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Women's Recruiting Feb 05, 2020

William & Mary women’s soccer adds 8 to roster for 2020 season

WILLIAMSBURG, Va. – William & Mary women’s soccer head coach Julie Shackford announced the addition of eight student-athletes for the 2020 season on Wednesday afternoon. Ginny Delacruz, Bridget Fitzpatrick, Maya Haghighi, Raina Kuzemka, Grace Lemley, Elaina Longjohn, Nicole Sellers, and Kenna Zier will all join the Tribe for the 2020 season.

Virginia “Ginny” Delacruz, 5-5, Forward/Midfield, Fairfax Station, Va./Robinson Secondary | BRYC Academy ECNL 

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HIGH SCHOOL 
Played four years of varsity soccer at Robinson Secondary School in Northern Virginia … Tabbed First-Team All-District in 2017 and 2019 … Earned District Player of the Year honors in 2019 … Selected as a First-Team All-Region player in 2019 … Tabbed to the Second-Team All-State and the Washington Post Second-Team All-Met … Played her club soccer with BRYC Academy ECNL where she was honored as a Mid-Atlantic All-Conference pick in 2017-18 and 2018-19 … Also played for SYC Football and is a member of their Youth Football Hall of Fame … A three-sport athlete she also played field hockey and basketball in high school … Earned Second-Team All-District honors in field hockey … Played club lacrosse for Burke Lacrosse and AAU hoops for Burke/SYC Basketball … In the classroom, is a member of the National Honor Society, Science National Honor Society, Rho Kapp (history national honor society), FBLA, All-A Honor Roll, and Academic Letter (above a 4.0) … Helped her FBLA team to a state championship.

PERSONAL 
Daughter of Charles and Kathleen Delacruz … Wants to major in biology at W&M … Enjoys going on walks and hikes with her dog, boating, and spending time with her friends and family in her spare time.

Why W&M?
“I choose soccer at William & Mary because I wanted to find a balance between a great academic school and a great soccer program. I also fell in love with the campus and Williamsburg and wanted to be close to home.” – Ginny Delacruz

Bridget Fitzpatrick, 5-7, Defender, Devon, Pa./The Westtown School | Penn Fusion 01 DA

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HIGH SCHOOL 
Played high school soccer during her freshman and senior year at Westtown School, while playing her sophomore and junior seasons with her club squad the Penn Fusion 01 ECNL … Helped her high school to the PAISSA State Title as a freshman, which was the first in school history, and then to the state finals in her senior season … As a senior tabbed the Westtown School Scholar-Athlete Scholarship … Won the school’s coaches award … Tabbed the All-Friends League First-Team … Scored 10 goals and had 20 assists during her senior year … Played in the ECNL National Playoffs in Chicago and US Development Academy National Playoffs in San Diego in 2018 and 2019 … A two-sport athlete, she was a Junior Olympic Qualifier in swimming from 2012-15 … Served as an admission tour guide at her high school … Earned academic distinction throughout all of high school … Is an assistant coach for the Penn Fusion / West Chester Soccer United Club little players program.

PERSONAL
Daughter of Kenneth and Jeannine Fitzpatrick … Mom, Jeannine, was a swimmer at Catholic, dad, Kenneth, ran track & field at Notre Dame, and brother, Kenny, played water polo at Notre Dame … Plans to major in marketing and focus on sports management at W&M …In her free time, enjoys traveling, working out, drinking coffee, and cheering on her favorite NFL team the Philadelphia Eagles.

Why W&M?
“As I was going through the college search process, what I found to be the most difficult was finding a perfect balance with everything I thought to be important at the college I would attend. Athletic and academic excellence was a combination I strove to find, but what I found at William & Mary was that and so much more!  I discovered coaches that are inspiring, trusting, and outgoing, a program rich in history and tradition, and a team that defines the meaning of family. After visiting and experiencing such a unique bond between the girls and Coaches Shackford and Lycan that I had never witnessed before I knew I wanted to be a part of the Tribe! I am so excited for the journey ahead over the next four years at W&M and know it will be the perfect place for me to thrive as a student and athlete.” – Bridget Fitzpatrick

Maya Haghighi, 5-3, Midfielder, Bradenton, Fla./IMG Academy

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HIGH SCHOOL
Played varsity soccer at the IMG Academy in Florida …Helped her development academy to the DA Elite 8 … Was a captain for U17 DA squad in 2019-20 and also captained her 2017-18 U15 DA team …  In the classroom, is a member of the National Honor Society … Volunteers with the Special Olympics.

PERSONAL
Daughter of Michael and Roshni … Father, Michael, played soccer at South Carolina … Wants to major in biology at W&M … Enjoys running and doing nail art in her spare time.

Why W&M?
“I chose W&M soccer because of the family environment, the intense yet caring mindset amongst the team and coaches, and the amazing education I could receive while I play the game I love.” – Maya Haghighi

Raina Kuzemka, 5-3, Forward, Wallingford, Pa./The Episcopal Academy | 1776 United FC 01 Xtreme 

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Four-year varsity starter for the Episcopal Academy … As a sophomore named First-Team All-Inter-AC, First-Team All-DelCo and First-Team as a sophomore and a junior … During her senior year All-InterAC honorary selection and All-DelCo Honorable mention … Won her school’s Mind, Body and Spirit Award … Tallied 17 goals and 15 assists during her high school career … Played her club soccer for the 1776 United FC 01 Xtreme … Helped that team to PA State Championships from 2016-19, a regional championship in 2019 and a National League Division Championship in 2020 … A multi-sport athlete played basketball and ran spring track in high school as well … In the classroom, is a member of Speak Up Club, Scholium (school newspaper), Surf Club, Model UN, and the Alumni 101 committee … Won the Dartmouth College Book Award in 2019, which is awarded to an outstanding member of the rising VI Form, who has demonstrated both intellectual and athletic excellence, has made a positive impact on the life of the school community and excelled in at least one non-academic area.

PERSONAL 
Daughter of Damon and Kathryn Kuzemka … Dad, Damon, wrestled at the US Air Force Academy and West Chester, while mom, Kathryn, played field hockey at James Madison … Grandmother, Fran Hermance, played field hockey at Kent State and coached field hockey and lacrosse for the Tribe from 1962-65 … Undecided on her major at W&M … Grandfather, Nicholas Kuzemka, played football at Army West Point, while six uncles and cousin are or were collegiate athletes … Enjoys hanging out with friends, going to the beach, spending time with her family and dog, as well as baking in her spare time.

Why W&M?
I chose William & Mary because from the very beginning Shacks, Marsha, and the rest of the Tribe felt like family.” – Rania Kuzemka

Grace Lemley, 5-8, Goalkeeper, Springfield, Va./South County | BRYC Academy ECNL 

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HIGH SCHOOL 
Played three years of varsity soccer at South County High School in Northern Virginia … Helped her high school to back-to-back Patriot Conference Championships in 2018 and 2019 … Tabbed All-Conference honorable mention in 2017, before being named First-Team All-Conference as well as All-Region Honorable Mention in 2019 … Played her club soccer for the BRYC Academy ECNL … Helped her club team to the USYS State Cup Championship, the USYS Eastern Region Championship, before a runner-up finishes in the USYS National Runner-Up … Played eight years of basketball, including playing AAU basketball for the Potomac Valley Vogues up until high school … In the classroom, participated in National Honors Society, Key Club, Fellowship of Christian Athletes, and the Best Buddies Organization.

PERSONAL 
Daughter of Jason and Kathleen Lemley … Deciding between biology or health sciences and kinesiology for her major at W&M … Both her father, Jason, and mother, Kathleen, are both graduates of the Naval Academy … Her dad played baseball, while her mom was on the club lacrosse team … Uncle, Sean McDermott, and Cousin, Tim McDermott, played college soccer at Providence and SUNY Plattsburgh, respectively … Enjoys running, working out, teaching little kids how to play sports, babysitting, and watching sports with her family in her spare time.

Why W&M?
“From my very first visit in the eighth grade, I knew William & Mary was going to be hard to top. Even back then, I knew it was everything I wanted; a beautiful campus, strong academics, a good distance from home, an amazing soccer legacy, and a very family-oriented culture. After a few visits and time spent with the coaches and players, I realized W&M was the perfect fit for me. I knew it would be the best place to set myself up for success and help me develop into both the person and player I want to be. The positive environment and culture Shacks has established is something I can’t wait to be a part of. I feel so fortunate and humbled to have the opportunity to be a part of the Tribe!” – Grace Lemley

Elaina Longjohn, Forward, Pittsburgh, Pa./North Hills | Pittsburgh Riverhounds Soccer Club

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HIGH SCHOOL 
Played her high school at North Hills High School in Pittsburgh … Captain for her high school team. Played her club soccer with the Pittsburgh Riverhounds Soccer Club and Big 56 during her freshman season … Was a first-team All-Section selection during her freshman season … Invited to multiple US Soccer Trainings … Competed at the ECNL regional training center … A two-sport athlete, placed in the top 10 in the state for two years in track and field … Was the WPIAL triple jump champion …  In the classroom, was a member of FBLA, National Honor Society, and French Club … Helped her FBLA team to the state competitions during her junior and senior years… Member of her church’s youth group.

PERSONAL 
Daughter of Jeff and Ellen Longjohn … Brothers, Drew and Nathaniel, run track and field … Cousin, Jennifer Boyd, played volleyball at Ball State, and cousin, Braden Smith, plays golf at Akron … Undecided on her major at W&M … Enjoys playing piano and guitar, hiking, spending time outdoors, and spending time with her friends and family during her spare time.

Why W&M?
“I chose the William & Mary soccer program because of the team’s environment. The team’s competitiveness yet support of each other is truly unique, providing an environment to grow as an athlete and an individual. I’m excited to start the next chapter of my life with the W&M women’s soccer team. Go Tribe!” – Elaina Longjohn

Nicole Sellers, 5-5, Defender, Fairfax Station, Va./South County | FC Virginia DA 

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HIGH SCHOOL 
Played her freshman year of soccer at South County, before playing for FC Virginia ECNL over the past seven years … Member of the FC Virginia ECNL team from 2014-17, before joining the FC Virginia DA from 2017-20 … Helped the FC Virginia DA to a top-5 ranking nationally … Tabbed a team captain of her club team from 2014-20 … Played in the national playoffs for her ECNL and Development Academy teams … Made it to the Quarterfinals at the Development Academy National Playoff in 2018 … In the classroom, part of the SGA Leadership, National Honor Society, Best Buddies, and Key Club.

PERSONAL 
Daughter of Bruce and GiGi Sellers … Undecided on her major at W&M … Enjoys wakeboarding, snowboarding, listening to music, and playing with her dog in her spare time.

Why W&M?
“I chose the soccer program at W&M because of their continuous high quality of play during training sessions and in games. In addition, the W&M team has a family connection like no other team and it just seemed like a perfect fit!” – Nicole Sellers

Kenna Zier, 5-7, Midfielder, Bethesda, Md./The Bullis School |FC Virginia DA 

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HIGH SCHOOL 
Attended the Bullis School, but played club soccer for FC Virginia ECNL from 2016-17 and FC Virginia DA 2017-20 … Named the WAGS Tournament Player that Impressed in 2015 … Participated in PDP ECNL in 2017 … Helped lead FC Virginia to a top-5 ranking in the country … Led her team to the DA Nationals Quarterfinals in 2018 … Earned high honor roll all four years of high school and went to the county finals for the National History Day Award.

PERSONAL 
Daughter of the late Dave and Tara Zier … Undecided on her college major … Enjoys going to the beach, snowboarding, hanging out with friends and family, and working out in her spare time.

Why W&M?
“I love the atmosphere at William & Mary and the great mix of high level athletics and competitive academics.  I am excited about the environment and know it will push me to be a better student and athlete.” – Kenna Zier