THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 05, 2009
JU women’s lacrosse announces first signing class
With its inaugural season set for the spring of 2010, the JU women’s lacrosse team announces the signing of 18 players that will make up that team.

JU head coach Mindy McCord has brought in a talented class that will make up the core of her team, joining the more than 10 players that are sitting out this year as redshirts.

“I am so pleased with this group of young women that are coming to JU and will be a critical part of the building process of this program,” McCord said. “They know they are blazing a trail for the future and are excited about the challenge.”

Nicole Albino – Northport High School (East Northport, N.Y.)

A three-year starter at Northport High School, she led Northport to the county championship and an 18-3 record. As a sophomore, she led Northport to a 17-3 record and the county finals…a member of the honor roll and a scholar athlete. Also played soccer for three years, earning all-league and all-conference honors as a senior. Member of the Long Island Yellow Jackets club program.

Cassie Campassano – West Islip High School (West Islip, N.Y.)

A three-year starter at West Islip, she helped lead the Lions to the division title as a junior. Put up 54 goals and 25 assists as a junior, earning Division 1 all-tournament team honors. Was the leading scorer at West Islip as a sophomore. Played with the Long Island Yellow Jackets in club play, being selected to the under-17 team. Earned all-Galaxy Club nationals award winner…also lettered in field hockey, leading West Islip to the division title her final two years.

Hannah Collins – Houston High School (Collierville, Tenn.)

A three-time letterwinner at Houston, leading the Mustangs to the regional championship as a junior. Had saves on 60 percent of the shots as a junior to earn first team all-state honors. Named to the Southeast regional team and was selected as an academic All-America honoree. As a sophomore, she saved 64 percent of the shots faced, earning second team all-state honors. A four-time honor roll selection, she is also a member of the National Honor Society, the National Spanish Honor Society and was Model United Nations President.

Ashley Deckman – St. Mary’s High School (Annapolis, Md.)

A three-year letterwinner at St. Mary’s…named team captain as a junior, anchoring the defense. Helped lead St. Mary’s to a 16-2 record last season. Member of CC Lax club program. Comes from a lacrosse family, with both of her parents playing collegiately. Her grandfather, Joe Deckman, was a first team all-America selection and a member of the Maryland Athletics Hall of Fame.

Carly Garrison – Olympia High School (Orlando, Fla.)

A three-year letterwinner at Olympia High School, Garrison led the Titans to the district championship a year ago. Racked up a 29-9 record over the past two seasons. Scored 40 goals, with 22 assists, 45 ground balls and 38 draw controls as a junior…named team captain, first team all-district and first team all-metro. Earned honorable mention All-America recognition. As a sophomore, she scored 53 goals, had 22 assists, 52 ground balls and 24 draw controls to earn best midfield honors, as well as first team all-district and first team all-metro. Played club lacrosse for the Lax Maniax, earning MVP of the All-In Tournament during this past summer. Member of the National Honor Society. Comes from an athletic family as her father played football at Cornell, serving as team captain in 1985.

Elizabeth Gatch – Lake Mary High School (Longwood, Fla.)

A three-year letterwinner at Lake Mary High School, leading the Rams to three straight district runner up finishes. Had 14 goals and seven assists as a junior, picking up 33 ground balls and forced 25 turnovers with 14 draw controls. Earned all-conference honorable mention for her efforts while being named team captain. As a sophomore, she racked up five goals to go along with 44 ground balls, 17 forced turnovers and six draw controls. Member of the National Honor Society and Spanish Honor Society. Also lettered in diving for two years at Lake Mary.

Celita Gorman – The Woodland High School (The Woodlands, Texas)

Two-time Texas Girls High School Lacrosse League Division I state champions (2006-2007) and runner up in 2008. A four-time letterwinner as a defensive midfielder, lead Woodland in goals, total points, ground balls, and caused turnovers. Selected to the National Tournament first Team of Texas, member of XTEAM club program, and was named to the Galaxy honorable mention all-America Team in 2007.

Rachel Hannon – Arch Bishop Spalding High School (Severn, Md.)

Three-year letterwinner in lacrosse and field hockey at Arch Bishop Spalding. Scored three goals with one assist as a junior, with 33 ground balls, 36 take-aways and 20 draw controls. Named second team all-county selection. Conference all star. Led her team to national ranking as a junior, finishing 20th according to Laxpower.com. Member of CC Lax club. Second team all-galaxy league and a U.S. Lacrosse Academic All-America selection. Maryland distinguished scholar. Two-year letterwinner in swimming.

Amanda Hurley – Columbus High School (Columbus, Ga.)

A three-year letterwinner at Columbus High School. Led the team to a 14-5 record as a junior and the region championship. Scored 62 goals last season, with 66 ground balls and 30 draw controls. Named to the all-state team and was selected to the Georgia all-star team. Scored 41 goals as a sophomore with 15 draw controls and 30 ground balls. Named attacker of the year and midfield of the year at CHS. Also a four-time letterwinner in volleyball, she led Columbus to the state championship as a junior.

Jocelyn Jamison- Westminster High School (Westminster, Md.)

A two year varsity starter both in lacrosse and field hockey...tied for county championship...lead team to two state semi-finals championships 2007-2008...Member of Heros lacrosse club for 5 years...currently coaches a youth lacrosse in her area. She comes from a great line of lacrosse in her family, her sister has been a two year starter at George Mason University and her cousin plays professional men’s lacrosse for the Denver Outlaws and New York Titans.

Rachel Krell – Apopka High School (Apopka, Fla.)

2009 Captain. 2008 top scorer. Three-year letterwinner and varsity starter as an attacking midfielder. 2008 U.S. Lacrosse Academic All-American. Member of Lax Maniax premier club program 2008 National Team. Member of the southeastern Lax Maniax Championship Team.

Brianna Kitchelt – Gleneig High School (Glenwood, Md.)

A three-year starter for Gleneig High School, leading the Gladiators to a 16-4 record and the state championship last season. Named first team all-county as a junior and second team all-county as a sophomore. Playing for the Heros Lacrosse Club, she led the team to the Vail Shootout championship this past summer and was selected to play for the Mid-Atlantic region in the national lacrosse tournament in 2008. Also starred in field hockey, earning second team all-county honors as a junior.

Brianna Lively – Farmingdale High School (Farmingdale, N.Y.)

Three-year letterwinner at Farmingdale High School. Led Farmingdale to the state finals as well as the Nassau County and Long Island championships. Has two uncles that played lacrosse for four years at West Point. Had one goal, three assists and eight ground balls from her defense position as a junior. Three-year member of the varsity soccer team. A three-year member of Long Island Yellow Jackets club program.

Rachel Mueller – Northview High School (Alpharetta, Ga.)

A two-year letterwinner at Northview High School, leading the Titans to the state quarterfinals a year ago and the state championship game as a sophomore. The team leader in forced turnovers and ground balls, playing defense and midfield. Named defensive MVP and was second in the state. Leader in ground balls and assists as a sophomore, earning team MVP honors. Also lettered in soccer. Earned the USSA National English Merit Award and a member of the National Honor Society. Comes from an athletic family, with her father John playing baseball at Kent State; her uncle Frank Woods played baseball for four years at Boston College and one year with Boston Red Sox; with her mother playing field hockey at Ohio University.

Stephanie Peterson – South River High School (Edgewater, Md.)

A three-year letterwinner at South River High School, starting the past two years. Led the Seahawks to the region semifinals the past three seasons. Had 22 goals, 33 assists and 30 ground balls as a junior, earning second team all-country honors, playing as an attacker. As a sophomore midfielder, she scored 10 goals to go along with nine assists and 28 ground balls. As a member of the CC Lax Black club team she earned first team all-Galaxy in 2007. Lettered four years as a forward in field hockey and three years in indoor track.

Ellen Spangenberg – Ovideo High School (Chuluoya, Fla.)

A three-year letterwinner at Ovideo High School, leading the Lions to a regional title last season and a 14-8 record. A member of the National Honor Society and French Honor Society. Named U.S. Lacrosse Academic All-America team member. As a junior at midfield, she racked up 51 goals, dished out 34 assists to go with 74 draw controls and 17 forced turnovers. Earned U.S. Lacrosse first team high school All-America honors, along with first team all-Central Florida, DeBeers first team all-state, Seminole County all-conference and Team MVP. As a sophomore midfielder, she had 16 interceptions and 15 ground balls. Was ranked No. 2 at the LaxRatings national combine and was second team al-conference. Played club lacrosse for the Lax Maniax, earning Elite Central Florida Player of the Year honors in 2008. She comes from an athletic family, with her mother playing field hockey at Syracuse.

Katie Thompson – Queen Anne’s County High School (Centreville, Md.)

A three-year letterwinner at Queen Anne’s High County High School in lacrosse. Led the Lions to the region championship as a sophomore. Earned scholar-athlete award as a junior. As a sophomore, she was named a master of sports, earning three varsity letters. Also lettered in soccer and indoor track, racing in the mile event. Played for the Chesapeake Lacrosse Club, earning second team all-Galaxy honors this past summer.

Karli Tobin – Morrestown High School (Morrestown, N.J.)

A three-year letterwinner in field hockey and lacrosse at Morrestown. Made 89 saves as a junior, with a save percentage of 59 percent. Led Morrestown to back-to-back state championships (they have won nine straight entering this season), earning second team all-Burlington County and second team all-south Jersey honors. Had 93 saves as a sophomore, with a 53 percent save percentage. Member of SJS Club team, winning Lax by the Sea tournament. 2008 Upper Atlantic three team member of the National Lacrosse Tournament.

Carly VanZaten – Pallotti High School (Edgewater, Md.)

A two-year starter at Pallotti High School, leading the Panthers to a 10-3 record and the IAAM conference title as a junior, the team’s first-ever winning season. A starter at attack, she put up 10 points or more in a game four times, finishing the season ranked second in the IAAM with 103 points. Had 79 goals, 24 assists, three interceptions and 81 ground balls, earning all-conference honors. Named to honorable mention to The Washington Post all-metro team. Member of CC Lax club program.

Abbie Warnken – Barron Collier High School (Naples, Fla.)

Four-time letterwinner at Barron Collier, leading the team to the state championship a year ago with a perfect 18-0 record. Named team MVP after earning first team all-district, all-league, all-region to go along with honorable mention all-state and All-American honors. Earned MVP honors as a sophomore as well. Also lettered in soccer all four years.