DURHAM, N.H. -- Sandy Bridgeman, the 10th-year head coach of the University of New Hampshire women's lacrosse program, has announced that seven student-athletes have signed a National Letter of Intent to be a UNH Wildcat in the fall 2006 semester.
Emily George (Shaker Heights, Ohio) and Missy Hamilton (Hopkinton, Mass.) will join the Wildcats' attack while Mikki Ekfelt (Falls Church, Va.) and Kellen Millard (Ipswich, Mass.) will be new additions to the UNH midfield. Shaunna Kaplan (Framingham, Mass.) and Susie Piotrkowski (North Franklin, Conn.) play both attack and midfield, and the only newcomer on the defensive side of the field is goalkeeper Natalie Jones (Penn Yan, N.Y.).
"We're very excited about this class," Bridgeman stated. "We brought in a number of players at midfield and attack because that was our primary focus. This is a diverse group with regards to the types of skills and strengths each player possesses, and it is a group that brings both speed and size to our program."
Ekfelt, out of St. Stephen's & St. Agnes School, was a 2005 Academic All-America honoree who also letters in basketball. She led SS & SA to a No. 2 national ranking in the LaxPower poll and also plays on the Future Elite club team.
George earned 2005 First Team All-League honors at Shaker Heights High School, where she led the team to the 2003 state championship and a runner-up finish in 2004. George also plays on the XTeam club team.
Hamilton comes to UNH from Lawrence Academy, where she letters in lacrosse, field hockey and basketball. In lacrosse, Hamilton is a two-time ISL All-League selection, two-time team MVP and NEPSWLA All-Star Team selection.
Jones attends Penn Yan Academy and also plays on the Finger Lakes Force club team. She has garnered All-League First Team as well as New York Section 5 Defensive MVP honors. Jones led Penn Yan to the 2004 state title and her team to the gold medal at the Empire State Games.
Kaplan earned 2005 Boston Globe and Boston Herald All-Scholastic honors at Framingham High School. She has also been a Bay State League First Team All Star and led Framingham to the Division 1 North title in 2004 and 2005. In soccer, Kaplan was named to the 2005 All-State Team after leading the team to the Division 1 North title, and she will continue her soccer career with the UNH women's team.
Millard led Pingree School to the 2005 EIL league championship. Her high school honors include All-Galaxy Honorable Mention and EIL Honorable Mention. Millard plays for the Team Rev club team. Piotrkowski is a standout at Norwich Free Academy, where she garnered the team's Offensive Player of the Year award in 2004 and 2005, and plays for the New Lax club team. She was named New London Day Player of the Year and was an All-Galaxy Team selection in 2005.
New Hampshire has made a league-record eight consecutive appearances in the America East Championship and advanced to the championship game each of the past four years.