January 23, 2014

Getting to Know the Saint Leo Women’s Lacrosse Newcomers

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.

This week's installment of newcomers focuses on the natives of Florida, Marina Carcaba, Kaylyn Kearns, and Danica Leili.

 
Marina Carcaba
 

5-7  |  Attack/Midfield

Ponte Vedra, Fla.

Nease High School

Carcaba played for the Nease High School Panthers, as well as LaXManiax Club Organization.

Coach Graham's Thoughts: "Marina's desire to learn more about the sport is second to none.  Her work ethic was evident this fall as she was always putting in the extra work to get better"

 

Kaylyn Kearns

5-8 | Goalkeeper

Orlando, Fla.

Timber Creek High School

Kaylyn competed at Timber Creek High School under Head Coach Fern Kidder.  She was named 2011 Rookie of the Year, as well as MVP in 2012 and 2013.  Kearns received the United State Marine Corps Distinguished Athlete Award, and she was selected to the All-Central Florida Women's Lacrosse Team. Kearns also competed with the Lax Maniax club team under the direction of Head Coach Sarah Burlingame.

Coach Graham's Thoughts: "Kaylyn's experience in some tough games last year will be a definite advantage for her making the transition to the college level"

 

Danica Leili

5-5  |  Midfield

Palm Coast, Fla.

Matanzas High School

Danica played lacrosse for Matanzas High School under the direction of Head Coach Anna Adair.  She was tabbed as the 2013 Scholar-Athlete of the Year, and was also named 2010 Lacrosse Most Improved.  In addition, Leili earned the 2013 Coach's Award in lacrosse.  Leili was also a member of the cross country team where she earned 2010 Best New Runner award for her efforts.

Coach Graham's Thoughts: "Danica has a real passion for the game.  This fall she worked on the details of her game to elevate her level of play"