Phillylacrosse.com, Posted 12/23/09
From Press Releases
Archbishop Carroll defender Jamie DePetris and Downingtown West attack Jaymie Tabor head the list of six that signed National Letters of Intent at the University of New Hampshire, it has been announced by first-year head coach Michael Daly.
“I am very excited about my first recruiting class for UNH lacrosse as the new head coach,” Daly stated. “We have lofty goals for this class and for the UNH program, and this special class will no doubt help us attain our program goals of winning conference championships and returning to the NCAA tournament.
“Overall, I think we have a very athletic and talented class that can provide strength at all positions and each person will positively impact the UNH community both on and off the field from day one,” Daly added. “In addition, each recruit brings proven leadership qualities and a desire to be part of a championship program.”
The signees include:
Jamie DePetris, Defense, Radnor, Pa., Archbishop Carroll H.S.
DePetris, a two-time selection to the prestigious National Tournament, is a four-year letterwinner at Archbishop Carroll who was recently elected team captain for the Patriots. She helped the lacrosse team win three straight Philadelphia Catholic League titles as well as the District 12 championship in ’09. The defender was named to the All-County First Team last year as a junior, when she recorded 29 ground balls, 25 caused turnovers and 19 draw controls. DePetris also earned second team All-County honors as a sophomore. She is a three-year member of the varsity field hockey team and was captain as a senior. She helped the Patriots win two straight Philadelphia catholic league titles as well as the District 12 championship in ’09. DePetris, who also starred for the Phantastix club team, is ranked in the top 10% of her class and plans to study Liberal Arts at UNH.
Coach Daly on DePetris: “Jamie is a versatile defender who brings a tremendous work ethic, leadership skill set, as well as strong communication and team defensive skills to her position. She should immediately impact our team defense with her highly developed 1-v-1, field vision and help-defense abilities.”
Jaymie Tabor, Attack, Coatesville, Pa., Downingtown H.S. West
Tabor, a 2009 Academic All-America Team selection, is a four-year letterwinner for the Whippets, for whom she earned All-Ches-Mont League Second Team and All-Phillylacrosse.com Honorable Mention as a junior, when she helped the Whippets capture their second straight Ches-Mont league title while reaching the second round of the District 1 playoffs. The attack recorded 54 goals, 22 assists and 21 draw controls last year despite missing part of the season due to injuries. Tabor tallied 68 goals, 22 assists and 57 draw controls as a sophomore. She also was a four-year letterwinner for the soccer team, which won its fourth consecutive Ches-Mont League title while capturing its second state championship in three years, and garnered All-Ches-Mont League First Team accolades. Tabor played for the Pennsylvania Express club team and plans to study nursing at UNH.
Coach Daly on Tabor: “Jaymie is a quick and talented midfielder/attacker who has great game sense. She is a skilled and deceptive dodger and natural goal scorer with a keen sense as both a finisher and feeder. She will make an immediate impact at UNH on attack as well as with our draw control and riding units. We expect her to develop into a key component of our attack/midfield units during her career.”
Meghan Bridges, Attack, Sandy Hook, Conn., Newtown H.S.
Bridges is a four-year letterwinner who was recently elected team captain for the Newtown High School girls lacrosse team. She helped the Nighthawks win five straight SWC championships, including last year when she recorded 47 goals, 26 assists, 19 draw controls and 28 ground ball controls to garner All-SWC Colonial Team honors. Bridges was also selected to the prestigious Connecticut Super Junior Team as a junior. She earned SWC All-Academic honors in her two years as a member of the soccer team, and also played one year of basketball. Bridges, who played for the CT Lightning club team, plans to study business administration at UNH and has applied to the Honors Program.
Brittany Conner, Defense, Wilton, Conn., Wilton H.S.
Conner, who is a two-year letterwinner for Wilton High School, received All-State First Team and All-FCIAC First Team accolades while recording 31 ground balls and six caused turnovers as a junior. The defender was also selected to the Western Lower New England Team #1 for the National Tournament. Conner also lettered at Vero Beach H.S. (Florida) as a freshman and sophomore before relocating to Wilton. She led the Fighting Indians to the Florida state lacrosse championship as a sophomore, when she was also named to the Southeast Team #1 for the National Tournament. Conner, who played for the XTEAM club team, plans to study hospitality and management at UNH.
Kacie Connal, Midfield, Derry, N.H., Pinkerton Academy
Connal, a four-year letterwinner for Pinkerton Academy, earned All-State First Team honors as a sophomore and junior while leading the Astros in scoring both seasons. She was also named one of the top 10 NH high school players last year by three publications – Union Leader, Eagle Tribune and Varsity magazine. The midfielder was selected to the prestigious Upper New England First Team each of the past two years. In her three years as a volleyball letterwinner, Connal broke the Astros’ record for career kills (638) and was named to the Union Leader All-Star Team. Connal, who played for the Granite State Elite club team, is an honor roll student who plans to study occupational therapy at UNH.
Molly Gaffey, Midfield, North Hampton, N.H., Winnacunnet H.S.
Gaffey, a four-year letterwinner at Winnacunnet High School, earned All-State honors as both a junior and sophomore and was recently elected team captain for her senior season. She was named to the 2009 UnderArmour All-America New England Girls All-Star Team after recording 26 goals and 23 assists that season. As a sophomore, Gaffey was selected to the Upper New England Second Team as well as team MVP. She is also a three-year letterwinner for the Warriors’ soccer team. Gaffey played for the Seacoast United club team.
This group of student-athletes joins a UNH women’s lacrosse program that has advanced to the America East Championship tournament a league-record 12 consecutive years.