Women's Soccer Inks Four High-Schoolers

RUTHERFORD, N.J. – The Felician College women's soccer program has signed four in-state recent high-school graduates to national letters of intent, Golden Falcon head coach Thomas Notte announced today.

"Even though this is a small class, it's one of our most talented," said Notte, who is entering his fifth season. "This is a wonderful group of young student-athletes which represents a great mix of size, speed, and technical ability."

Macki Groves (Millville, NJ/Millville) was a three-time all-Cape Atlantic League forward/midfielder for Millville High. The 5-foot-4 Groves was also a two-time all-league selection in lacrosse, and is a National Honor Society member. She also played at the club level for the Pittsgrove Pride. "Technically Macki is very strong," Notte said. "She can play any position on the field. She will raise the level of our play in games and practices."

Christen McNair (Iselin, NJ/JFK Memorial) is a 5-foot-5 four-year varsity starter on defense and two-year captain for John F. Kennedy Memorial of Iselin. She played her club soccer for F.C. Copa Furia. She intends to major in education. "Christen is a strong defender who reads games well and will win 50/50 battles," Notte said.

Marissa Nieves (Brick, NJ/Brick Memorial), a 5-foot-7 midfielder, was a first-team all-division performer for Brick Memorial. She earned an Outstanding Achievement Award from the Brick Board of Education and was honored with the Brick Soccer Association's Senior Award. Her most recent summer team is the Brick Bullets. Nieves hopes to study nursing. "Marissa has good speed and strength to play both outside and up top for us," Notte said.

Julia Sheridan (Hasbrouck Heights, NJ/Community) is a 5-foot-5 goalkeeper who registered 47 career shutouts for Community High of Teaneck. She is a two-time all-state honoree, and her freshman squad won a state title in 2008. Sheridan was also all-league in basketball and softball. Her most recent club soccer team is TSF Academy. She is undecided on a major course of study. "Julia is a good goalkeeper who has played at a high level," Notte said. "She will be a great addition to our squad."

Felician is a member of NCAA Division II and plays in the Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference (CACC). The Golden Falcons are coming off a won-lost-tied record of 11-6-1 in 2011 and a second place finish in the CACC. The program made its fourth consecutive conference quarterfinal appearance.