DURHAM, N.H. -- University of New Hampshire women's lacrosse head coach Michael Daly, in his third season at the helm of the program, announced Wednesday the signing of five high school lacrosse players to a National Letter of Intent. They will attend UNH beginning in the Fall 2012 semester.
Genevieve Eby (Towson, Md.), Nicole Grote (Ellicott City, Md.), Annie Lynch (Centerport, N.Y.), Laura McHoul (Westwood, Mass.) and Hannah Wohltmann (Towson, Md.) comprise the quintet of future UNH Wildcats.
"I am very excited about our 2012 recruits," Daly said. "These five student-athletes bring not only talent on the field, but off the field as elite students and leaders. This 2012 class brings speed, athleticism and skill at each field position. All five of these recruits embody the future of UNH women's lacrosse. Their competitive drive, hard work, and ability to change the course of the game will help get us where we want to go in the future at UNH.
"This special and talented group has already achieved high levels of success in the classroom and on the playing field in high school, and all have earned and excelled in key leadership positions as well," Daly added. "We are excited for them to make an immediate impact on our UNH women's lacrosse program and at UNH in the classroom and the community."
Eby, a senior at McDonogh School in Owings Mills, Md., is a multi-sport athlete competing in volleyball, basketball, cross country and lacrosse. McDonogh's lacrosse team has gone undefeated for two years by winning 50 consecutive games. Eby represented her state in the Maryland Youth All Stars for lacrosse in 2007. She also played for the highly successful TLC lacrosse club program in 2011. She is a member of the Orange Key Club, Ski Club, FCA and summer camp counselor at Camp Red Eagle. This year, Eby was awarded the Jill Bearman Courage Award at McDonogh for her ability to face the challenges of school and athletics while recovering from a concussion.
"Gen brings an intensity and physicality that makes playing the game of lacrosse fun and exciting," Daly said. "Her speed and athleticism as a defender/d-middie is exactly what we are looking for to energize our transition and our aggressive defensive style of play. She will be a perfect fit with our defensive and midfield units here at UNH and she comes to us well prepared for Division I play on team defense coming from such high level and successful programs as McDonogh and TLC. Gen's passion for the game and her teammates, and her unmatched speed and athleticism, coupled with her high lacrosse I.Q., will immediately improve our clearing and midfield transition games next year and help us play more of an up-tempo transition style. "
Grote is a three-sport athlete at Marriotts Ridge High School. As a two-year lacrosse starter on attack, she has accumulated 105 points (56 goals and 49 assists) helping the Mustangs to a 35-3 record. Grote was named Lacrosse Magazine's Mid-Atlantic Player of the Week after recording three goals and one assist in an 8-4 victory over Century in the state championship game. She played on the Baltimore 2 team that made the finals of the 2010 National Tournament. Grote also is a three-year starter for the Mustangs' soccer team. As a junior center-midfielder, Grote helped Marriotts Ridge win its first Howard County championship. She captained the team as a senior and was named All-County Second Team. She is also a captain of the basketball team and serves as the Vice President of Student Activities.
"Nicole is a perfect fit for our UNH program and our team style of attack, and is one of most skilled pure attackers we have recruited," Daly said. "Her tremendous stick skills, field vision, decision-making, athleticism and offensive intuition will help establish great connections with her UNH teammates, as well as help continue her knack for scoring goals and being a finisher in clutch situations. Nicole's skills as a playmaker on attack and her overall offensive presence are an ideal fit for our team and much needed in the program as we build our championship program and a championship attack unit. I fully expect Nicole to make an immediate impact on our attack unit and to complement our team style of play very well while adding some much-needed scoring punch."
Lynch is a standout lacrosse and volleyball player at St. Anthony's High School in Huntington, N.Y. She has helped lead St. Anthony's teams to multiple catholic league championships in both lacrosse and volleyball. Lynch also is a member of the talented Long Island Express Club Team. In her junior season, she helped lead St. Anthony's to a No. 3 national ranking and played a vital role on defense en route to winning another L.I. Catholic League championship in lacrosse. During her junior year, Lynch also was awarded the Iron Workhorse Award for her performance on the lacrosse field.
"Annie is a talented, athletic, intelligent, low defender who has great stick work, reads and defensive instincts," Daly said. "She has the ability to come and make an immediate impact at UNH on our defensive unit and will fit perfectly with our defensive style of play and with her Wildcat teammates. Clearly, her experiences and successes on and off the field at St. Anthony's have prepared Annie well to come to UNH and continue her high level of success for our program and in the classroom. Annie will be a great fit here at UNH and will no doubt develop into a future leader of our team's defense and help us achieve our championship goals."
McHoul has been a member of the Westwood High School lacrosse team from 2009-2012. She helped lead Westwood to the 2011 Massachusetts state championship while going undefeated and recording 25 wins. McHoul is a very talented midfielder who will bring a lot of versatility and high level of skill to UNH. A two-year captain, McHoul was named a U.S. Lacrosse First Team All-America selection as well as an Under Armour All-America honoree in 2011. She has also been a member of the Mass Elite Lacrosse Club since 2004, and was selected to the Lower New England Team #1 for the National Tournament in 2011. McHoul is also a soccer and basketball letterwinner who served as captain for both teams during her senior year.
"Laura is, plain and simple, the ideal midfield recruit for UNH women's lacrosse," Daly said. "I am thrilled that she will be a Wildcat and bring her talent, athleticism, leadership and competitive drive to our program. She is a winner, leader and team player and she has that special skill to make her teammates and team better each and every day. Laura is a fierce competitor who works hard to impact all aspects of the game. I expect her to immediately step in and impact our UNH team on attack as both a top playmaker and scorer. Laura is one of the most talented recruits we have seen in some time and we expect that she will impact our UNH team in both the midfield and on attack, and help us firmly establish our championship program in Division I."
Wohltmann has been a standout athlete at Towson High School in both lacrosse and volleyball throughout her career and was a member of the highly-successful Skywalkers Lacrosse club program. A National Honor Society Member in 2010-2011, Wohltmann served as volleyball captain in 2011 and led them to the 2010 MD Class 3A state championship and to the semifinals in 2011. Wohltmann also was a volleyball Junior Olympic participant from 2007-2010. A true multi-sport star, she is also a member of Towson's indoor track team. Wohltmann is beginning her second season on the high school lacrosse team after a standout junior year as a middie/d-middie, and after achieving tremendous success for her Skywalkers club team during both the 2010 & 2011 tournament seasons.
"Hannah is one of the top athletes and competitors we have ever recruited for the UNH program and she will undoubtedly bring to UNH her tenacity, aggression, speed and unmatched competitive drive to bolster our midfield and defensive units," Daly said. "Hannah plays with an intensity and passion that is infectious and leads by example on the field by making all the 'hustle' plays that are the difference between winning and losing. She has a strong understanding of the game of lacrosse on both ends of the field, great instincts and reactions on draws, and excellent field vision/reads on defense and on the ride. I expect her to impact our team right away with her intensity, stick skills, athleticism and mental toughness all over the field. She is also a born leader and just an incredible talent and her addition will make our UNH team that much stronger, both on and off the field."
New Hampshire begins the 2012 women's lacrosse season Feb. 25 at home against intrastate rival Dartmouth College. Game time at Memorial Field is 1 p.m.