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Cullen announces eight in 2003 recruiting class for Women's Soccer

SALISBURY, NC -- Catawba College women’s soccer coach, John Cullen, has announced his recruiting class for the upcoming season. Joining the Lady Indian soccer program are Haley Bollinger, of Simpsonville, SC, McKenzie Burman, of Rolesville, NC, Lauren Ebersole, of Hagerstown, MD, Lauren Eller, of Powder Springs, GA, Meredith Moran, of Snellville, GA, Meagan Robinson, of Belmont, NC, Kelley Stephens, of Boca Raton, FL, and Leigh Telzrow, of Dallas, TX. Coach Cullen feels very confident about the incoming players. “I feel a double celebration in that we have signed terrific players and wonderful people too,” stated Cullen. “They will continue to elevate our program to an elite level on and off the field.” Bollinger, a 5-8, midfielder/defender, was a four-year starter at Hillcrest High School. She was an all-region performer and led the team in assists as a junior. She helped Hillcrest to a state final appearance as a sophomore. Bollinger will compete this summer in regional competition for the Greenville Futbol Club. She won a pair of state cup championships with the UGSA Storm club team. Burman, a 5-5, forward, was a four-year starter and was captain at Wake Forest-Rolesville High School. She is a three-time all-conference selection and has twice earned all-region honors entering her senior season. She is on the NC ODP team and plays for the Triangle Football Club. Ebersole, a 5-3, midfielder/defender, started four years at Clear Spring High School. She was a four-time all-league selection and a three-time all-county performer. She was a 2002 All-State selection and scored 18 goals as a senior. For her career, Ebersole tallied 49 goals and added 28 assists. She helped Frederick United Soccer Club to the 2002 Maryland State Cup Championship and to the Region 1 finals. Eller, a 5-5, defender from Kennesaw Mountain High School was a four-year starter and helped Mustangs to state playoffs as a senior. She was twice named to the All-Marietta Journal squad, scoring 13 goals with six assists as a senior. Eller served as captain this season. She helped Concord Soccer Club to three Georgia State Championships. Moran, a 5-9, defender/midfielder, was a four-year starter at Brookwood High School, earning all-county honors. She helped Brookwood to a 14-6-3 record and to the second round of the state playoffs and led the team in assists as a sophomore. Moran was a two-year captain for the Norcross Soccer Club. She played two seasons for the Georgia ODP team and was a region camp invitee. Robinson, a 5-6, defender/midfielder, was a four-year starter at Gaston Christian School. She was a four-time team MVP and all-conference selection and was twice named All-State. Has helped Charlotte Soccer Club to four State Cup Championships and will compete in regionals this summer. Stephens, a 5-4, midfielder/defender from Olympic Heights High School was a captain and earned all-conference, all-county, and all-area honors. She was named defensive player of the year and helped team to 16-4-1 mark as a senior. She played for eight-time Florida State Champion Team Boca Blaze soccer club. Telzrow, a 5-7, defender from Bishop Lynch Friars High School was an All-state and all-district performer. She was named team defensive MVP and helped Friars to a state runner-up finish as a sophomore and a semifinal appearance as a junior. Telzrow plays for Andromeda Blue club team, who were Fila Cup semifinalists. The eight new players will help Catawba build on its success of reaching the NCAA II Regional Tournament last season and finished the season ranked 19th in NCAA II. Catawba claimed the 2002 South Atlantic Conference tournament championship and were co-champions of the league. Expectations will be high and Cullen is excited about the challenge. “We lost an excellent class of senior players,” added Cullen. “We will have to work extra hard to compensate for their absence. They gave us so much; leadership, character and experience.” The 2003 Catawba team will have an extremely young look next season. “The aspect that truly excites me about our team,” Cullen added, “is that we have an excellent nucleus returning from last season 's successful team. The new incoming players have all played at winning programs (High School and Club soccer) and know what it takes to be a successful team.” #####

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