Feb. 3, 2014
"We are very excited to have Sydney join our program and feel she will be a great addition to our team," Baker said. "With the loss of two talented senior goalkeepers from last year's roster - Courtney Zwetsch and Lauren Berlingo - it was important to bring in an experienced keeper."
Drinkwater, a goalkeeper from Merritt Island, Fla., comes to FAU as a transfer from USF. The 5-foot, 9-inch sophomore played in two matches for the Bulls as a freshman, totaling 85 minutes without allowing a goal. Drinkwater earned her first career victory over Arkansas-Pine Bluff on Aug. 23 with 55 minutes of shutout play.
At Merritt Island High School, she led her team to the 2010 State Championship and was named MVP. Drinkwater recorded 10 shutouts in 2010, making 110 saves on the season. In her junior year, she earned 16 shutouts, followed by 17 shutouts and 125 saves in her senior campaign. For her career under head coach Scott Carswell, Drinkwater posted a goal percentage of just .44.
"She shares our vision of where we want to take things here and is willing to work extremely hard to better herself," Baker said. "Working with Coach [Michael] Crane and the other members of the team this spring will be invaluable in preparations for the fall season."
Carter joins the squad from Auckland, New Zealand. A transfer from Massey University, the 5-foot, 6-inch center/midfielder also played for Fencibles United of the New Zealand Football League. She scored her first career goal in a win against Papua New Guinea on April 10, 2012 in a contest between the two under-20 teams.
"We feel fortunate to have one of New Zealand's brightest young talents here at Florida Atlantic," Baker said. "She has a very good skill base and will be a big part of our future midfield."
Carter was named the Fencibles United Player of the Year in 2009 and 2010 and won the Outstanding Achievement Award in 2012. She was the captain of her team at Baradene College, where she was named MVP in 2009, 2010 and 2011. Carter played in 207 games under coach Mike Stephen and was named the MVP of the winter tournament in 2010. She led her team to the championship at the XI Secondary Schools Tournament in 2011 and earned the title of Female Player of the Tournament at the Australasian Croatian Tournament.
"We needed a personality player that understands the game at a high level and were honored when Lucy chose FAU," Baker said. "She has room for growth and development which makes her future very bright. The spring training sessions will allow her to integrate into the team and get a feel for our system of play."