Softball Inks Six To Letters Of Intent

Nov. 12, 2004

SEATTLE-- The University of Washington softball team has received National Letters of Intent from five high school seniors and one junior college transfer who will join the Huskies for the 2006 season, first-year head coach Heather Tarr announced today. The six players that signed letters did so during the early signing period, which runs Nov. 10-17. The late signing period begins April 13, 2005.

The newcomers include infielder/pitcher Brooke Woodward (Vancouver, Wash), pitcher Danielle Lawrie (Langley, British Columbia), catcher Ashlyn Watson (Garden Grove, Calif.), utility Alicia Matthews (Olympia, Wash), outfielder Marnie Koziol (Renton, Wash.) and infielder Destri Keo (Woodinville, Wash).

Woodward is one of four signees from Washington state and pitched for Prairie High School where she led the team to four state championships. As a member of the Vancouver Ford summer team, Woodward has made six appearances at nationals, posting top-20 finishes five times. She is a scholar-athlete and was named 'Best All-Around Student' at Prairie High. Woodward also earned the 2004 'Outstanding Athlete' award from the T.O.D.A.Y. Foundation.

'We are eager to get Brooke on campus,' said Tarr. 'She is a very versatile athlete that can play any infield position as well as pitch. She is a very tough out at the plate. She was our first student-athlete to commit to us. Brooke will bring a tremendous amount of versatility and leadership to our team next year.'

Lawrie is Washington's first-ever Canadian recruit and pitches for Brookswood Secondary. She was a member of the Canadian Development Team and represented her country at the 2004 Canada Cup and 2003 Junior World Championship. Lawrie received the 2003 Premiers award for 'Softball Player of the Year' and has been an honor roll student throughout high school.

'Danielle is a premier pitcher,' said Tarr. 'She throws a heavy ball and is an absolute competitor in the circle and at the plate. She will be the first Canadian to wear a Husky jersey. We are proud to say Danielle is now a Husky and we look for her to make an immediate impact here at Washington.'

Watson is a catcher from Pacific High School where she led the team to back-to-back state championships. She is a two-time All-American Scholar Athlete and Scholastic All-CIF selection. A member of the Gordon's Panthers summer team, she led the team to a seventh place finish at the 2004 ASA Gold Nationals.

'Ashlyn is a very dynamic young lady,' said Tarr. 'Offensively she can produce as well as anyone out there. We think she is one of the top catchers coming out of the 2005 class. Ashlyn is a very good student that will have a huge impact and a great career as a Husky.'

Matthews is a utility player out of Yelm High School where she led the team to the 2004 state championship. Matthews is a three-time all-league selection and Athlete of the Year pick. She holds the record for career batting average at Yelm HS and is a three-time member of the all-league academic team. She played summer ball for the Washington Ladyhawks Gold team.

'Alicia is a tremendous athlete,' said Tarr. 'She has the ability to pitch, catch, play first base and the outfield. We look forward to working with Alicia in the coming years.'

Koziol is an outfielder for Liberty High School where she earned All-KingCo, All-Eastside shortstop and team MVP honors. She has also been named an All-Eastside outfielder and is a three-time scholar athlete. Koziol has been coached by numerous Huskies, including Shelley Brown, Becky Simpson and Rita Roach and played summer ball with current UW freshman Caitlin Noble at the 18 Gold Nationals.

'Marnie is a very speedy outfielder that will bring a lot of depth to our outfield,' said Tarr. 'She is a wonderful kid that will bring a lot to our team in the upcoming years.'

Keo is a transfer student from Central Arizona and was a 2003 graduate from Woodinville High School. Keo was a three-time All-KingCo selection at shortstop and was a member of the Absolute Blast summer team.

'Destri is one of the best softball players to ever come out of the state of Washington,' said Tarr. 'She will make an immediate impact on this team, both offensively and defensively.

'This recruiting class is exciting for us not only because it's out first, but because it is a group of very talented students, athletes and softball players. We are graduating a ton of talent and leadership this spring and we will look to this recruiting class to pick up where this year's seniors left off. Overall, we believe that this year's recruiting efforts went as well as planned. Through the strong traditions of Husky softball and the hard work this fall by the team, we were able to land each of the recruits we initially sought after when my staff and I were hired in July.'

SIGNEE QUOTES

Woodward on signing with UW: 'I chose the University of Washington because I was looking for a college that would cover all of the aspects of what I needed to be successful in school and in softball and that's what the UW is all about. 'I feel really happy when I'm on campus and I feel like I belong. The team made me feel really welcome too. Becoming a Husky is so overwhelming. As kids we tell ourselves, `I'm going to play college softball someday' and we never realize how tough that this. I feel so blessed to be a part of the Husky family. I have softball posters from when I was in sixth grade and I can remember watching the Huskies on television. It's so awesome that I'm going to be a part of that.'

Lawrie on signing with UW: 'I am so excited to be a Dawg. I look forward to becoming a full-time student at the UW and am counting the days until I become a member of the Husky family. I've wanted to play in the Pac-10 since I was 12 years old and Washington has a well-established and respected program. Washington has a long history of academic excellence and it's close to my home in Canada. I'm really excited about being the first Canadian player for the Washington softball team.'

Watson on signing with UW: 'I feel like Washington has it all-- great academic, a super softball program and a beautiful campus all found in spectacular Seattle. What more could a player ask for? Being a Husky and playing on one of the best college softball teams in the country is quite an honor. I'm also very excited about my new coach, Heather Tarr. She is very talented and I know she will improve every aspect of my game.'

Matthews on signing with UW: ' To most high school students the University of Washington is tops in terms of the highest education and the toughest competition in and out of state. To be a part of that is a dream come true. It's always been a goal of mine to earn a degree from UW and to play for their amazing softball program and compete for a national championship. Something that really impressed me when I was visiting the UW campus was that everyone, athlete or not, was wearing UW gear and was completely supporting their school. They had great pride in UW and I look forward to being a part of that.'

Koziol on signing with UW: 'I chose the University of Washington because of the great education opportunities and the top-notch softball program. It is very close to home so my family and friends can support me. I am thrilled to become a Husky. This has been a goal of mine for a long time and I have finally achieved it. I can't wait to suit up in the purple and gold, My excitement is indescribable and overwhelming.'

Keo on signing with UW: 'I'm happy to be able to attend the UW for its academic and athletic excellence. I am excited to be involved with a program that is so close home where my parents and family can watch me play. I am proud to call myself a Husky. My dad played football for the UW for one year and I'm glad that I will be able to finish what he left off here. I will be the first in my family to graduate from a four-year university. Being able to accomplish this at such a great university is an amazing opportunity.'

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