Oct. 27, 2005
Moraga, CA - Saint Mary's College women's lacrosse coach Brandon Badgley announced the addition of seven new players to the 2006 squad. The seven new players hail from six different states and bring a wealth of knowledge, balance, and intensity to a young and growing program.
The new class is made up of attackers Sonja Kapusta (Golden, CO), and Christina Carabini (San Juan Capistrano, CA); Midfielders Dana Elfvin (Cleveland Heights, OH) and Chloe Dee (Northampton, MA); defenders Abby Morgan (Annapolis, MD), Lauren Frei (Bend, OR), and Goalkeeper Hilary Gardner (San Jose, CA).
Sonja Kapusta was a three-year letter winner in women's lacrosse at Golden High School and was a three-time All-Jefferson County League selection. She helped lead 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 publication's 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 two time U.S. Lacrosse Academic All-American in 2004 & 2005, Kapusta was a member of the Colorado 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.
Dana Elfvin comes 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 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 is Cleveland Heights HS all-time leader in draw controls.
Chloe Dee, a sophomore transfer from American University saw time in 13 games with 2 starts as a true freshman, scoring 3 goals and 1 assists as a defensive midfielder for the Eagles. Dee prepped at Williston- Northampton School and was a member of the Mass Elite and X-team lacrosse clubs.
A team Captain and all-conference defender at the Key school in Annapolis, MD, Abby Morgan, looks to be a strong addition to the Gael Defense. In her senior season, Morgan recorded team highs in ground balls and forced turnovers
Lauren Frei, a defensive standout at Holderness School, NH, was a 3 year letter winner in lacrosse, 4 year letter winner and team captain in basketball, and 2 year letter winner in soccer. Frei was chosen as a NEPL all star and received recognition as a member of the New Hampshire all star team.
Christina Carabini comes to SMC from Saint Margaret's Episcopal School in San Juan Capistrano, CA. Carabini was a two year starting attacker for SMES. Carabini looks to bring her enthusiasm and raw athletic talent on the field to help the Gaels in the 2006 season.
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. Gardner was also a member of the 2004 Pacific National Tournament Team which traveled and played in Lehigh, PA.