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Head coach Jim Wendling announces addition of four to 2012 roster

Women's Soccer Adds Four to 2012 Roster

Courtesy: Canisius College Athletics
Release: 03/21/2012
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After announcing the signing of five student-athletes for the 2012 season, Canisius College women's soccer head coach Jim Wendling has announced the addition of four more student-athletes for the upcoming season. Joining the Griffs next season are Mattia (Tia) Cornell, Kailee De Franks, Kristi De Labio, and Lauren Melnik.

"I am very excited to announce our four additions to the 2012 incoming freshmen class," said head coach Jim Wendling. "These four young ladies will add much needed depth to our team in 2012." 

Mattia (Tia) Cornell

Schoharie, N.Y.
Intended Major:


Born in Brandon, England, U.K., Cornell played four years of varsity soccer at Schoharie Central High School. A two-year captain, she was tallied 93 goals and 49 helpers in her career. In 2010, she was selected as the Class C State Player of the Year and Section II Player of the Year, along with All-State First Team honors. As a senior, Cornell was a second-team All-State selection, while earning first-team Section II All-Star and first-team Western Athletic Conference All-Star honors. Throughout her four years at Schoharie, she was named a League Academic All-Star Scholar Athlete each season. Cornell currently plays club soccer for Blackwatch Premier. She currently plans to study communications at the College. Her parents are Todd and Lisa Cornell, and she has a younger sister, Adrianna.


Kristi De Labio

Lockport, N.Y.
Intended Major:
Computer Science

A five-year member of the varsity soccer team at Starpoint High School, DeLabio finished her career with 95 goals and 61 assists, including 25 goals and 10 assists as a senior. In her scholastic career, she was named first-team All-League, first-team All-Western New York, and Team MVP. In addition, she was named to the ECIC All-Academic Team. She currently plays for the Buffalo Soccer Academy, which plays in the ECNL. In the fall, De Labio plans to study computer science at the College. Her mom is Marianne Giancola and she has an older brother, Darren, and older sister, Teresa.

Lauren Melnik

Mahopac, N.Y.
Intended Major:
Sports medicine


Melnik is a multi-positional player, who can also play striker, outside-midfielder, and center-back. She posses excellent vision to create passing and scoring opportunities. A member of Middle Path FC and the Mahopac Travel team, Melnik has competed in over 350 games with the Olympic Development Program over a two-year period. She played four years at Mahopac High School, she converted five of six penalty kicks, while setting the single-season school record for most goals with 24. With a skilled-shot, she is able to create opportunities for her teams off corner kicks and free kicks. Choosing Canisius over the University of Maine and the University of Vermont, she plans to study biology and or pre-vet at the College. Her parents are Deborah and Christopher Melnik and she has two sisters, Lisa and Jennifer, and a younger brother,  Christopher. Her sister, Lisa, played four years of soccer at the University of Tampa.

"Lauren, Kristi, and Mattia can play multiple positions, but they are best suited as attacking players beacuse of their ability to score", said Wendling. "We want to get back to being one of the best-attacking, goal-scoring teams in the MAAC this upcoming season and I believe these additions can help us achieve our goal of scoring more goals".


Kailee De Franks

Tonawanda, N.Y.
Intended Major:

De Franks will join the Griffs next fall after playing for Blackwatch Premier out of Buffalo. A four-year varsity player for Holy Angels Academy, De Franks was a two-time All-Metro First Team selection and a 2011 first-team All-Catholic honoree. Choosing Canisius over Niagara University, Gannon University and Mercyhurst College, she plans to study biochemistry. While participating in mission trips to Costa Rica and Brazil, De Franks gained international playing experience. Her parents are Sam and Julie De Franks and she has two younger brothers. Her aunt, Leslie Samson, played softball for Canisius and was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2004. 

"Kailee is an excellent goalkeeper and will compete hard for playing time in goal," stated Wendling. "She reads the play well, has good quickness and a strong punt."
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