SAINT LEO, Fla. – Saint Leo University women's lacrosse head coach Lesley Graham continues to build a solid program, with the Lions welcoming 10 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.
5-5 | Attack
Archbishop Molloy High School
Banks played for Archbishop Molloy High School under the direction of Head Coach Alison Scalice. She was named MVP of her team her junior and senior season, and was captain of her team in 2012 and 2013.
Coach Graham's Thoughts: "Quinn came in this fall mentally and physically prepared to make the transition to college. She will continue to grow her game this spring"
5-3 | Attack
Hilton High School
Johnson competed at Hilton High School under the direction of Head Coach Amanda Golisano. She was named to the All-County Second Team as a junior, and was selected to the All-County First Team as a senior. The Rochester, N.Y. native was a team captain, and led her team to two consecutive division championships. Along with her career playing for her high school, Johnson also competed with the Lady Roc club team led by Coach Craig Stewart.
Coach Graham's Thoughts: "This fall, Sarah saw a great improvement on her shot. The placement, timing and power all will help her be an immediate threat this spring"
5-7 | Attack
Geneva High School
Jolly played four years of varsity lacrosse under the direction of Head Coach Lindsey Breese. The four year scholar-athlete recipient received Honorable Mention honors her freshman year, picked up First Team honors her sophomore and junior seasons, and was a Second Team selection her senior year. Jolly led the team in scoring her junior season, and was also named MVP of the Finger Lakes conference. Along with her success on the lacrosse field, she was a four year letterwinner in soccer, and was an Honorable Mention selection her freshman season. She was a Second Team honoree her sophomore and junior seasons, and was tabbed as a First Team selection her senior year. The three-time soccer captain was named MVP her senior year. Jolly was also a two year letterwinner in basketball, and captained the team her senior year.
Coach Graham's Thoughts: "Coming off an injury last spring, Bethanny used the fall to get herself healthy again while showcasing her skills around the crease"