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Women's soccer head coach Jim Wendling adds eight new Golden Griffins for the upcoming season

Women's Soccer Adds Eight For Next Season

Courtesy: Canisius College Athletics
Release: 03/12/2013
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Canisius College women's soccer head coach Jim Wendling announced the addition of eight new Golden Griffins for the upcoming season on Tuesday morning. The class features recruits from Florida, Michigan, New York, Ontario, and Pennsylvania, including two junior transfers.

Joining the Griffs next season are Cayli Carmona (Rochester, N.Y.), Hannah Chesney (Clinton Township, Mich.), Hannah Dalle (Rochester, N.Y.), Katie Felegy (Orange Park, Fla.), Sabrina Fitzgerald (London, Ontario), Callie Good (Palmyra, Pa.), Bailey Jordan (Portland, N.Y.), and Kat Lawver (Reamstown, Pa.).

Cayli Carmona • Rochester, N.Y. • 5-3 • Forward

Cayli Carmona is one of two incoming transfer students from Finger Lakes Community College (FLCC) in Canandaigua, N.Y. After a stellar high school career at Greece Olympia High School in nearby Rochester, N.Y., Carmona took her goal-scoring talents to FLCC for two years. In her two seasons with the Lakers, she recorded 59 goals to go along with 63 assists. She was selected as the 2012 National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) Region III Player of the Year, leading both the region and nation in goals. She led the Lakers to the 2011 Region III Championship, earning a trip to the NJCAA National Championship Tournament. In her career, the Lakers posted a record of 39-3-2.


• Graduated from Greece Olympia High School
• Competed at FLCC for two seasons
• Two-time NJCAA All-American
• 2012 NJCAA Region Player of the Year
• Led the NJCAA in goals scored
• At FLCC, tallied 181 career points, including 59 goals and 63 assists
• Parents are Kim Snyder and Keith Carmona
• Plans to major in special education
• Chose to attend Canisius over Slippery Rock and University at Buffalo

Wendling on Carmona
"I am extremely excited Cayli has decided to bring her very talented-attacking resume to the Griff soccer program. She is a great goal scorer and a two-time junior college All-American. Without a doubt, she has a knack for scoring goals. I firmly believe Cayli will bring a new energy and excitement in our attack."

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Hannah Chesney • Clinton Township, Mich. • 5-3 • Back/Midfielder

A native of Clinton Township, Mich., Hannah Chesney arrives from highly-regarded Club Michigan Vardar of the Elite Clubs National League (ECNL). As a member of Club Michigan Vardar, Chesney participated in the 2011 Under-18 ECNL National Club Championships near Chicago, Ill. Originally recruited as an outside back, she can also play outside midfielder, center midfielder and forward. With an ability to play multiple positions, she can contribute in all aspects of the game. She displays solid technical skills with great vision of the field in her decisive passing ability. Her combination of quickness and speed will be a welcomed dimension to the Griffs' play.


• Attending International Academy of Macomb/Chippewa Valley High School
• Competes for Club Michigan Vardar of the ECNL
• Club Michigan Vardar played in the 2012 ECNL Championships
• Four-time conference all-academic team selection
• Named All-District in 2012
• Chosen to Super-Y Olympic Development Program (ODP) League Team
• Helped team reach State Cup quarterfinals in 2009 and 2010
• Parents are Doug and Julie Chesney
• Has two brothers, Danny and Andrew
• Her brother, Danny, played college soccer at Hope College in Mich.
• Plans to major in international business and relations
• Selected to be part of the Honors Program at the College
• Chose to attend Canisius over Dartmouth, Ohio, Penn, Notre Dame, and Michigan

Wendling on Chesney
"Hannah brings a wealth of experience at a high ECNL club level. She has played against solid competition over the last four years, which has prepared her well for our Division I competition. Her technical skills, distribution, quickness, and speed will highlight her abilities for the Griffs. I am very excited to have Hannah's intelligence and soccer skills on our team."

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Hannah Dalle • Rochester, N.Y. • 5-3 • Back/Forward

The second junior transfer to join the Griffs for the upcoming season is Hannah Dalle. A teammate of recruit Cayli Carmona at FLCC, Dalle played a key role in the Lakers' clinching of the 2011 NJCAA Regional Championship and advancement in the NJCAA National Tournament. In her two years at FLCC, she amassed 49 career goals and 50 career assists. As a freshman, she was named to the Mid-State Athletic Conference (MSAC) All-Conference Team and the NJCAA Region III All-Region Team.


• Graduated from Greece Olympia High School
• Competed at Finger Lakes Community College for two seasons
• Named to MSAC All-Conference Team
• Selected to NJCAA All-Region Team
• At FLCC, tallied 148 career points, including 49 goals and 50 assists
• Parents are Ronald and Michelle Dalle
• Plans to major in mathematics

Wendling on Dalle
"Hannah is a player who can help the Griffs' soccer team in the fall by playing either a defensive or forward position. She is a strong, aggressive back, but we can also put her up top as a forward thanks to her dynamic goal-scoring ability."

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Katie Felegy • Orange Park, Fla. • 5-11 • Center Midfielder

A native of Orange Park, Fla., Katie Felegy joins the Griffs program from highly nationally-ranked Ponte Verda Soccer Club. At the time of her recruitment in 2012, Felegy's club team was ranked second in the Sunshine State and 39th in the nation. The 2011 Fla. State Cup Champions have improved their current national ranking to 12th overall. She will the role of an attacking center-midfielder, but has also played outside midfielder and forward. Her speed and 5-foot-10 frame provides the team with a great combination, which attracted the Griffs to her. As a senior, she led the Northeast Fla. area with 22 assists and finished tied for 19th in points with 48 points.


• Attending Ridgeview High School
• Competes for 12th nationally-ranked Ponte Vedra Soccer Club
• Earned Scholar-Athlete Award
• Team captured the 2011 Fla. State Cup Championship
• Part of 2011 and 2012 Disney Showcase Champions
• As a senior, tallied 13 goals and 22 assists
• Led area with 22 assists in 2013
• Has compiled 29 career goals and 40 assists
• Competed on track team in 100m, 200m, long jump, and both the 400m relay and 800m relay
• Parents are Matt and Lisa Felegy
• Has a brother, Tyler (14)
• Her grandfather, Robert Funk, ran track for Lafayette University
• Plans to major in biology in pursuit of a career as a neurologist

Wendling on Felegy
"Katie is a tall, strong, physical center-mid that reads the game very well and can make the final third pass that leads to goals. She can also score directly from free kicks and corners with her great strike of the ball. She will be an excellent attacking force for our team."

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Sabrina Fitzgerald • London, Ontario • 5-8 • Midfielder/Back

Reigning from London, Ontario, Sabrina Fitzgerald joins the Griffs from the North London Galaxy club team. In 2011, Fitzgerald and the Galaxy captured the Ontario Cup Championship for Under-17, reaching the Canadian Under-18 National Championship before falling in double overtime. She traveled to Barcelona Spain with her Under-16 Provincial Team, playing against international competition. In addition, she attended the Under-26 National All-Star Training Camp.


• Attending Mother Teresa Catholic High School
• Competes for North London Galaxy club team
• Part of 2012 Won Ontario Cup Championship.
• Team finished as runner-up at 2011 Under-18 National Championships.
• Participated in Under-16 National All-Star Camp.
• Selected to Ontario Provincial Soccer Program from 2008 to 2011
• Received Academic Student of Distinction Award in 2010 and 2011
• Three-time Top Cross Country Athlete Award honoree
• Parents are John and Clara Fitzgerald
• Has two siblings, Diana (16) and Johnny (10)
• Plans to major in biochemistry

Wendling on Fitzgerald
"Sabrina is athletic with good speed and aggressiveness on the soccer field. She can play multiple positions from outside defender, center defender and center midfield. She has a great physical presence on the field and has a high level of experience in Canada from participating in the provincial training program, national championships and international competition. She should be able to compete right away as a freshman at the Division I level. I am very excited to have Sabrina join our team."

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Callie Good • Palmyra, Pa. • 5-8 • Center Back

Callie Good is one of two new Griffs from the Keystone State. Good is a reliable center-back from the Pa. Classics Soccer Club that is ranked second in Penn East and 58th in the nation. She is a ball-winning, hard-nose tackler and is unafraid of challenges. She displays her physical presence on the field and in the air. She reads the game well from the center-back position and has a great sense of proper positioning. Her athleticism is evident in her selection as an All-State honoree in basketball.


• Competes for 58th nationally-ranked Pa. Classics
• 2011 and 2012 All-County selection
• 2012 All-League honoree
• Selected as a Mid-Penn Conference All-Star
• Ranked sixth in scoring in the state of Pennsylvania
• Named to 2012 Big 11 team, as one of the best 11 players in Central Pa.
• Parents are Earl and Lori Good
• Has a sister, Madison (16)
• Plans to major in marketing
• Chose to attend Canisius over Penn, Navy, Temple, Mount St. Mary's, Rider, and Drexel

Wendling on Good
"Callie's physicality was what I spotted right away during my recruitment of her. She will provide us with great presence on the backline. Right now, we need her aggressiveness and tackling abilities. She will also move up on corner kicks because she is great in the air. She has a tremendous ability to make long throw-ins into the 18-yard areas, which we can use in the attacking third of the field."

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Bailey Jordan • Portland, N.Y. • 5-8 • Back

Bailey Jordan joins the Griffs' soccer family from Portland, N.Y. Capable of playing center back, Jordan also has the ability to play as a defensive-holding center midfielder. She is a very strong back and has skill in the air. She possesses strong tackling and is good with the ball in tight spaces. She manages the ball well in her own end and does a great job building a passing game from the backline moving up the field.


• Attending Mercyhurst Preparatory School
• Competes for Elite United Soccer Team
• First-team All-District selection
• Parents are Michael and Marion Jordan
• Brother attends Canisius
• Currently undecided on major
• Chose to attend Canisius over Niagara

Wendling on Jordan
"Jordan adds another strong, physical back to our team. Defending was our weakness on last year's squad, so Jordan will add some much needed defending skills to our roster. She comes from a very strong high school program that won the PIAA Class AA Finals and was also District Champions and Region Champions. Her high school team was ranked first in the State of Pennsylvania and 23rd in the nation. She and her club team went to Nationals in July 2011. We are very excited that Jordan chose Canisius over Niagara!"

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Kat Lawver • Reamstown, Pa. • 6-1 •  Center Midfielder/Forward

A club teammate of fellow recruit Callie Good, Kat Lawver, offers the Griffs versatility as either a center midfielder or forward. Lawver has etched her name in the record books at Cocalico High School, owning most of the school's scoring records.


• Attending Cocalico High School
• Competes for 58th nationally-ranked Pennsylvania Classics
• Tallied 15 goals and eight assists in 2012
• Recorded 16 goals and 12 assists in 2011
• Named Lebanon/Lancaster Section III First-Team All-Star
• Two-time Lancaster-Lebanon Pa. League (LLPL) Big-11 Team
• 2012 All-State honoree
• Led LLPL in assists and ranked second in points
• Led Section III in points
• All-time leading scorer in school history with 50 goals and 35 assists
• Attended 2010 Super-Y ODP National Camp
• Parents are Denny and Renee Lawver
• Her mother played Division I basketball at Duquesne
• Has two brothers, Michael (20) and Matt (16)
• Currently decided on major
• Chose to attend Canisius over Towson, Elon, Lehigh, Binghamton, and St. Joseph's

Wendling on Lawver
"I am very impressed with Kat's strong technical ball skills. She will be an outstanding offensive player either at attacking center-mid or forward. She can score goals from many areas - from a distance long-shot, from breakaways and out of the air using her great abilities with her head. She is also a great passer who has the ability to make a great final-third pass for a goal."

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