Feb. 11, 1998

Virginia Women's Soccer Signs Four

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. - University of Virginia head women's soccer coach April Heinrichs announced today that four student-athletes have signed national letters of intent to attend UVa at the beginning of the 1998-99 school year. The four players are Darci Borski (Philadelphia, Pa.), Laura Gaworecki (Houston, Texas), Lori Lindsey (Indianapolis, Ind.) and Ashley Meeker (Zanoni, Va.).

Borski, a forward, was a four-year member of the varsity team at Nazareth Academy under coach Shawn Schneider. She has been named an All-American two-times, by both the NSCAA / Umbro and Parade magazine. An all-state and All-Eastern Pennsylvania selection, Borski led her team to a league championship in 1997. Borski has also been a member of the U.S. under-16 and under-17 national teams since 1994.

Heinrichs on Borski: "Darci is a deceptive and clever player who has tremendous control on the ball. She is among the best I have seen at getting shots off in the box and finishing, and she can be a top goal scorer for us."

Gaworecki is a forward who attended Cypress Creek High School and played for Jim Huston with the Challenge Soccer Club. She has earned all-region honors the last two years, while leading her district in scoring each of the past three seasons. Her club team has also placed third in the nation two years in a row. Gaworecki has also played for the U.S. under-16 and under-17 national teams, in addition to the state and regional ODP teams.

Heinrichs on Gaworecki: "Laura is an exciting player who has great fitness and mental toughness, to go along with an excellent work ethic. She is also an excellent defender as a forward, and will make it difficult for other teams to penetrate our first line of defense."

Lindsey, a midfielder, has won four letters under coach Rick Robinson at Pike High School. She was named to the NSCAA / Umbro All-America team in both 1995 and 1997, while earning all-state and team MVP honors all four years. Lindsey has played on the U.S. under-16 and under-17 national teams, while also playing on the regional ODP team for four years. In addition, she played one year of basketball at Pike.

Heinrichs on Lindsay: "Lori is a mentally and physically tough player who will be able to help us as a central midfielder. She is very good at serving balls, winning headers and shooting from long range."

Meeker is a midfielder / defender who played for coach Kelly Alford at Hampton Roads Academy. A four-year letterwinner, she has earned All-Tidewater honors and been selected as her team's MVP. Meeker has also played on the state Olympic Development team and taken part in regional camps each of the last two years. In addition, Meeker has earned three letters in field hockey, where she earned All-Tidewater honors and was named both team and conference MVP.

Heinrichs on Meeker: "Ashley is the quickest, fastest and most athletic member of this class. It may take her some time to adjust to the college game, but she will make a big impact as a flank midfielder or outside back."

"This is one of the top classes I have ever recruited, and many of them will compete for starting jobs immediately," said Heinrichs, who will be in her third season as Virginia's head coach this fall. "They are a good group of people who will fit in well with our current team and give us an injection of youth. We also hope to add a few more players to this class before the year is over."

Virginia will return eight starters from the 1997 team which posted an overall record of 14-5-2. The Cavaliers finished in a tie for third place in the Atlantic Coast Conference, while advancing to the NCAA Tournament for the 10th time in the last 11 years. Virginia, which defeated James Madison in the first round for its first NCAA Tournament victory in six years, finished the season ranked No. 12 in the nation by Soccer America.

1998 UNIVERSITY OF VIRGINIA WOMEN'S SOCCER SIGNEES
Name             Pos.   Ht.   Hometown            High School
Darci Borski      F     5-3   Philadelphia, Pa.   Nazareth Academy
Laura Gaworecki   F     5-5   Houston, Texas      Cypress Creek H.S.
Lori Lindsey      M     5-6   Indianapolis, Ind.  Pike H.S.
Ashley Meeker     M/D   5-5   Zanoni, Va.         Hampton Roads Academy