Rose Lavelle and Micaela Powers, a pair of Class of 2013 players from the Cincinnati area, have verbally committed to Wisconsin, their families have confirmed to ESPNHS.
Lavelle is a two-time regional Olympic Development Program player at midfield and forward and serves as team captain from Cincinnati United Premier. On the high school pitch at Mount Notre Dame (Cincinnati, Ohio), she led the team in goals and assists as a freshman in 2009, and has led in goals ever since. This year, in her junior season, Lavelle was selected first-team All-Ohio by the coaches association.
Powers is a midfielder and defender with Ohio Galaxies Elite. She is a three-time regional ODP player and has twice been selected for the National Team player pool. She earned all-state honors for her high school play at Beavercreek (Beavercreek, Ohio) during her sophomore and junior seasons, and has been named all-conference all three years.
Lavelle and Powers join Caitlyn Clem as commits to Wisconsin for the Class of 2013.
Other Schools Considered: Notre Dame, Louisville, Dayton, Florida, Purdue
Why Wisconsin?: "The biggest attraction and why I even visited was the coach. I played for Paula [Wilkins] on the Region II team in the Thanksgiving Interregional and in Holland. When I went to visit, I loved everything about it. I could picture myself fitting in perfect there. I loved the coaching staff and the campus was beautiful. I loved how it was situated between two lakes. I knew I wanted to go some place with good academics that also had big sports and Wisconsin had both."
What surprised you the most about the recruiting process?: "How quickly it all happens once you get started. I made a few visits the end of my freshman year. Then in my sophomore year, I squeezed in a lot of visits but there were some schools I just didn’t have time to see. I started to feel pulled in a lot of directions so my parents had to limit where I could visit because the time and the money were all adding up."
Other Schools Considered: Ohio State, Purdue, Dayton, Notre Dame
Why Wisconsin?: "I have a very good relationship with Wisconsin head coach Paula Wilkins since she was my Region 2 Coach for a couple of years and she is first class. The campus environment in Madison and the surrounding lakes are beautiful. A strong academic environment was also very important to prepare me for my career. I also wanted to play in a conference that my No. 1 fans (parents and sister) could come watch!
What did you learn about the whole recruiting process?: "My club coach Pat Ferguson met with me and my parents early in the process to put together a strategy. He was very helpful in sorting things out and with communications. The process was fun and exciting, but somewhat stressful and time consuming."