Laura Nicholas and Joanna Proctor Sign with Quinnipiac Women's Soccer

HAMDEN, Conn. – Quinnipiac University women's soccer head coach Dave Clarke has announced that the Bobcats' 2013 roster will consist of two more names in Laura Nicholas (Derry, Northern Ireland) and Joanna Proctor (Frimley, England). Nicholas and Proctor have signed National Letters of Intent and will look to make an immediate impact this coming season.

Laura Nicholas – Derry, Northern Ireland – YMCA Ladies

Laura Nicholas comes to Quinnipiac from Northern Ireland where she played for YMCA Ladies F.C. – a club in Euro Electrix. Euro Electrix is sponsored by the Northern Ireland Women's Football Association (NIWFA) Premier League – the top tier of women's soccer in Northern Ireland. In addition to her club team, Nicholas has experience on Northern Ireland's Youth and Senior National Teams as well. Nicholas served as the team captain of the under-19 squad in the UEFA European Championships, where the team advanced to the second qualifying round. Nicholas had three goals in three first round victories.

Coach Clarke's Comments on Nicholas:
"Laura is a natural left back, but can play across the back four and in a defensive midfield role as well. She is a very strong player and as a left sided player will bring balance to the lineup. She has gained a lot of international experience and has played against the likes of Spain and Germany, so she will be a great addition to the program."

About Nicholas:
Why did you decide to attend Quinnipiac as a school?
I choose Quinnipiac as it combines both the high level of academics along with Division I soccer. It's always been a dream of mine to play college soccer in the states and Quinnipiac offers me that and much more! 

Why did you decide to commit to Quinnipiac Soccer?
By committing to Quinnipiac soccer, I can play at the Division I level and improve greatly, by playing at the highest college level. 

What are you looking to study at Quinnipiac (undergrad and grad)?
I am hoping to study Athletic Training/Sports Medicine. 

What are your academic goals?
I hope to settle into all my classes well, enjoy what i am studying and also achieve the best grades I can. 

What are your soccer goals?
Work hard throughout the year to improve all aspects of my game, and meet both personal goals and of course team goals. I hope to bring my own international soccer experiences to the team in my freshman year. 

What position do you hope to play at Quinnipiac?
I´m hoping to play at left back. I love winning the ball on defense and going on the counter attack. 

Who is your favorite player?
David Beckham would have to be my favorite player of all-time. He is so talented in all aspects of the game both on and off the pitch and is a great role model to aspiring soccer players. 

Who is your favorite team?
Liverpool FC is my favorite team. 

What is your favorite soccer moment?
Captaining and scoring for Northern Ireland at Under-19 level in a 4-0 win against Lithuania in the European Championships. This would have to be not only my favorite but also my proudest moment in football.

Joanna Proctor – Frimley, England – Chelsea Ladies F.C.

Joanna Proctor will begin her collegiate career after a successful stint with the Chelsea Ladies Under-17 club. Chelsea Ladies F.C. is an affiliate of Chelsea F.C. and competes in the top tier of women's football in England, the Premier League National Division. Proctor and the club endured great success last season, which included two tournament victories. The team won the FA Girls' Youth Cup after defeating the Arsenal Ladies in penalty kicks. They also went on to win the London South East FA Girls' Under-17 Centre of Excellence League.

Coach Clarke's Comments on Proctor:
"Joanna is a very attack-minded right back who can also play in all of the back four positions. She has come through Chelsea's academy program where she won the FA Youth Cup and has also played for England at U17. She is a natural right back, so a great option to have which will free up other players to play elsewhere. She has a great training attitude and will be a great addition to the program.

About Proctor:
Why did you decide to attend Quinnipiac as a school?
I chose Quinnipiac because the campus is beautiful, the school is the perfect size and it allows me to study psychology. 

Why did you commit to Quinnipiac Soccer?
It allows me to play soccer at the NCAA's highest level and for a great team. 

What are you looking to study at Quinnipiac (undergrad and grad)?
I am looking to study psychology as an undergraduate. 

What are your academic goals?
I want to enjoy my degree and get good grades, while enjoying soccer and being part of the QU community. 

What are your soccer goals?
To be a consistent and reliable player who can contribute to the team and their performances. I also want to improve as a player and strive to be the best player I can. 

What position do you hope to play at Quinnipiac?
I hope to play right full-back or anywhere on defense. 

Who is your favorite player?
My favorite player is Frank Lampard; he is a great role-model and player.

Who is your favorite team?
My favorite team is Chelsea; I've been a lifelong fan along with my family. 

What is your favorite soccer moment?
My favorite soccer moment was winning the Double in 2012 with Chelsea U-17s. We won the FA Girls' Youth Cup, beating Arsenal after extra time and penalties, and I scored my penalty! We also won the London South East FA Girls' U-17s Centre of Excellence League. We were invited to parade the trophy around the pitch at half-time at Stamford Bridge during Chelsea's last home game of the season. As a Chelsea fan this was extra special!

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