Women's Soccer Announces 2006 Incoming Class

April 6, 2006

WORCESTER, Mass. - Holy Cross head women's soccer coach Deb Flaherty has announced the 2006 incoming class for the Crusaders. Nine student-athletes will join the Holy Cross program for the 2006-2007 academic year.

"I have high expectations for this incoming class," said Flaherty. "It is a great group of athletes that will give us more team speed and add to our game in the air. We are adding to our attacking game with some offensive minded players. This class will give us more depth in all positions, but most of all it gives us versatility with formation and creativity in attack."

The Crusaders will return 10 of their 11 starters from a year ago and will be led by six seniors. Here is a look at this upcoming season's freshman class.

Name                Pos.  Hometown          High School
Courtney Callahan   D     Fairfield, Conn.  Fairfield Warde
Justine Cefalu      F     Greenlawn, N.Y.   John Glenn
Marielle Gonzalez   M     Ramsey, N.J.      Ramsey
Sarah Gouveia       M/D   Greenwich, R.I.   East Greenwich
Paige Harrison      M/D   Sutton, Mass.     Sutton
Megan Metzger       M     Warwick, N.Y.     Warwick Valley
Chelsi Pugliese     M/D   Pembroke, Mass.   Pembroke
Shelby Stand        F     Douglas, Mass.    Douglas
Jessica Stone       G     Rockville, Md.    St. John's College HS

Courtney Callahan, D, Fairfield, Conn., Fairfield Warde H.S., CUFC Wolves

  • Played four years on the Fairfield Warde H.S. varsity soccer team as it went to the state finals and the FCIAC finals twice.
  • Earned 2004 and 2005 first team ALL-FCIAC honors.
  • Class Vice President.
  • Received FCIAC scholar athlete, FCIAC Pepsi scholar athlete, Channel 12 Scholar Athlete and CGSCA-KELME MVP in 2005.
  • Played with Yankee United from U-12 to U16, winning state championships as a member of the U-12, U-14 and U-15 teams.
  • Three-year member of the varsity basketball and track teams.

    Justine Cefalu, F, Greenlawn, N.Y., John Glenn H.S., Stony Brook Impact

  • Four-year varsity starter at John Glenn H.S.
  • Earned all-league, all-conference and all-county honors.
  • Named team MVP as a senior captain.
  • Earned a spot on Newsday's 25 Players To Watch list.
  • Won the Coaches Award in 2004.
  • Member of the National Honor Society.

    Marielle Gonzalez, M, Ramsey, N.J., Ramsey H.S., Arsenal World Class Premier

  • Four-year member of the varsity soccer team at Ramsey H.S. and captain her senior season.
  • Team MVP in 2005.
  • Received first team all-NBIAL and second team all-county honors twice.
  • Member of the National Honor Society.
  • Four-year winner of the Scholastic "R" Award and a four-year member of the Honor Roll.

    Sarah Gouveia, M/D, Greenwich, R.I., East Greenwich H.S.

  • Four-year member of the varsity soccer team at East Greenwich H.S.
  • Captain as a junior and senior.
  • Earned first team all-division honors as a junior and senior.
  • Named to the all-state first team as a senior and second team as a junior.
  • Four-year member of the basketball team and was a captain during her junior and senior seasons, while she earned second team all-division accolades as a junior.
  • Member of the National Honor Society.

    Paige Harrison, M/D, Sutton, Mass., Sutton H.S., Boston Renegades

  • Five-year member of the varsity soccer team at Sutton H.S. and a captain during her junior and senior years.
  • Team won the State Championship in 2001 and 2004.
  • Member of the All-State and Central Mass. all star teams in 2004 and 2005.
  • 2005 Dual Valley Conference MVP.
  • Earned All-Dual Valley Conference honors in 2003, 2004 and 2005.
  • Named to the Worcester Telegram & Gazette Super All-Star team in 2005 and the All-Star team in 2004.
  • Four-year member of the varsity basketball team and captain as a junior and senior, while she was a three-year member of the varsity track team.
  • Wendy's Heisman Athletic/Academic Scholarship Award: Bronze Medal Winner.
  • Member of the National Honor Society.

    Megan Metzger, M, Warwick, N.Y., Warwick Valley H.S., Monroe United Magic

  • Four-year member of the varsity soccer team and senior captain at Warwick Valley H.S.
  • Was a captain on the Monroe United Magic (Club team) and the Black Watch (Super Y league team).
  • Member of the Eastern New York Olympic Development Program State Team.
  • Selected to the All-Section All-Star team.
  • Region 1 Olympic Development Program regional pool.
  • U-18 Super Y National Champions.
  • Section 9 semifinalist with Warwick Valley.
  • Four-time scholar athlete and earned a spot on the High Honor Roll four times.

    Chelsi Pugliese, M/D, Pembroke, Mass., Pembroke H.S., Tri Valley Eagles

  • Senior captain of Pembroke H.S. varsity soccer team.
  • Led the team in assists and was second in goals as a senior.
  • Named League MVP in 2005.
  • Patriot League All-Star and Eastern Mass. All-Star in 2005.
  • Her club team, the Tri Valley Eagles, won the State Championship in 2005.
  • Member of the Massachusetts Olympic Development Program for four years and was a regional pool player.
  • Earned Mariner, Patriot Ledger and Brockton Enterprise All-Scholastic honors.
  • Scholar Athlete in 2005.

    Shelby Stand, F, Douglas, Mass., Douglas H.S., Charles River United

  • Five-year starter and three-year captain of the Douglas H.S. varsity soccer team.
  • Set a school record for most goals in a season with 41 as a senior.
  • Had 118 career goals.
  • DVC leading scorer as a sophomore and a senior.
  • DVC All-Star and Central Mass. All-Star for four years, while she was an All-State All-Star for three years.
  • Nominated for the Heisman Award.
  • Worcester Telegram & Gazette All-Star for three years and Super All-Star as a senior.
  • Team won the State Championship in 2002 and made the finals in 2003.
  • Massachusetts Olympic Development Program team member from 1999-2005.
  • Member of the National Honor Society and a National Youth Leadership Conference Delegate.

    Jessica Stone, G, Rockville, Md., St. John's College H.S.

  • Four-year varsity starter and senior captain of the St. John's College H.S. soccer team.
  • Won the Washington Catholic Athletic Conference all-conference goalie award four times.
  • Team won the WCAC Championship in 2005.
  • Received 2005 All-Met Honorable Mention Goalkeeper honors.
  • Earned a spot on the WCAC-IAAM All-Star Team.
  • Member of the National Honor Society.
  • Honor Roll With Distinction Achievement for four years.
  • Earned the Gold Star award for academic success in 2003 and 2004, while she received the Silver Star award in 2005.
  • Member of the varsity swimming and lacrosse teams.