December 6, 2010

Hofstra Women Unveil Latest Recruits

from press release

HEMPSTEAD, N.Y. -- Hofstra University Head Women's Lacrosse Coach Abby Morgan announced today that six student-athletes have signed National Letters of Intent (NLI) to join the Pride Lacrosse program beginning in the fall of 2011.

The recruiting class of six includes: Brittain Altomare (Myersville, MD), Kaitlin Ayers (Glenmont, NY), Kelsey Gregerson (Rockville Centre, NY), April Iannetta (Wantagh, NY), Sam Lenox (Sudlersville, MD) and Abby Wilson (Bel Air, MD).

"As we continue to work hard as a staff to bring the best talent to Hofstra, our 2011 class is a great representation of true student-athletes. Each player has been successful with their individual high school teams, club teams and in their academic endeavors. We expect each and every player to impact our program quickly and embody Hofstra Women's Lacrosse and the standards of excellence that we have set forth."

A 5-5 midfielder, Altomare is a student at Middletown High School in Middletown, MD. A member of the lacrosse, soccer and basketball teams at Middletown, Altomare was a first team All-Piedmont selection in each of the last three seasons. As a junior she tallied 74 goals, 25 assists and 62 ground balls after notching 61 goals, nine assists and 50 ground balls in her sophomore campaign.

"Brittain brings a unique style and personality to her game. She has the ability to impact all areas of the field with her athletic and dynamic play. We expect Brittain to transition seamlessly into our fast-paced style and teamwork-oriented offense."

Ayres, a 5-6 attacker, attends Bethlehem Central High School in Delmar, NY. Before transferring upstate she was a dual sport athlete at Maryvale Preparatory School in Baltimore, MD. She has played four years of lacrosse and three years of field hockey in the IAAM A Conference, arguably the most competitive preparatory league for girls high school lacrosse. During her career she has scored at least 30 points in both her sophomore and junior seasons. Ayres joins former teammate Liz Anders on the Pride roster.

"The thing that stands out the most about Kaitlin's ability is that she is consistently the smartest player on the field. She leads her team by orchestrating scoring opportunities for her teammates and herself. She will gain valuable experience and insight as she takes her game to her new high school, Bethlehem Central, for her senior year."

Gregerson will join the Pride from South Side High School in Rockville Centre, NY. A dynamic 5-7 goalie, Gregerson was named by ESPN RISE as the 15th-best goalie in the class of 2011. In 2009 she made 176 saves and followed that up with 173 saves in 2010. The Cyclones have twice been conference champions and county finalists with Gregerson in goal and last season she was named the team MVP and also all-county.

"I am ecstatic that we have been able to keep another talented Long Island goalkeeper home. As a program we have had much success with aggressive goalies and we continue that trend with Kelsey's interception and clearing abilities. Her drive and work ethic will help her improve quickly under the direction of our staff."

Iannetta currently plays scholastically at Wantagh High School in Wantagh, NY. A 5-6 midfielder, Iannetta is a member of the Warriors soccer, basketball and lacrosse teams. In 2009 and 2010 she helped lead Wantagh to the Nassau County Class B Finals. She was also a member of the Long Island Wave team that captured the 2009 IWLCA Mid Atlantic Tournament Championship.

"April's game is all about composure and finesse, and in addition she makes many skills look easy. She is outstanding on the draw, which is an area that we continue to focus on after being one of the best in the country last year. At Wantagh, much of her success has come in the most important games as was the case in her performance in the Nassau County finals held here at Hofstra last season."

A student at Queens Anne's County High School in Centreville, MD, Lenox is a 5-2 midfielder who has started for four seasons for the soccer and lacrosse teams. During her time on the lacrosse team she has helped lead the Lions to 51 victories, while earning the North Bayside championship in each of the last three seasons. Lenox was a first team All-Mid Shore selection at midfield in 2010, an All-Mid Shore selection at defense in 2009 and a second team All-Mid Shore pick at midfield in 2008.

"Samantha's no fear and never give up attitude makes her a perfect fit for our program. She is a gifted goal scorer but her impact on ground balls, draw controls and hustle plays all over the field have made her a game changer."

A 5-4 defender at The John Carroll School in Bel Air, MD, Wilson has played four years of lacrosse and four years of soccer for the Patriots. In her freshman season she helped the Patriots win the IAAM A Conference Championship. Wilson will once again be a teammate of Alex Mezzanotte, current Pride freshman, who was also part of that same championship squad. Wilson was also a member of the 2011 Skywalkers Blue club team which garnered the tournament championships at both the IWLCA Champions Cup and the Club National Championships in 2010.

"Abby joins the Pride after gaining successful experience from both her John Carroll High School team and arguably one of the best club teams in the nation. She is a dynamic athlete with great stick skills and work ethic, and we expect her to bring this new element to our squad."

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