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Lions Announce Incoming Class

March 13, 2007

LOS ANGELES, Calif. - Seven new faces will join the LMU women's soccer program in the fall as the Lions announced their new incoming class today. The Lions are coming off of an NCAA Tournament berth in 2006, and this class should help LMU continue to participate in the postseason.

"Overall, I am very excited about our incoming class," said LMU head coach Gregg Murphy. "They are all very talented soccer players and each of them will bring a different attacking dimension to a great returning group. The goal of this class was to bring in players with attacking attributes, and all of these players do that. I am very excited to have them joining us."

Lily Sorentino comes to LMU from Santa Rosa High School in Santa Rosa, CA. She was selected for the Super Y/ODP National U15 team in February 2006 and then for the US Soccer U17 Women's National Team pool in June of 2006.

"Lily is a true target forward," said Murphy. "She is mobile, good with her back to the goal, good in the air and is athletic. She is comfortable on the ball but most importantly, has a nose for the goal. She has tremendous potential and I look forward to helping her reach that potential. We anticipate her scoring a lot of goals for the Lions over the next four years."

A forward who plays for the Santa Rosa United Freeze, Sorentino was a four-time All-League selection and was named the North Bay League MVP by the Press Democrat as a senior. She averaged more than 21 goals per season in high school for a total of 87 career goals. She was also a CIF-NCS Scholar Athlete.

Dominique Penaranda has been named one of the Top 200 recruits by Soccer Buzz Magazine. The forward/midfielder comes to LMU from Saugus, CA, and plays for Hart High School and So Cal United/Real So Cal. She has participated as a member of the Cal South State ODP program for five years and on the USYSA Region IV team for two years. She played for current LMU assistant coach Michelle Myers and the 89 Cal South State team which won the ODP regional championship in 2006.

"I am so excited about Dom joining us next fall. She is the ultimate team player. She will sacrifice and give everything for the benefit of the team. She is a blue collar, hard working player who will do a great job for us as a forward and would also make a very good back," said Murphy.

Penaranda helped lead her Hart High School team to two consecutive Foothill League Championships and was selected All-League both times. She also lettered three years in track and field and was voted her team's most valuable runner. She has received an Academic Achievement Award for her performance in the classroom.

Kelley Lawson joins the Lions from Cheyenne Mountain High School in Colorado Springs, CO. The forward/midfielder led her high school team to a state championship in 2005 and a semifinal appearance in 2006. She was named first team All-State by the Denver Post and Rocky Mountain News in 2005 and 2006, and was named the 2006 Soccer Athlete of the Year by the Colorado Springs Gazette. A member of the Colorado Rush Pikes Peak Nike club team, Lawson has also participated in the Colorado ODP State team in 2005 and 2006. An outstanding athlete, she also was named All-State in volleyball. She is an honors student, and will play the French horn with her high school's Symphonic Band at Carnegie Hall on Easter Sunday.

"Of all of our incoming freshman, Kelley might have the most untapped potential. She has incredible pace and is also very comfortable with the ball. She will be a threat anywhere on the field, whether we use her to attack, as a front runner, wide midfielder or even as an attacking outside back," Murphy noted.

Nicole Ha continues the tradition of Hawaiian players at LMU, coming to Westchester from Iolani High School in Honolulu, HI. She has been a member of the Hawaii ODP state team since 1999, and led her Leahi club team to four state championships. She was an ILH First Team selection and an All-State second team selection for Iolani. The midfielder also lettered in track.

"Nickey Ha is fun to watch. She's a little buzzer of a player that has great skill. She is very good 1 v 1 off the dribble, and also has very good pace and a great change of pace. She will add a different attacking dimension to our midfield, whether that is as a wide or central midfielder," said Murphy.

Gabrielle Parisella will join her high school teammate Kim Feeney with the Lions in the fall. The midfielder helped lead San Ramon Valley High School to two EBAL Championships and two CIF-NCS Championships. The Danville, CA native plays club soccer for the Mustang Blast which is a two-time state cup champion, and the reigning Far West U17 regional champion. Parisella has been a member of three teams that were ranked #1 nationally - the Mustang Fury, the Mustang Blast and San Ramon Valley High School.

"Gabby is a very good server of the ball. She is comfortable with the ball and runs well with the ball. She has a ton of potential and will develop into a very good wide attacking player. She is one of those competitive athletes that would play anywhere you ask her to play," said Murphy.

Julie Gallaudet helped lead her Davis High School team to three Monticello Empire League Championships and a cumulative 62-5-4 record. The forward was a two-time All-League selection and the Monticello Empire League MVP in 2006. Gallaudet was named to the Sacramento Bee All-Metro first team in 2006. She is the leading scorer on her Davis Legacy club team and has helped them to several tournament championships, including the U.S. Club Region 6 championship, and the CYSA North Premier League championship.

"Julie is another old fashioned center forward. She is very sweet, calm and quiet off the field, but tough and aggressive on the field. I already feel sorry for the backs that will have to mark her. Not only will Julie put the ball in the back of the net, she is also not afraid to put the defenders on their backsides. She is strong, mobile and good on the ball. We anticipate her scoring a lot of goals for LMU over the next four years as well," Murphy commented.

Katie Beaulieu rounds out the Lions' class of 2007. The goalkeeper is a native of San Fernando, CA and plays for Notre Dame High School and the Camarillo Eagles. She was the Mission League MVP and a first team All-League selection in 2006. She was also voted the Most Valuable Defensive Player for her high school. She set the school record for shutouts this season with 15. She also lettered in softball and earned All-League honors as the team's starting catcher.

"Katie has tremendous athletic ability, great hands and no fear. For someone who has only played in goal for a short time and with limited goalkeeping training, I am very impressed with her game. I look forward to working with her. She has huge potential and will add great depth to our goalkeeping corps," said assistant coach Blair Quinn.

The Lions are coming off of a 10-3-7 season that saw them advance to the NCAA Tournament.