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    Women's Soccer Announces 2003 Recruits

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    Feb. 5, 2003

    Indiana Women's Soccer Announces 2003 Recruiting Class

    Bloomington, Ind. -The IU women’s soccer program announces their recruiting class of 2003. This year’s class includes three ODP (Olympic Development Program) Regional team players, two ODP Regional Pool players, the Indiana High School Player of the Year, two NSCAA High School All-Americans and an NSCAA Academic All-American.

    The first recruiting class of head coach Mick Lyon is prepared to push IU women’s soccer to improve upon a successful 2002 campaign. In the tenth season of Indiana women’s soccer, the following women will don the Cream and Crimson and become Hoosiers in 2003.

    Jenna Babcock
    Evansville, Ind.,/Mater Dei HS
    5’5” • Defender

    Babcock’s advantage lies in her speed. She has played at both defender and forward positions. In her senior season at Mater Dei, Babcock had 20 goals, an effort that ranks in the top 40 in IHSAA girls soccer. Also as a senior, Babcock earned ICGSA (Indiana Coaches of Girls Sports Association) and ISCA (Indiana Soccer Coaches Association) first team All-State honors. She was named the City of Evansville’s player of the year in both 2001 and ‘02.

    As a junior, she earned NSCAA Regional All-American and first team All-State honors.

    She plays club soccer for Evansville Elite, coached by Ian Dunbar, the 2002 Indiana girls youth soccer coach of the year.

    Beyond soccer, Babcock is a member of the National Honor Society.

    Jenna is the daughter of Judy and Tim Babcock.

    Head Coach Mick Lyon Says...
    “Speed and toughness make Jenna a threat at the back or up front. She has an attitude to stop goals and the skill to score them. She can give opponents “double” trouble.”

    Ali Brown
    Carmel, Ind./Carmel HS
    5’4” • Central Midfielder

    Brown carries a hefty list of accomplishments into her career at IU. Her Carmel High School team is reigning three-time state champions, as she helped lead the Greyhounds to undefeated seasons in both 2001 and 2002. At Carmel, she was coached by Frank Dixon, the 2002 NSCAA Regional Girls High School Coach of the Year. The 2000 and 2001 Carmel teams finished with a number three national ranking, while the 2002 squad ended the season ranked first in the country in the final NSCAA and StudentSports.com polls. She played a starting role for Carmel at both the forward and central midfield positions. In four years, she totaled 50 goals and 39 assists. In her senior season, she was a co-captain and led the team in goals with 22 and points with 54. Also in her final season at Carmel, she earned ISCA first team All-State honors in addition to All-District, NSCAA All-Region, Indianapolis Star Metro Super Team and Academic All-State honors.

    Her ODP experience includes playing for the regional pool in 2000 and for the state ODP team from 1996-2000.

    Since 1995, she has played club soccer for the Carmel United Cobras for coach Russell Gee. They have won six consecutive Indiana state championships, dating back to 1997. Familiarity with the other recruits will not be a problem as Brown and Hoosier signees Liz Davis and Kelly Laughlin all play for the Cobras.

    Brown also played basketball at Carmel, making the varsity squad as a sophomore.

    Off the playing field, Brown is in the top five percent of Carmel’s graduating Class of 2003, a National Honor Society, Quill and Scroll (national journalism honorary), German National Honor Society and student government member. She plans to pursue an education in pre-med at Indiana.

    Ali is the daughter of Alan and Tonya Brown, IU graduates in 1974. Her brother, Scott, is a junior in IU’s Kelley School of Business.

    Head Coach Mick Lyon Says...
    “Ali is a technically gifted player who has tremendous vision in creating attacking chances. She is a savvy player who will add personality on the field.”

    Liz Davis
    Indianapolis, Ind./North Central HS
    5’5” • Midfield/Defender

    The 2002 Indiana Girls High School Soccer Player of the Year is now an Indiana Hoosier. Davis started four years on North Central’s varsity team for head coach Tony Jacklin, playing both midfield and defense positions. In addition to Indiana Player-of-the-Year honors in her senior season, she earned ISCA first team All State honors and was named the Marion County Player of the Year. Additionally, she was one of just three players to earn both NSCAA All-America and Scholar All-America accolades. In both 2001 and 2002, she was named to the ICGSA’s All-State First Team, earning All-District, All-County and MIC All-Conference honors.

    Her Olympic Development Program experience dates back to 2001 as she has played on the ODP state team for the past two years.

    Since 1998, Davis has played club soccer for the Carmel United Cobras for coach Russell Gee. The Cobras have been Indiana State Champions in 1999, 2000, 2001 and 2002. In 2001 and ‘02, she was a Cobra team captain. Davis is a Cobra along with Hoosier signees Ali Brown and Kelly Laughlin.

    Extending beyond the playing field, Davis has been a member of the National Honor Society since 2002. She is currently undecided on the course of study she will pursue at Indiana University.

    Liz is the daughter of Tom and DeeEllen Davis.

    Head Coach Mick Lyon Says...
    “Liz is a powerful central midfielder who wins tackles and headers for 90 minutes, every game. She makes an impact in every game and can be called upon to be a man marker.”

    Carrie DeFreece
    Olathe, Kansas/Olathe South HS
    5’3” • Forward

    As a four year member of Olathe South’s varsity team, DeFreece earned first team All-State accolades in 2000 and 2002 under the direction of head coach Will Stotskopf. She landed a position on the United States Youth Soccer Association’s 1985 Regional ODP Team in the summer of ‘02, representing Region II at the Interregional ODP event in Boca Raton, Fla. over Thanksgiving, 2002.

    DeFreece plays her club soccer for the KCFC Alliance Revolution for head coach Gareth “Gags” Pritchard.

    Also an avid runner, DeFreece was the number three runner on her high school’s cross country team. In 2000 the team was state runners up and in 2001 finished third.

    Academically, she is a member of the National Honor Society.

    Carrie is the daughter of Rhonda and Dave DeFreece.

    Head Coach Mick Lyon Says...
    “Carrie is one of the most exciting players to watch in the Midwest. Incredible speed and quickness make her very dangerous when attacking defenders. Her immense fitness makes her a 90 minute dynamo.”

    Lauren Lamping
    Town and Country, Mo. /St. Joseph’s Academy
    5’5” • Defender

    As a defender at St. Joseph’s Academy for head coach Maureen McVey, a two-time NSCAA Regional Girls High School Coach of the Year in 2001 and ‘02, Lamping earned first team All-State honors as a sophomore and was a four-year starter for St. Joseph’s.

    Lamping’s Olympic Development Program experience includes being a member of the Regional Pool in 2000 and a member of the Missouri state team from 1997-00.

    Her Busch club team was Region II champions in 1998 and ‘99. She currently plays club soccer for J.B. Marine, coached by Mike Gauvain and Tim Bowl.

    Lauren is the daughter of Mark and Cheryl Lamping.

    Head Coach Mick Lyon Says...
    “A central defender who, despite a year of injuries, has resurfaced as a tough, quick Missouri defender. Lauren shows great class on the field and as a natural leader will be a freshman impact.”

    Kelly Laughlin
    Bloomington, Ind./Bloomington South HS
    5’4” • Forward
    Laughlin was a four year varsity starter for the Bloomington High School South soccer team. She helped lead the Panthers to a runner up finish in the 2002 IHSAA State Tournament, losing to future team member Ali Brown’s Carmel Greyhounds. Also in 2002, she was named first team All-State by the ICGSA. She was named South’s Offensive Player of the Year in her senior season and holds the school records for goals scored in a season and in a career, in addition to holding the school record in assists. Laughlin earned All-Conference accolades in 1999, 2000 and 2002.

    Laughlin played club soccer for the reigning state champion Carmel United Cobras and has been a member of that team for the past three seasons. She played for Carmel United with incoming Hoosiers Ali Brown and Liz Davis.

    She finished the 2002 season with 26 goals, ranking in the IHSAA’s top 20 for goals scored in a season.

    In addition to her accomplishments on the field, Laughlin is a member of the National Honor Society and is a member of South’s Class Advisory Board. She plans to pursue an education in health care at Indiana University.

    Kelly is the daughter of James and Jane Laughlin.

    Head Coach Mick Lyon Says...
    “She has multiple years playing on successful teams and helped take her Bloomington South High School team to the state finals. Skill and persistence will make Kelly an attribute to this team.”

    Megan Pipkens
    Holt, Mich./Holt HS
    5’5” • Defender

    Pipkens becomes yet another player from the state of Michigan to join the IU women’s soccer program. She was selected to participate in the Olympic Development Program’s Interregional event in Chula Vista, Calif. at the Olympic Training Center in January. The invitation to Chula Vista came after she showcased her skills over the Thanksgiving holiday on the Midwest Regional ODP Team at the United State Interregional Competition. In addition, Pipkens is a member of the 1985 Regional ODP Team along with incoming IU midfielder Missy Vierling.

    In 2001, Pipkens was named the Lansing State Journal’s Player of the Year. As a key defender, she played club soccer for the Michigan Hawks for coach Jim Kimble. The Hawks have been state champions three of the last four years and have been regional runners-up twice over that time.

    Outside of soccer, Pipkens is an accomplished gymnast and a member of Holt’s gymnastics team. Excellence runs in the family as her cousin, Alex Isykowski is a speedskater, currently training at the Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, Colo.

    Megan is the daughter of Jim and Doris Pipkens.

    Head Coach Mick Lyons Says...
    “A truly exciting player who has really started to develop her skills and understanding of the game. Megan will be a major Division I impact with her speed, toughness and agility.”

    Megan Sterrett
    Amelia, Ohio/Amelia HS
    5’5” • Forward

    Sterrett did not play soccer for her high school team, but instead is a member of the tennis team.

    She plays club soccer for FC Hammer for coach Clay Revis, the same club program as current IU defender Dani Patton.

    Sterrett plans to pursue studies in business at Indiana.

    Head Coach Mick Lyon Says...
    “A tough and fast forward who will score goals and be a constant problem for defenders. Megan brings flair and confidence to the front line.”

    Missy Vierling
    Cincinnati, Ohio/Cincinnati Country Day HS
    5’7” • Midfielder

    Vierling was named to the NSCAA/adidas High School Girls All-America Team in 2002 as a midfielder and is a member of the 1985 Regional ODP Team.

    She played for Country Day where she was coached by Theresa Hirschauer. She currently plays club soccer for Ohio Elite and formerly played for the Cincinnati Cardinals. For both teams, she has been under the direction of coach Tim Lesiak.

    In addition to her soccer career, Vierling starts for Country Day’s basketball team. Vierling’s sister, Melanie, played soccer at Big Ten rival Ohio State.

    Missy is the daughter of Jay and Marielou Vierling.

    Head Coach Mick Lyon Says...
    “Her toughness and strong left foot make her dominant in any position. Missy could impact the team at any position but will most likely be called upon to help score the goals for the Hoosiers. Without a doubt, Missy is evolving into a national caliber player.”




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