Feb. 10, 1998
EAST LANSING, MICH. - With their top four goal-scorers lost to graduation, Michigan State head coach Michele Madison made recruiting forwards her top priority in the offseason, as the Spartans signed recruits Maureen Halstead, Kate Wade and Jessica Wheeler.
Halstead, a native of North Dartmouth, Mass., notched over 50 goals during her high school career at Dartmouth (Mass.) H.S., as she earned The (New Bedford) Standard-Times Player of the Year. She set her high school single-season scoring record with 29 goals and 11 assists last season. Also strong in the classroom, she was named to the Boston Herald All-Scholastic team. She chose the Spartans over UMass, Richmond and Boston University.
"We graduated our goal scorers and were looking to recruit a player with the ability to score. Maureen is one of those players. Her speed, combined with her passion to score, will be a great asset to our attack," said Madison.
Wade will come to Michigan State via Lawrence Academy H.S. in East Harwich, Mass. A fierce forward/midfielder, she scored over 40 goals during her high school career, leading her squad to the Cape Cod and Islands League Championships. A silver medalist at the Bay State Games, Wade was also recruited by Syracuse and New Hampshire.
"Kate is an intense, aggressive competitor. She is relentless and fearless - we are glad she is playing for our team and not against us," stated Madison.
Wheeler, also a midfielder/forward, will have a spot on the 1998 Spartan roster after a strong high school career in San Diego, Cal. An AAU Junior Olympian, she was named CIF first-team, while leading her team to the 1997 CIF State Championship.
"Jessica comes from a high school with a great coach, Laurie Berger, and strong winning tradition. Jessica has a powerful hit and plays a smooth game," remarked Madison.