March 22, 2018
PROVIDENCE, R.I. - Providence College Head Coach Sam Lopes and staff welcome six new players to the women's soccer program for the 2018 season. Kelsie Cummings (Millbury, Mass.), Caroline Drinkwater (Duxbury, Mass.), Celina Falzarano (Roslyn Hills, N.Y.), Elayna Grillakis (Lowell, Mass.), Hannah Morgan (Berwyn, Pa.) and Mackenzie Simpson (San Diego, Calif.) will represent the Friars next season.
"Our staff is extremely excited about welcoming this class to Friartown," Head Coach Sam Lopes stated. "They have the passion, motivation and qualities to help our program continue to grow and succeed in all aspects. They are high character individuals driven to excel in the classroom and compete at an elite level on the field. Our staff looks forward to maximizing the rewarding platform that both Providence College and the BIG EAST provide them daily."
Cummings, a midfielder from Millbury Mass., joins the Friars after spending a season at the University of Rhode Island. During her freshman campaign with the Rams, Cummings appeared in 14 games, including five appearances in the starting line-up. She recorded one goal and one assist on the season. Prior to URI, Cummings attended Millbury High School, where she captained the women's soccer team for two years and posted 250 career points. Cummings earned a number of accolades during her high school career including SWCL All-Star (2012-16), Massachusetts All-Star (2013-16), All-State honors (2014-16) and All-New England honors (2015-16). She also was a member of the FC Stars of Massachusetts club team.
"I chose Providence College because it offers great programs and opportunities for both academics and athletics," Cummings said. "Stepping on campus felt right."
Drinkwater, a goalkeeper from Duxbury, Mass., joins the Friars after a successful career at Duxbury High School and Brooks School. Drinkwater earned three varsity letters at Duxbury High and two varsity letters at Brooks. She received NEPSAC All-Star honors in 2016 and ISL All-League from 2016-17.
"I chose PC because I felt at home the first time I stepped on campus," Drinkwater said. "It's hard to beat the combination of great academics and a really competitive soccer program with a family atmosphere!"
Falzarano, a forward, joins the Friars from Roslyn Heights, N.Y. after playing for Albertson Fury. She earned four varsity letters from Roslyn High School and captained the soccer team for one season. Falzarano recorded 21 goals during her high school campaign and was named Nassau/Suffolk County High School Soccer Freshman of the Year in 2014. She was also named Nassau County Girls Soccer Conference Player of the Year in 2014 and was named to the High School All-County Team in 2014 and 2015.
"When I took my first step on the Providence College campus," Falzarano stated. "I knew it was going to be the perfect fit with a great curriculum, incredible facilities and an amazing soccer program. I just knew I wanted to be a part of the Friar family."
Grillakis joins the Friars as a high school All-American from Lowell, Mass. and an eight-year member of the FC Stars of Massachusetts club team. During her high school career as the all-time leading goal scorer for Central Catholic, she earned four varsity letters and tallied 91 goals and 72 assists. From 2015-17, Grillakis was named to the Eastern Massachusetts First Team, Boston Herald All-Scholastic Team and Boston Globe All-Scholastic Team. She was named Eastern Massachusetts All-Star, Merrimack Valley MVP and Lawrence Eagle Tribune MVP. In 2016 and 2017, Grillakis was named EMGCA-NSCAA All-New England. In 2017, she was named Division I North Player of the Year by the United Soccer Coaches Association.
"The moment I stepped onto campus I knew that Providence College was my new home," Grillakis stated. "PC has everything I am looking for and so much more. From an academic program to a coaching staff and teammates that make you feel part of a family, I couldn't pass on an opportunity like this."
Morgan, a defender from Berwyn, Pa., joins the Friars from the FC Pennsylvania Strikers club team. She was a four-year varsity member of the women's soccer team at Conestoga High School and captained the team during her senior season. Morgan joins Grillakis with All-America honors in 2017. She also earned All-State (2016-17) and All-Region (2016-17) recognition during her career.
"The things that were most important to me when looking at colleges were competitive academics and athletics, along with a family-like atmosphere," stated Morgan. "I found all of these at Providence College. I am so excited to be a part of the women's soccer program!"
Mackenzie Simpson joins the Friars as a defender/midfielder from San Diego, Calif. Simpson earned three varsity letters at Rancho Bernardo High School and was a member of the San Diego Surf soccer club from 2009-18. Simpson helped the San Diego Surf to a 2014 US Youth Soccer National Championship.
"I chose to go to Providence because the atmosphere is amazing, and I wanted to experience a new culture, all four seasons and also meet new people" Simpson stated. "I am super excited to continue my soccer career and get a great education."