" We are extremely thrilled with the arrival of these eight incredible student-athletes. Each of these players possesses outstanding character, intelligence, and the competitive mindset necessary to build upon the brand of soccer and culture we have established here. They are also stellar in the classroom, possess a commitment to the greater community and value giving back. We lost an outstanding group of seniors, and I know these incoming players will work hard every day to make our Alumnae proud. They will add great depth and versatility to an outstanding group of returning players. " - said Tracey Bartholomew, Head Coach of Women's Soccer.

" Josh Osit, Amphone Keovongmanysar and I have worked incredibly hard to identify talented student-athletes that fit our personalities, our values, and our team goals. Each of these student-athletes has outstanding athleticism, versatility, and speed that will help us be more creative when attacking and ultimately aide us finding ways to score more goals to be even more successful on the field. This class believes in the mission of the program, our staff, and the team. We cannot wait for them to arrive at Columbia. "

Erin Cooper will arrive in Morningside Heights with five varsity letters as a duo athlete in both soccer (3) and track (2) at Riverdale Country School in the Bronx. A graduate of the same school as All-Ivy League senior forward Amaris Hemmings, it’s no surprise the center midfielder brings record speed to the Lions. A school indoor recordholder in the 55m and 300m runs, Cooper, used her speed effectively to power the success of the Falcons to Ivy League Champs (2014) and NYSAIS Finalists (2014). With East Meadow ECNL United, she also competed in the 2017 ECNL Playoffs.

An aspiring engineer, Cooper also excelled in the classroom as the winner of the High School Engineering Prize in the Lindy500. For her activism in community service, she was nominated for the Jolli Humanitarian Lenni Benson Award.

“ I’d never really thought about it (Columbia) because it was so close, but after meeting Amphone (Keovongmanysar) at a few of my practices, I went to a College ID clinic and I immediately fell in love with the team. I had never seen such an amazing dynamic between coaches and players and knew it was a family that I had to be a part of it. After that, everything I heard about the school fit perfectly, the description of the courses, Engineering for humanity, the gorgeous campus. It was where I had to go. ” – Erin Cooper

A highly decorated defender from Fairfax, Va., Kathryn Coritz, joins the lineage of dynamic Columbia defenders this season. Coritz was sensational on the pitch for Paul VI Catholic High School, leading the Panthers to a pair of conference championship appearances along iwith the 2016 title. The two-time team defender of the year, four-time All-WCAC (Women’s Catholic Athletic Conference) honoree and a two-time All-Met selection was a model of consistency during her high school career.

Impressive in the classroom, Coritz is a two-time National Honors Society member from 2016-18. With the silver and bronze awards as a Girl Scout, Coritz has an outstanding record of community service. For a week in June 2017, she participated in a mission trip to Banica, Dominican Republic with a group of 25 students to help build houses, set cement floors, dig latrines, paint churches, and bond with the local adults and kids.

“I love how [Columbia] is a city school but as soon as you walk on campus, you hear birds chirping and it’s a completely different environment. I love the professor or teacher's assistant to student ratio because I feel that I learn better in smaller classes. I am beyond excited to play soccer and hopefully help win an Ivy League championship!” – Kathryn Coritz

Columbia welcomes two-time Shore Conference Champion, two-time B North Divisional Champion, and 2015 NJSIAA Group III State Champion attacking midfielder in Kayla Lee. While collecting a total of 107 points with 33 goals and 41 assists, the Colts Neck, N.J. native highlighted a career as a four-time All-Division selection, four-time All-Shore selection, three-time All-Group selection and three-time All-District selection as a 2017 High School All-American honoree.

No stranger to stepping up in big moments, Lee scored the game-winning goal in the 99th minute of double overtime in the 2016 ECNL National Championship Finals for the PDA Gunners. The Gunners also powered to a 2016 and 2017 ECNL Northeast Championships.

“The Columiba coaches foster such a strong sense of family, both on and off the field, which I feel is a major contributing factor to the program’s success. They are always looking to compete at the highest level, and I love that about them. “ – Kayla Lee

Four-year letterwinner and New Jersey All-State midfielder Colette Marciano will also wear Columbia blue this season, adding more depth for the Lions. A two-time Colonial Valley All-Conference selection, Marciano collected 24 goals and 10 assists during her career at Princeton High School. Her leadership during her junior and senior seasons was undeniable on the pitch as she earned a pair of Mercer County Top Girls Soccer Honors and an NJGSCA All-American nomination.

As a member of the PDA Splash and PDA Gunners, Marciano won the ECNL Northeast conference in 2016 and 2017 for two National Playoff appearances.

Boasting a 4.0 GPA, Marciano demonstrated significant success in the classroom combined with her commitment to community service.

“ I went to my first College ID camp at Columbia as a freshman in high school. The program and the school made a lasting impression on me… Columbia encompasses both great athletics and challenging academics. This combination of these categories at such a high level is rare.” –Colette Marciano

From a family of Ivy League athletes, Amelia Scalamandre chose Columbia to continue the lineage as a defender on the pitch. Scalamandre is a highlighted decorated center back at Council Rock North High School and for the 2014 state champion FC Bucks Fusion. A four-time SOL All-League and Golden Teams selection, the Newton, Pa. native capped her career as the 2016 Team Defensive Player of the Year, 2018 Team MVP, 2018 SOL Player of the Year and with a 2018 All-State honor.

Her participation in numerous community service initiatives, including the Environmental Action Club, Soles for Souls fundraiser and the New Jersey Bike Exchange fundraiser, while sustaining a four-year distinguished honor roll presence, Scalamandre remained impressive off the pitch.

“I’ve always been in love with NYC and wanted the opportunity to receive a great education and play Division I soccer… My parents suggested I visit (Columbia) since they’ve lived in the city for 15 years, and after visiting I fell in love with the school.” – Amelia Scalamandre

Montclair, N.J. native Jessica Schildkraut joins the Lions as a highly touted attacking midfielder. She boasts a No. 4 regional ranking and a No. 30 national ranking by TopDrawerSoccer, and received a national ranking of 84 at the IMG Academy Top-150 for all positions in the class of 2018. Throughout her three-year tenure on the pitch for Montclair Kimberly Academy, Schildkruat fired in 39 goals and 29 assists during her career, while earning three SEC Liberty Division Team honors and Prep B Tournament honors.

No stranger to the national stage, Schildkraut won the U.S. Club Under-13 National Cup championships with the PDA Gunners and the ECNL U-16 National Championship with PDA ECNL in an impressive 27-0-4 season. She was invited to the 2014 Olympic Development Program National Training Camp and the 2018 Sky Blue PDA Development Academy. The four-year honor roll student is also a Mary K. Waring Scholar.

“I was looking for a school that offers exceptional academics and a strong soccer program. That, in combination with the coaching staff and the campus location in New York City, drew me in immediately… I love how Coach Bartholomew creates a focused and intense atmosphere in training while facilitating a tight-knit and positive team community.” – Jessica Schildkraut

A dual-threat on the pitch and in the classroom, the Lions welcome Mallaika Tomar from Seattle, Wash. The forward/midfielder competed for Holy Names Academy and on one of the top club teams in the country in Crossfire Soccer ECNL U14-U-17. With Crossfire, Tomar led her teams to four-consecutive top-six national finishes including a second-place finish in 2017. Her play garnered invites from the 2014 US Soccer National Camp, the 2015 PUMA Women’s Showcase and the 2017 ECNL PDP.

Stellar in the classroom, Tomar earned class Valedictorian honors as a member of the National Honor Society and an AP Scholar with honors. She was also active in community service as a Jr. Asha Volunteer as University of Washington Medical Center Teen Volunteer and a YUWA Advocate.

“Columbia promises an environment of discovery complemented with an amazing mix of academic rigor, athletic excellence, and everything that its location in New York offers. The integrated liberal arts education combined with engineering was a huge pull along with the family-like atmosphere that the soccer team has created. Coach Tracey [Bartholomew], Amphone [Keovongmanysar] and Josh[Osit] have built a competitive unit, and I wanted to be a part of this family and contribute my bit to it.” – Mallaika Tomar

An All-Area and All-State selection as a three-sport athlete in soccer, basketball and track and field at Muskegon Catholic Central, Talia Tyler will join the Lions' offense as a dynamic forward. Tyler performed at a First Team All-State level as a sprinter in the 200m and was a two-time All-Area standout point guard in basketball with season-highs of 13.2 ppg, 6.1 apg, 4.6 rpg and 4.2 spg. On the pitch, the Michigan native led the Crusaders to their first ever Regional Championships in 2017 behind a 20-5-1 record. She tallied 25 goals and 22 assists to garner All-District, All-Region, First Team All-State honors, and was listed on the U19/20 CASL top goal scorers list. Over her career, Tyler finished with 60 goals and 37 assists through three seasons.

Tyler will continue the family lineage as a Columbia athlete as her brother Ian Tyler ‘18CC played defensive line on the football team for four seasons. An AP Scholar and a member of the National Honor Society, Tyler has maintained a top-10 GPA in her class through her academic tenure.

“I love attending Columbia football and soccer games in the fall. I love the women's soccer coaching staff and their constant drive for success and cannot wait to be a part of it. Everyone involved in Columbia athletics has impressed me.” – Talia Tyler