at ENNL Nationals in 2014… Named MD Futsal State Cup MVP in 2010, 2012, and 2014 as well as the NE Regional Futsal Tournament… Awarded All-County Artistic Honors and named Featured Artist at Broadneck High School… Daughter of Oren and Kelly Krinetz… Has a younger sibling, Skyler… Born Dec. 23, 1997… Hopes to pursue a career in photography for National Geographic or a professional soccer coaching.
Why Krinetz chose UMBC: "I chose UMBC because it was the only campus where I felt at home. The coaches and players were so welcoming and I feel that UMBC is a place where I can improve as a player and as a photographer."
Washington, D.C./Woodrow Wilson
Became the first women's soccer player from Woodrow Wilson High School to sign a national letter of intent... Named the team's MVP in 2014… Helped her team to reach Region 1… Also lettered in basketball and competed in the city finals in 2013 and 2014… Won the city championships in varsity girls' flag football… Daughter of Margaret Mackey… Has two siblings, Ciara and Camryn… Born April 4, 1997… Hopes to pursue a career in nursing.
Why Mackey chose UMBC: "I chose UMBC because it's close to home and my mom can come to see my games."
Four-year member of Pine-Richland High School varsity soccer team… Named All-WPIAL and All-Section as a junior and senior… Member of Beadling Gunners that won State Cup Championships five times… Attended regionals five times… Daughter of Patricia Roth… Has three older siblings, Nick, Hannah and Ryan… Born Dec. 4, 1996.
Why Roth chose UMBC: "I picked UMBC because I fell in love with the campus and the women's soccer program."