February 4, 1999

NOTRE DAME, Ind. – The Notre Dame women’s soccer team has signed four high school seniors to national letters of intent. Midfielder/forwards Ali Lovelace (Dallas, Ga.) and Vanessa Pruzinsky (Trumbull, Conn.), midfielder Nancy Mikacenic (Seattle, Wash.) and goalkeeper Sani Post (Davis, Calif.) will make up Notre Dame’s class of 2003.

Lovelace comes to Notre Dame from Harrison High School in Kennesaw, Ga. She has been a member of the U.S. under-18 women’s national team and plays for the club team Tophat 99.

Mikacenic has starred at Lakeside High School in Seattle where she earned National Soccer Coaches Association of America Youth All-America honors. Also, a member of the under-18 national team, Mikacenic plays for the club team FC Royals, the same team as current Irish junior Meotis Erikson.

Post will join senior LaKeysia Beene and sophomore Elizabeth Wagner as a goalkeeper for Notre Dame. The NSCAA Youth All-American stars for Davis High School in Davis, Calif., and is a member of the under-18 national team.

Pruzinsky was named NSCAA high school player of the year for her performances at Trumbull High School. The Trumbull, Conn., native, plays for the club team Weston Wild Thing and is a member of the under-18 national team pool.

The Irish lose three players from the class of 1999 to graduation, midfielders Shannon Boxx and Laura Vanderberg and forward Monica Gerardo, Notre Dame’s all-time leading scorer. The Irish will welcome back junior Monica Gonzalez, who sat out the 1998 season with a knee injury.