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Women’s recruits: Conestoga’s Henry (midfielder/defender) leads incoming class for William and Mary

Tuesday, 5th July 2011

Categories Girl's/Women's, High School, Recruiting, Posted 7/6/11
From Press Releases

William and Mary lacrosse head coach Christine Halfpenny has announced that seven student-athletes will join the program for the 2011-2012 academic year. The talented incoming class includes three midfielders, two attackers, a defender and a goalkeeper.

“I am very excited to welcome this strong class of student-athletes to William & Mary,” Halfpenny said. “Top to bottom this class brings experience to each position on the field. These players are outstanding students and strong athletes who are hungry to compete and win at the highest level. We are looking forward to seeing their personalities and styles mesh well with the returning squad but also continue to raise the level of our team as we strive towards a CAA Championship.”

The Tribe has experienced tremendous success in recent years, as it has consistently ranked among the nation’s top 20 and has earned four consecutive double-digit win seasons. The following is a brief look at the Tribe’s 2011-12 recruiting class:

Allison Henry
Wayne, Pa.
Prep: Three-year letterwinner for head coach Amy Orutt at Conestoga … Honored as an Academic All-American following her senior season … All-Central League Honorable Mention selection in 2011 after totaling 15 draw controls, 43 ground balls, a goal and an assist … Selected as the team’s Unsung Hero in 2011 … Also earned four letters in indoor track and one letter in cross country … Helped track team win the state championship in 2008 … Named to First Honor Roll … National Merit Commended, AP Scholar with Distinction … Earned the Service and Leadership Award … Member of the National Honor Society, FLITE and the French Club … Personal: Daughter of Holly Henry … Brother, Andrew, plays club soccer at Johns Hopkins.

Amanda Johnson
Montpelier, Va.
Prep: Three-year letterwinner for head coaches Annie Richards and Brooke Ireland at Collegiate … All-LIS selection in 2011 … Served as a team captain during her senior season … Member of the Virginia National Team in 2009 and 2010 … Played for the Geronimo Elite Club team from 2008-10 … Played varsity tennis for two seasons and served as a captain in 2011 … member of the A/B Academic Honor Roll from 2008-11 … Volunteered with the Interact Community Service Club, Church Youth Group, Mission Trips and “The Match” (online student newspaper) … Personal: Daughter of Scott and Sharon Johnson … Mother played tennis at the University of Richmond.

Kaleigh Noon
Baltimore, Md.
Bryn Mawr
Prep: Three-year letterwinner for head coaches Kim Simons and Wendy Kridel at Bryn Mawr … Selected to the Baltimore Metro Team as a junior … Member of the Athletic Academic Honor Roll … Volunteered with St. Vincent Center, Sarah’s Hope and Mission Save Our Soldiers … Participated in a TRowe Price internship … Also earned four letters in basketball and one in volleyball … Personal: Daughter of George and Sara Noon … Father played basketball at UPenn … Mother played lacrosse at Connecticut College for two years before transferring to UPenn.

Ellen Shaffrey
Charlottesville, Va.
Western Albemarle
Prep: Four-year letterwinner for head coach Nancy Weber Haws at Western Albemarle … Served as a team captain in 2010 and 2011 … Honored as the Jefferson District Player of the Year in 2011 … Totaled 98 goals, 18 assists, 125 draw controls and 79 ground balls as a senior … First-team all-district selection as both a junior and a senior … Second-team all-region honoree in 2010 … Second-team all-district choice as a sophomore … Garnered the Claudia L. Dodson Integrity in Sports Award … Also earned four letters in basketball, serving as a captain twice … A two-time first-team all-district selection who was honored as the Jefferson District Player of the Year as a senior … Averaged a double-double in 2010 and 2011 … Member of the Honor Roll all four years … Member of the National Honor Society, National English Honor Society, National Spanish Honor Society, Honor Council, World Culture Club and Spanish Club … Personal: Daughter of Christopher and Catherine Shaffrey … Father played basketball at the Citadel … Mother swam and rowed at Mount Holyoke.

Katherine Shepherd
Dallas, Texas
Highland Park
Prep: Four-year letterwinner for head coaches Patty Parichy Wick and Amanda Walker at Highland Park … Member of Team Texas in 2009 and 2010 … All-state selection in 2010 … Honored as the Texas Best Defensive MVP in 2010 … Selected as Highland Park’s team MVP Defender in 2010 … All-Southern Preparatory Conference choice in 2009 … Led team in ground balls and caused turnovers in 2010 after leading squad in assists the previous season … Member of the Honor Roll in 2009 and 2010 … Volunteered with The South African Lacrosse Project … Personal: Daughter of Burton and Betty Shepherd … Sister, Liz, competed in crew at Colby College … Sister, Mary, played lacrosse at University of Redlands.

Lucy Ferguson
Montclair, N.J.
Prep: Four-year letterwinner for head coach Ann Jennings at Montclair … Honored as a US Lacrosse First Team All-American in 2011 … Invited to the All-American Showcase/ESPN Rise Tournament in Florida following her senior season … Finished her prep career with 985 saves and a 60 percent save percentage … Garnered first-team all-league and first-team all-county honors in 2011 … Also honored as the team’s MVP as a senior … Started all but five games of her high school career … Selected as a US Lacrosse Honorable Mention All-American in 2010 … U19 National Team Finalist following her junior year … Ranked as the ninth best goalie nationally by ESPN Rise … Chosen as a US Lacrosse Academic All-American in 2010 … Third-team all-state selection as a junior … Also garnered first-team All-North Jersey, first-team All-Essex County and first-team All-Essex County Tournament teams in ’10 … Metro Lacrosse Club Foundation Scholarship winner as a junior … Member of the North New Jersey Team at the Women’s Division National Tournament in 2010 (Team 1) and 2009 (Team 2) … Participated in the Under Armour Underclassman Games in 2009 and 2010 … First-team All-Essex County honoree in 2009 … Earned the Most Promising Player Award in 2008 … Earned three letters on the tennis team … Chosen as a 2011 Essex County Scholar Athlete … Member of the National Honor Society and the German Honor Society … Garnered the MHS Community Service Award … Served as a counselor at On the Ball Lacrosse Camp … Volunteered as a youth league lacrosse coach … Volunteered with Human Needs Food Pantry … Made a community service trip to Yakima Indian Reservation (2009) and Peru (2007) … Youth Member, Union Congregational Church Outreach Committee … Personal: Daughter of David and Kelly Ferguson … Father wrestled at Johns Hopkins University.

Sarah Gunter
Alexandria, Va.
Prep: Three-year letterwinner for head coach Sarah Cohen at Hayfield … Finished prep career as the school’s all-time points leader with 230 (159 goals, 71 assists) … Served as a captain during her senior season … Honored as the district player of they year in 2011 … Also earned first-team all-region and all-district honors as a senior … Garnered first-team all-district and second-team all-region honors as a junior … The fourth-ranked offensive player in the Northern Region in 2010 … Honored as the team’s MVP in 2010 … Honorable mention all-district selection in 2009 … Earned the JV Coach’s Award in 2008 … Also lettered in cheerleading and was a member of the junior varsity volleyball team for twoseasons … Chosen as the JV volleyball captain and team MVP in 2009 … Member of the Honor Roll multiple times (2005-11) … Also selected to the Northern Region Athletic Honor Roll (2007-11) … Member of the National Honor Society, the Science Honor Society and the Tri-Music Honor Society … Member of the Math Team, Environmental Club, Yearbook staff and computer graphic design … First chair alto saxophone in Advance Band/Wind Ensemble and Jazz Band … Volunteered with Dreams for Kids Foundation … Volunteered at Lane Elementary School … Performed piano and alto saxophone at local nursing homes … Volunteered at the Fall for Fairfax Kidsfest … Personal: Daughter of William and Cecilia Gunter.



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