DURHAM, N.H. – The University of New Hampshire women’s soccer team announced that nine student-athletes have joined the women’s soccer program and will attend UNH in the fall.

“We are very excited about this year’s recruiting class,” said head coach Michael Jackson. “The soccer experience and talent of these student-athletes, in addition to our returning players, will contribute to our goal of winning the America East Championship. We are very pleased that these nine individuals have chosen the University of New Hampshire.”

Allie Coppenrath (Green Harbor, Mass.), a 5-foot-5-inch midfielder from Green Harbor, Mass., spent four years as a varsity player at Marshfield High School. Coppenrath, who helped lead MHS to the South Sectional finals her sophomore, junior and senior seasons, was a Patriot Ledger All-League selection in 2008, an ACL All-Star from 2006-08 and an All-Scholastic honoree in 2005 and 2006.

Coppenrath has played club with Massachusetts Premier Soccer for the past five years and served as captain from 2006-08. In 2008, Coppenrath helped lead MPS to the Super Y North American title. Coppenrath was also a member of the Super Y ODP National Select Team from 2007-09, as well as a Super Y ODP National Pool Selection from 2005-09.

Sarah Dobush (Pickering, Ontario), a 5-10 goalkeeper from Pickering, Ontario, recently finished training at Ontario’s National Training Centre. She is currently in her second season with the Oshawa Kicks, whom she helped lead to Ontario Cup and OYSL U-18 Championships. Dobush was previously a member of the Toronto Lynx Club, and also trained with their W-League team. Additionally, Dobush was a member of the Super Y Select Team in 2008.

Erin Jackson (Wakefield, Mass.), a 5-8 goalkeeper from Wakefield, Mass., was a four-year varsity member at Wakefield Memorial High School. Jackson captained the squad in both 2007 and 2008, and was also the team MVP in 2008. The team was a Division 2 North Finalist in 2007, when Jackson was a Middlesex All-League Goalie and Eastern Mass All-Star. Jackson was also a Middlesex League All-Star in both 2007 and 2008.

In addition, Jackson played one year of club soccer with the U18 Boston Renegades.

Monique Lamotte (Blackstone, Mass.), a 5-6 forward from Blackstone, Mass., played four years of varsity soccer at Freedom High School in Tampa, Fla. Lamotte holds FHS’ records for goals in a career (63) and goals in a season (22), and was the squad’s MVP in the 2006, 2008 and 2009 seasons. Lamotte was named to the Hillsborough All-County First Team in 2008, Second Team in 2009, and was an Honorable Mention in both 2006 and 2007. In 2009, Lamotte earned the Jose Alvarez Award as Hillsborough County’s Top Female Soccer Player.

Lamotte was a member of the Super Y ODP National Team in 2008, as well as a Southeast ODP State and Regional Pool Player in 2007 and 2008. Lamotte won a Super Y North American championship with MPS in 2008, and spent time with both the Brandan Flames and Blackwatch Sterling Club.

Drea Nogueira (New Bedford, Mass.), a 5-4 midfielder from New Bedford, Mass., was a four-year varsity starter at New Bedford High School. Nogueira captained the squad her senior year, when she was named the Standard Times Player of the Year. Nogueira was also a three-time Super Y Team All-Star, a three-time Big 3 Conference All-Star and a two-time Eastern Massachusetts All-Star. In addition, Nogueira was a four-year starter for the lacrosse team and was named Player of the Year her junior season.

Nogueira also spent they past three seasons with Mass Premier where she helped lead the squad to a Super Y National Championship in 2008.

Lyndsay Pallotta (Hanover, Mass.), a 5-5 back out of Hanover, Mass., played four years of varsity soccer at Hanover High School, where she was a Patriot League All-Star in both 2006 and 2008.

Pallotta has also spent four years with Mass Premier, where she helped lead the squad to a Super Y North American title in 2008. Pallotta, who was named team MVP in 2007, was a Super Y ODP National Team member in 2008.

Kelly Spencer (Exeter, N.H.), a 6-0 back from Exeter, N.H., played four years of varsity soccer, including the past three at Exeter High School and won a pair of Class L State Championships her sophomore and junior seasons. Spencer was an All-New England selection in 2008, as well as a First Team All-State selection in both 2007 and 2008. Spencer, who was selected to play in the Lions Cup game in the summer of 2009, was rated the fourth Best High School Athlete in New Hampshire and Vermont – and the top female athlete – by Varsity Magazine in December 2008.

For the past three years Spencer has also been a member of Seacoast United, whom she helped lead to a New Hampshire State Cup Championship, as well as the Regional finals in 2008. Spencer was chosen as a Super Y ODP National Team member in 2008 and was a U-16 and U-17 New Hampshire State ODP Team member in 2007 and 2008.

Chelsey Tewell (York Harbor, Maine), a 5-4 forward from York Harbor, Maine, was a four-year varsity player at York High School. Tewell, who did not miss a single game during her high school career, left YHS with 54 goals in 36 assists. Her senior year, she was named captain before finishing with team MVP honors after leading her squad in scoring. Tewell, who also led the team in scoring her sophomore and junior seasons, was a member of the Western Maine Class B All-Conference Team from 2006-08, as well as a Maine Coaches All-State Team member and Portland Press Herald All-Star in both 2007 and 2008.

Tewell has spent the last seven years with the Seacoast United Soccer Club. Tewell helped Seacoast earn the Super Y New England Championship in 2006 and a spot in the Super Y National finals in both 2005 and 2006.

The Wildcats will also welcome in 5-7 forward Alyssa Michel (Bellingham, Wash.), a transfer from Mesa State College in Grand Junction, Colo. Michel, who will be a sophomore next season, was named to the All-Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference Third Team after ranking second on her team in goals (6) and points (13).

Michel was a four-year letterwinner at Bellingham High School where she was a two-time All-conference selection and team MVP while leading her squad to three league championships.

The Wildcats will kick off their season Aug. 30 when they take on the University of Rhode Island. The ‘Cats play host to Northeastern on Sept. 11 in their home opener.


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