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Women’s lacrosse: La Salle adds 14 with Class of 2017; seven are from PA

Friday, 30th November 2012

Categories College, Girl's/Women's, Recruiting, Posted 12/1/12
From Press Release

La Salle Lacrosse Head Coach Candace Taglianetti Bossell (Haverford High) has announced the signing of 14 student-athletes to National Letters of Intent during the initial signing period. The Class of 2017 includes seven players from the central and eastern Pennsylvania region as well as six from Maryland and one from New Jersey.

Pennsylvania signees include:
Nicole Black (Stewartstown, Pa./Kennard-Dale)
Chelsea DiIonno (Lincoln Univ., Pa./Avon Grove Charter)
Allee Ilgenfritz (York, Pa./West York)
Maddie Long (Lancaster, Pa./Lampeter-Strasburg)
Kiara Lynch (Richboro, Pa./Archbishop Wood)
Toni Massetti (Kennett Square, Pa./Kennett)
Danielle Strang (Malvern, Pa./Great Valley)

Maryland signees include:
Gabriella Antonelli (Centreville, Md./Queen Anne’s County)
Abbey Meehan (Arnold, Md./Broadneck)
Mary Vaughters (Annapolis, Md./St. Mary’s)
Alex Watson (Davidsonville, Md./South River)
Mackenzie White (Centreville, Md./Queen Anne’s County)
Courtney Woolford (Pasadena, Md./Northeast)

New Jersey signees include:

Anna Gordon (Linwood, N.J./Mainland Regional)

Gabriella Antonelli (Centreville, Md./Queen Anne’s County) is a 5’4 goalkeeper who helped lead her high school squad to two undefeated regular seasons, three regional championships and the Maryland state finals. The All-Bayside League pick has recorded 340 saves in her career and put together a career-best 53 percent save percentage her sophomore season.

Taglianetti on Antonelli: Gabby is a fierce competitor and truly embodies what we are looking for in a student athlete. She has an excellent knowledge of the game and a terrific presence in the goal. She is confident, athletic and fierce, and ready to make the transition to the college game.

Nicole Black (Stewartstown, Pa./Kennard-Dale) is a 5’6 attacker from the York area. She has racked up 153 career goals and 203 career assists, along with picking up 251 ground balls. Black earned First Team All-York County honors twice, and was both the Attack Player of the Year and York County Lacrosse Player of the Year last spring.

Taglianetti on Black: Nicole is a well-rounded attacker that is a statistical leader in goals, assists and ground balls. She will not have to look far to develop chemistry as she joins her former favorite target in high school teammate Katie Fonte, and her club teammate Allee Ilgenfritz. Nicole is smart and composed and those qualities will lead to success in the collegiate ranks.

Chelsea DiIonno (Lincoln Univ., Pa./Avon Grove Charter) is a 5’3 goalkeeper who earned All-Chesmont honors last season. She recorded a .510 save percentage and sported a 7.5 goals against average as a junior. She hails from a lacrosse family, as both of her parents played collegiately at East Stroudsburg.

Taglianetti on DiIonno: Chelsea is a true student of the game. The daughter of lacrosse players and a coach, she has a unique perspective that she brings to the goal. Chelsea has a tremendous work ethic that will help her to grow in her collegiate career.

Anna Gordon (Linwood, N.J./Mainland Regional) is a 5’4 midfielder with 95 goals in her high school career so far, highlighted by a career-best 59 goals and 32 assists as a junior. Gordon earned Cape-Atlantic League Second Team honors and Brine National Lacrosse All-American division honors last season after first being recognized as an honorable mention Cape-Atlantic pick as a sophomore. The three-sport athlete, who also plays basketball and soccer, earned Cape-Atlantic League Honorable Mention this past season as a defender.
Taglianetti on Gordon: Anna is a gritty midfielder with an enviable work ethic. Her hustle and never give up attitude is what separates Anna from the rest. We believe Anna’s career is just getting started and we can’t wait to see what she can do in the future.

Allee Ilgenfritz (York, Pa./West York) is a midfielder who has scored 153 goals in three years on the lacrosse field, including a career-best 72 as a junior last spring. She has also recorded 50 career assists. Ilgenfritz led West York in every statistic as a junior and earned All-York County honors. She also played soccer, scoring three goals this past season as an outside midfielder.

Taglianetti on Ilgenfritz: Allee is an amazing athlete that is just beginning to realize her potential. She is dominant in the transition game and she will be a huge asset for the fast break opportunities we want to develop. Allee has size, runs like a gazelle and most importantly has a will to win. Allee will be looked upon to step up and fill a big role early in her career.

Maddie Long (Lancaster, Pa./Lampeter-Strasburg) scored 58 goals for Lampeter-Strasburg last season. Long earned Section 2 First Team honors last season and ranked in the top 10 in overall points (77) in Section 2.

Taglianetti on Long: Maddie will do all the dirty work in the midfield and her game is all about her hustle. Maddie is a natural athlete that is just beginning to develop her lacrosse abilities. She has a lot of untapped talent and we believe she’s only going to get better in time.

Kiara Lynch (Richboro, Pa./Archbishop Wood) is a three-sport athlete who also played soccer and ran track. The 5’4 midfielder scored 31 goals and assisted on two others as a junior last season. She also has academic credentials, as she is in the top 10 percent of her class and a member of the National Honor Society.

Taglianetti on Lynch: Kiara is perhaps our most versatile player in the recruiting class. She has excellent speed and footwork combined with maturity on the lacrosse field. Kiara can play midfield just as well as she can defend, and this is a testament to her amazing athletic attributes. Kiara has all the tools that will easily translate to the college game.

Toni Massetti (Kennett Square, Pa./Kennett), a U.S. Lacrosse Academic All-American is a 5’1 midfielder/attacker who has scored 92 goals and dished 18 assists in her career. The Ches-Mont All-League Third Team pick also picked up 108 ground balls and recorded 42 draw controls her junior year. Massetti was also an All-League volleyball player, breaking the school career record for digs this past season as a libero.

Taglianetti on Massetti: Toni is truly a diamond in the rough. She’s tough, gritty, and a fierce competitor that is a true two way middie. We love Toni’s attitude towards challenges and she seems to have the ability to step up in big game situations. Toni was just getting started her high school career, and having never played club, we cannot wait to get her into our program to get some full time coaching.

Abbey Meehan (Arnold, Md./Broadneck) is another well-rounded student-athlete, bringing experience in three sports (lacrosse, field hockey and basketball). The 5’6 midfielder was also an Offensive Player of the Year pick in field hockey and second leading scorer in her county.

Taglianetti on Meehan: Abbey is a Philly girl at heart and that Philly toughness translates to the field. Her Delco roots brought her back to La Salle for her college career, which we believe is full of potential. Abbey has by far the hardest shot we have ever seen and that is something any program can use. She’s strong, physical and a huge presence in the 8m and we cannot wait to add this new dimension to our attack.

Danielle Strang (Malvern, Pa./Great Valley) is a local Philly-area product who will bring another defensive option to the Explorers. The 5’9 defender earned Second Team All-Chesmont honors as a junior. She was also a First Team all-league basketball player. Strang plays for assistant coach Mallory Tornetta’s father Joe, at her alma matter, Great Valley.

Taglianetti on Strang: Danielle is a gazelle on the lacrosse field. She has size, speed and is an overall terrific athlete. She comes from a great pedigree, her father was a national champion quarterback for Penn State University; but we believe Danielle will be making a name for herself. Danielle has developed into an extremely versatile player and will be making the transition from defense to midfield in college. Danielle will be looked upon to fill some big shoes early in her career.

Mary Vaughters (Annapolis, Md./St. Mary’s) is a two-sport athlete who played high school field hockey as well. Vaughters is a 5’2 defender who averages eight caused turnovers per game. On the field hockey field, she scored one goal and dished out four assists as a defensive midfielder.

Taglianetti on Vaughters: Mary rejoins high school teammate in sophomore Claire Andrews and looks to bring that instant chemistry with her. Mary may be our peanut of the class but don’t let that size fool you. She’s an extremely cerebral defender that can make very smart decisions on the defensive end. Given time, Mary will be able to add to our lacrosse IQ on the defensive end.

Alex Watson (Davidsonville, Md./South River) brings another offensive option to the Explorers next season. The attacker earned First Team All-County honors as a junior at South River last spring, in addition to earning Second Team All-County for field hockey.

Taglianetti on Watson: Alex has something that all coaches strive to find. She has the unique ability to be both dynamic and smooth at the same time. Alex really is just starting to reach her potential as she was sidelined an entire season and summer for a serious accident. Alex is a huge asset in the high attacking position and she will be key in developing that fast break chemistry with future teammates Ilgenfritz and Strang. Alex will be looked upon early to fill an attacking void and we have no doubt she will continue to excel in this game.

Mackenzie White (Centreville, Md./Queen Anne’s County) joins high school teammates Gabby Antonelli, and current freshman Abbey O’Donnell on the La Salle lacrosse field. The 5’6 midfielder also helped her squad to two undefeated regular seasons and was a member of the squad for two regional championships and the Maryland state finals. She recorded eight goals before suffering a season ending injury. White is also an All-Bayside League soccer player, leading Queen Anne’s in scoring her freshman year. She is a winner of the Wendy’s Heisman Award, which is given to one male and one female out of the 29,000 public schools in Maryland who excel in the classroom, sports and community.

Taglianetti on White: Mac is very likely one of our toughest players in the 2013 class. She is a workhorse that uses grit and hustle to beat her opponent. Mac has had to tap into that toughness as she has been sidelined with an ACL tear. Mac plays women’s lacrosse with a men’s lacrosse attitude and style and we cannot wait to see what she can do at the collegiate level.

Courtney Woolford (Pasadena, Md./Northeast) is also a three-sport athlete who played field hockey and basketball, in addition to lacrosse. The 5’8 midfielder and U.S. Lacrosse Academic All-American has scored 136 goals in her career and recorded 33 assists. She was an All-County and All-Capital Gazette First Team pick in 2012 and All-County Second Team pick as a sophomore in 2011. Woolford is also a three-time All-County field hockey honoree.

Taglianetti on Woolford: Courtney is by far our smartest midfield/attacker that we are bringing in. She has smooth feeds and extremely smart decisions. She plays a fairly mistake free game while taking risks in the transition. She has size, composure and most importantly that high lacrosse IQ that we cannot teach. We are thrilled to have Courtney bring her proficient passing and shooting skills to Olney Ave.




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