FRIDAY, MAY 30, 2014
McCord Announces Women’s Lacrosse Incoming Freshmen Class

JACKSONVILLE, Fla.- Jacksonville University women’s lacrosse head coach Mindy McCord has announced that 15 incoming freshmen will join the program in the fall, comprising the Dolphins’ class of 2018.

"Paul, Sarah and I worked hard to secure a fantastic group for our JU class of 2018,” said Head Coach Mindy McCord. “This is the class that has to replace our awesome senior class from this year and last year, a total of 17 graduates over the past two years. That's why it's a larger class than normal for us. It's full of diversity, speed, skill, and most of all it is chock full of winners."

"The psychology of this class is very strong,” continued McCord. “They are coming to JU to win and take the program further than we have gone in the past. While they are talented, we were very careful to only recruit players who wanted to go far beyond their prep-levels of play. The game of lacrosse is a game of inches. The most important inches are the six in between a player's ears. When the mind is engaged and willing to take on a challenge, the future is limitless. When the mind is already full, future growth is limited."

"It's an exciting time. We are excited to work with the group in camp this summer and then in the fall. They're a great group and I want to thank everyone on campus that helped put this class together with us."


Emily Barton
Annapolis, Md. | Broadneck High School | Chesapeake Lacrosse Club


Before Jacksonville: Attended Broadneck High School where she played as a defensive midfielder … Program was ranked ninth in the nation in her senior campaign … Assisted team in winning state championships as a junior and earning in-season county title as a senior … Routinely handled the top offensive players on some of the best teams in the nation … Two-time track & field regional champion … All-County Honorable Mention in soccer

Personal: Born on Feb. 22, 1996 to Richard and Rebekah … Has one brother, Zachary … Proposed major is Exercise Science

Kathleen Bolte
Towson, Md. | Roland Park Country School | Sky Walkers Lacrosse
Inside Lacrosse Recruiting Report Feature


Before Jacksonville: Led Roland Park to a top-20 national ranking as a senior … Was mentioned by Inside Lacrosse as one of the top performers at the Elite 120 prospect camp … Played both midfield and attack … Also participated in field hockey (defense) and indoor track (mid-distance)

Personal: Born on Nov. 11, 1996 to Tim and Sheila … Has two brothers, Tim and Andrew, and one sister Rachel


Megan Curley
Manorville, N.Y. | Eastport South Manor | Long Island Yellow Jackets


Before Jacksonville: Standout defensive performer for one of Long Island's top high school and club programs...Amassed 138 ground balls and 42 caused turnovers in three years at Eastport South Manor … Assisted the team in two County Championships … Won multiple tournament championships with the Long Jackets

Personal: Born on March 31 to Tim and Kathy … Has one sister, Lauren, and two brothers, Matthew and Ryan …  Ryan plays for UMass and scored a goal in the 2014 Moe's Classic at Everbank Field


Gabriella Darcangelo
Vero Beach, Fla. | Vero Beach High School | Stickbenders, X Team, LAX Maniax & Barefoot


Before Jacksonville: Attended Vero Beach High School … Assisted team in capturing three state championships … Vero Beach team was ranked third in the nation … Also participated on the varsity weightlifting and swimming teams

Personal: Born on June 9, 1996 to Dominick and Laurie … Has one sister, Olivia … Proposed major is Business Administration

Chloe de Grasse
Denver, Colo.| Cherry Creek High School | Team 180


Before Jacksonville: Scored 25 goals and 5 assists for state finalist Cherry Creek during her senior season … Recorded 15 goals, eight assists and 20 draws as a junior en route to team winning state championship … Athletic Academic Award recipient … Colorado All-League and All-Star Team member … Posted 26 goals and 10 assists in her sophomore campaign and was awarded an All-Conference selection and All-Colorado Honorable Mention

Personal: Born on Nov. 16, 1995 to Robert and Diane … Has two sisters, Sierra and Justine … Proposed major is Nursing

Mackenzie Groark
Delran, N.J. | Delran High School
Courier Post Feature
Highlight Video


Before Jacksonville: Scored 58 goals in her junior year and was named an Academic All-American … Placed on First Team NJ South and twice on Second Team BCSL … Named one of the top players in South Jersey by the Courier Post … Scored more than 100 goals in her high school career competing in one of the top prep leagues in the country … Also, served as her teams soccer captain

Personal: Born on April 29 to James and Corinne … Has one brother, Kyle … Proposed major is Exercise Science

Natalie Hendricks
Broadneck High School | Chesapeake Lacrosse Club


Before Jacksonville: Led Broadneck High School to state championship as a junior and a top-10 national ranking as a senior … One of the top scoring and draw threats in the nation ... Scored more than 100 career goals while competing in one of the nation's top lacrosse areas ... Also an all-DC Metro basketball player scoring 11 points per game while shooting 53% from the field

Ashtyn Hiron
Perth Western Australia | Kennedy Baptist College | Phoenix Lacrosse Club
U18 Highlight Video


Before Jacksonville: Played in 2011 U19 Lacrosse World Cup in Germany … Two-time U16 MVP … Represented Australia in 2013 World Cup and will do so again in 2015 … Named Kennedy Baptist College Sports Person of the Year in 2013 … Named Australia's U-18 Most Valuable Player in March, capping one of the most storied prep-careers in Aussie history

Personal: Born on Nov. 1, 1996 to John and Glenda … Father played on the Australian Lacrosse Team and mother played on Australian Women’s Team … Has two brothers, Jordan and Carson

Alyssa Lazaro
Bel Air, Md. | The John Carroll School | Sky Walkers Lacrosse
Student Sports of America Feature


Before Jacksonville: Ranked as the No. 22 recruit in the nation by Student Sports of America … Played at Nike Elite 120 … Four year starter The John Carroll School under Krystin Porchella … Played both midfield and attack … Scored 1.5 goals per game in her junior year en route to team heading to the quarterfinals … Averaged 3 goals per game with the Sky Walkers

Personal: Born on Nov. 8, 1995 to Benigno and Julie … Father played  lacrosse at UMBC … Has two siblings, Alexis and Christian … Plans on pursuing the pre-med track

MacEllen McDonough
Colorado Springs, Colo. | Air Academy High School | XTeam Lacrosse
Wrap Around Goal Highlight


Before Jacksonville: Scored 50 goals and added 16 assists in leading Air Academy to the Colorado State Finals against fellow JU classmate Chloe de Grasse (Cherry Creek) … Scored 43 goals with 14 assists and was placed on First Team All-Conference and First Team All-Area as a junior … Guided team to state championship as a sophomore and was named on Second Team All-Conference and Second Team All-Area

Personal: Born on Oct. 21, 1996 to John and Ruth … Has one brother, Joseph, and two sisters, Murphy and Maddie … Proposed major is Communications

Caitlin McMahon
Potomac, Md. |Bullis School | Rebels Black
Baltimore Lacrosse News Feature


Before Jacksonville: One of the top prospects from the Baltimore-Washington Metro area... Posted 66 goals, 16 assists and 72 draws in her senior season … Finished second in area scoring as a junior en route to team winning the ISL-A Division Championship … She was also named to the ISL All-League Team, All Gazette First Team and an All-Met Honorable Mention … Rebels were a two-time National Tournament Team

Personal: Born on Nov. 29, 1995 to Catherine McMahon … Proposed major is Exercise Science

Christina Nagel
Springfield, Va. |West Springfield High


Before Jacksonville:  Played four years of varsity lacrosse at West Springfield … Also earned letters in volleyball, track and basketball

Personal: Born on May 16, 1996 to Alan and Laura … Has one sister, Emily … Proposed major is Engineering

Olivia Rossnan
Lake Worth, Fla. | Park Vista High School |LaxManiax


Before Jacksonville:  Assisted in guiding Park Vista to two regional and one district championships … Member of the National English, Math and Science Honor Societies

Personal: Born on June 16, 1996 to Todd and Sarah … Has one sister, Halle … Proposed major is Nursing

Rachel Rowles
Palmyra, N.Y. | Palmayra-Macedon High School | Relentless Hustle


Before Jacksonville: Amassed 152 goals and 80 assists at Palmayra-Macedon … Set single season record in goals and draw controls in junior year (64 goals, 106 draws) … Named team’s MVP and placed on First team All-League as a junior and sophomore … US LAX All-American Nominee … Ranked third all-time in program history in goals, assists and points

Personal: Born on June 26, 1996 to Scot and Christine … Has one sister, Holly … Proposed major is Exercise Science

Julie Summers
Pasadena, Md. | Chesapeake High School | CC LAX


Before Jacksonville: Started in goal on  the varsity lacrosse team since she was a freshman …  Awarded Most Valuable Player as a junior

Personal: Born on April 7, 1996 to Mark and Gayle … Has two brothers, Andrew and Garrett … Proposed major is Civil Engineering

The incoming freshmen will join the storied Jacksonville program that recently closed its regular season with their second straight Atlantic Sun championship and NCAA Tournament appearance.