SAINT LEO, Fla. – Saint Leo women’s lacrosse coach Lesley Graham has announced the first recruiting class in the young history of the Lions’ newest program as eight student-athletes have signed National Letters of Intent. 

With the announcement of the program in October, Graham hit the recruiting trail, building her first team scheduled to complete in the spring of 2012. Out of the eight commitments, her first class includes three attackers in Megan Eremita, Christina Minneci and Kasey Tanner, two of whom hail from the Northeast and one, a local, coming from Wesley Chapel, Fla.

“I am looking forward to the challenge of taking a young team and building the foundation for success of women’s lacrosse at Saint Leo,” Graham said.  “It has been months in the planning and I am excited to get out on the field, down to the x’s and o’s of lacrosse and see the potential this team can have.”

Megan Eremita
5-5, Attack
South Windsor, Conn.
South Windsor High School/LaxPlus

Eremita comes from a strong high school program in Connecticut and will head to Saint Leo with her academic goal of obtaining a degree in Criminal Justice.  Playing up front, the 5’5” attacker also has experience on the club circuit playing for LaxPlus .

In the Lions’ first season she will look to bring much needed composure and consistency on the offensive side of the ball. 

Graham’s Thoughts –

Her hard work and team first mentality will be key for a balanced attack as the team looks to gain an identity on the offense.

Christina Minneci
5-2, Attack
Manalapan, NJ
Manalapan High School

Minneci comes from a high school career where she served as captain of the soccer, basketball and lacrosse teams.  A multi-sport player, the self-proclaimed playmaker was the 2009 Rookie of the Year and the record holder for career goals and assists during her time at Manalapan High School.

Graham’s Thoughts –

Christina has great field vision, and I will look to her to be a keystone in the offensive set, especially from behind the cage.  She has the ability to set up offensive opportunities for herself and her teammates, and I will look to her for leadership in the 8.

Kasey Tanner
5-4, Attack
Wesley Chapel, Fla.
Wesley Chapel High School/Lady Wildcats

A product of the up-and-coming high school lacrosse scene in Central Florida, Tanner will join the Lions as a freshman coming from a championship winning club team.  Experienced with success from her time playing club lacrosse and in earning all-star bids in both 2010 and 2011, Tanner will bring a positive attitude and winning mentality to the Lions.

Graham’s Thoughts –

Despite her small frame, Tanner is very quick and has an eye for potential play-making opportunities.  I am looking for her to bring a positive attitude and a willingness to take her game to the next level.  We are fortunate to have a local name joining the team to help promote and encourage the growth of lacrosse in Florida.