The New England Mutiny will celebrate their 15th season of competition at the highest levels of women's soccer in the United States this upcoming summer. To commemorate this anniversary, the 2013 WPSL East Conference champions have announced their preliminary roster for the 2014 season which includes 15 of the top collegiate & senior players the Northeast region has to offer.
Alongside the team's first initial signing - University of Notre Dame & U.S. U-20 star Morgan Andrews - are a mix of veteran Mutiny players and new signees from one of the top collegiate programs in the area. Re-joining Andrews from last year's East champion side are returnees highlighted by 2013 All-WPSL selection Sarah Brochu, 2013 WPSL National Championship Best XI honoree Alie Fitzsimmons, 2013 All-WPSL East selection McKenzie Hollenbaugh and leading scorer Tori Sousa.
Leading the way for the new signings are two offensive talents in American International College All-American Sonia Basma and former DC United Women star Mikaela Howell. Roxy Lee-Stewart and Jessica Margaretta are two more members from the #4 nationally-ranked and NCAA DII Final Four participant AIC Yellow Jackets to join New England this summer, alongside their college teammates in Basma and Fitzsimmons.
AIC leads the way with four on the 2014 Mutiny preliminary roster while Boston University is right behind with three returning players: Hollenbaugh (pictured right) plus local stars Jenna Fisher & Lauren MacLellan. Central Connecticut State University and Providence College are represented each with two more returnees on the roster: CCSU's Sousa and three-time All-NEC selection Jewel Robinson; and, PC's stalwart defensive midfielder Alyssa Martino and Rachel Ugolik.
Shauna Edwards - the former Quinnipiac University star and 2nd-leading scorer for New England in 2013 - rounds out the preliminary roster for the Summer 2014 season. For full biography information and quotes from each player, click HERE for the full round-up.
"In 15 seasons, only the 2008 Mutiny returned more players from the previous season than this this year's team, which is testament to the professional environment instilled by Roy Gurnon and the chemistry & camaraderie of last year's team," said Mutiny Team Owner Joe Ferrara, Jr.. "We have also added some quality depth and being able to utilize local area talent is gratifying. Selecting four players from American International, right here in the Springfield area, is important for us and kudos to coach Matt Johnson for resurrecting the program into a national contender."
2014 PRELIMINARY MUTINY ROSTER Name - Pos. - Hometown / College
Morgan Andrews - MF - Milford, NH / University of Notre Dame
Sonia Basma - F - Silver Spring, MD / American International College *
Sarah Brochu - D - Wilbraham, MA / Southern Connecticut State University
Shauna Edwards - MF - Southington, CT / Quinnipiac University
Jenna Fisher - F - Longmeadow, MA / Boston University
Alie Fitzsimmons - D - W. Springfield, MA / American International College
McKenzie Hollenbaugh - D - Glastonbury, CT / Boston University
Mikaela Howell - MF - Basingstoke, England / Monroe College *
Roxy Lee-Stewart - MF - Southampton, England / American International College *
Lauren MacLellan - D - Wilbraham, MA / Boston University
Jessica Margaretta - MF - Coloniers, France / American International College *
Alyssa Martino - MF - Plainville, CT / Providence College
Jewel Robinson - D - Farmington, CT / Central Connecticut State University
Tori Sousa - MF - Nashua, NH / Central Connecticut State University
Rachel Ugolik - F - Hamden, CT / Providence College
* signifies first year w/Mutiny