College Alumni Preseason Watch List 2023
CHICAGO, Ill. – With the 2023 collegiate season on the horizon and over 100 Eclipse Select alumni who will be taking part at both the NCAA and NAIA levels, here’s a rundown of some Eclipse Alumni to keep an eye on this fall.
Hannah Bebar, M – Harvard University
During her sophomore season, Hannah became the fifth player in Harvard’s history to earn multiple All-American Honors. Including First-Team All-American, All-Ivy First-Team, All-East Region First-Team, and more! Hannah led the team in both points (20) and assists (8) as well as being named a MAC Hermann Trophy semi-finalist. With her extensive list of history-making accomplishments, we’re looking forward to Hannah’s continued success this fall.
Kiki Van Zanten, M- University of Notre Dame
Kiki will be entering her final season at Notre Dame after her return from representing Jamaica at the 2023 Fifa Women’s World Cup. Earning the #13 rank in the preseason poll after finishing the 2022 season 17-3-3 and making it to the Elite Eight, Kiki and the Irish are gearing up to make another Championship run. After tallying 7 goals, 4 assists, and setting career highs in multiple categories, we predict Kiki to have another stellar season ahead.
Gandhi Cruz, GK- Depaul University
As a sophomore, Gandhi started in 16 of 17 total games, led the Big East in both total saves on the season (72) and average saves per game (4.5), as well as earning his first Big East Goalkeeper of the Week title last August. With another productive season under his belt, we’re looking forward to watching Gandhi and the Blue Devils this fall.
Zivana Labovic, M- Michigan State University
In Zivana’s junior season, she and the Spartans made program history – going undefeated in the Big Ten, setting the program’s single-season win record, and making their first NCAA tournament bid since 2009. Zivana tallied 2 goals and 5 assists, making a solid impact for MSU in crucial matches near the end of the regular season. Heading into her senior year, we’re excited to see what’s in store!
Laura Butler, M- Colorado School of Mines
Laura’s sophomore season with the Orediggers was nothing short of exceptional. Setting many personal bests after logging 7 goals, 6 assists, and making both the RMAC First Team and All-Tournament Team. After finishing the 2022 season with a record of 18-2-3 and making it to the DII NCAA quarterfinals, we expect to see continued success for Laura and the team this season.
Jack Finnegan, F- University of Wisconsin-Madison
In Jack’s junior season as a Badger, he tallied 4 goals, 6 assists, and started 13 of the 16 games he played in. Jack was also named to the Top Drawer Soccer Team of the Week for his performances against both Utah Tech and Tulsa. With one more season ahead, we’re excited to see Jack continue to make an impact this fall.
Bella Diorio, D- Texas Christian University
Incoming freshman Bella Diorio is set to be an impactful player this fall with the Frogs following her tremendous career at both the club & high school level. Along with her contributions to the successes of the 04/05 select girl’s team, Bella is ranked #59 by Prep Soccer following her high school season, was named an All-American, and broke her high school’s single season scoring record after notching 41 goals this past spring. We can’t wait to see what’s in store for her this season.
Mimi Van Zanten, M- Florida State University
Also set to make her collegiate debut this fall, Mimi and the #1 pre-season ranked Seminoles are certainly going to be a team to watch. Having represented Jamaica at the U20 Concacaf Championship, helping our U18/19 team to a National Championship in 2021, and winning Conference Player of the Year for her high school this past spring amongst other accolades, the future is bright for Mimi’s collegiate career.