June 3, 2014
CONWAY - Coastal Carolina University head women’s lacrosse coach Jaime Sellers has announced the program’s third signing class, which includes seven student-athletes who will join the team in fall 2014. Six of the signees hail from Maryland while the seventh is from Virginia, both traditional centers for lacrosse. All eight signees played in the midfield during their interscholastic careers.
"We are excited to announce our 2014 recruiting class,” said Sellers. “Hailing from many of the strong lacrosse hotbeds, this group will contribute athleticism, refined skill sets and the dynamic play necessary to further propel our program. The 2014 class will primarily deepen our midfield unit, adding speed, endurance, strength and vision. Overall, we are eager to have them become a part of our Chanticleer family and are excited to watch them compete from the very first day of practice this fall."
Sophie Crowther (Whiteford, Md./North Harford HS) tallied 62 points on 40 goals and 22 assists through her first three years of competition at North Harford. As a junior, Crowther set career highs in goals (20), assists (10), ground balls (17), caused turnovers (15) and draw controls (13) while placing each of her 28 shot attempts on frame. A six-year member of NEMS Lacrosse, Crowther led the club to back-to-back championships in the Upper Atlantic Tournament in 2008-09. She also competed on North Harford’s field hockey team, where she was named the offensive MVP in 2013. Crowther was a four-year member of North Harford’s honor roll.
Courtney Genovese (Parkville, Md./Loch Raven HS) registered 79 goals through her first three years of interscholastic competition, including an impressive mark of 40 as a junior. She also assisted on 29 other goals to bring her three-year point total to 108. As a freshman, she recorded 23 ground balls as Loch Raven reached the state championship. As a sophomore and junior, Genovese scooped 17 and 16 ground balls, respectively, as her high school team was a state semifinalist. In addition to playing lacrosse, Genovese was named captain of the varsity volleyball and basketball squads, and received MVP honors in each sport.
Hayley Kyger (Edgewood, Md./John Carroll HS) was a three-year member of John Carroll’s varsity team after playing on the junior varsity team as a freshman. Kyger scored 17 goals as a sophomore and 18 goals as a junior while also winning 10 draw controls. She was also a member of John Carroll’s varisty soccer and basketball teams.
Shannon Mansberger (Street, Md./North Harford HS) was a four-year member of a North Harford team that was a 3A-2A region semifinalist each of those four years. Playing as a defensive midfielder as a senior, Mansberger won 36 draw controls while grabbing 22 ground balls and forcing 10 turnovers. She also chipped in offensively, notching seven points on five goals and two assists. Mansberger’s defensive efforts her senior year earned her Best Defensive Player honors as decided by the team.
Taylor Pascale (Ashburn, Va./Stone Bridge HS) tallied 62 points, 60 ground balls, 53 caused turnovers and 34 draw controls as a midfielder through her sophomore and junior seasons at Stone Bridge. As a sophomore, she scored 18 goals and assisted on seven others while grabbing 38 ground balls and forcing 19 turnovers. Her junior season saw her score 51 points on 35 goals and 16 assists while scooping 22 ground balls, winning 34 draw controls and setting a school record with 34 caused turnovers. Pascale was named first team all-district and earned a spot on the athletic honor roll her freshman, sophomore and junior seasons. She was additionally named an Academic All-American, first team all-region and the regional Defender of the Year as a junior.
Kara Taylor (Baltimore Md./Perry Hall HS) was a four-year varsity starter for Perry Hall and served her junior and senior seasons as the team’s captain. As a senior, Taylor reached 82 points after scoring 34 goals and providing 48 helpers. Her efforts as a senior led to first team all-division and first team all-county honors. Taylor’s junior year saw her earn second team all-division and all-country honors, and as a sophomore, she was a 2012 Brine All-America DC Team member. A four-year honor roll student, Taylor closed out her interscholastic career with a 4.0 GPA.
Gabby Vujanic (Bel Air, Md./Patterson Mill HS) was a four-year varsity starter at Patterson Mill and was named captain her junior and senior seasons. As a midfielder, Vujanic recorded 127 points through her freshman, sophomore and junior seasons. Vujanic’s junior year saw her score 75 points on 49 goals and 26 assists while recording 40 ground balls, 28 caused turnovers and 71 draw controls. As a sophomore, Vujanic netted 17 goals and assisted on four others for 21 points, scooped 15 ground balls, forced three turnovers and won 15 draw controls. Her freshman season consisted of 31 points on 24 goals and seven assists while grabbing 20 ground balls, forcing five turnovers and winning 28 draw controls. A four-year honor roll member, Vujanic was selected as a sophomore to compete on the U15 National Team.