Women’s Soccer Inks Seven to NLIs

Feb. 13, 2018

WASHINGTON – George Washington women’s soccer head coach Sarah Barnes has announced that seven student-athletes have signed National Letters of Intent to join the Colonials starting in the 2018 season.

The signing class consists of Madison Coyne (Ewing, N.J.), Beth Ellinport (Gaithersburg, Md.), Alexandra Filipkowski (Sharon, Mass.), Brianna Garcia (Naples, Fla.), Erica Lorenzana (Manhasset, N.Y.), Maria Pareja (Fairfax, Va.), and Hannah Zaluski (Chagrin Falls, O.H.).

Madison Coyne
Ewing, New Jersey
Princeton Day School/Patriot FC

Four-year varsity starter for Princeton Day School … team captain in 2017 … two-time varsity MVP … helped lead her team to four New Jersey State Prep B Championships … named 2017 Prep Player of the Year … earned First Team All-State Prep and First Team All Prep (County) honors all four years … also named to the first team All—Area (County) and “Mercer 33,” which recognizes the top 33 players in the area, three times … also plays for Patriot FC located in Washington Crossing, Pennsylvania.

Coach Barnes on Coyne: “Madi loves the game and brings a competitive mentality that will push her and everyone around her to be the best they can be. Her skills are strong and she has already shown that she has the ability to be a dominant two footed player on the back line. Madi adds immediate athleticism, aggressiveness, and courage to a strong back line that will be the backbone of our team this fall.”

Beth Ellinport
Gaithersburg, Maryland
Quince Orchard/Bethesda Soccer Club

Four-year starter at Quince Orchard High School … earned the Scholar Athlete Award and the Maryland Athletic Association Scholar Athlete Award each year … named the Team MVP as a sophomore and senior … team captain in 2016 and 2017 … named to the Maryland All-State and Washington Post All-Met teams as a junior and senior … led her team to the 4A West Regional Championship/State semi-final game as a senior … recognized on the United Soccer Coaches All South Region Team in 2017 … also earned the Perlo High School Athlete Award as a senior … played on the Maccabi USA U18 National Team in the Summer of 2017, where as a co-captain, she led her team to the gold medal and was named the Championship game MVP … also plays for the Bethesda Soccer Club.



Coach Barnes on Ellinport: “Beth is a great leader who always puts the team first and will positively influence our team. She constantly raises the bar and her work ethic is outstanding. Beth's flexibility has helped her develop a versatile skill set and she can step into almost any position on the field if needed. Her discipline, resilience and passion for soccer make Beth a competitive addition to our program.”

Alexandra Filipkowski
Sharon, Massachusetts
Sharon/FC Boston ECNL/GPS Elite

Member of the Puerto Rico U20 Women’s National Soccer Team … four-year varsity starter and letter winner for Sharon High School … Sharon high school varsity soccer captain in 2017 … earned team MVP honors in 2016 and 2017 and the Team Coaches Award in 2015 … named a Hockomock League All-Star in 2015, 2016, and 2017 … Hockomocksports.com Best XI … Eastern Massachusetts All Star as a senior … recorded 10 goals and 15 assists during her junior year and scored 17 goals with five assists as a senior … former member of the Olympic Development Program Region 1 USA Team (2012-14) … selected to the Region 1 Boca Raton Thanksgiving Invitational Team (2014) … selected for the ECNL PDP Event in 2016 … named to the Bay State Games Southeast Team … Massachusetts Female Student-Athlete of the Month September 2017 … Invited to ODP national training camp in 2015 … invited to multiple U.S. soccer training centers … also played for the FC Boston ECNL for four years and GPS Elite for one year.

Coach Barnes on Filipkowski: “Alex has a strong work rate that compliments her self-motivated personality. She's good on the ball and brings an attacking mindset that will help push our team to be a more effective offensive threat. Alex has shown a strong sense of discipline and focus, qualities that help her to execute the small details that lead to great goal scoring opportunities in and around the box.”

Brianna Garcia
Naples, Florida
Naples/Sunrise Sting Soccer Club

Played for Naples High School … senior captain of the squad in 2017 … helped lead her team to two district finals … four-year Academic Scholar … also played for the Sunrise Sting Soccer Club.

Coach Barnes on Garcia: “Bri is the type of person who strives to be the best she can be. Everyone who knows her speaks about her incredible ability to work hard. Bri is a tough player whose approach, whether in training or in games, is to do whatever it takes to make a play, on either side of the ball, which makes her a competitive addition to our midfield.”

Erica Lorenzana
Manhasset, New York
Herricks/Albertson Furey ’98 ECNL/FC Fury Development Academy ‘00

Traveled with Albertson Fury ECNL ’98 team to the ECNL National Playoffs for three consecutive seasons (2015-17) … earned the Michael Rizzo Memoria Award for Outstanding Dedication to Goalkeeping in 2017 … went undefeated in ECNL League Play in the 2015-16 season … recognized at the Albertson Soccer Club ECNL Goalkeeper of the Year in 2016 … earned All Conference High School honors in 2016 … selected to the ECNL PDP Northeast Event and the TKI GK Summit in 2016 … region one ODP Champion … attended the US Youth Soccer National Training Camp.

Coach Barnes on Lorenzana: “Erica has a fantastic attitude and great energy which will immediately add to our team environment, on and off the field. She has courage between the posts and her strong footwork enables her to cover the goal and make big saves. Erica is a dedicated goalkeeper who works hard to reach her goals.”

Maria Pareja
Fairfax, Virginia
Lake Braddock/Football Club of Virginia/McLean Soccer Club

Played for Lake Braddock High School … named First Team All-Conference … Conference Player of the Year … earned First Team All-State honors and First Team All-Metropolitan recognition … played for the Football Club of Virginia from 2014-2016 and currently plays for the McLean Soccer Club.

Coach Barnes on Pareja: “Maria is a competitive athlete and hard worker. She's a quick and technically clean attacker who will challenge the offensive core of our team right away. Maria loves playing soccer and will prioritize her development in order to maximize her performance. That mindset combined with her resilience will pay dividends throughout Maria's collegiate career.”

Hannah Zaluski
Chagrin Falls, Ohio
Chagrin Falls

Two-sport varsity athlete … played for the Chagrin Falls Tigers … also a decorated member of the cross country team … finished in seventh-place at states as a senior and fourth-place as a junior … also a two-year individual district and regional qualifier.

Coach Barnes on Zaluski: “Hannah is an intrinsically driven athlete who sets high expectations. She brings a tremendous work ethic and desire to challenge herself. Hannah has a good technical base and is a two footed defender who loves to join the attack. Her ability to apply information, toughness and energy make her a great addition to our back line and will improve our flank play.”

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