NEWARK, Del. -- The University of Delaware and head coach Mike Barroqueiro announced the addition of nine student-athletes Wednesday afternoon, as the Blue Hens have signed Madison BerryAnna Diffendal, Rachel Finelli, Lauren Krinsky, Jamie McInroy, Joan Scheidt, Damali Simon-Pointe and Kamryn Stablein to National Letters of Intent, that will bring each athlete to Newark in the fall.

The aforementioned eight, and early enrollee Sara D’Appolonia, complete the first recruiting class for Barroqueiro since the coach joined the Blue Hens last January.

“From top to bottom, we addressed a ton of needs with this class,” Barroqueiro said. “We’ve identified a group of players who not only compete day in and day out at the highest level but also excel. More than anything, we have a high-character group of kids who understand what this program is all about and embody the four main characteristics that will always be our foundation: High-energy, hardworking, being humble and being hungry.”

An incoming freshman from Maryland, Berry joins the Blue Hens after a successful four-year career at Mount de Sales Academy, where she served a center midfielder. A two-time All-Conference honoree, Berry was a 2017 captain and was a three-time team MVP selection.

“Maddie is someone who stuck out through the process because of her ability to be very good at all the little things,” the coach said. “She is not afraid to get into the fray and do the dirty work, although her best qualities come through in parts of the game that will never show up on a scoresheet. She’s a great passer who can play deeper on the field because of her ball-winning ability and grit. She’s going to fit our style perfectly and will make a great Blue Hen.”

Anna Diffendal is the Blue Hens third addition to the 2018 recruiting class, joining Delaware after a successful career at Winters Mill high school where she played both soccer and lacrosse. A pure goal scorer, Diffendal finished with the third most goals (68) in conference history, after leading Carroll County in scoring the past three seasons.

“Anna is a player with electric attacking qualities. She can turn a game on its head with incredible speed and really has a nose for the goal. Her best characteristic, however, is her relentless work-ethic. She’s going to bring a personality to our attack that we haven’t had yet, and we are very excited to welcome her to the UD family.”

The fourth NLI signee, and lone Delawarean of the 2018 class is Rachel Finelli. Another electric offensive player, Finelli will join the Hens after she completes her standout career for nearby Middletown high school. A two-time All-State selection, Finelli has scored 51 goals and dished out 25 assists through her junior season, and will continue as a captain for the 2018 season.

“We will always pride ourselves on keeping the best in-state talent at UD and Rachel is a great example of this. Representing both Middletown HS and the DE Rush soccer club, Rachel has a relentless work-rate and passion for our university. We are excited to see her develop here with us. She has a bright future.”

The first goalkeeper addition to the Blue Hens class is New Jersey native Lauren Krinsky. A dual-sport athlete for East Brunswick high school, Krinsky played both soccer and basketball throughout her high school career. On the pitch, the GK recorded 30 shutouts and made 382 saves throughout her career. This past season, Krinsky was an NJGSCA All-American nominee and the 2017 Greater Middlesex County Player of the Year (NJ.com).

“Lauren is another great addition to our goalkeeping corp. With a combination of great size and great athleticism, she will add a different element to our daily competition in that position. We are really excited to have her joining us this fall.”

Another Pennsylvania native, Jamie McInroy will join the Blue Hens this fall. A stalwart at center back for both Cumberland Valley and Penn Fusion ENCL, McInroy scored six career goals. A USSF National Training Center Northeast Combine Invitee, she played every minute of game action during competitive showcase games.

“Jaimie is the epitome of a competitor. A fierce defensive presence with a great ability to read the game and break up attacks, she is going to immediately help us build a defensive mentality within our team in how we defend individually and as a group. Her mentality is a special one and we are thrilled to have her."

The seventh addition to the Blue Hens is midfielderJoan Scheidt. Scheidt joins Delaware after a four-year career for Wall Township high school. A two-time State Champion, Joan led the Crimson Knights to a 24-1-2 record this season, which earned them the top-ranking in the State of New Jersey.

“In this class, we were able to identify some great talent later in the process and Joan was one of these players. She mixes a strong level of athleticism with a nonstop defensive metal in the center of the midfield. She’ll be unique amongst our current midfield corps because of her strong defensive emphasis and that makes her a great compliment to what we will have around her. Add her background playing at the highest level of club soccer in the US Soccer Development Academy and there is no doubt that Joan will have a great career here at Delaware.”

Delaware’s penultimate NLI signee is Damali Simone-Ponte. A native of Monmouth Junction, N.J., Simone-Ponte played a season at South Brunswick high school before transferring to the prestigious Princeton Day School. A two-time Prep Class B Champion, Simone-Ponte led her team to a combined record of 34-3-5 her last two seasons, scoring 32 total goals and tallying 32 assists. Her brother Diallo is currently a member of the Fairfield University men’s soccer program.

Damali is another dynamic forward coming from a great club environment in the Development Academy. She’s unique because of her blend of athleticism, technical ability and her capability on the dribble. Her talents, especially in the middle third of the field, will help us be a much more unpredictable team with how we possess the ball and build into our attacking third of the field. She’s a wonderful addition to our class and we are proud to have her.”

Delaware’s ninth and final signee is goalkeeper Kamryn Stablein. A native of Orwigsburg, Pa., Stablein competed for FC Pennsylvania where she served as a team captain. Kamryn’s Strikers team won three-straight Pennsylvania State titles and were national semifinalists. In addition to her prowess between the pipes, Kamryn was a member of the Blue Mountain high school tennis team where she tallied a career singles record of 12-0, and an overall record of 39-7.

“Kam is someone who we targeted early after our staff’s arrival at UD. She is coming from a strong training background with both the PA Strikers & The Keeper Institute and is someone with a strong passion for the position. Equally as good with her feet as she is a shot-stopper, we are excited to see how she can grow into the position here at Delaware.”

Delaware women's soccer begins its spring practice the week of February 19th. More information and complete bios can be found on the Delaware women’s soccer roster page.