SAINT LEO, Fla. - Saint Leo University head coach Lesley Graham has announced the addition of five players to the 2013 roster. Margaret Adams, Jennifer Doyle, Paige Leggio, Devin Rohmer, and Mallorie Shawe have all signed National Letters of Intent to join the Lions beginning in the 2012-13 season.
"We're excited to add these girls to our program, and are looking forward to seeing how their skills can help take us to the next level," said Graham. "We're thrilled they will continue their academic and athletic success here at Saint Leo, and are anticipating some great things out of this group."
The incoming class of early signees is a diverse collection with plenty of experience. With three local products from the Sunshine State, one from the lacrosse hotbed of Long Island, and the final signee hailing from Pa., the Lions are sure to have a wide array of talent in all areas of the field.
"Jen, Mallorie, and Devin all have great experience playing for the LaxManiax club right here in Florida, and we're excited that we get to showcase some local talent so close to home," Graham added. "It's a great opportunity to focus on the young talent that is developing in Florida, and keep them right here in their home state to shine."
5-0 | Defender
Great Valley High School
Adams is currently a senior at Great Valley High School in her hometown of Malvern, Pa. The 5-0 defender plays for head coach Joe Tornetta for the Mongoose Lacrosse Club.
Coach Graham's Thoughts: "I'm excited to have Margaret join the Lions in the fall. Her tenacious attitude and competitive spirit will be an asset on the defensive side of the ball."
5-4 | Attackman
Key Largo, Fla.
Coral Shores High School | LaXManiax
An attackman for Coral Shores High School, Doyle plays for head coach Mark Hall. The Key Largo native has been named a two-time Attack Player of the Year ('10, '11), First Team All-District ('10, '11), was a First Team All-League Selection in 2011, and team captain her junior year. Doyle also plays for the LaxManiax for head coach Sarah Burlingame, scoring an average of three goals per game for her club team.
Coach Graham's Thoughts: "Jen has a great finish on her shot, and will not only be a threat on cage but as a feeder as well."
5-8 | Attackman/Midfielder
Boca Raton, Fla.
Spanish River High School
Shawe is a four year varsity letterwinner at Spanish River High School, playing for Jarlyn Mathews. The Boca Raton, Fla. native led the team in caused turnovers her junior year, and captained her squad throughout her senior campaign. Shaw also plays for the LaxManiax, coached by Trey Burlingham.
Coach Graham's Thoughts: "Mallorie has a natural ability to see plays develop, and knows where to be and when to be there. She has a great game sense, and reads the ball well. We will look to her to lead us in transition."
5-6 | Defender
Bartram Trail High School
Rohmer, a Jacksonville native, will join the Lions in the fall after playing for Bartram Trail High School under coaches Sarah Gallion and Megan Fanning. Along with her time on the lacrosse field, Rohmer also participates on the Weightlifting team, helping the squad to a third place All-County finish. The 5-6 defender is a member of the LaxManiax club team, playing for head coach Paul McCord.
Coach Graham's Thoughts: "Devin is a remarkable athlete and a beast on defense. Her vocal leadership will help guide our young defensive unit. We're really excited to have her on board."
5-1 | Midfielder
Bay Shore, N.Y.
Bay Shore High School
Playing for Coach Allison Pfeffer for the Bay Shore High School Marauders, Leggio has been named to the All-Division teams her sophomore and junior seasons. The 5-1 midfielder has also earned Most Hard Working for her efforts on the soccer field as a sophomore, and was a two-time All-League Winter Track selection, and All-Northeastern selection for cross country as a senior. Leggio plays on the Long Island Yellow Jackets club team for Coach Scott Kravitz, as well.
Coach Graham's Thoughts: "Paige comes from a great club program where her stick skills, coachability, and attitude will be immediately felt in the midfield. She also has great footwork and speed."
Scheduled to graduate in 2016, the incoming group of early signees will provide the Lions with a core of fresh talent to help the new program evolve as they strive to reach new levels of success. The Lions, who became the second Division II program in the state of Florida, begin their inaugural season on February 11 when they take on Rollins College in Winter Park, Fla. For the latest news, updates, and information on the Saint Leo women's lacrosse team's first season, visit SaintLeoLions.com.