Veteran Fullback Joining Varsity Reds

Fullback Shannon Armitage, seen in action with the University of Maine Black Bears, is returning to Canada and will join the Varsity Reds, beginning in the 2018-19 season.
(Photo: Black Bears Athletics)
Fullback Shannon Armitage, seen in action with the University of Maine Black Bears, is returning to Canada and will join the Varsity Reds, beginning in the 2018-19 season. (Photo: Black Bears Athletics)

(FREDERICTON, NB) Good things come to those that wait.

That holds true for Shannon Armitage and the UNB Varsity Reds women’s soccer program.

After two years at the University of Maine, Armitage is returning north of the border. She's signed a U SPORTS Letter of Intent, and will join the Varsity Reds this fall.

With multiple options in Atlantic Canada, the focus on success and the supportive environment were key factors that led the fullback and Halifax native to UNB.

“I chose UNB because I want to have a great soccer experience at the university level, and also develop more as a player,” she said. “The main thing for me that separated UNB from my other options was how close the team was, and making me feel a part of it even though I’m not at the school yet.”

Armitage is coming off two seasons with the University of Maine Black Bears, where she played in 24 games.

“We wanted Shannon at UNB coming out of high school,” said Varsity Reds head coach Jon Crossland. “For her to join us after two years at Maine is a welcome addition in terms of playing ability and experience.”

“The coaches are really caring about the players,” said Armitage. “The team is very focused and wants nothing but success.“

Armitage had a great deal of success during her youth soccer days, representing Nova Scotia on provincial teams that captured four Atlantic Championships. As well, she was a member of the Halifax County side, which, at the time, featured current Varsity Reds Emily and Rachael Burton.

Armitage was also part of the Soccer Canada-Soccer Nova Scotia Rex Program, a best on best program that has placed numerous players on national teams or into national team camps.

Crossland and Armitage both believe her experience at the NCAA level will be valuable in her transition to the Varsity Reds.

“My game is aggressive and positive, that meaning having an aggressive mentality, trusting one another, playing for each other, having each other’s backs and to get the best outcome possible,” said Armitage.

“We played Shannon’s Maine team last spring. She was noticeable in the game, getting up and down the field, being aggressive and hard to play against,” said Crossland. “She has an edge, and can play on both sides of the ball. She’ll endear herself to her teammates and our supporters quickly in the fall.”

Armitage will study in the Arts faculty, pursuing a degree in Psychology, with the end goal of becoming an RCMP officer.