Feb. 2, 2006
LOS ANGELES - UCLA women's soccer head coach Jillian Ellis announced the signing of six players to national letters of intent Thursday. Included in the class is the nation's No. 1 recruit Lauren Cheney, along with U.S. Youth National Team players Lauren Wilmoth, Lauren Switzer and Kristina Larsen. California standouts Dea Cook and Britney Scannell are also included in the group. Five of the six players are ranked among the top-50 recruits in the country according to Soccer Buzz Magazine.
"This is yet another fantastic class and definitely one of the strongest in our program's history," said Ellis, who has guided the Bruins to the NCAA Final the last two years. "We only graduated two players, therefore we didn't recruit a large class. Instead, we focused on the specific needs of our program. These players have been hand picked to enhance the areas of our lineup that we felt we needed to strengthen. I'm excited that these high-caliber athletes have decided to call UCLA home for the next four years."
It marks the second year in a row that UCLA has landed the nation's No. 1 recruit, as Canada's Kara Lang signed with the Bruins in 2005.
Below is biographical information on UCLA's six recruits:
Lauren Cheney, Forward (Indianapolis, IN - Ben Davis HS)
Consensus No. 1 recruit in the nation ... 2005 Parade All-American ... Became the first player ever to win both the NSCAA/adidas High School and Youth Player of the Year awards in the same year (2005) ... Three-time NSCAA/adidas All-American ... Has been called into three camps with the full U.S. Women's National Team ... Recently called into training camp in preparation for next month's Algarve Cup in Portugal ... Member of the Under-20 U.S. team that won the 2006 CONCACAF U-20 Women's Qualifying Tournament in Mexico ... Scored four goals in the tournament, tying for the team lead ... Youngest member of the U-21 U.S. Team that captured its seventh-straight Nordic Cup title in 2005 ... Played with the U-17s in 2004 ... Graduated early from Ben Davis High School to focus on the U-20 qualifying tournament ... Helped her club team, the Carmel United Heat, capture five state championships.
Lauren Switzer, Defender (St. Charles, IL - St. Charles North HS)
Member of the Under-17 U.S. National Team ... Helped the U-17s capture the 2005 adidas Cup ... Has also played with the U-16s ... Recently called into camp with the U-21s ... 2005 Parade All-American ... Top-25 recruit in the nation according to Soccer Buzz Magazine ... Two-time NSCAA/adidas Youth All-American ... Helped her club team, the Eclipse Select, to U.S. Youth National Championship titles in 2004 and 2005 ... Two-time all-state selection in Illinois.
Lauren Wilmoth, Defender (Garland, TX - Garland HS)
Member of the Under-17 U.S. National Team ... Helped the U-17s capture the 2005 adidas Cup ... Has also played with the U-16s ... Top-25 recruit in the nation according to Soccer Buzz Magazine ... Two-time NSCAA/adidas Youth All-American ... Plays club soccer for the Dallas Texans North '88.
Kristina Larsen, Midfielder/Forward (Mission Viejo, CA - Mission Viejo HS)
Top-50 recruit in the country according to Soccer Buzz Magazine ... Pool player with Under-17 U.S. National Team ... Has also been in camp with the U-16s ... Three-time NSCAA/adidas Youth All-American ... Two-time All-CIF First-Team selection ... Plays club soccer for the Southern California Blues.
Lydia (Dea) Cook, Midfielder (Acampo, CA - St. Mary's HS)
Top-50 recruit in the country according to Soccer Buzz Magazine ... 2005 NSCAA/adidas Scholar All-American ... Region-IV ODP Team member ... Two-time conference MVP at St. Mary's High School ... Plays club soccer for the California Cougars.
Britney Scannell, Defender (Palos Verdes Peninsula, CA - Chadwick School)
Member of the 2005 NSCAA/adidas Scholar All-America Team ... First-Team All-CIF selection ... Region-IV ODP team member ... Helped her club team, the Slammers FC, capture three state titles ... Also helped the Slammers reach the finals (2004) and semifinals (2005) at the U.S. Youth National Championships.
|2006 UCLA Recruiting Class (alphabetical order)|
|Lauren Cheney||F||Indianapolis, IN||Ben Davis|
|Lydia (Dea) Cook||MF||Acampo, CA||St. Mary's|
|Kristina Larsen||MF/F||Mission Viejo, CA||Mission Viejo|
|Britney Scannell||D||Palos Verdes Peninsula, CA||Chadwick|
|Lauren Switzer||D||St. Charles, IL||St. Charles North|
|Lauren Wilmoth||D||Garland, TX||Garland|