HAMDEN, Conn. Quinnipiac University women's lacrosse Head Coach Danie Caro has announced the signing of nine players to National Letters of Intent for the 2010 season. Four attackers, three midfielders and two defenders signed on to play for the Bobcats next season. Emily Allen (Glastonbury, Conn.), Sarah Allen (Glastonbury, Conn.), Chelsea Guerrera (Wantagh, N.Y.), Kayla Hamberry (Edgewater, Md.), Jackie Keleher (Manlius, N.Y.), Mary Kate Manganiello (Media, Pa.), Emily Mason (Fairfield, Conn.), Dianna Milano (Lansdale, Pa.) and Lianne Toomey (Hicksville, N.Y.) all will be coming to Quinnipiac next fall.
"We are really excited about the group of incoming players we've assembled," said Caro. "We are graduating eight seniors this spring, so our incoming class will have some big shoes to fill, but I'm confident they will be up to the challenge. Every single one of them will add something to the team and we're looking forward to helping them to continue their development as student-athletes at Quinnipiac University."
Emily Allen is an attacker from Glastonbury High School. Last season, she was named to the all-conference First Team after scoring 32 goals and adding 19 assists. As team captain, she helped lead her team to a 14-3-1 record and a share of the Central Connecticut Conference Championship and a berth in the State Quarterfinals. During her sophomore season, Allen recorded 37 goals and nine assists en route to a 13-6 record.
"Emily has a great presence on the field and she is a hard worker," said Caro. "She does a lot of the little things that go unnoticed by fans, but that every coach appreciates."
Sarah Allen is also an attacker from Glastonbury High School. During her junior season, she was named an US Lacrosse All-American Honorable Mention after scoring 64 goals and recording 34 assists. Allen was part of the team that went 14-3-1 and claimed a share of the Central Connecticut Conference Championship and a berth in the State Quarterfinals. She and twin sister, Emily, are both members of the CTLF Club Lacrosse team.
Caro said of Allen, "Sarah is a hustler who has a knack for finding the goal. I expect her to continue to develop in her final high school season and be able to come in and contribute on the field immediately."
Guerrera is a midfielder at Wantagh High School. In her junior season, she was part of a team that posted an 11-6-1 record and finished as Nassau County Finalists. Her 18 goals and 10 assists garnered All-Nassau County Honorable Mention honors. Guerrera is an Honor Roll student who participates in community events like Breast Cancer Walk, Walk for Autism and Walk for Spinal Victory. She also is a member of the Long Island Yellow Jackets Club Lacrosse team.
"Chelsea has solid fundamentals and is equally able to contribute on offense and defense," said Caro. We expect her to be a consistent contributor for us next year, both on and off the field."
Hamberry comes to Quinnipiac from St. Mary's High School and will play attack for the Bobcats in 2010. She did not play during her junior season, but received Honorable Mention recognition as a Maryland Distinguished Scholar and is an Honor Roll student. Most recently, Hamberry was a member of the M&D Lacrosse Club team and is a two-year letterwinner in volleyball, serving as team captain this past season.
Coach Caro said of Hamberry, "Kayla has great size for a low attacker, and we expect her to continue to develop as a feeder. She is a threat to pass or shoot any time she has the ball, and we look forward to watching her continue to improve her skills."
The final attacker joining the Bobcats next season is Keleher from Fayetteville-Manlius High School. In the 2008 season, Keleher scored eight goals and helped her team to a 14-7 record. She has represented the New York Region at the US Lacrosse National Tournament and served as an alternate for Central Team at the Empire State Games. Off the field, Keleher is a New York State Scholar-Athlete and serves as Vice President of the National Honor Society Oak Chapter. She also is a member of the National Science Honor Society and was named to the High Honor Roll at Fayettville-Manlius.
"Jackie is a tough, scrappy player who has yet to reach her potential," Caro said. "She epitomizes the term scholar-athlete and we fully expect her to develop into a leader for us on and off the field."
Manganiello is a midfielder from Penncrest High School. During the 2008season, she was named to the All-Delco Second Team and a member of the All-Central League Team. In her sophomore year of 2007, Manganiello received Honorable Mention recognition in the Central League. Off the field, she is an Honor Roll student and a member of the National Art Honor Society as well as serving as her school's Students Against Drunk Driving (SADD) President. She is also currently a member of Ultimate Goal Club Lacrosse team.
Caro said, "Mary Kate is a very versatile player that can excel in any position on the field. She has good size and fitness, so we expect her to replace some of the experience we're losing in the midfield this year."
Mason is one of three defenders to come to Quinnipiac next fall. A two-year captain at Fairfield Ludlowe High School, Mason is also a FCIAC Scholar Athlete, an Honor Roll Student and a member of the National Honor Society. She is a member of the Ludlowe Student Leaders, Youth Cancer Society and the Keystone Club. This past fall, Mason was named the captain of the varsity field hockey team. She is currently a member of the NewLax Club Lacrosse team.
"Emily is a very hard worker with a great team attitude," said Caro. "I have no doubt that she will do everything she can to be successful at this level and make a positive contribution to our program."
Milano, a senior at North Penn High School, will play defense for the Bobcats next season. In her junior season, Milano recorded 49 ground balls, 11 caused turnovers, nine draw controls and added one goal en route to being named her team's Most Improved Player. Currently a member of the Ultimate Goal Club Lacrosse team, Milano is an Honor Roll student, while also volunteering with Easter Seals.
"Dianna is a strong student-athlete who has had success on and off the field," Caro said. "Making the transition from high school to college level play is difficult for defenders, but I believe she is capable of contributing to our program from day one."
Toomey is a midfielder from Hicksville High School. During her junior season, she notched 48 goals, 15 assists and 30 ground balls, while receiving Honorable Mention recognition for Nassau County for the 12-5 County Semifinalists. In her sophomore campaign, Toomey recorded 43 goals, 17 assists and 24 ground balls, helping her team to a 13-2 overall mark. A representative of the New York Region at the US Lacrosse Tournament, Toomey is also a member of the National Honor Society, on the Principal's List and is involved with numerous community events including serving as a peer mentor for developmentally challenged teenagers. Toomey is a member of on the Long Island Yellow Jackets Lacrosse Club.
Coach Caro said of Toomey, "Lianne has the potential to be an impact player for us. She can play offense and defense and is a physically tough player all over the field. We expect her to contribute immediately."
The Bobcats begin their 2009 regular season against intrastate rival Connecticut on Tuesday, Mar. 3 at the Quinnipiac Field Hockey and Lacrosse Turf at 2:30 p.m.