BATON ROUGE – LSU Soccer’s Class of 2014 earned a No. 7 national ranking from TopDrawerSoccer.com in the wake of National Signing Day in February, and the Tigers held their position in Monday’s release of the online publication’s final recruiting rankings this cycle as they prepare for the start of preseason training on Tuesday.
The Tigers are set to welcome nine newcomers to Baton Rouge after signing seven prep standouts and adding two transfers to the program to form one of the top classes in NCAA women’s soccer.
LSU inked six prep recruits to National Letters of Intent on National Signing Day in February when striker Jorian Baucom (Scottsdale, Arizona); midfielders Christyna Pitre (Austin, Texas) and Madeline Ramsey (Rock Hill, South Carolina); defenders Jordane Carvery (Richmond Hill, Ontario, Canada) and Alexis Urch (Round Rock, Texas); and goalkeeper Lily Alfeld (Christchurch, New Zealand) officially joined the program.
Since their signing, Alfeld and Carvery have competed internationally while representing their country at the FIFA Under-20 Women’s World Cup Canada 2014 as the group stage will come to an end on Wednesday.
Following their success of National Signing Day, the Tigers signed England U-19 international defender Ella Williams (Leatherhead, Surrey, England) to a National Letter of Intent on June 5 before welcoming Ohio State transfer Kristen Pavlick (Danville, California) and City College of San Francisco transfer Emma Meckfessel (Point Reyes Station, California) into the program while bolstering the squad in the summer.
Head coach Brian Lee and his staff are solidifying their Southeastern Conference title credentials for many years to come as this marks the second year in a row in which the Tigers have signed one of the NCAA’s Top 15 recruiting classes after their Class of 2013 earned a No. 14 national ranking and No. 1 ranking in the SEC from the editorial staff at AllWhiteKit.com.
The Tigers will compete during the 2014 season with freshman and sophomore classes that were each tabbed as the SEC’s No. 1-ranked recruiting class on National Signing Day over the past two seasons.
The Tigers will be led by a youthful core during the 2014 campaign as this year’s recruiting class with join last year’s heralded crop that produced three All-SEC performers in star striker Summer Clarke (Richmond, British Columbia, Canada), midfield maestro Emma Fletcher (Victoria, British Columbia, Canada) and versatile left back Megan Lee (Massey, Auckland, New Zealand) that made history in 2013.
The 2013 season marked the first time in the history of the Southeastern Conference that three freshmen from the same squad were named to the All-SEC teams. Clarke, Fletcher and Lee also picked up Freshmen All-America honors for their performance a year ago from the likes of Soccer America and TopDrawerSoccer.com.
Fletcher and Lee will join Class of 2014 recruits Alfeld and Carvery in preseason training following their appearance at the FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup. With four Tigers competing in the event, LSU Soccer ranks No. 1 in NCAA women’s soccer in World Cup representation with North Carolina, Stanford, West Virginia, Wisconsin and Harvard following with three international participants apiece.