KINGSTON, R.I. - Rhode Island women's soccer head coach Megan Jessee has announced the incoming class of 2024. 13 student-athletes have made the decision to continue their academic and athletic futures at the University of Rhode Island.
"I am truly excited for this class to join the Ram family," said Jessee. "My staff and I have worked hard to bring a strong class to Rhode Island that will help us take this program to another level. This class brings talent to the roster that will give us depth in every position. We are excited for the passion and competitiveness that every player is bringing to this program. These players are tough young ladies that possess the mental and physical toughness that you need to win championships in this conference."
LILY CASO | FORWARD | 5-10 | ELLINGTON, CONN. / SUFFIELD ACADEMY
Before URI: Member of the Oakwood Soccer Club for three years and the Northeast United for two years ... Attended Ellington High School for two years before attending Prep School at Suffield Academy ... Member of the soccer team for four years and earned a total of four varsity letters ... Captained the soccer team her senior year at Suffield Academy ... Was the leader in assists from her freshman year to senior year while starting varsity ... The top scorer from her sophomore year until her senior year at Suffield Academy ... Named Rookie of the Year her freshman year at Ellington ... Earned First Team All-Conference and All-State her sophomore year ... Named "Top Gun" Player - which is given to the top leader in both assists and scoring - her sophomore year ... Named New England Prep. League All-Star her junior and senior year ... Earned First Team All-State her senior year ... Member of the All-Star Senior Bowl in her final season ... Played in the New England Tournament for the first time in 15 years at Suffield Academy in 2017 and 2018 ... Also a member of the basketball and track and field teams, earning seven varsity letters between the two sports ... Placed fourth in New Englands as a member of the 4x400 meter relay team ... Was a member of the Honor Roll and a Scholar Athlete ... A Special Olympics leader and a member of the "Girl Up" organization.
Personal: Born May 7, 2001 ... Daughter of Pamela and Roy ... Has two older brothers, Ethan and Graeme, and two younger sisters, Grace and Rose ... Her father Roy played baseball at Quinnipiac and was drafted by the New York Mets in 1983 ... Chose Rhode Island over Seton Hall and Fairfield ... Decided on URI because of the coaching staff, team, and strong academics ... Interests include jogging, walking dogs, and Netflix ... Favorite athlete is Mallory Pugh and favorite team is the Dallas Cowboys ... Majoring in Communicative Disorders with plans to become a Speech Language Pathologist.
Jessee on Lily: Lily will be competing for minutes at the center forward position. She is a strong athletic forward that is great at holding the ball up and finishing from anywhere around or in the box. She is a hardworking young athlete who is passionate about training and improving everyday. I am excited for the depth she will add to our attack.
BROOKE CAVINO | FORWARD | 5-4 | BRIDGEWATER, MASS. / BRIDGEWATER-RAYNHAM REGIONAL
Before URI: Member of the South Shore Select Soccer Club for seven years and the Scorpions for three years ... Attended Bridgewater-Raynham Regional High School for four years ... Was a member of the soccer team as center forward throughout high school and earned four varsity letters ... Captained her junior and senior year ... Had 110 total career goals ... Earned All-State her junior and senior seasons ... Named to the Taunton Gazette All-Scholastic team and Brockton Enterprise All-Scholastic All-Star team all four years of high school ... Earned Eastern Mass Girls Soccer Association All-Star Second Team her freshman year and First Team her sophomore, junior, and senior seasons ... Named OCL All-Star in four straight years ... Was the #1 OCL Player in 2016, 2017, and 2018 ... Named South Shore Select Player of the Year in 2017 and Taunton Gazette Player of the Year in 2016, 2017, and 2018 ... Was OCL League Champions for four straight years ... Was Best 11 at Nationals for two seasons ... Also was a member of "Bridging Lives", an organization that brings awareness to addiction.
Personal: Born Sept. 6, 2000 ... Daughter of Leah and Andrew ... Has three brothers, Frankie, Christopher, and Brayden and one sister, Shayna ... Chose Rhode Island over Boston College ... Decided on URI because of the coaching staff and the campus ... Interests include soccer and writing ... Favorite athlete is Megan Rapinoe and favorite teams are the United States Women's National Soccer Team and the Boston Celtics ... Majoring in Pyschology with plans of becoming a social worker.
Jessee on Brooke: I am excited to have Brooke join our Ram family. She is an attacking player that will bring a level of creativity to our offense. She can create by her ability to take on defenders 1-v-1 and her movement off the ball. She is a proven goal scorer who can finish from anywhere around the box and her ability to win crosses. I love the competitive and passionate approach Brooke brings to training and games.
ZOE CHAZAN | DEFENDER | 5-6 | EASTON, MASS. / OLIVER AMES
Before URI: Member of the NEFC/Boston Breakers for four years ... Attended Oliver Ames High School ... Member of the soccer team for two years as a starting defender ... Earned two varsity letters during her time with soccer ... Named Hockomock League All-Star and Eastern Mass All-Star in 2015 and 2016 ... Named Region 1 Player in 2015 and 2016 ... Earned Top 11 Hockomock League First Team in 2016 ... Was a State and National Cup Champion in 2015 ... Had 20 assistsher freshman and sophomore seasons ... Member of the defensive line that allowed just 23 goals in eight tournaments (35 games) during her club 2015-16 season ... Also member of the track team for one year and earned one varsity letter.
Personal: Born Sept. 25, 2000 ... Daughter of Lisa and Craig ... Has two sisters, Brooke and Emily ... Chose Rhode Island over Massachusetts, Hofstra, New Hampshire, Hartford, Bryant, and Providence ... Decided on Rhode Island because of the location, campus, vast selection of majors, and closeness to home ... Interests include creative writing, and coaching and working with kids ... Also enjoys running, working out, and weight training ... Favorite athlete is Sergio Ramos and favorite teams are Real Madrid, Barcelona, and the United States Women's National Team ... Majoring in Primary Education with plans of becoming an elementary school teacher and club soccer coach.
Jessee on Zoe: Zoe is a talented defender who will compete for play time in the outside back position. She is a tireless worker who is dedicated to getting better every day. She is a tough young player that will help take this program to the next level.
EVELIN DAPPRICH | MIDFIELDER/DEFENDER | 5-7 | LAWRENCEVILLE, N.J. / LAWRENCE
Before URI: Member of the Lawrence Soccer Association and Princeton Soccer Association Wildcats since she was in the U16 league ... Was a four year starter as a center midfielder at Lawrence High School ... Captained the soccer team and had five goals and 12 assists her senior season ... NJGSCA All-State selection in 2018 ... Earned All-CVC Coaches First Team and Trentonian All-CVC Second Team in 2018 ... Was a Mercer 33 selection in 2018 ... Was in the New Jersey State Cup in 2017 and made it to the NPL National Semifinals and NPL League Championship in 2018 ... Member of the Honor Roll for all four years ... Member of the National Honor Society in 2017, 2018, and 2019 ... Volunteered with DECA and Operation Smile.
Personal: Born Sept. 18, 2001 ... Daughter of Janet and Johannes ... Has two sisters, Karoline and Susanne ... Chose Rhode Island over Quinnipiac, Pittsburgh, and Northeastern ... Decided on URI because of the location, major, and soccer program ... Interests include running, traveling, and art ... Favorite athlete is Eden Hazard and favorite teams are Chelsea, Dortmund, and the New York Giants ... Majoring in Business.
Jessee on Evelin: Evelin is a good left footed player that will work for minutes in the left back and left forward position. She is athletic and skillful with a lot of potential to grow as a player. She is a hard worker with a passion for the game that will help add depth to our roster. I am excited to see how Evelin develops as a player once she is training in the next level environment every day.
EMMA DERRY | MIDFIELDER/DEFENDER | 5-5 | LEOMINSTER, MASS. / LEOMINSTER
Before URI: Member of the FC Stars ECNL (2012-2019) ... Attended Leominster High School and was a member of the soccer team as a forward ... A quarter finalist in the ECNL National Championship in 2018 ... Two-time ECNL National Championship Finalist in 2016 and 2017 ... Back-to-back ECNL Northeast Conference Champions in 2017 and 2018 ... Member of the High Honor Roll.
Personal: Born June 20, 2001 ... Daughter of Kim and Douglas ... Has one sister Sophia who played soccer at Massachusetts ... Decided on Rhode Island becauseof the campus, facilities, and the team ... Interests include soccer and hanging out with friends ... Favorite athlete is Tom Brady and favorites teams are the New England Patriots, Boston Red Sox, and Liverpool.
Jessee on Emma: Emma is a strong athletic defender that will add depth right away to our back line. She can play in any position in the back line. She has experience defending some of the best strikers in the country from playing at a high club level. That experience will help us take this program to the next level.
CARRIE ELLIS | MIDFIELDER | 5-6 | HATFIELD, MASS. / NORTHFIELD MOUNT HERMON
Before URI: Member of the GPS MA West Soccer Club for three years, FC Stars ECNL West for one year, and the New England Mutiny for two years ... Attended Smith Academy for two years before graduating from Northfield Mount Hermon ... Member of the soccer team for six years and the track and field team for two years ... Captained the Smith Academy Varsity soccer team her sophomore year and the Northfield Mount Hermon Varsity soccer team her senior year ... Named NEPSAC All-Star in 2018 ... Earned All-League and All-Western Mass in back-to-back years (2016 and 2017) ... Named Daily Hampshire Gazette All-Star in 2017 ... A member of multiple extra curricular organizations, including Student Athlete Council for Excellence, the Community Service Club, Yearbook Club, and Piglets to Hoggers, a group similar to Big Brothers Big Sisters ... Named to the Dean's List her junior year ... Earned Academic High Honors her freshman and sophomore year and Academic Honors her junior year.
Personal: Born June 25, 2001 ... Daughter of Amy Hamel and Steve ... Has two older sisters, Mia and Hannah ... Decided on Rhode Island because "I absolutely loved the campus and every person I met was incredibly friendly and welcoming. The coaching staff makes me feel right at home, and I immediately knew that URI was the right choice for me!" ... Loves to travel and explore new places ... Favorite athlete is Ronaldinho ... Favorite teams are the US Women's National Team and Barcelona ... Majoring in engineering.
Jessee on Carrie: I am excited for Carrie to be joining the Ram family. She is a talented player technically and tactically that will add depth to our midfield. Carrie is a hard worker who is not afraid of a challenge and is always looking to improve. These characteristics are what we need to help take this program to another level.
KELLY FITZGERALD | DEFENDER | 5-5 | WARREN, N.J. / WATCHUNG HILLS REGIONAL
Before URI: Member of the Match Fit Academy ECNL from 2012-2019 ... Was a four year varsity soccer starter at Watchung Hills Regional High School ... Played left back, left midfield, left forward, and center back ... Had 35 career goals including 15 during her senior season ... Recorded 23 career assists ... Captained the varsity squad her senior year ... Named team offensive player of the year in 2017 and 2018 ... Earned All-Skyland Conference First Team in 2017 and 2018 ... Named to the All-Area Third Team in 2017 and the All-State Second Team in 2018 ... Conference Champions all four years at Watchung Hills (2015, 2016, 2017, and 2018) ... Somerset County Champions in 2016 ... Also played with Warren Travel Basketball from 2007-2011 ... Member of the Watchung Hills Club Lacrosse for two years ... Member of the B.E.L.I.E.V. Club ... A Martin Luther King Facility and Operation Shoebox Volunteer ... Member of the Spanish Honor Society ... On the High Honor Roll all four years of high school.
Personal: Born April 17, 2001 ... Daughter of Nancy and Timothy ... Has one older brother, Timothy and one older sister, Alexa ... Chose Rhode Island over Temple, New Hampshire, and Fordham ... Decided on URI because of "the atmosphere and the culture ... As well as the academics, the facilities, and the coaches. I love the location and the state of Rhode Island." ... Interests include basketball, lacrosse, running, working out, going to the beach, and watching movies ... Favorite athlete is Julie Ertz ... Favorite teams are the New York Giants, US Women's National Soccer Team, and the New York Rangers ... Leaning towards a major in Nursing or Education with goals of working with children with disabilities or people who are in need.
Jessee on Kelly: Kelly is a great left footed player that will bring depth to our back line. She is competitive and has great leadership qualities that will help transform our back line into a solid defense that will be hard for any opponents to break down. She has played at a high level in club soccer and has gone against some of the best forwards in the country. She is ready for the next level and will compete from day one for play time at the left back position.
KARLEE LUKER | DEFENDER | 5-4 | OAK RIDGE, N.J. / JEFFERSON TOWNSHIP
Before URI: Member of the NJCSA for two years and NYCFC for one year ... Played outside back and midfield ... Captained SCA in 2017 and 2018 ... Started in all 41 games with her club teams ... Scored six career goals between 2017 and 2018 ... Was a member of the track team at Jefferson Township ... Member of the National Honor Society for three years in high school ... Also was a member of the French Honor Society for three years ... Earned the Falcon Scholar Award her junior year ... Member of the Student Council, Stand Up to Cancer, DECA and FBLA ... Was also a school tutor.
Personal: Born Jan. 25, 2001 ... Daughter of Judy and Scott ... Has two brothers, Jason and Jakob ... Chose Rhode Island because of the atmosphere, the area, and the fact that she saw herself calling this place home ... Interests include running, hanging out with friends, going outside, and reading ... Favorite athlete is Tobin Heath ... Favorite teams are the Women's National Team, Manchester United, New York Jets, and New York Mets ... Majoring in Biology ... Loves animals and has plans to become a Veterinarian.
Jessee on Karlee: I am excited for Karlee to join our Ram family. She is a very talented player that will work for minutes at the right back position right away. She is a fit player that can get up and down the field bringing another element to our attack that our opponent will have to deal with. She is a competitor with a great passion for winning and getting better every day. She will help take this program to another level.
ALLISON MOGAURO | DEFENDER | 5-8 | WOBURN, MASS. / WOBURN MEMORIAL
Before URI: Attended Woburn Memorial High School ... Member of the soccer team for four years as a starter on varsity defender and midfielder ... Member of the FC Stars of MA ECNL for eight years ... Captained the soccer team at Woburn High School her senior year ... Named Middlesex League All-Star in 2015, 2017, and 2018 ... Earned Middlesex League All-Conference 2018 ... Named Eastern MA All-Star First Team in 2018 ... Earned All-State in 2018 ... ECNL National Finalists with the FC Stars in the U15 an U16 league ... ECNL Northeast Conference Champions in the U15 U16, and U17 league with the FC Stars ... Was Woburn High School's leading scorer her senior year ... Member of the National Honor Society her junior and senior year ... Member of LEARN.
Personal: Born January 1, 2001 ... Daughter of Susan and Vincent ... Has one older brother, Christopher, and one older sister, Emily ... Chose Rhode Island because "I love being near the ocean and I enjoy the area around URI. It's the perfect distance from home and I also liked the size of the school." ... Interests include soccer, running, and going to the beach ... Favorite athlete is Tom Brady ... Favorite teams are the New England Patriots and the Boston Celtics ... Majoring in Kinesiology with hopes of becoming a physical therapist.
Jessee on Allison: Allison is a strong center back and great 1-v-1 defender. She is also proven to be very good winning high balls in the air. She is a tough young individual who is not afraid of a challenge or to go against a good striker and shut them down. She will compete for playing time right away and will add much needed depth to our back line.
TERESA MORRISSEY | GOALKEEPER | 5-10 | MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA / MCKINNON SECONDARY COLLEGE
Before URI: Attended McKinnon Secondary College in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia ... Played soccer, basketball, and tennis throughout her school career ... Member of the Brighton SC for seven years ... Also a member of the NTC Victoria (2012-13, 2015-18) and the Sandringham SC (2014) ... Was a member of the U19 National Squad in 2018 ... Was a captain for the NTC Victoria soccer team ... Earned Excellence in Sports award in 2015 and 2018 ... Named Women's Premier League Goalkeeper of the Year in 2015 ... Named State Champions in soccer in 2015 and 2017 ... Member of the Bentleigh Lakers Basketball Club for eight years ... Was a Deputy Sport Captain ... Member of the McKinnon Sports Leadership Association.
Personal: Born May 16, 2000 ... Daughter of Nancy and James ... Has three older brothers, Michael, Tony, and James ... Chose Rhode Island over Florida and Tennessee ... Decided on Rhode Island because "the coaches particularly stood out far more than all the coaches from other teams I visited with, demonstrating their love for soccer and care for the team they lead." ... Interests include playing basketball, listening to music, and eating food ... Favorite athlete is Pedro Rodriguez ... Favorite team is the Barcelona FC ... Majoring in Dietetics with plans of becoming a nutritionist.
Jessee on Teresa: Teresa is a great addition to our Ram family. She brings with her a lot of experience at the international level that will help her transition and compete for play time in goal right away. She has great potential to develop into one of the top goalkeepers in the conference. She is very strong dealing with shots in the air and at her feet. She has a great presence that will help lead our defense. I love Teresa’s mentality and competitive approach to training and games.
NATALIA O'LEARY | MIDFIELDER/FORWARD | 5-6 | MARION, MASS. / TABOR ACADEMY
Before URI: Attended Tabor Academy and was a member of the varsity soccer team for four years as a midfielder and forward ... Member of the Bayside FC Bolds for two years and the Vipers FFC for four years ... Had 26 career goals and 14 assists at Tabor Academy ... Earned ISL Honorable Mention in 2019 ... Was the NEPSAC Champions her senior year ... Member of the Bayside FC Rhode Island state Champions in 2-17 ... Was also a member of the basketball and lacrosse teams ... Captained the lacrosse team her senior year ... Was on the Honor Roll her freshman and sophomore year ... Earned High Honors during her junior year ... Member of the Special Olympics and volunteered as a soccer referee and tour guide at Tabor Academy.
Personal: Born April 25, 2001 ... Daughter of Alexandra and William ... Has one younger sister, Phoebe ... Chose Rhode Island over Providence and St. John's ... Decided on Rhode Island because "the girls on the team were really inviting and on top of that I really liked Coach Jessee; she was very assertive and showed confidence in me that I value in a coach. URI also has a central campus that is beautiful and is only 20 minutes from the beach. Growing up within a walking distance away from the beach I think being near the water is very important to me. In addition, I always had a passion for math and science and URI's science majors are strong programs that are very well funded creating a good fit for me." ... Interests include sailing, playing lacrosse and basketball, and volunteering with the Special Olympics Massachusetts ... Favorite athlete is Tobin Heath ... Favorite team is the New England Patriots ... Majoring in Communicative Disorders with plans of working with intellectually impaired children.
Jessee on Natalia: Natalia is an athletic player that will work for minutes in an attacking role. She brings a versatile skill set as a player that allows us to use her in many different positions on the field. She will add to our depth in every position. I love Tali’s competitiveness and physicality when she plays. These traits will help take this program to another level.
JULIA ROEMER | FORWARD | 5-8 | LATHAM, N.Y. / SHAKER
Before URI: Attended Shaker High School and was a member of the soccer team as a striker for three years ... Member of the Latham Circle Club for four years before joining the Capital United Premier Soccer Club in 2012 ... Was the leading scorer in 2017 ... Captained the varsity soccer team her senior year ... Earned First Team All-Star in 2018 ... Was the 2018 EDP Spring League Champions with Capital United ... Member of the Honor Roll ... Volunteered with Best Buddies and local food banks ... Member of the Health and Wellness Club and S.O.S. ... Was also a member of the basketball team at Shaker High School.
Personal: Born May 25, 2001 ... Daughter of Mindi and Michael ... Has one brother, Maxwell and one sister, Danielle ... Chose Rhode Island over Albany and SUNY New Paltz ... Decided on URI because of the coaching staff, team, campus, and academics ... Favorite athlete is David Wright ... Favorite team is the New York Islanders and New York Mets ... Interests include camping, traveling, and hiking ... Majoring in Pharmacy with hopes of working as a clinical pharmacist in a hospital setting.
Jessee on Julia: Julia is a great player who has a competitive attitude that will add depth to our roster. She will work for minutes in an attacking role. Julia has a ton of potential for growth and to make a positive impact in our program. She is a hard worker with a passion for the game of soccer.
LAILA ROSENTHAL | MIDFIELDER | 5-9 | MARLBORO, N.Y. / COLTS NECK
Before URI: Attended Colts Neck High School ... Was a member of the soccer team for three years as a center midfielder and earned three varsity letters ... Member of the PDA Storm ECNL (2013-16), PDA Splash ECNL (2016-17) and PSA Wildcats (2017-19) ... Had three assists her senior season ... Captained the varsity soccer team her senior year at Colts Neck and the PSA Wildcats from 2017 to 2018 ... Shore Conference Champions in 2016 at Colts Neck High School ... NPL National Semifinalist and NJ State Cup Semifinalist with the PSA Wildcats in 2018 ... Member of the National Honor Society and French Club ... Member of the Students Against Destructive Decisions Club (SADD) ... Also a member of Students for Environmental Action Club (SEA) ... Earned rank of Petty Officer First Class in NJROTC Program in 2017 ... Member of the National High School Physical Fitness Program ... Earned the American Legion Scholastic Excellence Gold Award in 2018 ... Member of the Principal's Roll for two years ... Also member of the Honor Roll.
Personal: Born August 26, 2001 ... Daughter of Benedicte and Joshua ... Has one sister, Mia ... Chose Rhode Island over Boston University, New York University, and American University ... Decided on URI because "it gave me the opportunity to pursue my intended major. I also love the great coaching staff and the beautiful location." ... Interests include photography, surfing, videography, and drawing ... Favorite athlete is Paul Pogba ... Favorite team is the French National Team ... Majoring in Environmental and Natural Resource Economics.
Jessee on Laila: Laila is a talented skillful midfielder that is creative on the ball. She will challenge for playing time and add depth in our midfield. She is a hard worker who is a competitor and has a passion for training and getting better every day.