Two LI Girls Soccer Stars Commit To Big East Schools

Big East, Jill Mapley, Celina Falzarano
From left: Jill Mapley and Celina Falzarano.

Colleges across the country are announcing high school commitments for the 2018 season. In a continuing series, will highlight those Long Island players that are about to embark on the next step of their playing careers.

Below, we highlight the players who will play their college ball at Big East schools beginning this fall.

Providence College

Celina Falzarano — Forward — Roslyn Heights – Roslyn High School
Falzarano is one of six newcomers joining Friars head coach Sam Lopes’ team for the 2018 season.

In high school, she earned four varsity letters and captained the soccer team for one season. Falzarano scored 21 goals during her high school campaign and was named Nassau/Suffolk County High School Soccer Freshman of the Year in 2014. She was also named Nassau County Girls Soccer Conference Player of the Year in 2014 and was named to the High School All-County Team in 2014 and 2015.

She plays her club ball with Albertson Fury.

“When I took my first step on the Providence College campus I knew it was going to be the perfect fit with a great curriculum, incredible facilities and an amazing soccer program,” Falzarano said. “I just knew I wanted to be a part of the Friar family.”


Jill Mapley — Midfield — East Moriches — Westhampton Beach High School
Mapley is one of 13 new players for head coach Chris McLain. She is a member of the East Meadow SC club and served as team captain from four years and attended Elite Clubs National League Player Development Program North East (2014, 2015, 2016) and US Soccer Id2 Training Camp (2014, 2015). Mapley was also a member of the ODP State Tournament Team in 2012

In high school, she earned four varsity letters and served as team captain during her junior and senior season. Earned All-State (2016, 2017) and All-Conference honors (2015) and led the team in scoring during the 2016 and 2017 season.

McLain on Mapley: “A young Steven Gerrard, silky smooth. Jill is going to be an exciting player to develop in our system. She is exceptional at deceptive passes in the final third and is great at connecting back lines with front lines.”