GW Women's Soccer Adds Nine to 2013 Roster
Second-Year Head Coach Sarah Barnes Announces First Recruiting Class
March 12, 2013
WASHINGTON – The George Washington women’s soccer team has added nine incoming freshman to the 2013 roster, second-year head coach Sarah Barnes announced on Tuesday. Erin Boudreau, Bri Byrne, Mackenzie Cowley, Kate Elson, Miranda Horn, Cassidy Mercier, Lina Proska, Kiara Robertson and Ivana Szwejkowski will join the Colonials’ squad this fall.
GW is slated to return 23 players from the 2012 team that produced an overall record of 5-12-1 and a 1-8-0 mark in the Atlantic 10 in Barnes’ first year at the helm of the program.
The newcomers include:
Head coach Sarah Barnes on Erin: “Erin is a composed defender who brings a steady sense of calm to the back line. Her experience on her club team has prepared her to break up plays defensively and start the attack.”
Erin Rose Boudreau was born on Dec. 30, 1994, in New Haven, Conn. She is the daughter of Patricia and Robert Boudreau and has one brother, Matthew. Erin intends to major in political science at GW.
Head coach Sarah Barnes on Bri: “Bri is a feisty, hard-working player. She is a big threat on the field due to her athleticism, willingness to outwork her opponents and courage to win the ball. Her club team helped create a competitive environment that will allow her to make an impact as a Colonial.”
Brianna Marie Byrne was born on Oct. 5, 1995, in Hamden, Conn. She is the daughter of Michelle D’Amato and has one older sister, Amanda. Bri intends to major in psychology at GW.
Head coach Sarah Barnes on Mackenzie: “MacKenzie is a strong, athletic forward who is dangerous in and around the box. Her club team has consistently competed at the top of the region and creates a training environment that emphasizes technical development. This preparation and her knack for scoring goals make her a competitive addition to the team.”
Mackenzie Jane Cowley was born on Nov. 2, 1994, in Red Bank, N.J. She is the daughter of Eileen and Scott Cowley and has two younger brothers, Devin and Brendan. Mackenzie intends to major in business at GW.
Head coach Sarah Barnes on Kate: “Kate brings an excellent work rate and an aggressive attacking mentality to the collegiate level. Her ability to mentally out-compete opponents will make her a challenging opponent and a strong addition to GW.”
Kathryn Christine Elson was born on June 5, 1995, in Cincinnati, Ohio. She is the daughter of Claire and David Elson and has two sisters, Nora, who plays squash for Boston College, and Margaret.
Head coach Sarah Barnes on Miranda: “Miranda brings a strong technical and tactical foundation that will be effective in the goalkeeping position. She has competed at a high level in Canada, including with the youth national team and provincial program. A 2012 club national champion Miranda’s size and ability to communicate and organize the defense make her a strong addition to GW.”
Miranda Lili Horn was born on Feb. 27, 1996, in Kitchener, Ontario, Canada. She is the daughter of Lisa Pasternak and Martin Horn and has one older sister, Madelaine, who plays soccer for Carleton College.
Head coach Sarah Barnes on Cassidy: “Cassidy is an aggressive forward who wants the ball at her feet. She shows good attacking ability in and around the box, including mobility, vision, final ball execution and finishing. Cassidy’s competitive nature will really help her to be successful at the collegiate level.”
Cassidy Marie Mercier was born on Oct. 3, 1995, in Honolulu, Hawaii. She is the daughter of Christine and John Mercier and has two older sisters, Danielle and Nichole. Cassidy intends to study pre-med at GW.
Head coach Sarah Barnes on Lina: “A smart, crafty dribbler, Lina is a scoring threat in the attacking third. She spent her early years in Germany, developing her vision, a solid understanding of movement off the ball and the ability to run at defenders. The competitive training environment surrounding her club team has prepared her to make an impact.”
Paulina Rose Proska was born on Jan. 29, 1995, in Chapel Hill, N.C. She is the daughter of Paula and Daniel Proska and has one brother, Kenny. Lina intends to major in biology at GW.
Head coach Sarah Barnes on Kiara: “Kiara combines a sound technical base with the willingness to battle in tough games. A versatile player who has played numerous positions, Kiara competes in the air, is a strong tackler and actively seeks opportunities to join the attack and threaten from distance.”
Kiara Alexandra Robertson was born on April 22, 1995, in Newark, N.J. She is the daughter and only child of Janett Brammer and Robert Robertson. Kiara intends to major in political science at GW.
Head coach Sarah Barnes on Ivana: “Ivana comes to GW with a great work ethic and a solid soccer base. As a holding player in midfield, she is disciplined, plays simple and does a good job of picking her spots to join the attack. As a club national champion, her experience in pressure situations has prepared her for the challenges of the collegiate level.”
Ivana Virginia Szwejkowski was born on July 22, 1995, in Boston, Mass. She is the daughter of Michelle and Chet Szwejkowski and has one brother, Chet, and one sister, Eliana. Ivana intends to major in physical therapy at GW.