Soccer Signs Two to National Letters of Intent 2/24/03
Tenn. - The Vanderbilt women’s soccer team has signed
two players to national letters of intent, head coach Ronnie
Hill announced on Monday. Midfielder Susan McAleavey (Syosset,
N.Y./Syosset) and defender Monica Buff (Lilburn, Ga./Parkview)
are the newest additions to the Commodores’ roster.
Hill believes both players will see action immediately for
“I am very excited about our recruiting class,”
Hill said. “ I believe our staff has identified student
athletes who will fit in our Vanderbilt system perfectly.
Athletically, each player will bring special and unique qualities
to our program. With this group added to our returning core,
we have the chance to have tremendous depth and a team capable
of playing at a very high level. Most importantly, these young
ladies are good people, and we are pleased to welcome them
to our Vanderbilt family.”
McAleavey brings a lengthy list of accomplishments to the
table from an athletic and academic standpoint. Some of her
personal athletic accomplishments include being a U.S. National
Camp attendee in 1999 and 2000. She has also been a member
of the Region I team in 1999, 2000, 2001 and 2002, while also
being named a region camp all-star in 2000. McAleavey has
been a mainstay in the Eastern New York Youth Soccer Association
Olympic Program since 1998. She has been her ODP team’s
captain in 1998, 1999, 2000 and 2001.
As a member of the HBC Magic club team, she finished third
in the 2001 and fourth in 2002 at the national championship
tournament. Prior to their trip to the national championship
tournament, her club team won the 2001 Region I Championship
and the New York State Cup. McAleavey was also named a National
Soccer Coaches Association of America All-American in 2001
and an Academic All-American in 2002.
McAleavey has also excelled in the classroom at Syosset
High School. While being an honor roll student and enrolled
AP and Honors classes, she has won several awards. She was
named the Dupont Essay A ward winner, which is a national
science competition. McAleavey was also given the St. John’s
Women of Mathematics and Science Awards and the Engineering
Design Award. She is also a member of the National, Spanish
and Russian Honors Societies.
“Susan will bring a new dimension to our midfield
this fall,” Hill said. “ As a Region I team member,
she is a technical, hard working and experienced midfielder
who will make an impact in our program for many years. She
possesses amazing vision on the field and the ability to create
opportunities for our attacking players.”
Buff will be a major benefit to Hill’s squad, as she
is capable of playing several positions. While being a four-year
member of the Parkview High School soccer team, where she
has been team captain her junior and senior years, she has
been a six-time member of the Olympic Development Program
state team (1997-2002). Buff also made the regional pool for
1999-2000 and 2000-01 and was a member of the Region III team.
She also had the honor of attending national camp, which is
an opportunity given to only a select number of players from
around the country.
While playing for her club team, GSA Phoenix, she won the
2001 and 2002 Snickers Regional Championship and the 2001
Snickers National Championship. Her club team also won a Open
Cup State Championship in 1999 and 2001, while it finished
runner-up in 2000.
Just like McAleavey, Buff has also succeeded off the playing
field. She is a member of the gifted honors program, the National
Honor Society, Spanish Club, Spanish Honor Society, Mu Alpha
Theta and the Beta Club.
“Monica joins us after a successful club and ODP career,”
Hill said. “She has won a national championship with
her club team (GSA Phoenix), while being a consistent member
of the Region III team. As a player, she is a hard working,
technical and extremely versatile player.
With the loss of defender Kelly Kulsrud and midfielders
Katharine Carroll, Lizzy Johnson and Marissa O’Leary
to their upcoming graduation, both McAleavey and Buff will
definitely help fill the gaps in the Vanderbilt defensive
half of the field.