Boca Raton, Fla.
St. Thomas Aquinas HS
CROMWELL ON DECESPEDES... "Michelle is a very versatile player. She strikes the ball very well and brings a toughness to the field. Last year, she eagerly changed positions and played wide in the back for us. That may be where she finds a lot of her time this year."
2006... Started 14 of the 18 matches she played in the backfield...recorded 12 shots, including four on goal...assisted the Golden Knights' defense in blanking Florida Atlantic, Fresno State, No. 9 Rice, UAB and Marshall.
2005... Played in all 22 matches, earning a starting nod in 13...recorded two goals and two assists for six points...netted a career-high two goals at UC-Santa Barbara...picked up an assist in consecutive games against East Carolina and Marshall.
PRIOR TO UCF... A four-year letterwinner and starter at St. Thomas Aquinas High School...team advanced to the state finals twice...recorded 199 points while at St. Thomas Aquinas, including 32 goals and 14 assists her senior year...named 2003 Class 3A Player of the Year by the Florida High School Sports Writers Association...also earned all-state first team that same year...twice selected Sun Sentinel All-Broward County, including a spot on the first team in 2003...a member of the ODP Florida State Team for five years...was selected the ODP Region III Team in 2000 and Region Pool in 2002...won three straight Florida State Cup Championships as a member of the Team Boca Blaze Club in 2001-U16, 2002-U17 and the Hillsborough County United Club Team in 2003-U18.
PERSONAL... Daughter of Luis and Laura DeCespedes...major is psychology.