Women's Lacrosse Announces 2009 Recruiting Class
July 9, 2008
WASHINGTON, DC - George Washington women's lacrosse head coach Tara Hannaford has announced nine commitments for her 2009 recruiting class, which includes a trio of 2008 US Lacrosse Honorable Mention All-Americans.
"I am very excited to announce this group of student-athletes," said Hannaford, who enters her second season as GW head coach in 2009. "I believe each of these nine newcomers will add to the depth and strength of our returning players. This class brings speed and athleticism to the team. I expect this class to have an immediate impact on our program."
GW closed the 2008 season with wins over previous league unbeaten Richmond and Saint Joseph's to narrowly miss qualifying for the A-10 Championship for the second year-in-a-row. The Colonials finished 5-11 overall, 3-4 in the Atlantic 10, with nine of the team's 11 losses coming by four goals or less, including four one-goal losses. Hannaford is set to return 17 letterwinners and six starters for 2009.
2008 US Lacrosse Honorable Mention All-American ... 2007 and 2008 US Lacrosse Academic All-American ... Totaled 281 goals and 154 assists in three-year varsity career ... Two-time First Team All Ches-Mont National Division selection (2007, 2008) ... 2008 Second Team PhillyLacrosse.com All-Area ... Second Team All Ches-Mont National Division in 2006 ... Tallied 103 goals and 69 assists to help Downingtown to undefeated Ches-Mont National Division title, 20-3 overall record and District 1 semifinal appearance ... Had 112 goals and 62 assists in 2007 to earn Daily Local First Team All-Area ... 65 goals and 23 assists in 2006 to earn Daily Local Honorable Mention All-Area ... Played club lacrosse for PA Express.
2007 and 2008 US Lacrosse Honorable Mention All-American ... Amassed 200 goals in four-year varsity career ... Two-time First Team All-South Jersey (2007, 2008) ... 2007 South Jersey Offensive Player of the Year ... 2006 Second Team All-South Jersey ... Three-time First Team All-Patriot League (2006, 2007, 2008) ... Helped Shawnee High School to four consecutive Patriot League titles ... Played club lacrosse for South Jersey Select from 2005 to 2008.
The Westminster Schools
2008 US Lacrosse Honorable Mention All-American ... 2008 Second Team All-State ... Westminster's Most Outstanding Offensive Player as a senior ... 2007 All-City and Honorable Mention All-State ... Helped Westminster to State Championship appearances in 2006 and 2008, semifinal appearance in 2007 ... Team captain as a senior ... Also ran cross country for three years.
Three-time First Team All-County performer ... Totaled 156 goals and 103 assists in four-year varsity career ... Helped Pikesville High School to three Maryland 1A/2A Regional championships (2005, 2006, 2007) and back-to-back state championship game appearances (2006, 2007) ... Owings Mills Times Athlete of the Year ... Recipient of Pikesville's Danielle Odick Award, U.S. Marine Corps Athletic Award, U.S. Army Scholar-Athlete Award and Sports Boosters Scholarship.
Pikesville High School's leading scorer each season, totaled 185 goals and 73 assists during three-year varsity career ... First Team All-Division selection in 2006 and 2007, Second Team All-Division as a senior in 2008 ... Pikesville's Co-Most Valuable Player in 2008 ... Two-year team captain (2007, 2008) ... Helped Pikesville High School to three Maryland 1A/2A Regional championships (2005, 2006, 2007) and back-to-back state championship game appearances (2006, 2007).
2007 US Lacrosse Academic All-American ... 2007 Tewaaraton Award Balitmore/Washington Regional Watch List ... Three-time First Team All-County Coaches' pick (2006, 2007, 2008) ... Baltimore Sun Second Team All-County (2006, 2007) ... Annapolis Capital Second Team All-County (2007, 2008) ... Three-time Defensive Player of the Year at South River High School (2006, 2007, 2008) ... Also a member of South River's 2004 and 2005 Maryland 4A State Champion field hockey team.
Totaled 22 goals, 14 assists and 10 draws as senior team captain at St. Paul's School for Girls ... Helped St. Paul's to 2006 IAAM A Conference title ... Senior team captain of Gators' ice hockey team.
2008 Honorable Mention All-Nassau County ... Totaled 22 goals and 10 assists during three-year varsity career ... Helped Manhasset High School to consecutive Nassau County title in 2007 and 2008 ... Single-season career-high 13 goals and 16 points as a senior ... Helped Sacred Heart Academy to New York CHSAA semifinal appearance as a sophomore in 2006 ... Played club lacrosse with Liberty Lax.
Led Ridgewood High School to three consecutive Bergen County championships and 80-15 overall record during three-year varsity career ... Totaled 59 goals and 35 assists in three seasons ... Two-time US Lacrosse Academic All-American (2007, 2008) ... Played four years with Metro lacrosse club and one season with TriState lacrosse club.