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Jericho High School senior Samantha Falk signed a letter of intent on Wednesday, Feb. 4, to play for the Division I University of Miami Hurricanes Women's Soccer Team beginning in September.

"Samantha has been playing soccer and working hard her entire life," said Jericho's Athletic Director Nancy Sammis. "She is an awesome player and has made vast contributions to our program here at Jericho. She is a talented soccer player with very high level skills, which she has worked very hard to attain and that enabled her to be recruited by the University of Miami."

University of Miami women's soccer coach Tricia Taliaferro has announced the addition of 10 student-athletes for 2009, including Falk.

"I am very excited to play for the University of Miami," said Falk.

Falk, a five-time state champion in club soccer, included four straight from 2005-08 with the Albertson Fury. The 5-6 forward was her high school team's offensive leader at Jericho High compiling 38 goals and 70 assists in her four year high school career. Falk's father Jeff Falk, played both baseball and football at Tulane. Samantha will major in Communications and Journalism at the University of Miami.

"Sam is a scrappy forward who likes to be exposed in the attack," said Taliaferro. "She is relentless to play against because of her work rate and confidence to attack defenders 1 v 1 to finish at any cost."

As the case has been the last two seasons, the Hurricanes are looking for big things from their freshman class, especially in the tough Atlantic Coast Conference. Over the past two years, there have been three freshman All-Americans.

"I am very proud of the class we were able to attract this year and I believe it is a tribute to the current players and the success we have had over the last few years," said Taliaferro. "All the players in this class are very competitive and know how to win games at the highest level. I think we have some very special attacking personalities and look forward to implementing them into the program."

The 2008 Hurricanes finished the season with a 10-9-3 overall record and received their second-straight invitation to the NCAA Tournament and their third in program history. Miami loses two starters from last season and will return 18 letterwinners.


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