DURHAM, N.C. – An All-American goalkeeper will be calling Durham home, as head coach Robbie Church announced the addition of Holly Stam to the eighth-ranked 2018 Duke women’s soccer signing class.
An Ipswich, Mass., native, Stam rounds out Duke’s list of Top 150 recruits, coming to Durham at No. 115 on the chart and the 11th-ranked goalie in the nation. The High School All-American recently wrapped up a 2017 season that saw the team captain lead Pingree School to its second-straight Eastern Independent League title. She has been named All-State, EIL All-League and a Salem News All-Star each of the last two years, while garnering MVP honors at the High School All-American game.
Stam is a member of the Boston Breakers Academy and has led her squad to State Cup titles in 2015-16 and NPL Nationals and National Cup victories in 2016. Stam was an invitee to the U-14 U.S. Soccer National Team Training Camp in 2014 and has been a member of the ODP Region 1 Team from 2014-17.
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Holly Stam | Goalkeeper | Ipswich, Mass. (Pingree School)
Robbie Church on Holly Stam: “Holly is one of the top goalkeepers in the country and she has great range on controlling crosses and has a big kicking game as well. She also brings a big presence in goal and is fearless no matter the situation. We look forward to getting Holly into our program and her becoming a member of the DWS family. Adding her into this mix of goalkeepers that we have, there should be some great battles in goal for us over the next couple years.”
Holly Stam on Joining Duke: “I chose Duke because I want to win an NCAA National Championship, and to push myself to develop not only as a player, but as a student as well. It was the perfect combination of great athletics and top-notch academics.”
National Team Experience: Took part in the U.S. Soccer U-14 National Team Training Camp in Portland, Ore., in 2014.
High School: Ranked as the 115th best player in TopDrawerSoccer’s Top 150 … Tabbed as the nation’s 11th-best goalkeeper and the Northeast region’s 10th-best player … Two-time All-State honoree (2016-17) and team captain at Pingree High School in South Hamilton, Mass. Who led her side to the EIL Championship in 2016 and 2017 … Posted 31 career shutouts and paced her team to undefeated seasons in her final two years … A 2017 All-American that was invited to the 2017 High School All-American game and earned MVP honors … Also tabbed her team’s MVP in 2017 … Tabbed a Salem News All-Star in 2016 and 2017, as well as EIL All-League … Captured the 2016 NEPSAC Class B Championship … A member of the varsity basketball squad through her junior year … High Honor Roll selection … Earned Distinction Awards in math, science and history as a junior.
ODP/Club: An ODP Region 1 Team selection from 2014 to 2017 … Participated in ODP Interregionals in Boca Raton from 2014-16 and was tabbed an ODP Interregional All-Star and Best GK in 2014 and 2016 … Invited to the ODP Costa Rica International Trip in 2015 and 2016, winning the tournament in the latter trip … Also invited to the ODP Barcelona MIC International Cup in 2017 … Member of the Boston Breakers Academy … Took part in the Puma Women’s Elite Showcase in 2015 … Captured the State Cup in 2015 and 2016, while also winning NPL Nationals and National Cup Nationals in 2016 … TopDrawerSoccer National Cup XV Finals Best XI selection in 2016.
Personal: Born Holland Anabel Sanna Stam on June 23, 2000 in Boston, Mass. … Daughter of Kim and Kurt Stam of Ipswich, Mass. … Has two sisters, Liberty (14) and Brooklyn (20).