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Feb. 27, 2001

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. – University of Virginia women’s soccer coach Steve Swanson has announced the signings of five soccer players, Katie Bunch from St. Louis, Mo., Jamie Fabrizio from Carmel, Ind., Lindsay Gusick from Livonia, Mich., Jessica Trainor from Sparta, N.J. and Taylor Wood from San Ramon, Calif. The players will join the Cavaliers for the 2001-2002 academic and athletic year.

All five athletes are National Soccer Coaches Association of America high school All-Americans and are expected to give the program an immediate lift. “There is no question that this is an extremely talented and deep class,” Swanson commented. “We are excited about the qualities they will bring to the team on the field, but equally as excited about the kind of people they represent off the field. We also have no doubt they will leave a very positive impact on the University of Virginia and the community of Charlottesville for the next four years.”

Bunch attended Bishop DuBourg High School in St. Louis. Aside from being selected to the NSCAA All-American teams in 2000 and 2001, she was also chosen a Parade magazine All-American and is a current member of the Under-19 U.S. National Team.

Fabrizio was named the NSCAA National High School Player of the Year this past season after leading Carmel High School in Indiana to its second consecutive state championship. Like Bunch, Fabrizio was an NSCAA All-American in 2000 and was again selected to the team after the 2001 season. She was also chosen to the Parade High School All-America Team and is a current member of the Under-19 U.S. National Team.

Gusick comes to Virginia from Livonia Stevenson High School in Michigan, where she was a three-time NSCAA All-American (1999-2001) and a Parade High School All-American. Gusick was recently chosen to the Michigan High School Dream Team and is a teammate of Bunch and Fabrizio on the Under-19 U.S. National Team. In addition to her myriad accomplishments on the soccer field, Gusick was also the team captain and Most Valuable Player of her high school basketball team.

Trainor hails from Sparta High School in Sparta, N.J. In addition to being named to the NSCAA All-America team, she was also named the West New Jersey Player of the Year in 1998 and 2000. Trainor is a member of the Under-19 U.S. National Team Pool. Like Gusick, she is also the captain of her high school basketball team.

Wood played her high school soccer at California High School in San Ramon. She too was selected to the NSCAA All-America team and was also chosen to the West Regional Team. Wood recently helped lead California High to the 2000 CIF Championship.

Swanson is excited about the arrival of all five players, “All these players are winners and have a burning desire to grow as players, students and people,” Swanson said of his incoming class of 2005. “They will fit in very well with our current team and will help us immediately as we pursue our goal of winning a National Championship.”

While Bunch, Fabrizio, Gusick, Trainor and Wood are the only players from which Virginia has received a letter of intent, Swanson notes that he expects more members of the class of 2005 to join the Cavaliers when the season begins next August.

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