On Tuesday, March 16, Claire Squicciarini, a senior at Albion’s Charles D’Amico High School, signed a letter of intent to play soccer at Alfred University beginning this fall.
Her coach, Maggie Orbaker, says Squicciarini has been a Varsity starter for four years after she joined the program in seventh grade.
“Claire has had a huge impact on the culture of the program,” Orbaker said. “Claire demonstrates the ‘I Got Your Back’ mentality in everything she does.”
From supporting her teammates to helping pick up equipment, Squicciarini gives “110% effort every day,” according to her coach.
“Claire used this work ethic and team-centered mentality to help the program reach the sectional finals for all three times in the program's history,” Orbaker explained. “Her vision of the field is exceptional. She finds the best pass to make, reads the next few plays to make defensive steals, and makes runs into open space. Claire changed the momentum of the game often by reading the opponent's next move and stealing the ball.”
While her skills and footwork on the field are obvious, Orbaker emphasized that Squicciarini’s leadership abilities also played a key role in shaping the team.
“She is a teammate everyone is lucky to have because she is always thinking of others,” Orbaker said. “We started our [this past] season with 1 win and 3 consecutive losses. Claire and our other captain, Brittany Spies-Hunt, wrote each member of the team, and the coaches, individual notes of encouragement.”
After the girls’ optimism and support, the team did not lose a game until the sectional finals.
When she attends university this fall, Squicciarini says she plans on majoring in communication.
Great job, Claire