January 11, 2011

Louisville Announces Latest Recruits

from press release

LOUISVILLE, Ky. – University of Louisville women's lacrosse head coach Kellie Young has announced the addition of eight student-athletes for the 2012 season.

"This is another class packed full of talent," Young says. "The class will be coming to The 'Ville to continue building a tradition of success."

The Cardinals' 2012 class is comprised of Faye Brust (Bel Air, Md.), Carissa Corbett (Wilmington, N.C.), Cat Gordon (Glen Arm, Md.), Kendall Gordon (Worthington, Ohio), Taylor Hagin (Cumming, Ga.), Emily Kolsevich (Pottstown, Pa.), Danielle Lazo (Stevensville, Md.), and Casey Pepperman (Baltimore, Md.).

Brust comes to Louisville from Bel Air, Md., where she was a three-sport athlete at John Carroll High. A teammate of future Cardinal Cat Gordon, the duo helped lead their varsity lacrosse squad to back-to-back semifinals in 2009-10. Additionally, Brust played soccer and ran varsity track. She was the captain of her junior varsity soccer squad and later guided the varsity team to capture the Interscholastic Athletic Association of Maryland (IAAM) indoor soccer title.

"A feisty defender, with the speed to run the midfield, Faye is poised to be a key component of our success early in her career. Her feet are quick, her double teams are fierce, and her stick is consistent, which will help elevate our defense to the next level."

Corbett, a decorated athlete from Wilmington, N.C., played varsity lacrosse all four years under coach Erin Redmond at John T. Hoggard High. Along with being named team MVP and earning most improved player honors, she was tabbed as captain and named to the all-conference team for three years. This past year, she guided her team to a runner-up finish at the 2010 North Carolina state championship. Corbett also was a four-year varsity basketball letterwinner and served as co-captain for a year. Outside of high school competition, Corbett played for the Carolina All-Stars (AAU basketball) for three years, the North Carolina National Lacrosse Team, Carolina Fever (club lacrosse team) and a club volleyball travel team, where she was a two-year captain.

"Carissa is a diamond in the rough. She is one of those players who will use her grit and intensity to blossom into a fierce competitor at the Division I level. As she learns the game at the next level, we expect to see great things from her and feel her presence in the midfield."

A Glen Arm, Md., resident, Cat Gordon will join the Cardinals after a successful prep career at John Carroll High. Gordon was a varsity lacrosse letterwinner under coach Krysten Porcella, while also earning letters in tennis, indoor track and basketball. A two-time Maryland Lacrosse Association All-Star, she played club lacrosse for TLC 2011, where she led the team in draw controls and ranked among the top five in scoring from her freshman to her junior seasons. She excelled in tennis, winning the No. 1 singles tennis IAAM title in 2010 and being selected as the team MVP. As a freshman, she reached the IAAM double tennis championship and helped win it a year later as a sophomore.

"A draw specialist, she has an uncanny ability to pull the ball to herself and distribute with poise, even under the most intensive pressure. She is calm and consistent, doing what is needed to get the job done. With the upcoming graduation of Emily Dashiell, our nationally ranked center, Cat has big shoes to fill but looks to take on that challenge with confidence and determination."

Kendall Gordon hails from Worthington, Ohio, where she attended Thomas Worthington High. A four-year letterwinner in lacrosse, she collected all-league and all-district honors and was named to the Under Armour All-America Lacrosse Midwest Girls' All-Star Team. Also, Gordon was selected to the 2010 National Division Team South/Central Ohio. Along with lacrosse, she lettered in basketball in golf.

"Kendall is a smart and determined defender. She makes excellent choices on the field, playing great team defense and taking care of the ball in transition."

Hagin, a highly touted offensive threat, played lacrosse at West Forsyth High under coach Dan Kaplan in Cumming, Ga. She earned numerous accolades throughout her career, being selected as the team's offensive MVP three times (2008-10), earned all-county honors three times (2008-10) and was tabbed an all-state selection in 2009 and 2010. Hagin, a four-year letterwinner, led the state in assists in 2009 and 2010 and tallied 146 points this past year. On the club level, she competed for the Georgia National Tournament Team One in 2009 and 2010 and played for Hotlanta Club for four years. In addition to lacrosse, she also played volleyball, where she was named captain each of her three years and earned all-county honors in 2007 and 2008.

"Taylor is a young woman who lives her life with a great deal of maturity and spirit. Committed to the game, she has played a large role in developing lacrosse at the youth level in the Georgia area. As a player, she is raw and determined, two things I love to coach – the type of student-athlete that sees the most progress and learns to have the biggest impact on our program."

A Pottstown, Pa., native, Kolsevich earned all-PAC-10 first- and second-team honors in lacrosse at Owen J. Roberts High under coach Lucinda Boalton. Additionally, she earned Pottstown second team all-area honors. Outside of high school competition, she played for PA Express, while also competing at the national tournament with Philly Team 3 (2009) and Philly Team (2010). Along with being a three-year lacrosse letterwinner, she earned a varsity letter in tennis. Kolsevich also succeeded in the classroom, as she was chosen to receive the PASLA Student-Athlete award, landed a spot on the 2010 United Sports Underclass Honor Roll and earned the Jim Gerlach Congressional Award. She was a National Honor Society member.

"Emily is a fireball. She is a tenacious attacker, who will find her way into the 8 meter and put the ball in the back of the net again and again. She is fearless and persistent on the field and promises to keep Louisville among the best in the BIG EAST and the nation in finishing categories."

Lazo, who played for the U.S. Lacrosse Women's U-19 National Team in 2010-11, competed at St. Mary's High under coach Megan Lewis in Stevensville, Md. She also gained extensive experience, playing in the U.S. Women's Division National Tournament with D.C. Metro and competing for Maryland United Lacrosse Club 2011 East as a player and a coach. This past year, she was tabbed a 2010 Under Armour All-America Washington, D.C. Girls' All-Star. Additionally, Lazo was a field hockey and basketball varsity letterwinner (named captain in all three sports). A member of the National Honor Society and the National Latin Honor Society, she received the Iron Saint Award (played three sports all four years) and was tabbed a Parvis Scholar, which recognizes students who have maintained a 4.0 grade-point average.

"One of the top 24 seniors in the country, Dani is a talented all-around player, who will be a force on both ends of the field. She has a tremendous lacrosse IQ and yet remains humble and hungry, eager to help Louisville succeed across the board."

Rounding out the class is Pepperman, who played lacrosse at McDonogh School in Owings Mills, Md. under coach Chris Robinson. Pepperman, an honor roll student, also excelled on the track, as she has two top-20 all-time marks in the 300m, plus one in the 55m hurdles and the long jump. On the club lacrosse circuit, she played for the M&D 2011 Black Team.

"Well rounded on and off the field, Casey is a speedy midfielder who is just beginning to realize her true potential. She is committed to growth, and we look forward to helping her become an impact player at Louisville."

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