Phillylacrosse.com, Posted 11/28/10
From Press Releases
Archbishop Wood senior midfielder Cait McCartney leads the list of five girls that have signed National Letters of Intent during the early signing period for the University of Delaware and first-year coach Kateri Linville.
Others that signed were Allison Hahn, Kierstan Smith, Mollie Smith and Alex Zaugra. Smith and Zaugra are from Shawnee, of South Jersey.
“As a coaching staff, we have been able to attract talented competitors who buy into the championship vision,” said Linville of her first recruiting class. “We have a very accomplished group athletically. They are eager to be the reason this program returns to national prominence and we are excited to build a winning game plan that taps into their individual strengths.”
The University of Delaware is located in the hotbed of lacrosse. The new coaching staff was quick to attract and sign a class that represents four states, including Maryland, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and Virginia. The group includes one goalie, one defender, and three midfielders.
McCartney is a two-sport athlete and four-year starter for the Vikings lacrosse program. During her junior season, and entering her senior year, McCartney was selected as a team captain. In back-to-back seasons, McCartney was the team’s leading scorer, tallying 65 goals in 2009 and another 71 last season.
For her efforts, McCartney was named first-team All-Catholic as well as the team’s Most Valuable Player after Archbishop Wood posted a 13-6 overall record and went 6-1 in the Philadelphia Catholic League, reaching its fifth appearance in the league finals. A three-year starter on the Vikings’ basketball squad, she helped guide her team to a Pennsylvania State Championship in the 2010 season. In the classroom, McCartney maintains a 3.5 GPA.
“Caitlin is a tremendous athlete and a true competitor,” said Linville. “As a catalyst and finisher, Caitlin is a game-changing player. She is a quiet leader who knows how to win.
“She led her lacrosse team to the league championship and her basketball team to the state championship. Her talent will have an immediate impact in our style of play.”
Hahn is a two-sport athlete who plays lacrosse and volleyball for James Madison High School in her native Vienna, Va. She is a standout midfielder on the No. 5 ranked lacrosse team in Virginia. At the conclusion of her junior season, Hahn was named to the U.S. Girls All-America first team.
As a first team All-Region and three-time All-District selection, Hahn led by example while also serving as an elected leader and captain during her junior season. Hahn is a standout in the classroom as well, carrying a 4.0 grade point average. She is a member of multiple honor societies, including the Spanish, Math and National Honor societies.
“Allison expects excellence,” said Linville. “A 4.0 student and a first team U.S. Lacrosse All-American as junior is evidence that she can execute at the highest level a student-athlete can in the classroom and on the field.
“Allison adds size, speed, and skill to the Blue Hens squad but her greatest assets on the field are her vision, confidence, and composure. Allison will be relied on to contribute in all aspects of the game.”
Kierstan Smith, a midfielder from Medford Lakes, N.J., is a multiple-sport athlete and varsity letter winner in soccer, indoor and outdoor track, and lacrosse. She has been a three-year member of the Shawnee High School varsity team.
In her junior season, Smith was named first-team All South Jersey and all-conference through the Women’s Lacrosse Club of South Jersey. She was also selected first-team All County by the Burlington County Times and second-team All South Jersey by the Philadelphia Inquirer.
Kierstan Smith helped her team to finish the 2010 season as state runner up, posting a 21-2 record, while also being named the Philadelphia Inquirer Team of the Year. In the classroom, Smith is a solid student-athlete, holding a 3.5 GPA. She is an honor roll student and a member of the National Honor Society.
“What is most impressive about Kierstan is her speed, acceleration, and versatility on the field,” boasted Linville. “A defensive midfielder for the Renegades, Kierstan played a critical role in winning draw controls, pushing the pace in transition attack and defense, and shutting down the top attackers in settled play. Kierstan is driven and will be an impact player here at Delaware.”
Mollie Smith, who hails from Ijamsville, Md., will join Delaware as a defender. A two-year varsity letterwinner, Smith is a top player for Urbana High School. Following the 2010 season, Smith was given the Monacacy Valley Athletic League (MVAL) award. She has been a member of the Frederick Stars Lacrosse Club since 2005, and was named first-team All-Galaxy in 2009 and 2010.
In the classroom, Smith earns highest honors carrying a 3.7 grade point average. Smith is a member of the Student Government Association, Students Against Destructive Decisions and the National Honor Society.
“Mollie is the type of student-athlete who is going to keep getting better. She is strong, fast and very competitive,” stated Linville. “Her foot quickness and body positioning give her the ability to shut down any attacker’s game. She is also a relentless and aggressive team defender who anticipates play and closes space well. Mollie will be quick to establish a role in the Delaware defense.”
Zaugra also attends Shawnee High School, joining her teammate Kierstan Smith amongst the signees. A four-year member of the varsity team, Zaugra holds the school record in saves tallying 310 with one season to play. Zaugra has been a staple on the All-Conference team, earning a spot in each season since 2008. In 2009, she earned All-South Jersey honorable mention plaudits.
Following last season, she was named an honorable mention All-American. For her 21-save effort in the South Jersey Group 3 final which led Shawnee to a 7-6 upset over Moorestown, snapping their 228-game winning streak, she was named 2010 Women’s Lacrosse Performance Player of the Year. In her senior season, she will serve as a team captain.
“Alex is an outstanding goalie and a proven game changer. She has quick hands to make saves between the pipes on defense,” said Linville. “She also has great range on her clears, which allow her to jump start fastbreaks on offense. Alex is a competitor and she is eager to be one of the reasons the Delaware Lacrosse program returns to national prominence.”
The Blue Hens open their 2011 season in their new home, Delaware Stadium, when they host defending national champion Maryland. The opening draw is slated for 4 p.m.