STEUBENVILLE – Franciscan women's soccer head coach Clare McBane has announced her incoming freshman class for the 2017 team; welcoming nine student-athletes to Franciscan this fall.
Joining the Lady Barons this fall will be Marykate Bateman, Caroline Burns, Sarah Cocozza, Annie DiGiammo, Elizabeth Flanagan, Kaitrin O'Leary, Marita Ostrich, Mary Grace Tillman, and Maria Vander Woude.
Bateman comes to Franciscan from Waymart, PA where she placed soccer for Western Wayne High School. She was the League MVP and earned first team all-star, all-region, and Pennsylvania all-state team honors. While at Western Wayne, Bateman spent 10 years in 4H and volunteered for vacation bible school. Bateman served on a mission trip to Catholic Heart Work Camp in Groton, Mass.
Burns, a transfer from Marymount University in Virginia, comes to Franciscan from Springfield, VA where she played soccer for Mother of Divine Grace. Burns earned four varsity letters on the homeschool soccer team and went undefeated all four years in the NVIAC league. Burns was named the team captain. She played soccer for the Saints her freshman year at Marymount. Burns volunteered at the Apostolate for Family Consecration for three summers as a camp counselor. She earned first place in a pro-life essay contest at St. Raymond of Penafort Church, second place in the power point presentation category for speech club, and ranked superior in multiple National Federation Junior Piano festivals.
Cocozza will join the Lady Baron soccer team after a four-year career at Howard HS in Ellicott City, MD. Cocozza was a Scholar Athlete at Howard and earned the Sportsmanship Award. She was a team captain and two-time all-county team honoree. Cocozza participated in club soccer at Providence College and placed in the Collegiate Club Regionals. She was a state finalist in soccer. Cocozza earned the Presidential Award all four years of high school and was a member of the National Honor Society. She participated in the Baltimore Ongoing Outreach Mission for two years and participated in Faith Works at Providence College. While at Howard, Cocozza had an internship with Countryside Veterinary Clinic, the top veterinary clinic in Howard County.
DiGiammo comes to Steubenville from Assonet, MA where she played soccer for Bishop Stang High School all four years of high school. DiGiammo earned four varsity letters and was a team captain. She was a member of the National Honor Society and a member of Student Council. DiGiammo was a member of campus ministry, the Pro-Life Club, Captain's Club and traveled to World Youth Day.
Flanagan played soccer for Needham High School and is a native of Needham, MA. Flanagan earned three varsity letters at Needham and was a member of the 2015 Massachusetts State Championship team. She also served as a two-year captain of the FC Boston Elite team. Flanagan was a lector, a member of the youth choir, and the Parish Pastoral Council at St. Batholomew's Catholic Church. In 2015, Flanagan earned the Archdiocese of Boston's Cardinal Youth Award.
O'Leary comes to Franciscan after a highly successful career at Lehman Catholic High School. A Sidney, OH native, O'Leary had 20+ career goals and 20+ career assists and was a four-year varsity letter winner. O'Leary was a third-team all-Miami Valley and a second-team Western Ohio Soccer League honoree. O'Leary was the National Honor Society vice president and the Student Council executive board secretary and treasurer at Lehman. She was the Pro-Life Guards second vice president, Kairos Retreat leader, and a Buckeye Girls state delegate.
Ostrich joins the Lady Barons after four years at the Seton School in Manassas, VA. Ostrich was the goalkeeper for the DAC Conference championship team in 2017, 2015 and 2013. She was the team captain and a first-team All-conference selection in 2017. Ostrich's team placed second in the Disney Showcase in 2017. Ostrich was the senior class president and started the Good Samaritan Club at Seton. Ostrich served on a mission trip to the Dominican Republic and was an active member of the Pro-Life movement.
Tillman comes to Steubenville from Lost Creek, WV where she played soccer for travel teams. Tillman's team placed second in their division in 2016 and was the champions in 2017. Tillman participated in choice, theater, and was a soccer camp coach.
Vander Woude, a native of Simpsonville, KY, comes to Franciscan from Immaculata Classical Academy. Vander Woude has participated in the annual March for Life in the District of Columbia.
The Lady Barons finished last season 6-10-1 and 3-5-1 in the AMCC. Franciscan opens this year at the Hiram College Classic on Sept. 2 against Westminster (PA) under the direction of the fifth-year head coach, Clare McBane.