December 9, 2010

JMU Women 'Refuel' with Latest Recruits

from press release

HARRISONBURG, Va. -- James Madison lacrosse coach Shelley Klaes-Bawcombe has announced the Dukes' 2011 freshman class. The incoming class includes the following: Alexis Cross (Liberty HS, Md.); Alison Curwin (Pittsford Sutherland HS, N.Y.); Stephanie Finley (Country Day School of the Sacred Heart, Pa.); Schylar Healy (Liberty HS, Md.); Hannah Verschoore (John Carroll School, Md.); and Jordan Wilkins (Westminster HS, Md.).

"The Dukes will refuel with a very exciting incoming class," Klaes-Bawcombe said. " This group of young women brings tremendous speed, tenacity and a strong defensive presence!

"Our JMU family grows that much stronger with two second-generation JMU student- athletes. Ali Curwin's father, Gary (JMU '83), was a member of the JMU wrestling team, and Alexis Cross's parents, Chantal (JMU '87) and Jeff (JMU '81), graduated from JMU. Her father was a member of the basketball team (1977-80).

"We are excited to continue growing our Duke Dog Pride and our ability to compete for championships with this talented group of student-athletes."

A closer look at JMU's lacrosse recruiting class:

Alexis Cross, Marriottsville, Md., Liberty High School, CheckHers Club Program, Defender
Cross is ranked 32nd among the Top 50 overall seniors for 2011 and ranked eighth among the Top 20 senior defenders by ESPN Rise. She was named All-Carroll County First Team, All-Chesapeake Conference First Team and All-Metro Baltimore in 2010, when her team won the Baltimore Under Armour Championship. She also plays field hockey and basketball, and she earned All-Chesapeake Conference First Team and All-Carroll County Second Team honors in both field hockey and basketball in 2010. Her basketball team won the regional championship last season.

Coach Klaes-Bawcombe on Cross: "Lexie is a fierce competitor who works hard to impact all aspects of the game from her defensive role. She uses her height and ups to win draw controls, she uses her speed to bring the ball out of the defensive end and she uses her athleticism and intuition to make plays on the defensive end."

Alison Curwin, Pittsford, N.Y., Pittsford Sutherland High School, Relentless Hustle Club Program, Midfielder
Curwin is ranked 19th nationally among senior attackers by ESPN Rise. She is a three-time All-Monroe County First Team selection and a 2010 All-Greater Rochester honoree for Pittsford, which won the Section V championship last season. She played on the silver-medalist team at the 2010 Empire State Games and has twice been selected her high school team's Most Valuable Player. She also plays basketball and was named to the 2010 Section V All-Tournament Team. She is a member of the National Honor Society and a two-time Academic All-American.

Coach Klaes-Bawcombe on Curwin: "Ali has spunk, tenacity and a work ethic that will inspire an already hard-working team in JMU. She is quick, feisty and never gives up on the field. Add these qualities to vision, game sense and composure, and she is the perfect middie for JMU lacrosse."

Stephanie Finley, Media, Pa., Country Day School of the Sacred Heart, Phantastix Club Program, Attacking Midfielder
Finley earned All-Main Line First Team honors and has twice been chosen a Catholic Academies League All-Star. She has been selected her high school team's Most Valuable Player the last two seasons. She is a member of the National Honor Society and received Academic High Honors the first quarter of the 2010-11 school year.

Coach Klaes-Bawcombe on Finley: "Stephanie is one of the fastest athletes in the 2011 recruiting class. Most athletes with Steph's speed do not have the skill, composure and awareness to go along with the speed, and this is what separates Steph from the rest of the pack. She has a knack for finding the net and will be a huge scoring threat for the Dukes."

Schylar Healy, Eldersburg, Md., Liberty High School, M&D Club Program, Goalkeeper
Healy is ranked seventh nationally and number one in Maryland among senior goalkeepers by ESPN Rise. She is a four-year starter for Liberty and has been named All-Conference and All-Carroll County the last two seasons. Healy, who was invited to try out for the Under-19 U.S. Team, has also earned All-Galaxy Team honors while playing for the M&D Black club team. She has also been a four-year starter and a team captain for the Liberty field hockey team and has earned All-Conference recognition in field hockey.

Coach Klaes-Bawcombe on Healy: "Schylar simply loves the game of lacrosse and is committed to making herself one of the best goalies to play the game. She has a strong vocal presence; she has quick hands and feet and is very flexible which allow her to make some dramatic saves on the field."

Hannah Verschoore, Bel Air, Md., The John Carroll School, Skywalkers Club Program, Defender
Vershcoore has twice been selected All-Metro Baltimore and is a four-year varsity player at John Carroll. She played for the 2011 Skywalkers Blue Club Team that went undefeated in the 2010 summer season.

Coach Klaes-Bawcombe on Verschoore: "Hannah brings an intensity and physicality that makes playing the game of lacrosse fun and exciting. She uses her size well and has a strong presence on the field which will help our team to maintain the intimidation factor of the JMU defense."

Jordan Wilkins, Finksburg, Md., Westminster High School, CheckHers Club Program, Midfielder
Wilkins is a member of Westminster teams that were state runners-up in 2009 and state semifinalists in 2010. She was the starting center midfielder for the CheckHers Elite team that won the national club championship in 2008. Wilkins also played for Westminster's undefeated (19-0) state champion field hockey team this fall and has earned All-Carroll County and All-Conference First-Team honors in field hockey. She is a member of the National Honor Society.

Coach Klaes-Bawcombe on Wilkins: "Jordan is the quintessential team player. She will do whatever it is that is needed in that moment. She is very versatile and is hard-working. She is a true middie with strong attributes on both ends of the field. We are excited for her coachability and willingness to help make JMU lacrosse a program to be reckoned with."

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