Phillylacrosse.com, Posted 2/2/15
From Press Release
La Salle University head coach Candace Taglianetti Bossell is pleased to welcome the addition of eight student-athletes to the Class of 2019. The talented group is a geographically diverse one, hailing from states coast-to-coast as well as an international player, and an accomplished class with several US Lacrosse Academic All-Americans, and All-State and All-Conference honorees.
The incoming class includes the following student-athletes.
Ashley Blanton (Issaquah, Wash./Eastside Catholic)
Courtney Bodine (Moorestown, N.J./Moorestown)
Isabel Caddick (Peterborough, Ont./Holy Cross Secondary)
Emily Schulze (Harleysville, Pa./North Penn)
Leela Kimbler (Preston, Md./Sts. Peter & Paul)
Anna Kitchen (Carmel, Ind./Carmel)
Renee Olivett (State College, Pa./State College Area)
Courtney Shoults (Warners, N.Y./West Genesee)
Ashley Blanton (Issaquah, Wash./Eastside Catholic) is a 5’5 midfielder/defender from Washington State. The 2014 US Lacrosse Academic All-American will be a four-year starter for Eastside Catholic. She was named to the 2013 All-State and Snoqualmie All-Conference teams, and last year was a Washington State All-Community Team honoree. Through her first three seasons on the field, Blanton amassed 51 goals and 29 assists along with 134 draw controls and 87 ground balls. She played twice for the U19 Washington State Regional Team in the National Invitation Tournament and played club ball with XTEAM/Seattle Starz. Blanton is also a standout basketball player, earning All-Metro Honorable Mention twice so far. She is a solid student as well, earning First Honors every semester and garnering an induction into the National Honor Society.
Courtney Bodine (Moorestown, N.J./Moorestown) is a 5’11 midfielder/defender from South Jersey powerhouse Moorestown. She helped Moorestown go 26-0 last season, and finish as the #1 public school team in the nation by both LaxPower.com and Brine/TopLaxRecruits.com. Her squad also finished ranked third nationally overall by LaxPower.com and second in the coaches’ poll. Without yet stepping on a college field, she has top-level experience as she is one of eight Moorestown seniors to sign Division I commitments and also played on the South Jersey Select club team. Bodine is also a two-sport athlete, helping Moorestown girls’ soccer to the South Jersey Group 3 title. She is also strong in the classroom, earning Most Distinguished Student in Fine Arts and being named to the National Society of High School Scholars.
Isabel Caddick (Peterborough, Ontario/Holy Cross Secondary) will join the Explorers from Canada. The 5’5 attacker was the leading goal scorer at Holy Cross Secondary as well as led the team in assists. Caddick was selected to try out for the U19 team Canadian National Team and made it through to the final round of selections. She began her lacrosse career in box lacrosse, before moving over to field lacrosse most common in the United States. She plays for the Kawartha U19 club team and also spent time with the elite Team Edge program in Canada. Caddick is a three-sport standout, also competing in ice hockey and track & field. The speedster advanced in regionals in the 100m and 200m sprints as well as long jump. The student-athlete is also an honor roll student at Holy Cross, and receiving the school’s “Student Letter” for academic excellence and involvement in extracurricular activities.
Emily Schulze (Harleysville, Pa./North Penn) is a local product out of North Penn High School. The 5’4 midfielder is a four-year varsity player and so far has earned two All-League honors including First Team as a junior and Third Team as a sophomore. She was North Penn’s Most Valuable Player last season after draining 36 goals and recording nine assists, four caused turnovers, 52 draw controls and 34 ground balls. She made a name for herself quick at North Penn, earning the team’s Most Improved Player award as a freshman and its Heart-Hustle-Desire Award as a sophomore. Another incoming academic standout, Schulze has achieved Distinguished Honor Roll since freshman year, as well as earned the President’s Award For Educational Excellence and the Family & Consumer Sciences Award.
Leela Kimbler (Preston, Md./Sts. Peter & Paul) is a 5’4 midfielder from Maryland. The four-year varsity player at Sts. Peter & Paul High School is a three-time All-Conference player so far, with her senior season yet to go. She earned First Team All-Conference as both a sophomore and a junior, and came onto the high school scene with a Second Team nod as a freshman. Kimbler also earned the 2014 All-Academic Lacrosse award. The two-sport standout also competed in soccer, twice earning First Team All-Conference.
Renee Olivett (State College, Pa./State College Area) is a 5’1 midfielder from central Pennsylvania. The US Lacrosse Academic All-American was a Mid-Penn Second Team All-Star and played for the Pittsburgh region of the US Lacrosse National Tournament team. She has amassed 50 goals and 13 assists, along with 84 ground balls, 29 caused turnovers and 90 draw controls in her three years so far at State College Area. Another multi-sport athlete, Olivett competed in indoor track as a hurdler. The academic standout is also an AP Scholar and High Honor Roll recipient.
Courtney Shoults (Warners, N.Y./West Genesee) is a 5’7 defender from western New York. She helped lead West Genesee High School to the 2014 New York State Class ‘A’ title as a junior, and also earned all-league honorable mention despite missing time for injury. She earned Second Team All-League as a sophomore as well. The three-sport athlete was an all-league honoree in both basketball and volleyball as well, and finished second in New York State Class ‘A’ in digs in volleyball. Shoults joins an academic group of incoming players, as she is a National Honor Society member and on the High Honor Roll every semester.
Anna Kitchen (Carmel, Ind./Carmel) is a 5’3 defender from Indiana. The two-time All-State and two-time All-Region honoree helped lead Carmel High School to two state championships and a state runner-up title. She has been a varsity starter since her freshman year, and was named to the state all-tournament team in both her rookie and sophomore seasons. The defender has recorded 60 caused turnovers in her three seasons so far along with 113 ground balls and 78 draw controls. She has also contributed offensively, with 43 career goals and 16 career assists. She plays club ball with Indy United. Kitchen is a two-sport athlete, helping the Carmel cross country squad to three state titles. She is a classroom standout as well, earning Scholar-Athlete honors all three years so far, and the 2014 math departmental award.
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