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.@LaSalleLacrosse coach Taglianetti Bossell announces 17 incoming freshmen

Tuesday, 18th July 2017

Categories College, Girl's/Women's, Recruiting, Posted 7/18/17
From Press Release

The La Salle lacrosse team will welcome 17 incoming players to the team this fall, it was announced by head coach Candace Taglianetti Bossell (Haverford High). The incoming class boasts three First Team All-American selections, two state record holders, three state champions and six All-County selections.

Four players in the 2017 class were named their respective league’s Most Valuable Players and three were named Players of the Year. Additionally, La Salle will welcome eight All-Conference honorees, three team Most Valuable Players and four Scholar-Athletes awardees.

“We are thrilled to welcome this exceptional group of young women to our Explorer family,” said head coach Candace Taglianetti Bossell. “Many of these players have been committed for several years; and it’s exciting that the time has finally come for them to make their mark on our growing program.”

Molly Loughlin hails from Forest Hill, Md. where she was an All-County goalkeeper for Bel Air High School. As starting goalie in her senior year campaign, she led her team to a state championship title. During her four years at Bel Air, she guided the team to two regional championships from the net. She played club lacrosse for Skywalkers Lacrosse club, one of the most elite in the country. Loughlin will join her older sister Lucy, who is currently a goalkeeper for La Salle, on the team in the fall.

Sarah Elias is a First Team All-American attacker from Lancaster, Pa. who attended high school at Manheim Township. Elias recorded a career 163 goals to go with 70 assists in her four years. She led her team to four LL League championship titles, two district championships and two state quarterfinal appearances. A member of the First Team All-Star in her senior year, she was also honored as the LL League’s Most Valuable Attacker in 2017.

Talia Pritzlaff is a defender/midfielder from Ocean Township, N.J. who led her team to a B-North Conference Public title in 2016. She scored 149 career goals and scooped up 158 ground balls in her three years playing for Ocean Township. Named Offensive Most Valuable Player on her team, she also spent three years on her school’s varsity soccer team.

Brittany Stevens is an attacker from Catonville, Md. who recorded 40 goals in her senior year campaign. A First Team All-County selection, she added 22 assists for Catonsville High School in 2017. She was a four year All-Academic team honoree who led her team to a Baltimore County championship in 2015 and a state championship appearance in 2014. Also a two-year captain of Catonsville’s field hockey squad, Stevens played her club lacrosse for M&D Black 2017.

Morgan Catrambone is a product of West Chester, Pa. who played for West Chester East High School. As a midfielder, Catrambone amassed 91 career goals in her three years on varsity. A 2017 Second Team All-Chesmont selection, she won 102 draws and picked up 68 ground balls over her career. She was named her team’s Most Valuable Player in 2017 and Honorable Mention All-Chesmont in 2016. The midfielder played her club lacrosse for Mongoose Lacrosse Club.

Emmie Dressel is a two-time First Team All-American and native of Stewartstown, Pa., where she was a four year member of the lacrosse team at Kennard-Dale. She tallied 91 goals and 94 assists in her senior year campaign. Dressel was the York/Adams County Player of the Year and was a First Team All-County selection in 2017. She led Kennard-Dale to three division championships as well as an appearance in the state finals in 2017. In her junior year, she was named the Adams/York County Attacker of the Year, First Team All-County and led her team to a district championship. Dressel also played four years of field hockey and was named the team’s Most Valuable Player. She played club lacrosse for the York Invaders.

Maggie O’Connell was a three-year starter at Springfield-Delco High School who led her team to two PIAAA State Championship appearances. The Springfield, Pa. product was selected as team captain in her senior campaign and guided her team to appearances in the PIAA Class AAA State Final, as well as the District I Class AAA Final. The midfielder was a Second Team All-Central selection in her senior year and a First Team All-Central selection in her junior campaign. In 2016, she recorded 26 goals, 42 ground balls and won 22 draws. She also enjoyed a four-year standout career on the basketball team, where she led her team to a PIAAA District I Class AAA Championship title.

Hope Smith is a Second Team All-Delco selection from Wayne, Pa. who tallied 129 career goals over her four years on varsity at Radnor High School. She recorded 15 assists in her senior year while serving as team captain. The attacker led her team to both a District I Class 2A District Title and Class 2A State Title in 2017. She also played four years on Radnor’s field hockey team, where she was a two-time Second Team All-Delco member. Smith played club lacrosse for Steps Elite Philly.

Priya Kavuru is a midfielder who played for Cherry Hill High School East, where she was named First Team All-Conference in 2017. In her senior campaign, Kavuru tallied 44 goals for Cherry Hill East. She was selected to compete in the South Jersey All-Star senior game in 2017. During her junior year campaign, she amassed 25 goals after recovering from a torn quad injury during her sophomore year. She played club lacrosse for the South Jersey Devils in addition to lettering for three years on Cherry Hill’s soccer team.

Allison Hunter will join the Explorers after a four-year standout career at Middle Township High School in Cape May Courthouse, N.J. A four-time First Team All-Conference selection, Hunter led the state in assists with 99 in 2017 and 105 in 2016. Her all-time assist record is 319, which leads N.J. and ranks second in the nation. The midfielder tallied 53 goals in her senior season and led Middle Township to a South Jersey Championship and a state final appearance. A three-time conference champion, Hunter was named the 2016 Atlantic City Press Co-Player of the Year after garnering 60 goals and scooping up 70 ground balls.

Also hailing from Middle Township is 2017 First Team All-American Bridget Ruskey, who will join the Explorers after a four year standout career. Ruskey accumulated 485 career goals to top a state record for all-time goals and added 136 career assists. Ruskey split the Atlantic City Press Player of the Year title with Hunter, as the duo led Middle Township to an 18-3 record and an appearance in the Cape-Atlantic League championship in 2017. The attacker was named First Team All-Conference after accumulating 136 total points in her senior campaign.

Maddie Dachowski is a two-time Sol League Second Team selection from Perkasie, Pa. who enjoyed a four year career at Pennridge High School. As a senior captain, she totaled 39 goals to go with 32 assists and led her team to a playoff appearance. In 2016, the attacker garnered 52 goals and 35 assists in her junior season. Dachowski’s 144 career assists led the Pennridge team for three straight years. She played club lacrosse for Ultimate lacrosse, where the team took home over 10 tournament titles in her four years.

Kara Blanchard is an attacker from Pasadena, Md. who spent four years on varsity at Chesapeake High School. In 2017, she amassed 34 goals and 16 assists as the Offensive Player of the Year and Greene Turtle Corporate Wide’s Most Valuable Player. Named All-County by the Capital Gazette, Blanchard led her team to a regional finals appearance in 2017. A three-time Scholar Athlete award winner, she was also named Coach’s First Team All-County in her senior year. She enjoyed a standout junior year as a Second Team All-County selection who scored 43 goals and added nine assists.

Annina Iacobucci will join the Explorers from Malvern, Pa., where she competed for Villa Maria Academy. Tabbed the 2017 Most Valuable Player of the Athletic Association of the Catholic Academies, Iacobucci led her team to an undefeated season and a AACA Championship Title as a senior. She tallied 56 goals and 42 assists in her senior campaign to earn AACA All-Star honors. A two-time Attack MVP at Villa Maria, Iacobucci also recorded 42 goals and 33 assists in 2016 to earn a spot on the All-Mainline Second Team.

Jordan Campbell comes to La Salle after a four year career at Abington Senior High. The Glenside, Pa. product helped her team to a District I Championship title in her final season at Abington. As a defender, Campbell was named to the Suburban I League Honors Team and was a member of her school’s Honor Society. She played club lacrosse for Quaker City.

Shannon Delurey attended Miller Place High School in Miller Place N.Y., where she earned All-County honors in 2017 after she recorded 20 goals and 10 assists. Delurey also led her team to playoff appearances in both her junior and senior seasons. Named a co-captain of her team, she earned Scholar-Athlete recognition during her two years on varsity. She led her team to an 11-6 record in her junior campaign, where she tallied 16 goals and eight assist on the year. She played club lacrosse for the Long Island Top Guns program.

Isabella Balcer is a transfer who previously played at Monmoth University, where she appeared in six games for the Hawks. She attended Mount Saint Joseph’s High School in Flourtown, Pa. At The Mount, she tallied 125 goals in her senior campaign as a midfielder. She was named First Team All-Catholic Academy league in 2016 and helped her team to the 2013 Catholic Academy League title. She played club lacrosse for Ultimate in addition to four years she spent on her high school’s varsity soccer team.

“They have had outstanding high school careers and I’m certain they are going to help elevate our program to new heights,” said Taglianetti. “We can’t wait to have the opportunity to blend their talents and experiences with our returning players in the evolution of La Salle Lacrosse”

The new pack of Explorers will arrive on campus this fall, where they will compete in several Fall Ball tournaments during the offseason.



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