SAINT LEO, Fla. – Saint Leo University women's lacrosse head coach Lesley Graham continues to build a solid program, with the Lions welcoming nine new faces who will all play integral roles in the program's third season.
The newcomers earn their places on the roster from various states along the east coast, with three calling Florida home. Three come to Saint Leo from the state of New York, while two hail from New Jersey, and Rhode Island and Connecticut see one apiece.
Breaking down the list even further, the Lions will gain one goalie, one defender, two middies, three attack, and two players who will see time both on attack and in the midfield. All nine newcomers will compete as true freshmen for the program, which means a wealth of fresh talent for the Lions with time to grow into future leaders.
5-7 | Middie
Colts Neck High School
Burns competed at Colts Neck HS under Head Coach Angelica Gero where she was a three-year varsity letter-winner. She was named captain during the 2012-2013 year, and earned All-Shore Second Team honors in 2013. Additionally, she was selected to the 2013 All-FSHSD team, and was named 2010's Most Improved Player. Burns earned Rookie of the Year in 2011, added Midfielder of the Year honors in 2012, and was honored as the team's MVP in 2013.
Coach Graham's Thoughts: "Kelsey has a great eye for transitional passing and going to goal. We will be looking to her to add depth to our midfield"
5-6 | Attack
Little Compton, R.I.
Portsmouth High School
Fraser competed at Portsmouth HS under Head Coach Tara McCarthy, where she was named to Division 2 South Second Team in 2011. Fraser was also selected to the Division 2 South First Team in 2012, and earned Academic All-American honors in 2011, 2012, and 2013. Fraser was also selected as the captain for the All-Division First Team, and competed with the Team Real club team under the direction of Coach Bill Villareal.
Coach Graham's Thoughts: "Carol, as she's affectionately known on the team, has been a true diamond in the rough for us. She has great field vision on the attacking side of the ball"
5-4 | Defence
Berlin High School
Jacques was a member of the Connecticut Dodgers club team, where she played under the direction of Head Coach Dee Stephan.
Coach Graham's Thoughts: "Bianca is one of the fastest girls on the team. That speed will help her push the ball through transition"
5-9 | Attack
South Plainfield, N.J.
South Plainfield High School
Pittenger competed at South Plainfield High School under Head Coach Tammy Zurka, where she was named 2011 Rookie of the Year and was selected to the 2011 All-Conference Second Team. She was also named to 2012 All-Conference First Team, and was selected to the 2013 All-Conference First Team. Additionally, she was named the 2013 GMC Conference Offensive Player of the Year and to the 2013 All-Area Team. She earned 2013 Most Valuable Player honors, and also competed with Dewlax club team under Head Coach Dwayne Wilkins.
Coach Graham's Thoughts: "Emily has one of the most powerful shots on the team. Her height will be beneficial to us off the circle"