December 22, 2009

WOMEN'S LACROSSE ANNOUNCES SIX NLI SIGNINGS

DURHAM, N.H. -- A talented and athletic group of six high school seniors, two each from Pennsylvania, Connecticut and New Hampshire, have signed a National Letter of Intent to attend the University of New Hampshire and compete for the Wildcat women's lacrosse team during the 2011 season, it has been announced by first-year head coach Michael Daly.

Joining the UNH Wildcats next fall from the state of Pennsylvania are defender Jamie DePetris (Radnor; Archbishop John Carroll H.S.) and attacker Jaymie Tabor (Coatesville; Downingtown H.S. West). The new Wildcats from the state of Connecticut are attacker Meghan Bridges (Sandy Hook; Newtown H.S.) and defender Brittany Conner (Wilton; Wilton H.S.). Rounding out the class of 2010 from the Granite State (NH) are midfielders Kacie Connal (Derry; Pinkerton Academy) and Molly Gaffey (North Hampton; Winnacunnet H.S.).

"I am very excited about my first recruiting class for UNH lacrosse as the new head coach," Daly stated. "We have lofty goals for this class and for the UNH program, and this special class will no doubt help us attain our program goals of winning conference championships and returning to the NCAA tournament.

“Overall, I think we have a very athletic and talented class that can provide strength at all positions and each person will positively impact the UNH community both on and off the field from day one,” Daly added. “In addition, each recruit brings proven leadership qualities and a desire to be part of a championship program."

Jamie DePetris, Defense, Radnor, Pa., Archbishop John Carroll H.S.
DePetris, a two-time selection to the prestigious National Tournament, is a four-year letterwinner at Archbishop John Carroll High School who was recently elected team captain for the Patriots. She helped the lacrosse team win three straight Philadelphia catholic league titles as well as the District 12 championship in ’09. The defender was named to the All-County First Team last year as a junior, when she recorded 29 ground balls, 25 caused turnovers and 19 draw controls. DePetris also earned second team All-County honors as a sophomore. She is a three-year member of the varsity field hockey team and was captain as a senior. She helped the Patriots win two straight Philadelphia catholic league titles as well as the District 12 championship in ’09. DePetris, who also starred for the Phantastix club team, is ranked in the top 10% of her class and plans to study Liberal Arts at UNH.

Coach Daly on DePetris: "Jamie is a versatile defender who brings a tremendous work ethic, leadership skill set, as well as strong communication and team defensive skills to her position. She should immediately impact our team defense with her highly developed 1-v-1, field vision and help-defense abilities."

Jaymie Tabor, Attack, Coatesville, Pa., Downingtown H.S. West
Tabor, a 2009 Academic All-America Team selection, is a four-year letterwinner for the Downington High School, where she earned All-Ches-Mont League Second Team and All-Phillylacrosse.com Honorable Mention as a junior, when she helped the Whippets capture their second straight Ches-Mont league title while reaching the second round of the District 1 playoffs. The attack recorded 54 goals, 22 assists and 21 draw controls last year despite missing part of the season due to injuries. Tabor tallied 68 goals, 22 assists and 57 draw controls as a sophomore. She also was a four-year letterwinner for the soccer team, which won its fourth consecutive Ches-Mont League title while capturing its second state championship in three years, and garnered All-Ches-Mont League First Team accolades. Tabor played for the Pennsylvania Express club team and plans to study nursing at UNH.

Coach Daly on Tabor: "Jaymie is a quick and talented midfielder/attacker who has great game sense. She is a skilled and deceptive dodger and natural goal scorer with a keen sense as both a finisher and feeder. She will make an immediate impact at UNH on attack as well as with our draw control and riding units. We expect her to develop into a key component of our attack/midfield units during her career."

Meghan Bridges, Attack, Sandy Hook, Conn., Newtown H.S.
Bridges is a four-year letterwinner who was recently elected team captain for the Newtown High School girls lacrosse team. She helped the Nighthawks win five straight SWC championships, including last year when she recorded 47 goals, 26 assists, 19 draw controls and 28 ground ball controls to garner All-SWC Colonial Team honors. Bridges was also selected to the prestigious Connecticut Super Junior Team as a junior. She earned SWC All-Academic honors in her two years as a member of the soccer team, and also played one year of basketball. Bridges, who played for the CT Lightning club team, plans to study business administration at UNH and has applied to the Honors Program.

Coach Daly on Bridges: "Meghan is a very athletic and quick attacker who excels as both a feeder and crease attacker with an instinctive game sense and dodging skills. With her athleticism and change of speeds and deceptive dodges, we think Megan will be a key component of both our fast and settled attacking units, as well as our ride, in the years to come at UNH."

Brittany Conner, Defense, Wilton, Conn., Wilton H.S.
Conner, who is a two-year letterwinner for Wilton High School, received All-State First Team and All-FCIAC First Team accolades while recording 31 ground balls and six caused turnovers as a junior. The defender was also selected to the Western Lower New England Team #1 for the National Tournament. Conner also lettered at Vero Beach H.S. (Florida) as a freshman and sophomore before relocating to Wilton. She led the Fighting Indians to the Florida state lacrosse championship as a sophomore, when she was also named to the Southeast Team #1 for the National Tournament. Conner, who played for the XTEAM club team, plans to study hospitality and management at UNH.

Coach Daly on Conner: "Brittany is a physical and tough defensive-midfielder, and is a tenacious competitor who has great footwork, speed, stickwork and competitiveness that will allow her to contribute right away to our aggressive team defense. We expect Brittany to play an important role in our defensive transition and press/ride due to her exceptional 1-v-1 skills and quickness/closing speed in transition."

Kacie Connal, Midfield, Derry, N.H., Pinkerton Academy
Connal, a four-year letterwinner for Pinkerton Academy, earned All-State First Team honors as a sophomore and junior while leading the Astros in scoring both seasons. She was also named one of the top 10 NH high school players last year by three publications – Union Leader, Eagle Tribune and Varsity magazine. The midfielder was selected to the prestigious Upper New England First Team each of the past two years. In her three years as a volleyball letterwinner, Connal broke the Astros’ record for career kills (638) and was named to the Union Leader All-Star Team. Connal, who played for the Granite State Elite club team, is an honor roll student who plans to study occupational therapy at UNH.

Coach Daly on Connal: "Kacie is a skilled and extremely versatile midfielder/attacker who has a great work ethic and competitiveness. We expect her to contribute immediately to our midfield on the draws and in transition play. Due to her exceptional finishing skills around the cage and ability to set her teammates up with feeds, there is no doubt Kacie also will excel right away and strengthen our balanced attack unit. "

Molly Gaffey, Midfield, North Hampton, N.H., Winnacunnet H.S.
Gaffey, a four-year letterwinner at Winnacunnet High School, earned All-State honors as both a junior and sophomore and was recently elected team captain for her senior season. She was named to the 2009 UnderArmour All-America New England Girls All-Star Team after recording 26 goals and 23 assists that season. As a sophomore, Gaffey was selected to the Upper New England Second Team as well as team MVP. She is also a three-year letterwinner for the Warriors’ soccer team. Gaffey played for the Seacoast United club team.

Coach Daly on Gaffey: "Molly is a quick and aggressive defensive-midfielder who has a great game sense, vision and tremendous speed. She should help contribute to our defense and the midfield right away. Molly’s competitive drive, athleticism and aggressive style, especially on 50/50 balls, is a perfect fit for our team defense and our up-tempo pressing/riding unit."

This group of student-athletes joins a UNH women’s lacrosse program that has advanced to the America East Championship tournament a league-record 12 consecutive years.

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