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Women’s recruits: Maher (Council Rock North) leads Class of 2017 at George Washington

Saturday, 24th August 2013

Categories College, Girl's/Women's, Recruiting, Posted 8/24/13
From Press Release

George Washington lacrosse has added nine newcomers to the 2014 roster, seventh-year Head Coach Tara Hannaford announced. Shea Cassidy, Maura Feeney, Bailey Forcier, Erin Long, Michaela Lynch, Natalie Maher (Council Rock North), Delaney Norris, MaryPat Scanlon and Cassidy Shollenberger will become the newest members of the Colonials’ squad.

“I am extremely excited to welcome these nine-student athletes to campus. They come to GW following great high school careers and I am eager for their collegiate careers to begin,” seventh-year Head Coach Tara Hannaford said. “I expect this group to make an immediate impact on our program. They are very talented, hardworking and competitive and will help our team reach its goals.”

GW returns 20 players from last year’s team that qualified for the Atlantic 10 Championship in consecutive seasons for the first time in program history.

Shea Cassidy (Gaithersburg, Md./Good Counsel) was an ESPNHS Top-50 player for the class of 2013 and comes to GW following a standout high school career as a midfielder at nearby Good Counsel. A 2013 US Lacrosse All-America Honorable Mention and a member of the ESPNHS 2013 Girls Lacrosse Watch List, Cassidy was a two-time Montgomery County All-Gazette First Team selection and was twice named to the All-Washington Catholic Athletic Conference (WCAC) First Team as a junior and senior. Cassidy earned a spot on the All-WCAC Second Team following her sophomore season. After leading her squad to its second WCAC crown in three years in 2013 – the first coming in 2011 – Cassidy earned a spot on the Washington Post All-Met Second Team. Cassidy also competed for the Rebels Lacrosse Summer League for four years and was a four-year honors student at Good Counsel. She comes to GW alongside high school teammate MaryPat Scanlon.

Shea Cassidy on why she chose GW: “I chose GW because of all the opportunities the university has to offer, from NCAA Division I athletics to their amazing academic reputation. When I first visited GW I immediately fell in love with it and knew it was the school for me.”

Maura Feeney (Ridgewood, N.J./Ridgewood), a 2013 First Team All-Bergen County selection, helped Ridgewood claim three straight Bergen County and New Jersey State Group 4N Championships from 2011-13, in addition to back-to-back Group 4 crowns in 2011 and 2012. Ridgewood’s 2013 Most Valuable Defender also guided her team to a 2011 Tournament of Champions title. During her high school career Feeney picked up 70 ground balls, tallied seven goals and four assists, and forced 31 turnovers. She also competed for Metro Lacrosse Club for five years. Off the field, Feeney was named a 2013 US Lacrosse Academic All-American and was a three-year member of Ridgewood’s high honor roll.

Maura Feeney on why she chose GW: “I chose GW because of the location, academic reputation and competitive lacrosse program.”

Bailey Forcier (Victoria, M.N./Benilde-St. Margaret’s) joins the Colonials as the 2013 North Suburban Conference Player of the Year and a two-time Minnesota All-State selection. A finalist for Minnesota’s Ms. Lacrosse Award during her senior season, Forcier was a three-time All-North Suburban Conference selection as an attacker. After netting 64 goals and recording 25 assists during her senior season, Forcier was named to the Star-Tribune All-Metro Team and was dubbed Benilde-St. Margaret’s team MVP and best attacker. She also competed for the Minnesota Lakers club team. Off the field, Forcier was an AP Scholar and was a conference all-academic honoree for both lacrosse and field hockey.

Bailey Forcier on why she chose GW: “I chose GW because it offers great international affairs and criminal justice programs, while being located in an amazing city with many opportunities.”

Erin Long (Leesburg, Va./Langley) comes to GW as a two-time US Lacrosse First Team All-American goalkeeper from nearby Langley, Va. She was twice named to both the All-Northern Virginia Region and All-Liberty District First Teams, and following her senior season between the pipes, Long was named the Liberty District Defensive Player of the Year and picked up her second straight Northern Virginia Region Defensive Player of the Year nod. A two-time Washington Post All-Met Second Team selection, Long helped Langley claim district and regional crowns during her freshman campaign and guided her squad to the district, regional and state title matches where it claimed runner-up status during the 2012 and 2013 seasons. She also competed for Capital Lacrosse Club for four years.

Erin Long on why she chose GW: “I chose GW because I have always wanted to live in DC and play Division I lacrosse for a highly ranked academic institution. GW is the perfect fit for me and has everything I have ever wanted in a school, both on and off the field.”

Michaela Lynch (Rockville Centre, N.Y./South Side) was a three-time All-Nassau County selection from 2011-13 and was named to the All-Long Island Second Team following her senior season. A 2013 Newsday Player to Watch, Lynch led all players on Long Island with 58 assists and ranked second with 115 points as a midfielder throughout the season. She was a team MVP as a junior and senior and was tabbed the South Side Booster Club Girls Lacrosse MVP. Lynch also competed for Liberty Lacrosse Club. Off the field, Lynch was a 2013 US Lacrosse Academic All-American as well as a member of National Honors Society and Spanish National Honors Society.

Michaela Lynch on why she chose GW: “I chose GW due to its academic excellence as well as its exciting location in the heart of the United States capital. I admire GW’s dedication to building strong athletic programs, in addition to the welcoming lacrosse team and coaching staff.”

Natalie Maher (Richboro, Pa./Council Rock North) was selected to the Suburban One National Conference All-League First Team as a defender following her junior and senior seasons. She was selected as Council Rock North’s team MVP and Team Choice honoree in 2013. Maher also competed for the Philadelphia National Tournament team as a sophomore and junior and was a member of the Phantastix Club Team for six years. A four-year member of distinguished honor roll, Maher served as class president for two years and was the recipient of the Leadership Award.

Natalie Maher on why she chose GW: “I chose GW for its excellent journalism program as well as the internship opportunities that DC offers. It is also a great athletic atmosphere to compete in.”

Delaney Norris (Westminster, Md./Winters Mill) joins the Colonials after helping Winters Mill to 2011 and 2013 Maryland 2A-1A State Championship crowns. Norris also guided her squad to the state title match in 2012 where it earned runner-up status. During her sophomore campaign she was named to the Vail Shootout All-Tournament Team as a defender. Norris also played for Hero’s Lacrosse Club. A two-time US Lacrosse Academic All-America honoree in 2012 and 2013, Norris was a four-year honor roll student, a member of National Honors Society and served as class secretary. Norris was the recipient of the Scholastic Letter as a junior and was selected as a 2013 Maryland Scholar.

Delaney Norris on why she chose GW: “I knew I wanted to go to a school surrounded by a city excitement, which GW definitely offers. I was amazed by the diversity and I know GW will provide me with amazing experiences. Spending time with the lacrosse program and coaching staff and realizing the hard working program I would be able to contribute to and the family I would be a part of reaffirmed that GW is unlike any other school.”

MaryPat Scanlon (Columbia, Md./Good Counsel) was a defender at nearby Good Counsel where she guided her squad to 2011 and 2013 All-Washington Catholic Athletic Conference (WCAC) Championships. A member of the ESPNHS 2013 Girls Lacrosse Watch List as a senior, she was named to the All-WCAC First Team and was a Montgomery County All-Gazette Honorable Mention. Scanlon also competed for Rebels Lacrosse Club and joins the Colonials alongside high school teammate Shea Cassidy.

MaryPat Scanlon on why she chose GW: “I chose GW because of the vibrant city atmosphere, the academic caliber and to be part of a team comprised of driven athletes.”

Cassidy Shollenberger (Damascus, Md./Damascus) was a 2013 Montgomery County All-Gazette Honorable Mention after being named to the Second Team as a sophomore and First Team as a junior. An all-division second team selection, Shollenberger guided Damascus to consecutive 3A/2A Division titles in 2012 and 2013 and was named to the ESPNHS 2013 Girls Lacrosse Watch List. A midfielder, Shollenberger tallied 120 goals over her high school career. She also competed for Rebels Lacrosse Club.

Cassidy Shollenberger on why she chose GW: “I love GW’s campus, the city and the people, but most of all I love the lacrosse team and coaching staff. The team was immediately welcoming when I first visited. I already felt like part of the team.”



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