Four Monroe-Woodbury High School student athletes have committed to play collegiate soccer. McKenna Hiller signed a National Letter of Intent to play for Division II Bentley University, Waltham, MA. Three student athletes have committed to play Division III soccer: Gabriella Beltrami for Manhattanville College, Purchase, NY; Dana Rende for State University of New York, Oneonta, Oneonta, NY; and Jacqueline Smith for Hartwick College, Oneonta, NY.
The girls committed to their colleges surrounded by family members, M-W soccer coaches Leslie Ahlborn and Elaine Schellberg, M-W Athletic Director Ron Montalto and M-W High School Principal David Bernsley.
Beltrami, who plans to major in sports management at Manhattanville, was a 3 year Varsity Goalkeeper who had 14 shutouts and allowed only 12 goals this season. She was a 3 year New York State Scholar Athlete, made the Times Herald Record 2nd All Star Team and was a Team Captain.
Hiller was a 3 year Varsity player who had a dominating presence on the field. She was extremely quick to close down any opposing forwards. Hiller was a 3 year New York State Scholar Athlete and served as a Team Captain. Hiller plans on majoring in business/finance at Bentley University.
Education major Rende was a 3 year Varsity player who, as a center midfielder, was a great communicator in her position as a center midfielder. She had
the ability to create opportunities for her teammates. Rende also served as a Team Captain.
Smith was a 3 year Varsity Player and a quick outside defender who put continuous pressure on any offensive player. She was a 3 year New York State Scholar Athlete. Smith plans on majoring in nursing.
“These special seniors have contributed to and experienced three consecutive Section 9 AA Titles. They helped lead Monroe-Woodbury to the State Semifinals this year. They all have been outstanding student/athletes in the program and their presence on the field will be greatly missed,” said Coach Ahlborn.