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College Commitment: Ashley Cirilla

By Evan Unger, 02/17/21, 12:45PM EST


Ashley Cirilla comes from a family of athletes. Her parents both played Division I sports at University of Albany, her mother playing basketball and her father playing baseball. While playing a different sport at a different school, Ashley is the next generation of Cirilla’s to become a Division I athlete, and will be playing for Binghamton University next Fall. 

With the Albany Alleycats 03 Girls, Cirilla helped the team win the 2019 ENYYSA State Cup championship, and participated in the 2019 USYS Eastern Regional Championships. For league play, the team participates in the USYS National League Conferences. She was also an active member of the ODP program, playing on the ENYYSA ODP team and also the USYS East Regional team, where she traveled internationally with the squad of top players from the region.

With Schalmont High School, Cirilla was a key player in the school's 2019 run to the Sectional Title. From 2015-2019, she has helped the school win 4 out of the 5 sectional titles. As a junior in 2019, she was named to the Class B All Section Team in Section II and also named All-State during the season. The 2020 season was postponed due to COVID-19. At University of Binghamton, she will join former high school teammate and EDP Foundation Scholarship Winner Davia Rossi

On selecting Binghamton University Cirilla commented, “Choosing a college to attend has probably been one of the hardest decisions of my life so far.  Binghamton had been one of my top college choices since I started the recruitment process. I always knew playing Division I soccer was a dream of mine, and Binghamton has a strong and growing program. It was the perfect distance from home where I can compete at a high level playing the sport I love under an amazing staff, getting a top education, and all while being able to see my family! I am beyond happy with my choice and have high hopes moving forward into my freshman year in the fall of 2021!”

When speaking about her experience playing with Albany Alleycats, Cirilla stated “I have been a member of the Albany Alleycats academy since I was 8 years old.  I’ve grown up in this club and have met a family that I know will be supportive of me forever. This club has allowed me to become the player I am today, but most importantly, they have shaped me into the woman I’m striving to become. The Alleycats have always provided us girls with a competitive environment, whether it’s in practice, games, or tournaments. Training with the Alleycats has prepared me for what’s to come and I’m only going to work harder from here. I want to thank all of my coaches, teammates and the Alleycat program as a whole. I wouldn’t be where I am today if it wasn’t for all of them!”