September 21, 2012

Denver Welcomes Eight Freshmen for 2012-13

from press release

DENVER- The University of Denver women's lacrosse team welcomed eight student-athletes as freshmen reported to the DU campus this week, head women's lacrosse coach Liza Kelly announced today. The list of newcomers includes one from Colorado, two from New York, three from Maryland and one from Canada.

"This freshmen class brings a wealth of different experiences to DU," Kelly said. "They have competed for top high schools and club teams, and play with a championship mentality. I am excited to see what they do at Denver both on the field and in the classroom."

Brooklyn Batey (Denver, Colo.) was voted All-State as a senior and earned All-League three times, while playing four years at defense for Colorado Academy. Batey was twice selected as the team's most valuable player, and she earned the team's Defensive MVP award as a sophomore. Batey also earned All-State honors in field hockey and All-League honors in basketball.

Rachel Donovan (Ellicott City, Md.) was ranked No. 14 on ESPN Rise's Top 25 Goalies and selected to DC Brine All-American Underclassmen Team. Playing eight years with Hero's Lacrosse club team, Donovan was a member of the Elite 120. Additionally, the goalie led Howard High School to the Maryland Regional Finals for the first time in program history.

A midfielder, Lauren Gerrie (Rochester, N.Y.) was named All-County First Team as a junior and senior, and selected to the Empire State Team in 2010. While playing four years at Irondequoit High School, Gerrie was voted team MVP as a senior and MVP at Attack as a junior, leading the team in scoring during her final two years with 106 goals. Gerrie also competed in alpine ski racing, competing in the Junior Olympics and being named the Empire State Award Champion in 2010 and 2011, when she also competed in the national championships.

During 12 years at midfield with the North East Maryland Select (NEMS) club team, Sarah Kasun (Bel Air, Md.) helped lead NEMS to the Club National Championship in 2009 and 2012. Kasun also played basketball and ran cross country, winning a conference basketball championship with Notre Dame Prep in 2011.

Named U.S. Lacrosse First Team All-American, Monica Lucas (Kensington, Md.) was selected Washington Post All-Met First Team, Montgomery County Gazette Player of the Year, WCAC All-Conference First Team and Academy of the Holy Cross Most Valuable Player after leading Academy of Holy Cross to the WCAC title as a senior. Lucas recorded 75 goals and 44 assists in 2012. As a junior, Lucas was voted U.S. Lacrosse All-American honorable mention, Under Armour Underclassman All-American, Washington Post All-Met honorable mention, Montgomery County Gazette First Team, WCAC All-Conference First Team and WDNT. She also played field hockey, earning WCAC All-Conference First Team in 2011 and Second Team in 2010.

Rachael McKinnon (Brooklin, Ontario) led Oshawa Lady Blue Knights Edge Elite club team to a 42-0 record during the 2011 and 2012 seasons, earning a spot on the OWL All-Star Team. McKinnon was named Top 50 for U-19 Canadian Lacrosse Team and helped her club team win the Florida Presidents Cup Championship in 2010. At Sinclair Secondary School, McKinnon was named Athlete of the Year in 2008, 2009, 2011 and 2012, also participating in varsity field hockey, hockey and cross country.

Defender Christa Reese (Lutherville, Md.) was named to the Baltimore Messenger All-Star Second Team in 2011. Reese won three awards at Roland Park Country School, where she served as senior captain, for her exemplary dedication to such traits as work ethic, leadership, sportsmanship and teamwork. Reese also played for the TLC Lacrosse Club from 2006-12, as well as high school soccer and basketball, in which she led her team in scoring as a junior and senior.

Helen Shabinsky (South Nyack, N.Y.), a defender and four-year starter from Nyack High School, earned All-Section, All-League and All-County honors. Shabinsky led her team to the regional championship in 2009 and 2010, while serving as team captain.

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