Phillylacrosse.com, Posted 11/16/14
From Press Release
University of Delaware head coach Kateri Linville announced Friday the signing of seven standout women’s lacrosse players to National Letters of Intent for the 2015-16 academic year.
Sarah Comstock, Caroline Farley, Nicole Lee, Katie Manta, Maggie McCarthy, Isabelle Schmitt (Archbishop Carroll) and Chantae Simms will all enroll at Delaware next fall and comprise the Blue Hens Class of 2019.
A varsity starting attacker for Archbishop Carroll lacrosse, Schmitt has directed the Patriots to three straight Philadelphia Catholic League Championships. In the past two seasons, Schmitt has earned All-Catholic, All-Delco and All-Main Line honors. A member of the Phantastix Purple Club Team, Schmitt also made the National Tournament Philly 3 team as a freshman. Schmitt has collected First and Second Academic honors in addition to being named an Academic All-American this past spring.
“Isabelle is a competitor and winner,” Linville noted. “Her speed and hard nose for the cage makes her a go-to player on attack. Isabelle’s athleticism will make an immediate impact in our transition game and our attack.”
Comstock is currently three-sport varsity athlete at Cardinal Gibbons High School in Raleigh, N.C. and will make an impact on the defensive unit for the Blue Hens. A three-time All-Conference performer and member of the North Carolina and FCA National Teams, she was also named an Academic All-American as a junior. Comstock has played four seasons as a member of the Carolina Fever club team.
“Sarah has a physical presence on the field,” remarked Linville. “She is a three-sport athlete and work horse who will add speed to our transition game and grit to every practice.”
A four-year varsity starter at Shawnee High School (Medford, N.J.), Farley amassed 106 total points on 62 goals and 44 assists as a junior midfielder/attacker for the Renegades. An All-South Jersey and All-Conference honoree, Farley helped guide her team to the 2013 New Jersey Group 4 State Championship title. Farley is a member of the South Jersey Select Club team and is an academic honor roll student in addition to being involved with the ‘Kids for Wish Kids’ cancer support club and Spanish Club.
“Caroline is a graceful player to watch,” Linville commented. “She has good speed and a high lacrosse IQ, which allows her to read plays and make smart decisions in critical situations. Her skill and vision is likely to contribute to our success in her first year.”
A dedicated student-athlete on the field and in the community, Lee will join the Blue Hens as a midfielder from Langley High School in McLean, Va. Lee has led the Saxons to two state championship appearances and is also a field hockey player and basketball manager at Langley. A National Honors Society and Math Honors Society student, Lee spends time with Lift Me Up horse therapy, International Praise Academic Support Society, Key Club, Best Buddies, Junior Optimist Club and Youth Inspire. Lee plays for the Capital Lacrosse Club Team and is also a member of the U.S. Lacrosse National Team (DC Metro).
“Nicole is fast, quick and skilled,” noted Linville. “She uses these strengths to make plays all over the field, which is why she led her high school team to two state championships. Nicole will be relied upon to contribute to our success during her time at Delaware.”
Manta is currently a four-year varsity starting lacrosse midfielder and soccer player at Villa Maria High School in Erie, Pa. An All-Main Line Second Team honoree, Manta helped guide her team to the district championship in 2013. Manta is a member of the PA Express Club Team and U.S. Lacrosse National Team. Off the turf, Manta has spent four years with the Student Integrity Committee and Student Council and has recently joined the VMA Peer Ministry.
“Katie is a two-sport athlete and captain for both her soccer and lacrosse teams,” stated Linville. “She knows what it takes to lead a team in pressure situations and she loves that challenge. Katie is passionate about taking her game to the next level and that passion will have an immediate impact in our program’s success.”
A two-time New Hampshire state champion, McCarthy is a four-year starting midfielder for Pinkerton Academy in Derry, N.H. McCarthy is a two-time All-State mention and registered her 100th career goal as a sophomore. As a junior, McCarthy was selected for the Upper New England National Tournament team and was also a U.S. Lacrosse High School Honorable Mention All-American. McCarthy is a member of the Granite State Elite Club Team and is also a National Honors Society student with involvement in the Athletic Leadership Council and as a class officer.
“Maggie is a top performer that has led her high school team to two state championships,” said Linville. “She expects success and works hard to achieve it. Known for her athleticism and game sense, Maggie is likely to make an impact in our game plan.”
Simms, a midfielder from John Carroll High School (Bel Air, Md.), was a member of the team’s squads that reached the IAAM A Quarterfinals in 2012 and 2013. A three-sport athlete, Simms was a senior captain for the school’s field hockey team that won the IAAM B Championship this fall and also guided the indoor track team to three IAAM Top-Four finishes. Simms is a member of the National Honors Society, Spanish National Honors Society and National Society of High School Scholars. She plays club ball for the Elite Lacrosse Club Team.
“Chantae is a three-sport athlete who is known for her speed, agility and ability to perform in pressure situations,” said Linville. “She is the type of athlete who is going to keep getting better every practice and game. Chantae is likely to make an immediate impact in the Delaware program.”