March 19, 2012

Women's Soccer Signs Six To National Letters Of Intent

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HAMDEN, Conn. – Quinnipiac University Women’s Soccer Head Coach Dave Clarke has announced the signing of six players to National Letters of Intent for the 2012-13 academic year. Nicole Eriksen (Stamford, Conn.), Shannon Larkin (Burlington, Conn.), Casey Hutchinson (Middlebury, Conn.), Amanda Barroca (North Bellmore, N.Y.), Natalia Grodzki (Bartlett, Ill.), and Jessica Jankowski (Berkeley Heights, N.J.)will join the Bobcats in the fall of 2012.

Eriksen, a defender, joins Quinnipiac from Westhill High School, where she helped lead the varsity soccer team to a Class LL State Championship in 2009. The Stamford, Conn. native was named All-FCIAC during the 2009 and 2011 seasons. She was also named Westhill’s Most Valuable Player in 2009, while receiving the Coaches Award as a senior. Eriksen also plays for the CFC United and was a State Champion in 2010, where she was selected All-ECNL in the same year. She plans to major in the health sciences.

“I chose QU because it offered one of the best health science programs when compared to other schools I was considering,” said Eriksen. “I am also very excited to play soccer for Quinnipiac and Dave Clarke. The campus was one of the nicest I visited.”

Larkin, a defender from Lewis Mills High School, was named All-State and All-Conference during her senior year. She also helped guide her club team, CFC United, to back-to-back State Championships in 2010 and 2011. A native of Burlington, Conn., Larkin intends to major in psychology and secondary education.

“I chose Quinnipiac because it was the perfect combination between soccer and academics,” said Larkin. “I have the opportunity to compete at a high level on the field and pursue my dream of becoming a teacher for troubled teenagers.”

Hutchinson joins the Bobcats from Pomperaug High School where she was a four-year varsity letterwinner and captain of the soccer team during her junior and senior years. While at Pomperaug, she was a three-time SWC honoree. The Middlebury, Conn. native also plays forward for CFC United, who won two State Championships in 2010 and 2011. Hutchinson plans to study psychology and elementary education while at Quinnipiac.

“Quinnipiac is a great school with a progressive elementary education program,” said Hutchinson. “I also get a positive feeling whenever I’m on campus.”

Barroca, a forward, comes to Quinnipiac from Kellenberg Memorial where she won consecutive League Championships in 2010 and 2011. Barroca was voted captain during her senior year, and was also named All-League and Most Valuable Player. She ranked second in the CHSAA in assists and sixth in the league in goals. A North Bellmore, N.Y. native, Barroca also plays for the East Meadow United where she won a State Cup Championship during 2011. She plans to major in communications.

“I chose Quinnipiac because I loved how friendly everybody was and how much the campus felt like home,” said Barroca. “I appreciated the learning atmosphere. Soccer wise, I enjoyed all the girls’ company and loved Dave Clarke’s philosophy as a coach.”

Grodzki joins QU as the only goalkeeper amongst the six NLI’s. Grodzki attended Bartlett High School where she won Regionals in 2009. She also plays for the Sockers FC Chicago, with whom she’s won two State Championships during the 20010 and 2011 seasons. In 2011, Grodzki became a Regional Championship with the Sockers. The Bartlett, Ill. Native intends to become a physician’s assistant.

“I chose Quinnipiac because of the great PA program and the friendly environment on campus,” said Grodski.”

Jankowski joins Quinnipiac from Governor Livingston High School where she was a four-time All-Conference honoree. A forward, Jankowski was named to the All-County first team and All-State second team group two. She was a four-year leading scorer at Governor Livingston. The Berkeley Heights, N.J. native also won three State Cup Championships with the PDA Charge and was an ECNL National Finalist during the 2010 and 2011 seasons. Jankowski plans to study occupational therapy at Quinnipiac.

“I loved the atmosphere (at Quinnipiac) and its occupational therapy program,” said Jankowski. “I also liked that the school provided me with the opportunity to play D-I soccer and pursue an academically challenging degree.  I could sense right from the beginning that the University, coaching staff and players were very focused on excellence in both academics and athletics.”

Contact: Lindsay Oliveri, lmoliveri@quinnipiac.edu