Photo Courtesy of Gerry Wall
BANNER ELK, N.C. – With the start of the 2018 Lees-McRae College women's soccer season a mere few weeks away, the team announced the signing of two more student-athletes that will take the pitch for the Bobcats this fall. The newest Bobcats are Hanna Rooney (Greenwood, S.C.) and Nicole Shapiro (Cornwall, N.Y.).
Hanna Rooney- Midfield- Greenwood, SC (Cambridge Academy)
About Rooney - A member of Lakeland Toro's Soccer Academy, Rooney holds the title of captain, team choice award, Offensive MVP, and All-Lakeland Player. This impact player for Cambridge Academy has been a positive attacking force for her four years there.
Off the pitch - Rooney is in the National Honor Society, a class representative, a member of the 'A' honor roll, student government treasurer, and holds art awards and recognitions. Rooney holds a high GPA with interests in arts and athletics.
Why Lees-McRae - "The campus is what caught my attention, but after attending the soccer ID camp, I realized the school was for me," said Rooney. "The players were friendly and seemed like a family. I am excited to become a part of such a supportive, welcoming school."
Coach's Take - "Hanna was a late addition to our recruiting class," said LMC Head Coach Kiko Magaña. "After getting her on campus and coaching her at our camp, we knew Lees-McRae would be a perfect fit for her. She has the qualities we look for in our incoming freshman class and she will play in important role for us in providing depth within our roster."
Nicole Shapiro- Midfield- New Windsor, New York (Southern Vermont College)
About Shapiro - Shapiro comes to the women's soccer program following in her graduated sister's footsteps, Megan. She is a transfer from Southern Vermont College instilling one year of collegiate playing experience with one goal and five assists, rookie of the week accolades, and 11th in the conference for assists. Previously, Shapiro played for New York Xtreme while playing ODP for five years as a two time captain. For high school, she was a four-year varsity letter and the MVP of varsity soccer.
Off the pitch - On the academic side, Shapiro is an aspired nurse dabbling as a SAAC representative while at Southern Vermont College. At Cornwall Central high she was a safe school ambassador, and youth in government.
Why Lees-McRae - "The close knit campus/community environment, women's soccer program, and location is why I chose Lees-McRae," said Shapiro. "My family has been vacationing in the area since I was little and I fell in love with the high country's view and atmosphere. I always knew this is where I'd end up and I am glad I have found the place that feels like home."
Coach's Take - "We look forward to Nicole joining us this fall," Magaña said. She transfers to us with previous college experience and that experience will be important to her success at Lees-McRae. She has proven to be a contributor on the flanks as she was very successful in her first collegiate year. Nicole's attacking flair will help us in our wing position for this fall."