Flint announces Class of 2017

Photo by David Silverman
Photo by David Silverman

SIX STUDENT-ATHLETES MAKE UP WOMEN'S SOCCER CLASS OF 2017 SIGNEES

Head coach Chris Flint and the Bryant University women's soccer program are excited to announce the Class of 2017 signees, a group of six student-athletes that will don the Black and Gold next fall.

The Bulldogs will welcome forward Melaina Aglieco (Rocky Hill, Conn.), midfielders Kaitlyn Spangler (Acton, Mass.) and Hannah Crofut (East Amherst N.Y.), defenders Abigail Smith (Kingston, N.H.) and Kianna Woods (Stafford Springs, Conn.), and goalkeeper Kaylan Conrad (Avon, Conn.) in the fall of 2013.

In the program's first season of Division I postseason eligibility last year, Bryant finished NEC play just one point shy of the fourth and final conference tournament spot. The Bulldogs posted an 11-8 overall record, including a 6-4 mark in NEC play (both DI program records).

With the departure of 12 graduating seniors, this group of six talented freshmen will be relied on to provide quality minutes for the Black and Gold in 2013.

"Overall as a class we are very excited to bring in these six student-athletes," said Flint. "They will fill some positional needs and we expect them all to compete for playing time right away as freshman."

"We think as a whole, this is a real solid group of players who have competed at a very high level with their club teams, which is critical in their transition to the college game."


 

Melaina Aglieco | 5-2 | F | Rocky Hill, Conn. / Rocky Hill H.S.

A three-year letterwinner at Rocky Hill High School … Helped guide her team to the Central Connecticut Conference semi-finals in 2012 … Earned a Connecticut All-State selection as a junior and back-to-back All-CCC selections in 2011 and 2012 … Named to the All-Hartford Courant team as a junior and senior … Selected to play in the 2012 Senior Bowl …Led her team in scoring for three-straight years (10-12) … Named to All-Academic team four times in her career … Member of National Honor Society, National Art Honor Society and the Community Service Club.

"Melaina is a very versatile player," added Flint. "She played a major role in her high school's run to the state finals this past season, in addition to playing at a high level with her club team year round."


Kaylan Conrad | 5-7 | GK | Avon, Conn. / Avon H.S.

A four-year letterwinner and four-year starting goalkeeper at Avon High School … Helped lead her team to back-to-back state championships in 2011 and 2012 … As a senior, selected to All-State and All-North Central Connecticut Conference … Earned back-to-back XARA/CGSCA MVP Coaches Awards and All-Hartford Courant selections in 2011-12 … Accumulated 34 career shutouts … Also a four-year letterwinner in lacrosse … Earned NCCC All-Conference selection in 2012 … Plays for FSA United FC club team … Member of National Honors Society and student government.

"Kaylan has had a lot of success at the high school level, helping her team advance to four state championships, including two titles," noted Flint. "She has grown as a player tremendously over the past year and we expect her to continue to improve and compete for playing time right away."


Hannah Crofut | 5-8 | M/F | East Amherst N.Y. / Williamsville North H.S.

A four-year starting midfielder at Williamsville North High School in Williamsville, N.Y. … Helped lead the Spartans to three consecutive Erie County Interscholastic Conference titles (2009-11), and two Section 6 Championships (2010-11) … Earned first team All-State honor as a senior … Back-to-back All-Western New York, All-ECIC, and NSCAA All-Region selections in 2011 and 2012 … All-American nominee as a senior … ECIC Scholar-Athlete … Member of National Honor Society, DECA and Senior Athlete Advisors.

"Hannah is a very solid midfielder playing for a very strong club team out of the Buffalo area," said Flint. "She is a very coachable player and we expect some big things from her once she has fully recovered from her knee injury."


 

Abigail Smith | 5-2 | D | Kingston, N.H. / Sanborn Regional H.S.

A three-year starter and captain under coach Eva Lang at Sanborn Regional High School in Kingston, N.H. … Earned back-to-back second team All-State selections in 2010-11 and an All-State honorable mention in 2009 … Also plays for Seacoast United club team … Super 4 National Champion 2009 and 2011 … High honor student, member of National Honor Society and Spanish Honor Society.

"Abigail is a very versatile player and can play anywhere in the backline; she has played a lot of outside back for her club team," said Flint. "She brings a lot of great energy and has a unbelievable passion for the game. We expect some good things from her next fall."


 

Kaitlyn Spangler | 5-4 | M | Acton, Mass. / Acton-Boxborough Regional H.S.

A four-year starting midfielder under coach Lee Billiard at Acton-Boxborough Regional High School … Helped lead her team to a trip to the 2009 State Finals and three-straight semi-final appearances (2009-11) … Selected as a Dual County League All-Star three times (2010-12) and an Eastern Massachusetts All-Star twice (2011-12) … Plays club for NEFC … State Cup Champions in 2012 … Honor roll student … Mentor in violence prevention.

"Kaitlyn is a very solid midfielder that we are excited to see in action this fall," said Flint. "She has a great work ethic and has had a lot of success at the high school and state cup level and will provide us with some much needed toughness next season."


Kianna Woods | 5-5 | D | Stafford Springs, Conn. / Stafford H.S.

A four-year varsity starter at Stafford High School under head coach Steve Budaj … Led her team to the Connecticut state playoffs as a senior … Selected as All-North Central Connecticut Conference in 2011 and 2012 … Also lettered in indoor and outdoor track … Earned one NCCC All-Conference honor for indoor track and three for outdoor track … Holds the Stafford H.S. triple jump record … Plays for the Oakwood Soccer Premier Club … Honor roll student.

"Kianna is a very solid player, with great strength and athleticism," added Flint. "She has a great work ethic and should really fit into our system well."