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2004 Recruiting News

TWO PREP RECRUITS JOIN FERRIS WOMEN’S SOCCER PROGRAM

Student-Athletes Nicole Sawada & Kristie Smilanich Announce Intentions To Attend FSU

2004 Recruits
Ashley Brewer - Dowagiac/Union
Ashley Lukes - Kokomo, Ind./Western
Andrea Palombi - Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario/St. Mary's College
Nicole Sawada - Westfield, Ind./Carmel
Kristie Smilanich - Kalamazoo/Christian
Anslee Stuber-Powell - Lansing/Holt
Ferris State University women’s soccer head coach Melissa (Eging) Lalonde, who completed her first season at the helm during the fall 2003 campaign, has announced the names of two additional prep student-athletes who have committed to attend and play women’s soccer at FSU starting with the 2004-05 academic year.

The pair includes defender Nicole Sawada (Westfield, Ind./Carmel) and midfielder Kristie Smilanich (Kalamazoo/Christian). They join defender/midfielder Ashley Brewer (Dowagiac/Union), defender Ashley Lukes (Kokomo, Ind./Western), midfielder Andrea Palombi (Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario/St. Mary’s College) and forward Anslee Stuber-Powell (Lansing/Holt), all of whom previously committed, as members of FSU’s 2004 recruiting class.

“Both Nicole and Kristie will be tremendous additions to our program,” Lalonde said. “We’re excited they’ve decided to continue their careers at Ferris State.”

The 5-2 Sawada helped lead Carmel (Ind.) High School to the program’s fourth consecutive Indiana High School Athletic Association (IHSAA) State Championship as a senior during the 2003 campaign. She compiled three goals and one assist in 20 outings as CHS registered a 22-2 overall record in 2003 under head coach Frank Dixon. Sawada, who earned 2003 Indiana Soccer Coaches Association District 3 All-Academic Team recognition, also competed in cross country and played club level soccer for both the TKO and Dynamo-Katner F.C. Soccer Clubs. She was active in the school’s environmental club and plans to major in pre-pharmacy at Ferris State.

“Nicole comes from a strong club soccer background and has experience at a high level, which will prepare her for the rigors of college soccer,” said Lalonde. “Her strengths lie in her composure, knowledge of the game and ability to keep possession. After losing last year's starting back four, she could contribute for us on the defensive side.”

Smilanich led Kalamazoo Christian High School to its second consecutive Michigan High School Athletic Association (MHSAA) Division IV State Championship last Saturday (June 19) as the Comets posted a 6-0 win over Saginaw Nouvel. Smilanich, who tallied two goals in this season’s state title contest, recorded 40 goals and 24 assists as a junior in 2003. The four-time (2001-04) All-Kalamazoo Valley Association honoree earned first-team all-state accolades for the third consecutive season this campaign. A four-time all-region selection, Smilanich twice received team Most Valuable Player Award recognition. The 2004 team captain was coached by her father, Ron. She also participated in basketball and volleyball in addition to playing club level soccer. Smilanich plans to major in graphic design at FSU.

“Although Kristie is a natural attacking player, she’s also capable of going to the goal and defending quite well,” Lalonde said. “She has good leadership qualities in addition to a competitive nature. Her skill and tactical understanding will be a tremendous addition to our program.”

Ferris State concluded the 2003 campaign with an 11-5-1 overall mark under Lalonde, which represented the program's best performance in its five-year history and included a fourth-place 5-3 Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) finish. The Bulldogs, who won eight of their final 11 outings last season, opened the year with a school record three consecutive wins and compiled a program-best 5-2-1 road mark in 2003. FSU also set school single-season records for most goals (40), assists (36) and points (116).


FSU WOMEN’S SOCCER ADDS ANOTHER TALENTED RECRUIT

Holt High School’s Anslee Stuber-Powell Is Bulldogs’ Latest Prep Addition

The Ferris State University women’s soccer program has received a commitment from forward Anslee Stuber-Powell (Lansing/Holt) to attend and compete in women’s soccer at FSU, beginning with the 2004 season. The announcement was made by FSU head coach Melissa Eging, who guided the Bulldogs to a school-record 11-5-1 overall mark in her initial season at the helm last fall.

“Anslee is a crafty player who has shown the ability to score goals,” Eging said. “Her deceptive speed will be a tremendous asset at the college level. She’ll fit in well with our attacking unit.”

The 5-8 Stuber-Powell compiled 10 goals and seven assists while leading Holt High School to its third consecutive Capital Area Conference crown as a junior during the 2003 campaign. Stuber-Powell, who’s presently midst her senior campaign this spring, recorded nine goals and five assists in 2002 following a four goal and three assist effort as a freshman (2001). A three-time honorable mention all-conference selection, Stuber-Powell attained team Most Valuable Player Award recognition in 2001 and has been named to the league all-academic team three consecutive seasons to date under head coach Doris Pipkens. She is a four-year varsity letterwinner.

“I expect Anslee to develop into a top goal scorer for us as she finds her niche in our system,” said Eging. “She’s an attacking-minded player whose explosiveness should work toward our advantage.”

Stuber-Powell, who’s currently serving as the Rams’ team captain this season, has also played club soccer for the Michigan Hawks and helped guide the squad to a state title and regional berth in 2003. She notched 11 goals and 13 assists at the club level last year.

The daughter of Andrew Powell and Lesha Stuber-Powell, Anslee remains undecided on an academic field. She joins defender Ashley Lukes (Kokomo, Ind./Western), midfielder Andrea Palombi (Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario/St. Mary’s College) and defender/midfielder Ashley Brewer (Dowagiac/Union) as members of FSU’s 2004 recruiting class.

Besides recording the program's best performance in its five-year history last season, the Bulldogs also placed fourth in the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) with a 5-3 mark. FSU won eight of its final 11 outings last season after beginning the year with a school-record three consecutive victories. Ferris, which compiled a program-best 5-2-1 road mark in 2003, posted school single-season records for most goals (40), assists (36) and points (116) during the 2003 campaign.


FERRIS STATE WOMEN’S SOCCER SIGNS ASHLEY BREWER

Dowagiac Union High School Product Added To Bulldogs’ 2004 Recruiting Class

The Ferris State University women’s soccer program has signed defender/midfielder Ashley Brewer (Dowagiac/Union) to a national letter-of-intent to attend and play women’s soccer at FSU, beginning in the 2004-05 academic year. The announcement was made by FSU head coach Melissa Eging, who guided the Bulldogs to a school-record 11-5-1 overall mark in her first season at the helm last fall.

“Ashley is a speedy player who will bring tremendous athleticism and explosion to our team,” Eging said. “She is a determined student-athlete who I expect will develop steadily throughout her career at Ferris State.”

The 5-2 Brewer attained team Most Valuable Player Award accolades for Dowagiac Union High School as a junior during the 2003 campaign after posting five goals along with three assists in a defensive stopper role. The two-time (2002 & 2003) all-district pick also received All-Southwestern Michigan Athletic Conference kudos after previously earning honorable mention all-conference laurels as a sophomore. A three-year letterwinner, Brewer garnered team Most Valuable Defensive Player Award recognition in 2001 and 2002 under head coach Michael Williams.

The Chieftains opened the 2004 campaign by claiming the first-ever Early Bird Tournament Championship last Saturday (March 27) at home. Brewer registered two goals in DUHS’ 5-0 opening-round win over Buchanan and recorded the game-winning assist versus Edwardsburg in the title contest.

“As with the other members of our incoming class, she has played in both attacking and defensive roles,” said Eging. “Hopefully, she will be able to use her versatility to an advantage by gaining additional experience at several positions.”

Brewer, who served as the Chieftains’ team captain last year, also participated and earned two letters apiece in both basketball and volleyball. She played two seasons of club soccer for Southwest Michigan Select before competing with the TKO Club Soccer Team during the 2003 campaign.

In addition to athletics, Brewer also has been active as the Student Senate’s Vice-President and President of the Varsity Club at Dowagiac. A member of the Army National Guard, Brewer also takes part in DUHS’ mentoring program. She is the daughter of Lisa Brewer and plans to major in pre-medicine at Ferris State.

Brewer joins defender Ashley Lukes (Kokomo, Ind./Western) and midfielder Andrea Palombi (Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario/St. Mary’s College) as members of FSU’s 2004 recruiting class.

In addition to posting the program's best performance in its five-year history last fall, the Bulldogs also placed fourth in the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) with a 5-3 mark. Ferris won eight of its final 11 outings last season after beginning the year with a school-record three consecutive victories. FSU, which compiled a program-best 5-2-1 road mark in 2003, posted school single-season records for most goals (40), assists (36) and points (116) during the 2003 campaign.


FERRIS WOMEN’S SOCCER PROGRAM ADDS TWO PREP RECRUITS

Student-Athletes Ashley Lukes & Andrea Palombi Ink National Letters-Of-Intent

Ferris State University women’s soccer head coach Melissa Eging, who completed her first season at the helm during the fall 2003 campaign, has announced the names of two prep student-athletes who have committed to attend and play women’s soccer at FSU starting with the 2004-05 academic year.

The pair includes defender Ashley Lukes (Kokomo, Ind./Western) and midfielder Andrea Palombi (Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario/St. Mary’s College). Lukes is the younger sister of former FSU forward Gayle Lukes (Kokomo, Ind./Western), who tallied 15 career points in 58 outings prior to concluding her collegiate eligibility last fall.

“Both Ashley and Andrea are skillful defensive-minded players who will be tremendous additions to our program,” Eging said. “We’re excited they’ve committed and plan to continue their careers at Ferris State.”

The 5-2 Lukes led Western High School to an 11-5 overall record in 2003 while compiling personal career highs in both goals (38) and assists (15). The two-time (2001 & 2003) team Most Valuable Player (MVP) Award recipient received All Mid-Indiana Conference kudos for the fourth consecutive campaign and was chosen as the all-county MVP last season. Lukes, a four-time team Offensive Player of the Year Award winner, twice attained academic all-state laurels and garnered honorable mention all-state accolades as a senior following her third-team selection in 2002. The two-time team captain also posted school records for most goals in a match (six), season (38) and career (109) under head coach Larry Houk. Lukes ranked third in total goals and tied for ninth in assists among the Indiana High School Athletic Association's 2003 statewide leaders.

“Ashley had an extremely successful finish to her high school career,” said Eging. “She is a driven and competitive individual who has played on both the defensive and attacking ends. Her mental strength and skill will allow her to make a positive contribution for us in a defensive role.”

Lukes also participated in basketball from 2000-01 and played club soccer for the Carmel (Ind.) Cobras United Soccer Club, which reached the Snickers Region II Semifinals in 2003 along with recording its seventh-consecutive state championship. She was an Olympic Development State Team member from 1998-02.

Palombi played prep soccer for Northern Ontario Secondary Schools Association (NOSSA) member St. Mary’s College in Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario. The 5-5 Palombi attained team Coaches Award recognition in 2003 while serving as a co-captain under head coach Phie Brazie. Palombi also was a four-year (2000-03) varsity letterwinner in both basketball along with track and field for the Knights. She played club level soccer for the Sault (Ontario) Civics from 1995-04 and was elected team co-captain. Palombi’s older brother, Mark, presently plays football for the University of British Columbia.

“Andrea’s strengths are her ability to read the game and generate creative attacking chances out of the back,” Eging said. “She’s able to shut players down with her defensive instinct and immediately begin an attack successfully. I expect she will begin her career as a center back or even as a defensive center midfielder in our lineup.”

Lukes and Palombi, who both plan to major in Pre-Pharmacy, represent the first members of Ferris’ 2004 recruiting class.

Ferris State concluded the 2003 campaign with an 11-5-1 overall mark under Eging, which represented the program's best performance in its five-year history and included a fourth-place 5-3 Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) finish. The Bulldogs, who won eight of their final 11 outings last season, opened the year with a school record three consecutive wins and compiled a program-best 5-2-1 road mark in 2003. FSU also set school single-season records for most goals (40), assists (36) and points (116).

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