SJC Brooklyn Women's Soccer Class of 2022 Coach Lawson bolsters youthful lineup with eight new Bears for another run at Skyline title

Hailey Angevine

  • Hometown: Great Neck, New York
  • High School: Great Neck North High School

Angevine played four years of high school soccer at Great Neck North High School. As a defender, she had a total of 3 goals and 9 assists and held the title of captain for the Blazers. Angevine received awards as the “Best Defender” and “MVP” from Great Neck North HS and “All Class Player” from Nassau County.

“We’ve watched Hailey over the past year and she became a defensive stand-out. Hailey will add quality to our back line and we feel she can play as a full back or center back. Defensively, she executes all the essentials really well and we feel very confident she will be a important addition to our program." -Coach Lawson

Angevine has been playing soccer since the age of 4 and earned the East Meadow Tournament MVP with her past club team, Mineola Portuguese Soccer Club Academy. Her current team, Franklin Square Strikers, were named the National Elite Women’s Soccer Showcase Champions, and New York Club division champions. She also had the honor in participating in Nassau County Executive Cup.

“I’m very excited to have found a college where I can pursue a great education in Nursing and continue to play soccer. I can’t wait to become an SJC Bear!” -Hailey Angevine

Mackenzie Fitzpatrick

  • Hometown: Warrenton, Virginia
  • High School: Kettle Run High School

Fitzpatrick achieved huge success on the field as a member of the Fauquier County Soccer Club (FCSC) U18 United Black team including a WAGS Division Championship and a Super Y National Championship. She was the National Spanish Honor Society Vice President and made the Kettle Run High school Honor Roll for 2018.

“I chose SJC because of the small community, friendly people on campus, and the great education. I love playing soccer and I’m thrilled to be able to continue.” -Mackenzie Fitzpatrick

Fitzpatrick possesses the speed, strength and technical skill of an extremely effective outside midfielder. She is very composed with the ball and uses outstanding footwork to beat defenders. She is also a very intelligent player who is excellent at linking up with teammates and enjoys creating scoring chances for her teammates.

“Mackenzie is a player that really excites us for the 2018 season. We are delighted she extended her college search beyond the mid-Atlantic region and found the right fit academically and athletically in Brooklyn. Her club coach at FCSC Rick Ashley spoke very highly of her and she will add real quality to our play in wide areas. Mackenzie is hard-working, skillful, and possesses good game intelligence. Her flexibility to play as a wide midfielder on either wing will be an asset through the season and we believe she's going to have a major impact as a starting Freshman in the Skyline Conference." -Coach Lawson

Away from the soccer field, Fitzpatrick is interested in Art, Reading, Anthropology, Music, Poetry, Writing, Spanish, and Photography.

Julia Lavelle

  • Hometown: Bayside, New York
  • High School: The Mary Louis Academy

Lavelle joins the Bears from The Mary Louis Academy (Jamaica Estates, New York) and Little Neck Cheetahs. She was a four-year varsity player and senior captain for The Hilltoppers. The four-time TMLA Scholar-Athlete recipient was awarded Rookie of the Year and topped off her freshman year with a Brooklyn Queens Girl's High School Athletic Association Diocesan Championship. At club level, she won a divisional championship in the Long Island Junior Soccer League last season with Little Neck Soccer Club. Lavelle was part of the National Honor Society, Science Honor Society, and Principal’s List each year at TMLA.

“Julia caught our eye back in the fall of 2016 playing for TMLA. Her primary position is as a forward, but can play as a wide midfielder. We are delighted that she has decided to pursue her undergraduate degree and collegiate soccer future at St. Joe’s. Over the past year, Julia used the captaincy at TMLA as an opportunity to become more of a leader on the field, and we hope she will continue to flourish as a student-athlete with the Bears.” -Coach Lawson.
“Deciding which college to attend was a difficult decision for me. However, once I visited St. Joseph’s College and spoke to the coaches and team members, I knew where I was meant to go! I feel that SJC will offer me the best opportunity to grow as a player and a student.” -Julia Lavelle

Reem Shaban

  • Hometown: Brooklyn, New York
  • High School: New Utrecht High School

Shaban was a four-year starting goalkeeper and senior captain at New Utrecht High School (Brooklyn, New York) and played club soccer for FA Euro. During her time as a varsity soccer player for the Lady Utes, Shaban was awarded Most Improved and recipient of the Spirit Award. She finished her senior year registering 66 saves with an 82% save percentage on shots against.

“I was first interested in SJC as my friends had graduated and went on to attend and play for their school teams for men’s and women’s soccer and swimming. I chose SJC because I heard nothing but positive feedback of the school’s coaching and teaching staff as well as the environment and its school spirit. SJC offers me a chance at a rewarding education and an opportunity to excel in Soccer and hopefully continue to bigger and better things; their coach really shows passion and sincerity within the team.” -Reem Shaban
“Reem was on our radar for over a year and even before attending our ID Clinic we were extremely committed in bringing her to SJC. After two seasons of recruiting for an experienced goalkeeper, Reem has the opportunity to come in and make the #1 jersey her own. She has a passion for the game and showed a real dedication to SJC by coming out at watching us play many times over the 2017 season. Reem is an incredibly brave goalkeeper and has decent handling skills. She is motivated to improve and gives our team a better chance of improving our defensive record of seven clean sheets from last season. Reem is such a welcome addition to our team and we are delighted to have secured a goalkeeper for the 2018 season and beyond.” -Coach Lawson

Valentina Calderon de la Barca

  • Hometown: Houston, Texas
  • High Schools: Escola Americana do Río de Janeiro (Fr. to Jr.), American School of Kuwait (Jr.), Santa Cruz Christian Learning Center (Sr.)
  • Previous College: ASA Brooklyn

Calderon de la Barca joins The Bears after two years at ASA Brooklyn where she was part of the historic championship run on the Avengers team finishing as runners-up in 2017 NJCAA Division I Women's Soccer National Tournament. She would also win the 2017 NJCAA District E Championship on the road to the national tournament, scoring four goals and three assists over starts in her sophomore year.

“I choose SJC to be part of the Bears family and have the opportunity to work with elite student-athletes and coaches” -Valentina Calderon de la Barca.

Calderon de la Barca is a three-time Futsal Champion at the National Level (2012, 2013, 2014) with Escola Americana winning the MVP award in 2013. She followed this up with the Most Assists Award in 2015 for Santa Cruz Christian Learning Center in her senior year of high school.

“We are excited to have attracted a talent like Valentina to our team. With her injury problems behind her, Valentina will be looking forward to immediately making up for lost time on the field. She’s a very technical player with foot skills honed from a successful background in Futsal. She has the ability to not only score goals but provide them as well and will compliment our forward play really well.” -Coach Lawson

Tiara Ares

  • Hometown: Broad Channel, New York
  • High School: The Scholar’s Academy
“I joined SJC because I wanted to feel like I was a part of a family where I could grow as a student, athlete, and as a person” -Tiara Ares.

Ares was a three-year varsity player from The Scholars’ Academy in Rockaway Beach, New York receiving a coach’s award in her sophomore year. She has played club soccer for eight years.

“We are very happy to welcome Tiara to St. Joe’s. She will add good competition for our starting XI and is set to contribute to our program in her freshman year. We feel she will become a great addition to our program and cannot wait to see her play in the 2018 season." -Coach Lawson

Christina DiBartolo

  • Hometown: Middle Village, New York
  • High School: Forest Hills HS
“Christina came to us late in the recruiting process and we couldn't be more delighted to for her to choose St. Joseph’s. She’s a player with a lot of playing experience and that is going to be a real asset on our young team." -Coach Lawson

DiBartolo joins the Bears from Forest Hills HS where she was captain for three out of the four years playing varsity soccer. The defensive sweeper won the award for best defender and MVP in her senior year and is versatile in a number of other positions of the field particularly as a striker. DiBartolo has played for a number of club teams since a young age and will finish club soccer at Little Neck.

“I wanted to further my academic career as well as my soccer career. SJC provided both and it was finally the school for me.” -Christina DiBartolo

Alexandra Laporte

  • Hometown: Westbury, New York
  • High School: Westbury HS
“We really enjoyed watching Alexandra in the all-star game and believed immediately she would add depth to our defense. After the ID clinic, we were delighted that Alexandra chose SJC and we can’t wait for her to start this coming Fall season.” -Coach Lawson

Laporte was a four-year varsity defender of the Dragons from Westbury High School. She was selected to play in the Nassau & Suffolk County All Star game and broke her HS record for most wins in a season during her senior year. Laporte was the recipient of the 2015 Lady Dragon’s Coach’s Award and 2015 Scholar Athlete Award.

“I chose SJC because SJC felt like a second home. It was very welcoming and I loved the atmosphere. As soon as I went to the soccer clinic back in February, I knew I wanted to become a bear and I’m glad that I did.” -Alexandra Laporte

Laporte plans to study Psychology with the aim of becoming a Sports Psychologist.

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