Women’s Soccer Adds Five to Class of 2021
February 14, 2017
FAIRFIELD, Conn. – Fairfield University women’s soccer Head Coach Jim O’Brien announced the five new signings for the Class of 2021. Gabrielle Diodati, Elizabeth Dumas, Fida Mouawad, Shannon Ryan, and Nicole Stryjek comprise the offensive minded recruiting class with all five having the experience playing in the midfield and up front.
“With the graduation of five midfield players and forwards we pinpointed replacing that class with student athletes who have statistically been among the top of their respective teams in producing goals for our team,” Coach O’Brien said. “Another important piece to each of these student athlete's resume is they are all top notch performers in the classroom as well. We look forward to having them on campus with us in August as we prepare for the fall season.”
Diodati is coming off a historic senior season where she set the single season program record for Worcester Academy with 20 goals. Her final tally of the season was the most important, as her overtime score brought Worcester Academy into the Class A finals. As a team, the Hilltoppers achieved a 16-0-1 regular season and reached the NEPSAC Class A finals for the second-straight year. They would win a program record 18 games and were ranked second in the national prep poll. Diodati would also earn All-Scholastic honors from the Boston Globe for the second year in-a-row.
O’Brien on Diodati: “Gabby is without a doubt one of the most versatile players who we have recruited in my time here at Fairfield. Gabby can literally play any outfield position but thrives on the wing. Her work rate is as high as any player that we have had in the program and she produces on a big stage. Gabby also plays at arguably one of the top clubs in the nation in the Stars of Mass. Gabby has played in high level games nationwide with the Stars and is no stranger to playing in big games.”
The Bay State Carey MVP led the 18-2-1 Brookline Warriors with 27 goals and 15 assists and also earned All-New England honors. During her MVP season, she led the Warriors to the Division I North Semifinals. During her career, she tallied 88 points with 54 goals and 34 assists.
O’Brien on Dumas: “Elizabeth has had a great deal of success at both the club and high school level. Liz has proven to be a consistent goal scorer at both Brookline High School and her club program Boston Breakers that has a roster loaded with high level DI talent. We feel that Liz will help us improve our offensive production immediately.”
The forward became one of the top offensive threats for an Immaculate Heart team that ranked in the top-five in the NJ.com Top-20 poll in September. As a senior, she also scored two goals and tallied an assist in a win against Paramus Catholic. She also scored the game-winning goal against Clifton, which lifted the then No. 4 ranked Blue Eagles to a 2-1 victory.
O’Brien on Mouawad: “Fida is a very dynamic player who will add competition and depth to our attack. Fida has tremendous field vision and has a knack for making quality passes in the final third. Fida also plays at the club level with World Class Football Club which is known to be nationally competitive as well.”
Also known as a goal scorer, Ryan is coming off a career-high of 10 goals that she set during her senior season. Her 10 goals pushed her high school career to 32 goals to go along with 16 assists. During her final two seasons, she received All-Independent League Honorable Mention.
O’Brien on Ryan: “Shannon caught our eye at our summer camp back in 2015 with an energy and work rate that impressed the entire staff. Shannon also plays in the same Boston Breakers Club in Massachusetts.”
Stryjek missed her senior year with an injury but was one of the most prolific goal scorers in the state prior to the injury. In her junior season, Stryjek was named to the NSCAA National Region I team and All New England squad after leading Suffield to a 16-0 regular season. She finished with a team-high 26 goals and 15 assists. She was also named to the All-State squad for her success in 2015. Since starting on the varsity team in her freshman season, Suffield went 47-0-1 in the regular season and won three-straight NCCC Conference Championships while making an appearance in the Class L State Finals in 2015.
O’Brien on Stryjek: “Nicole is another solid attacking player who unfortunately injured her knee back in April. The good news is that she will be back at 100 percent when she reports to us in early August. Nicole has also played at the highest level of club soccer in the nation with her Connecticut Football Club team. Nicole is a proven goal scorer who will add offensive punch to our team.”