The 2018 ECNL College Impact – Big East Conference

RICHMOND, VA (November 7, 2018) – For the fourth consecutive year, ECNL Alums constitute the majority of women’s collegiate soccer players in the Big East. In 2018, ECNL Alums make up 60% of the entire Big East in 2018, and almost 70% of the conference’s individual honorees. The ECNL College Impact on the Big East, one of the top soccer conferences in the country, is overwhelming and continues to increase every year.

Ten years ago, the Girls ECNL transformed the landscape for girls’ soccer and began a movement that would impact all levels of women’s soccer. The ECNL College Impact catalogs the incredible impact ECNL Alums have on collegiate women’s soccer conferences across the country every year.

The ECNL College Impact for the Big East includes all players currently active on Big East rosters:

  • 171 ECNL Alums are currently playing in the Big East Conference – over 60% of the total players in the Conference.
  • Big East Offensive Player of the Year (Caitlin Farrell), Big East Midfielder of the Year (Samantha Dewey), Goalkeeper of the Year (Arielle Schechtman, 2nd consecutive year) and Big East Defensive Player of the Year (Meaghan Nally) are an ECNL Alums.
  • 15 of the 22 players on both of the 2018 Big East First Team and Big East All-Freshman Teams are ECNL Alums – over 68% of the SEC Conference honorees are ECNL Alum. 

The Big East Conference includes Butler University, Creighton University, DePaul University, Georgetown University, Marquette University, Providence College, Seton Hall University, St. John’s College, Villanova University and Xavier University.

Congratulations to all of the ECNL Alumni being recognized by the Big East Conference for All-Conference First Team, Second Team and All-Freshman Team:

Name College ECNL Club
Kristin Barbour Villanova Colorado Storm
Caitlin Farrell Georgetown Connecticut FC
Christina Bellero St. John’s East Meadow SC
Alyssa Bombacino Marquette Eclipse Select SC
Shelby Hogan Providence FC Stars
Meaghan Nally Georgetown FC Virginia
Annika Schmidt Butler Indiana Fire
Samantha Dewey Xavier Indiana Fire
Paula Germino Watnick Georgetown Maryland United
Morgan Kloosterman Butler Michigan Hawks
Grace Nguyen Georgetown NTH-Tophat
Paige Monaghan Butler PDA
Areille Schechtman Georgetown San Diego Surf
Kyra Carusa Georgetown San Diego Surf
Katrina Wetherall Marquette Sereno SC
Hayley Jakovich Xavier SLSG-MO
Taryn Jakubowski Creighton Sockers FC

The ECNL is the top development platform for female soccer players in the United States, and the vision and goal of the best clubs, teams, and players in the country. Become an ECNL athlete at one of the 89 ECNL clubs across the country and start your journey to college soccer now.

To view a listing of current ECNL Alums in the Big East Conference, click here.


About Elite Clubs National League: The Elite Clubs National League (ECNL) was founded in 2009 to enhance the developmental experience of female youth soccer players in the United States through: (i) improving the competitive environment through creation of a true national competitive league; (ii) improving the process for identifying elite female soccer players through a systematic scouting and identification program based on national competitions; and (iii) improving the daily training environment at top female youth soccer clubs through developing best practices and training and organizational guidelines for its member clubs. The ECNL is sanctioned by US Club Soccer and is sponsored by Nike Soccer.  |  Facebook /theECNL  |  Twitter@theECNL