HAMDEN, Conn. - Quinnipiac University women's lacrosse Head Coach Danie Caro has announced the signing of six players to National Letters of Intent for the 2010-2011 academic year. Meredith Donaldson (Delray Beach, Fla.), Kayla Fu (Severna Park, Md.), Phoebe Laplante (Acushnet, Mass.), Emily Samuelman (North Andover, Mass.), Michaela Tinsley (Shrewsbury, Mass.) and Melissa Warheit (Commack, N.Y.) will all join the Bobcats in the fall of 2010.
"We're really excited about this recruiting class," said Caro. "All of these players are great student-athletes and I think they will fit in well with our existing players. They each bring something to the table that our program needs and we are anxious to see them on the field next year."
Donaldson is the first recruit from Florida to sign on to play with the Bobcats during Caro's four-year tenure. Named All-State, Donaldson, who can play both midfield or attack, also garnered First Team honors in her league and district as a junior at St. Andrews School. She led her team to its second consecutive District Championship and a spot in the top ten in Florida's final rankings. Donaldson has 59 goals the last two seasons, while also notching 60 ground balls and 31 caused turnovers. A five-year letter winner in basketball as well, she finished her junior season eighth in the county in assists and 27th in points per game. Donaldson has spent time working in her community with organizations like Habitat for Humanity and the "Pay It Forward" Foundation.
"Meredith played for strong high school and club programs, so we're counting on her experience to prepare her to contribute for us immediately. She plays with a lot of intensity and passion, and we expect her to be a spark plug for our offense," Caro said of Donaldson.
Laplante, a midfielder, scored 188 goals and 59 assists during her junior and senior seasons at Bishop Stang High School. Named a captain for her junior season, she led her team to a 15-4-1 record and second place in the Maritime Lacrosse League in just the program's third year. A three-sport athlete that will letter all four seasons in lacrosse, soccer and basketball, Laplante has also served as a member of the student council, while also participating in campus ministry. A member of the National Honor Society, she earned the Academic Achievement Award for posting an average of 95 and above in chemistry, psychology, physiology and theater arts during her junior year.
Caro said, "Phoebe is in the midst of a terrific high school career and is a proven goal scorer at that level. We think she can be a very effective player at both ends of the field for us next year."
A midfielder, Fu comes to Quinnipiac from the 2007 IAAM League runner up Severn School. She has played the last six seasons for the CC Lax Lacrosse Club as well as serving as a youth lacrosse referee with Game Guardians during the spring and summer seasons. Fu has worked with numerous charitable endeavors such as Span Food Drive and Habitat for Humanity.
"Kayla is a well-rounded player that will give us a lot of options next year. She is scrappy and tenacious on the field and that's something we need," said Caro.
Samuelman will add depth to Quinnipiac as both a defender and midfielder from North Andover High School. A part of 55 wins over her first three seasons at North Andover, she led her team to the 2009 Division II North Championship and Cape Anne league Championship. She has been a three-time winner of the Cape Anne League in her time at North Andover. Samuelman played on the Revolution Lacrosse Club team and also played field hockey and ran indoor track in high school. She worked as a volunteer over the last three years at the North Andover Youth Center and was a member of the Student Council.
Caro said, "Emily has a lot of untapped potential. She has played a variety of positions for both her high school and club teams and that diverse experience has made her a stronger overall player."
Tinsley played attack at Shrewsbury High School for four seasons at the varsity level. She helped lead her team to the League and District Championships in 2007 as she scored 43 goals. After her first year at Shrewsbury, she has posted seasons of 70 and 112 goals, while also adding 43 assists her junior season. Tinsley was the leading scorer in Central Mass during her junior season on her way to being named the league's Co-MVP and her team's MVP, while also playing club with Revolution Lacrosse. A member of the varsity field hockey team for four seasons, she has served as a captain this past season and led her team to the 2009 MIAA Central Division 1 Championship after winning the district championship earlier in the fall.
"Mickey is the type of player you can count on to put points on the board," said Caro. "She is a great finisher, but also has the ability to create scoring opportunities for her teammates, which will make her hard to defend."
Warheit will play on attack for the Bobcats in 2011 after her career at Commack High School ends this spring. Part of 30 wins over the last three seasons; she had 27 and 53 goals, respectively, during her sophomore and junior seasons. Adding 53 assists over the last two years, Warheit was named All-County Honorable Mention in 2009. She played her club lacrosse for the Long Island Yellow Jackets and has worked as a referee for multiple youth club leagues during the past years. Warheit is a member of the National Honor Society and is a scholar athlete at Commack where she also played three years of varsity soccer.
Caro said of Warheit, "Melissa has really developed into a complete player and we expect her to continue improving. She has a great work ethic and is very competitive."
The Bobcats will begin the 2010 season Friday, Feb. 26 against Fairfield at the Quinnipiac Field Hockey & Lacrosse Turf at 2 p.m.