– First-year UMass women's soccer head coach Jason Dowiak
announced the addition of three newcomers for the upcoming 2018 fall campaign. The duo of Lauren Bonavita (Hanson, Mass.) and Mia Carazza (Winchester, Mass.) signed National Letters of Intent on Wednesday afternoon. Stella Schwartz (Mount Kisco, N.Y.) has also signed to a Letter of Commitment to join the Minutewomen.
"I believe our three newcomers Lauren, Mia, and Stella will add depth in key positions to a strong returning squad," said Dowiak. "I've gotten to evaluate each of them in my short time here already and I feel their athleticism as well as soccer quality will help us take a strong step in the right direction to bringing our program back to greatness. They each add something unique from defensive toughness to a proven ability to produce goals. I have high expectations that, if they come in physically and mentally prepared, they will each be able to contribute right away."
Bonavita joins the Minutewomen after a standout career at Whitman Hanson Regional High School. A three-time All-Massachusetts First Team selection and 2017 High School All-American, Bonavita was also a standout for the Boston Breakers and FC Boston Club Soccer programs. The three-time All-Eastern Mass All-Star holds several school records from her time at Whitman Hanson Regional High School. The forward scored a school record 113 goals for her career while also setting the single-season record of 43 goals. Bonavita was a three-time Patriot League All_Star, the 2017 Patriot League MVP, and was named the Division I South Player of the Year as a senior. In addition to her play on the field, she also was named to the 2017 Boston Globe and Boston Herald All-Scholastic Teams.
Carazza joined Bonavita on the 2017 All-Massachusetts Team after a standout career at Winchester High School. She was a two-time Eastern Mass All-Star in 2016 and 2017earning Boston Globe and Boston Herald All-Star honors in those same years. Carazza played for the Massachusetts Olympic Development program for three years from 2011-14. Al the club level, she also played for the WPSL Breakers Under-20 Team which won the 2017 State Cup and was NPL National Champions in 2015.
Schwartz was a starting midfielder at Horace Greeley High School for three years earning all-league and all-section honors in 2016 and 2017. She was named a Journal News First-Team All-Star as a senior and was one of the LOHUD Elite 11 in 2017 as well. She helped Horace Greeley win the league championship in 2016 and 2017 with the team ranked No. 7 in New York during her junior season. At the club level, Schwartz played for CFC ECNL United and was a member of the ENY ODP State Team and was an ECNL PDP Selection twice.
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