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Dec. 18, 2006

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. – University of Virginia head softball coach Karen Johns has announced the signing of catcher Jennifer Lapicki (Oldwick, N.J./Immaculata) to a national letter of intent with UVa during the early signing period. Lapicki, who has the ability to play several positions for the Cavaliers, will enroll at Virginia for the 2007-08 academic year.

Lapicki, a 5-8 catcher/utility player from Oldwick N.J., has started her first three seasons at Immaculata High School and was named the team’s Most Valuable Player in 2006. Lapicki holds Immaculata’s single season school records with 11 doubles and 14 extra-base hits. She is a three-time first-team All-Skywards Conference selection (2004, 2005, 2006) and also earned first-team All-Somerset County honors in 2005 and 2006. She was an All-Area Second Team pick in 2005 and 2006 after earning third-team All-Area honors in 2004. In both 2005 and 2006, Lapicki was a third-team All-Non-Public team selection.

As a freshman in 2004, Lapicki was named the Courier News Somerset County Rookie of the Year as well as the newpapers’ Spring Preview Player to Watch in 2006. She was also the recipient of the Star Ledger Somerset Freshman Promise Award in 2004.

Lapicki was a finalist for USA Softball’s 2006 Junior National Team. She plays for the 18U New Jersey Breakers and served as team captain in 2006 and 2007. Lapicki helped the Breakers qualify for 2006 Gold Nationals.

Lapicki has been a member of the Spanish Honor Society at Immaculata since 2004. In 2005, she was a winner of two awards at the North Jersey Regional Science Fair. She won an award in the category of physics for a project entitled Magnus Force and its Effect on the Distance a Ball Travels as well as a 2006 Mu Alpha Theta Award in mathematics.

“Jen is one of the top players in the country and one of the top four catchers in the country for her age group,” said Johns. “She has a great arm and a powerful bat and is a welcome addition to our program.”

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