December 6, 2011

Detroit Mercy Inks Seven Recruits for 2013

from press release

DETROIT – Head women's lacrosse coach Laura Maness has signed seven student-athletes to National Letters of Intent this offseason. The 2013 class has a diverse background with players coming to Detroit from Ohio, North Carolina, Colorado, Minnesota, and New York. Maness also grabbed two talented players from the state of Michigan.

Kylie Birney (Plymouth, Mich. / Ladywood H.S.)

Birney has earned three varsity letters in lacrosse heading into her senior season. She scored 56 goals and recorded 14 assists during her junior year. Coached by Kris Sanders at Ladywood High School, Birney has already earned many honors while playing for the Blazers. Birney was most recently named MHSLA All-State honorable mention and CHSL All-Catholic in 2011. She helped lead her team to a MHSLA Regional Championship, as her team eventually made the MHSLA Finals. Birney was named CHSL All-League in 2010, and was honored as the team's most valuable player in 2009. Off the field, Birney excels in the classroom. She has been recognized as a scholar athlete three times (2009-11), dubbed as a CHSL All-Academic recipient once and also earned the Athletic Director's Award in 2011. Birney is a treasurer of the National Honor Society, and the President of the National Art Honors Society. She is also involved with an online writing workshop tutoring program.

"Kylie is a natural lefty with experience in the midfield," Maness said. "We will be looking for her to contribute on the attacking end of the field by using her quickness."

Morgan Darrow (Auburn, N.Y. / Auburn H.S.)

Darrow is a three-year letter winner at Auburn High School under Head Coach Leanne Musso. Her career totals through 51 games at Auburn High School includes 13 goals, 27 assists, 114 ground balls, and 77 caused turnovers. Darrow was also recently recognized as a 2011 US Lacrosse Academic All-American.

"Morgan is fundamentally sound as a defender," Maness explained. "She will be a great addition to our backfield, giving the defensive end a boost."

Ty Dykes (Cornelius, N.C. / William A. Hough H.S.)

The Detroit Titan coaching staff went to Cornelius, N.C. to find their goalie of the future as Ty Dykes will make her way to campus in 2013. Dykes is a multi-sport athlete who has two varsity letters in lacrosse entering her senior season. After posting a career-high save percent (65%) in 2011, Dykes was recognized by her peers after being named First Team All-Conference (NC Southwest 4A) under the guidance of head coach Anna Mitchell. Off the field, Dykes is a member of the National Honor Society.

"Ty is a goalie that performs well under high pressure situations," Maness said. "She is a great athlete and we are very confident in her ability."

Ivy Marshall (Breckenridge, Colo. / Summit H.S.)

Marshall has earned two varsity letters in lacrosse at Summit High School under Head Coach Kristin Elliott. This two-time First Team All-Conference selection led the Mountain Conference in points during her junior season. Her impressive performance led her to being named both the team and the conference MVP for the 2011 season. Marshall's career-high for points in one game heading into her senior season is nine. She also hits the books when off the field as she was named Academic All-State as a junior.

"Ivy will help support the midfield as an offensive playmaker," Maness explained. "She is a very talented player who sees the field very well."

Morgan Miller (North Royalton, Ohio / Walsh Jesuit H.S.)

Miller becomes the first Walsh Jesuit women's lacrosse player to sign a National Letter of Intent to a Division I University. She has earned three varsity letters heading into her senior season and has been honored with multiple awards for her efforts on the field. As a freshman, Miller was named First Team All-District and was dubbed Defensive MVP by her coach Julie Hudec. After being named honorable district All-District in 2010, Miller stepped her game up once again to be a First Team selection as a junior in 2011. Miller has found the back of the net 14 times during her career as a Warrior. She also has 209 career ground balls. Miller is a solid student-athlete off the field as she recently received a Scholar Athlete Award in 2011.

"Morgan will come in and add depth to our defensive unit," Maness said. "Her natural speed and agility are her strongest assets on the field."

Jenna Payne (Lansing, Mich. / Holt H.S.)

Payne has put up some huge offensive numbers through her first three years at Holt High School. She set a team record with 71 goals in a single-season as a junior in 2011. Her career-high for goals in a game is seven as she reached that mark against Salem High School. Through 38 career games, Payne has scored 91 goals and tallied 38 assists. Payne has earned a varsity letter during each season with the Rams under the guidance of Head Coach Paul Carr, and has also been named CAAC All-Conference during those years. Payne led her team in goals, assists, and ground balls as a sophomore and matched that effort as a junior while being named team captain. Her successful junior season allowed her to be named All-State honorable mention in 2011. Off the field, Payne is involved with tutoring, honors choir, and is also a member of the National Honor Society.

"Jenna is very talented player," Maness added. "We will be looking for her to be a consistent scoring threat on the offensive side of the field."

Michaela Schwartz (Hugo, Minn. / Centennial Senior H.S.)

Schwartz has been a part of three Northwest Suburban Conference Championship teams while playing for Gary Nelson at Centennial Senior High School. Schwartz scored 11 goals while adding seven assists as a freshman and steadily improved the next season by scoring 19 goals while tallying seven assists. As a team captain in 2011, Schwartz put together a breakout year with 40 goals, 23 assists, and 32 ground balls. Her outstanding play allowed her to be named All-Conference and honorable mention All-State. Off the field Schwartz is a member of the National Honor Society.

"Michaela has a lot of experience in the midfield," Maness said. "She will be a big help with transitioning the ball and supporting the offense."

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