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Women's Lacrosse Signs Three Players to NLI's For 2006 Season

June 22, 2005

Moraga, CA - Saint Mary's College head women's lacrosse coach Brandon Badgley announced that three players have signed National Letter's of Intent to play for SMC next season. The three players that will join SMC in 2006 are midfielder Dana Elfvin (Cleveland Heights, OH), attacker Sonja Kapusta (Golden, CO), and goalkeeper Hilary Gardner (San Jose, CA).

"I am extremely excited about the incoming recruiting class," said Badgley. "They will bring a combination of speed, skill, and athleticism to the program. I expect they will make an immediate impact - contributing in key roles on the field and helping to elevate the program to the next level."

Dana Elfvin will come to Saint Mary's from Cleveland Heights High School where she was a four-year letter winner in both women's lacrosse and women's soccer. Elfvin garnered first team all-Ohio North League honors in 2005 after scoring 36 goals and dishing out 12 assists in 17 games. She helped her team finish second in the state finals and garnered first team all-state tournament honors and was a second team all-state selection. She set the school single season draw controls record in each of the past three years, and Cleveland Heights HS all-time leader in draw controls.

"Dana Elfvin is a stand-out midfield player who will contribute on both ends of the field," stated Badgely. "She has a natural ability when it comes to draw controls, and is a strong presence on defense. Dana shows a strong level of commitment to lacrosse, which she will carry over into her college experience."

Sonja Kapusta was a four-year letter winner in women's lacrosse at Golden High School and was a three-time All-Jefferson County League selection. After helping her team to an undefeated season in 2004 after scoring 27 goals and handing out 11 assists. She was voted the Rocky Mountain News top midfielder in 2004 and 2005 and was the publications top defender in 2003. During her senior campaign, Kapusta scored 42 goals and dished out 23 assists to garner first team all-league honors. A U.S. Lacrosse All-American in 2004, Kapusta was a member of the U-19 Select Team in 2005, the All-Star Express Select Colorado Junior Travel Team in 2004, and the Team Colorado U-17 Select Team in 2003.

"I look forward to working with Sonja and seeing her improve through the next four years," said Badgley. "She is a talented attacker who sees the field well. Sonja's speed and athleticism will be a great addition to an already strong Gael attack."

Hilary Gardner was the starting goalkeeper at Leland High School in San Jose, CA during the 2005 season. She helped her team post an 8-6 overall record as a senior while the team advanced to the Blossom Valley Athletic League playoffs. She was a team captain and anchor to the squad's defensive unit.

"Hilary's athletic ability will be a great asset to the Gael defensive unit, while her speed and quickness will be an asset in the cage. Hilary has been a strong leader for her team and looks to bring that energy to spark a young Gael defense," said Badgely.