High school girls soccer

Vangel earns All-State recognition at Loomis Chaffee School

High school junior is former soccer standout for Camden Hills
By Staff | Dec 28, 2012

Windsor, Conn. — Melanie Vangel, a former athletic standout at Camden Hills Regional High School and Camden-Rockport Middle School, has received Connecticut Girls Soccer Coaches' Association All-State prep school honors for her standout play on the pitch in the fall.

Vangel is a junior student-athlete at Loomis Chaffee School.

The Loomis Chaffee athletics department recently gathered with varsity student-athletes, their parents, coaches and Head of School Sheila Culbert to celebrate the accomplishments of Pelican fall sports teams.

Director of athletics Bob Howe and other members of the athletic department bestowed honors upon Pelican student-athletes for their participation and dedication to the school's varsity teams.

Vangel was one of those honored.

The Pelican girls soccer squad was led by second-year coach Carey O’Brien, who joined the Loomis Chaffee team after spending eight seasons as an assistant coach at the University of Connecticut. She also is a former professional player.

“Whether I am coaching a player who wants to play college soccer or a player who simply enjoys the game and the camaraderie of being on a team, it is my goal that the players have a rewarding and enjoyable experience," O'Brien said. "I want the players who go through this program to bring out the best and showcase the greatest aspects of what Loomis Chaffee comprises: excellent students, hard-working and motivated student-athletes, and caring people.”

The foundation of Loomis Chaffee squad is based on a commitment to the team, a desire to work hard, and dedication to the sport. While all players are encouraged to participate in a variety of sports and extracurricular activities, many play soccer throughout the year and have aspirations of playing college soccer.

One of those is Vangel, who, as a freshman at Camden Hills (before transferring to Cape Elizabeth as a sophomore and then to Loomis as a junior), was the most dynamic, explosive offensive threat in the Midcoast, compiling 32 goals and three assists.

The Pelicans returned nine players with varsity experience in 2012.

Recent Loomis graduates have continued on to play at Boston College, Columbia University in New York City, Penn State in University Park, Pa., Stanford in California, Wake Forest University in Winston-Salem, N.C. and the University of Connecticut.

A perennial contender for the New England championship, Loomis has proven to be one of the top teams in the area and attracts some of the most talented student-athletes from across the country, as well as internationally. The team has won five New England Class A titles since 2000.

The Loomis Chaffee School is an internationally-recognized college preparatory school for grades 9-12 that fosters critical thinking and a global perspective in talented students. Since 1914, the school has offered educational opportunities for boys and girls. This year, Loomis Chaffee awarded $7.9 million in financial aid to 34 percent of the student body. The school's 650 students represent 31 countries and 30 U.S. states.

The school has 60 interscholastic varsity, junior varsity and freshmen teams. Loomis Chaffee is a member of the New England Preparatory School Athletic Council (NEPSAC), and a member of the Founders League, a group of 10 Connecticut private schools that compete for the title in 25 sports.

Courier Publications sports staff can be reached by phone at 207-594-4401 or by email at sports@courierpublicationsllc.com.

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