Wagner Signs Nine Recruits Early for the 2016 Lacrosse SeasonStaten Island, NY – Wagner head lacrosse coach Liz Frisoli, who guided the Seahawks to their first-ever appearance in the Northeast Conference (NEC) championship game in her first season on Grymes Hill in 2014, has announced the signing of nine student-athletes who will be freshmen in fall 2015.
The nine incoming Seahawks who signed National Letters of Intent during the early signing period include: Lindsay Bleistein, Madeline Courtney, Megan Drum, Alexis Ferro, Margaret Jent, Sarah McGee, Kristen Monte, Anna Reilly, and Kelsey Savje.
"I am thrilled to sign my first official recruiting class," said Frisoli, who was named Seahawk head coach in July, 2014. "My 2015 class is incredibly strong and will make an immediate impact on our ever-improving program. My goal is to win the NEC this year and every year thereafter. This 2015 class will absolutely help solidify Wagner's position as a top team in the conference."
Lindsay Bleistein (Midfield)
Locust Valley HS (NY)
Bleistein, a 2014 All-Conference selection, accumulated 46 points while netting 32 goals last season. The midfielder's sixgoal performance against Carle Place (4/24) was a season high as she was named to the Showtime Lacrosse Showcase.
Coach Frisoli on Bleistein: "Lindsay is a smart, dynamic midfielder who produces on both sides of the ball. Lindsay's speed and athleticism will aid her in transition and help put the ball in the back of the net."
Madeline Courtney (Defense)
Marriotts Ridge HS (MD)
Courtney led the Marriots Ridge Mustangs to back-to-back Class 3A-2A Maryland State Championships. The Mustangs recorded a 17-2 overall record in 2014 in lacrosse while competing in talent-rich Howard County.
Coach Frisoli on Courtney: "Maddie is an incredibly versatile player. She excels on defense, but we hope to use her all over the field. Maddie is always aware of where the ball is and wants it in her stick. Her lacrosse intelligence and confidence with the ball will be a great addition to our program."
Megan Drum (Attack/Midfield)
Seneca HS (NJ)
A Philly.com All-South Jersey Second-Team selection, Drum tallied 47 goals in 2014 while scoring six goals on two separate occasions. As a junior in 2013, Drum netted 60 goals and has a career mark of 121 goals entering her senior season.
Coach Frisoli on Drum: "Meg is a powerful and explosive low attacker. Meg has confidence with the ball, sees her opportunities and has a great finish."
Alexis Ferro (Defense)
North Babylon HS (NY)
An energetic and aggressive ball defender with great skill, Ferro also notched four goals in 2014, highlighted by a three- point effort against Copiague (4/24/12). Hailing from a tradition-laden program, Ferro is one of three North Babylon girls' lacrosse members who signed letters of intent to play collegiately in the Northeast Conference.
Coach Frisoli on Ferro: "Alexis is a solid on-ball defender with power, patience, and control, making her very hard to get past."
Margaret Jent (Defense)
Sparta HS (NJ)
Jent, who was tabbed First Team All-NJ Herald, collected 22 ground balls in 2014 while leading Sparta to a 10-9 record. An All-Area and All-Conference selection in 2014, Jent has collected 71 ground balls during her productive scholastic career.
Coach Frisoli on Jent: "Maggie is a great-sized defender who is extremely athletic. Maggie has speed, quickness, and height, which makes her an all-around great defender."
Sarah McGee (Defense)
Oakmont Regional HS (MA)
McGee is a quick and assertive defender who was selected to the All-Midland B team in 2014 after a standout season as a defenseman for Oakmont Regional.
Coach Frisoli on McGee: "Sarah is a feisty and speedy low defender whose risk-taking and aggression will create opportunities for our defense to force turnovers."
Kirsten Monte (Midfield)
Plymouth Whitemarsh HS (PA)
Monte was a 2014 U.S Lacrosse Academic All-American after a phenomenal year on and off the field, totaling 59 points and was named an All-League Honorable Mention in 2013 after a breakout sophomore season.
Coach Frisoli on Monte: "Kristen is a midfielder who is especially helpful in transition and has great field vision, intelligence, and stick skills."
Anna Belle Reilly (Midfield)
Notre Dame Prep (AZ)
Reilly recorded 52 goals on 90 shots in 2014 while earning First-Team All-State recognition. Reilly notched seven assists to go along with her potent scoring ability. The midfielder notched a season-high eight goals against Pinnacle (4/7/14) while averaging four goals per game.
Coach Frisoli on Reilly: "Anna Belle has such a strong passion for the game and it shows on the field. She has strong stick skills and sees her own opportunities, as well as opportunities for her teammates. Anna Belle brings a different style of play to our team and will help increase the level of play all over the field."
Kelsey Savje (Attack)
Howard HS (MD)
Savje is an extremely crafty player at the attack position who led Howard to a 9-9 record and an appearance in the Class 4A-3A North Region Championship, where she notched four goals and an assist.
Coach Frisoli on Savje: "Kelsey is a left-handed attacker who has a strong field vision and sense of the game. Kelsey is able to command the attack and create scoring opportunities for her teammates and herself."
Year two of the Liz Frisoli era begins on February 10, when the Seahawks travel to Bucknell, which will be followed by the 2015 home opener vs. American on February 14.
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