Nov. 28, 2005
Moraga, CA- Saint Mary's head women's lacrosse coach, Brandon Badgley announced the commitment of six student-athletes during the NCAA early signing period for the 2007 season. The class consists of six high school players from across the nation. The crop of six recruits represents the first ever fall signees in the history of Saint Mary's lacrosse.
Saint Mary's secured commitments from five states, including New Jersey, Maryland, Washington, Colorado and Illinois. Included in the class are players from several of the nation's top high school programs. The Saint Mary's coaching staff assembled the class with both offensive and defensive players, many of which exhibit superior qualities in leadership and competition.
"This class represents the first ever fall signee's in the history of Saint Mary's Lacrosse. They are one of the most talented and well-rounded classes the program has ever seen, and will make an immediate impact in the competitive level of the team," Badgley said. "I look forward to working with them and seeing them succeed over the next four seasons."
Saint Mary's six high school early signees include ATK Amber Lister (Smoky Hill HS), MF Abbie Coleman (West Morris Mendham HS), D Melissa Coppess (Bellevue HS), ATK/MF Alana Burrough (C. Milton Wrigh HS), D/MF Maggie Schwab (Lake Forest HS), and ATK/MF Natalie LeQuang (Mount De Sales Academy).
The class is expected to have an immediate impact on the competitive level of the team. Many of the players are versatile and can play multiple positions on the field. Offense was an emphasis for this year's class as Badgely received commitments from four primarily offensive players who are expected to give an immediate boost to the Gaels attack.
Abbie Coleman, coming from Mendham, NJ is considered by Badgely to be the best all around player of the class. As a three year varsity starter on the number 24 high school team in the nation ranked by Lacrosse Magazine, she helped her team win the New Jersey State Section Championships her sophomore and junior seasons. As a junior, Coleman tallied 35 goals and 25 assists.
"Abbie's athletic ability allows her to be considered the best all around player of the class. Coming from one of the Nation's top high school programs, she has the ability to play anywhere on the field and make a significant impact. She is aggressive in the midfield and sees the ball well," said Badgely.
Amber Lister, from Smoky Hill HS, received the state scoring title her sophomore year after posting 64 goals and tallying 13 assists. She received All-Colorado and All-Centennial League first team accolades her freshman, sophomore and junior seasons. As a junior she recorded 52 goals and 29 assists.
"I am excited for Amber to be a part of our program- she is committed to helping our team reach the next level. Her speed, quickness, and scoring ability make her a tremendous threat on cage," said Badgely. "She is a strong competitor who will give an immediate boost to the Gael attack."
Melissa Coppess comes to Saint Mary's from Bellevue HS where she is a three year letter winner in lacrosse. She earned Second Team All-state accolades her junior year and was her team's MVP. She was also a member of the Northwestern Regional Team.
"Melissa is a very strong, physical defender. She has a natural field sense and makes smart, fast adjustments on defense. Her athletic ability will make her a dominant force on the defensive side of the ball," said Badgely.
Alana Burrough, from C. Milton Wrigh HS, recorded 19 total points on five goals and 14 assists for her junior season. She helped her to team to 64 consecutive county wins along with the Hartford County Championship title her junior year.
"Alana comes from a strong high school program with a winning tradition. I expect her to carry those expectations with her to the college level and help set the competitive bar for her class," said Badgely. "Alana's stick skills and field vision will be a strong addition to a dynamic offense."
Maggie Schwab is a defensive-midfielder who comes from Lake Forest HS. She is a four year letter winner in lacrosse and helped her team to win a state championship her sophomore year.
"Maggie is a fast defensive-midfielder who has the ability to play a big role in the Gael transition. Maggie has an innate field sense on the defensive side that allows her to see slides and predict passes very quickly and accurately," said Badgely.
Natalie LeQuang comes to Saint Mary's from Mount De Sales Academy in Baltimore, MD where she played at the attack and midfield positions. She has competed in lacrosse since she was young and will prove to be an asset to the Gaels offense.
"Natalie's quickness and stick skills will help her make a strong impact on the attack and midfield transitions," said Badgely. "Natalie has been competing among the top players in the nation since she was very young and knows what it takes to be successful at the college level."
This class is projected to be well-rounded and dedicated to helping our team reach the next level. Their speed, quickness and athletic ability will make an immediate impact on the field while their leadership and expectations will make a significant impact on the team.
The 2006 season of SMC lacrosse gets underway on February 12 against Robert Morris at Noon from Saint Mary's stadium.