PHILADELPHIA - Head lacrosse coach Candace Taglianetti announces that eight high school seniors have signed National Letters of Intent and will join the lacrosse team next fall.
Clarie Andrews, Caitlyn Brostrand, Maddie Collins, Alanna Diffendal, Anastasia Fries, Lauren Ignacio, Lauren Knight and Erin McCabe round out Taglianetti's recruiting class.
"These women are excellent student-athletes who will be great assets to the program on the field and in the classroom," Taglianetti said. "The 2011 class will add depth, speed and strength in the midfield and the women will be looked upon to contribute early on in their careers."
Andrews will join the Explorers from St. Mary's High School in Maryland, one of the top programs in the nation. A two-year varsity midfielder/attacker on the lacrosse team, Andrews will also bring four years of varsity soccer experience. The Arnold, MD native will also plays for the Maryland United club lacrosse team.
Taglianetti on Andrews: "Clarie is very quick and has a smooth stick."
Brostrand comes from nearby Runnemede, NJ where she will have played four years of varsity lacrosse for Camden Catholic High School. The midfielder/attacker was named first team all-conference and all-group in 2009 and 2010 and All-South Jersey in 2010 by the Philadelphia Inquirer. After leading her team and the south Jersey region in scoring in 2010, Brostrand could become Camden Catholic's all-time leading scorer this upcoming season.
Taglianetti on Brostrand: "She has speed and power and the ability to score in bunches."
Collins, a midfielder out of Allentown High School, is the school's all-time leading scorer and the first player to reach 100 career goals. The Millstone Township, NJ native also plays for Ultimate goal, one of the top club teams in the nation.
Taglianetti on Collins: "Maddie will bring good size and decision-making skills."
A two-time All-Howard County selection by the Baltimore Sun, Diffendal has scored 116 career goals and 55 assists at Marriots Ridge High School. The attacker will have played four seasons of varsity lacrosse. The Ellicott City, Md. native also plays club ball for M & D Lacrosse.
Taglianetti on Diffendal: "Playing for one of the top clubs in the country, Alanna is a crafty player around the crease."
Fries, a four-year varsity lacrosse player at Jackson High School in Ohio, was named the team's MVP in 2009 and served as team captain in 2010. The midfielder plays club lacrosse for the Midwestern Force. Fries also brings four years of varsity cross-country and gymnastics experience. She finished 13th in the state in the vault in 2010.
Taglianetti on Fries: "Anastasia has lightening speed and athleticism."
An attacker from Highland, MD, Ignacio led her Reservoir High School squad in goals last season and was a 2010 second team All-County selection. She also plays club lacrosse for Heros, one of the top club teams nationally.
Taglianetti on Ignacio: "Has good speed and awareness on the field."
Knight, the goalkeeper of Taglianetti's class, was selected as one of the Top 20 high school goalies by ESPN Rise last year. The Baltimore, Md. native has played three-years of varsity lacrosse at Roland Park Country School and also helped her club team, the Sky Walkers, to an undefeated season and the 2010 Club National Championship.
Taglianetti on Knight: "Playing for one of the premier club teams, Knight is very smart and vocal player with quick hands."
McCabe will come to La Salle from Nyack High School in New York. McCabe, who also is a soccer standout, was a member of the National team since 2008 and the Empire team captain in 2010. A first time all-county, all-section and all-league selection, McCabe plays club lacrosse for the Hudson Valley Hurricanes.
Taglianetti on McCabe: "Is a dynamic playing with the ability to play both ends of the field. Impressive speed."
With a program-best nine wins and a No. 2 seed in the Atlantic 10 Tournament, the La Salle lacrosse team is coming off its best season in school history and will look to its new members to build upon that success.