Connecticut midfielder bound for UMass

Connecticut all-state honoree Alyssa Fratarcangeli has verbally committed to Massachusetts. Courtesy of Fratarcangeli family/ESPNHS

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Alyssa Fratarcangeli, a Class of 2013 midfielder from Milford, Conn., has verbally committed to UMass, her family has confirmed to ESPNHS.

Fratarcangeli is a junior at Lauralton Hall (Milford, Conn.), where she just earned All-State honors and a spot on the Connecticut Post All-Star team. She notched 11 goals and nine assists on the season, and has been named captain for her senior season in 2012.

She plays for the ECNL’s Connecticut FC, and has been named to the Region I ODP player pool.

Fratarcangeli becomes the first confirmed commit for the Class of 2013 to University of Massachusetts.

Other Schools Considered: Providence, Northeastern, Connecticut, Holy Cross, Fairfield and Quinnipiac.

Why UMass?: "I ended up choosing UMass Amherst because I really liked the idea of a big school. It will be a drastic change from the small private school I currently attend (Lauralton Hall) with a total of about 400 students. It offers a large variety of majors so I can be sure that I find the right fit for me for a profession after college. In addition, the level of soccer is very competitive and I feel the team is going to develop greatly over the next few years which I'm looking forward to being a part of. After my overnight visit, I found that I loved the girls on the team as well as the coaching staff. Coach Ed [Matz] and Coach Brendan [Faherty] showed interest in me very early and kept close track of how I was progressing as a player. It made me feel like they really wanted me to be a part of their team."

What surprised you the most about the recruiting process?: "Definitely how early it all starts. We started attending college showcase tournaments nationally my freshman year where many college coaches would come to watch our games. It was a great deal of pressure and I knew I had to be at the top of my game. I realized quickly that it is important to play for a team and club that competes at a very high level so that you are able to get plenty of exposure to many different colleges. It was definitely an eye-opener when I saw how much time and effort it took to stay in contact with a lot of different schools. Managing visits while trying to juggle schoolwork, regular high school season, and my premier schedule was the most difficult but necessary part of the process in choosing a school."