Evans Bolsters Hood Roster with Seven Recruits

FREDERICK, Md.--Hood College women's lacrosse head coach Molly Evans has added seven recruits to her 2012 roster. Four midfielders, two defenders and an attacker will don the Blazer blue-and-grey this season and join a group of 13 returning players.

Catherine "Bailey" Czech, is a midfielder from Redondo Union High School in Redondo Beach, Calif.

"Bailey is a true athlete who comes from an outstanding program in California which won the championship for the past three years," said Evans. "She is a player that our program needs, and will bring her winning mentality to Hood. She's going to be a huge threat in the midfield."

Katie McPhail is a defender from Old Mill High School in Severn, Md.

"Katie will be a powerhouse right away on our defensive unit," said Evans. "She is solid, vocal, aggressive and everything a coach looks for. She is all around a great lacrosse player who sees the field well and forces her opponents out of her defensive zone. Katie will make an immediate impact and lead our defense as a freshman. I am beyond thrilled she decided to become a Blazer."

Frederick native Brigid Ayer, daughter of Hood's cross country and track and field head coach Brent Ayer and younger sister of Blazer track and field member Alex Ayer, will supplement the Hood attack.

"Brigid is fierce on attack and her height will help us," said Evans. "She has a hard accurate shot from the left and the right, something that we really need on our attack end."

Another Frederick native and teammate of Ayer at Frederick High School, KayLynn McCarthy, will be a force as part of Hood's defensive midfield.

"KayLynn, like her teammate Brigid, brings height and speed. She is a groundball magnet and fearless."

Midfielder Lindsay Shaw comes to Hood from Long Reach High School in Elkridge, Md.

"Lindsay is a great addition to our program," said Evans. "Her ability to set up plays, read defenders and place shots is unmatched."

Defender Danielle Roberts is a Patapsco High School product from Baltimore.

"Danielle has a lot of potential and is another fearless and aggressive player who will see playing time on the defensive end," said Evans.

Morgan Gingles is a midfielder from Laurel, Md., who attended Eleanor Roosevelt High School.

"Morgan comes from a new program but she picked up the game well," said Evans. "She will add depth to our program.

"Overall, this is a great recruiting class for us and we know these incoming freshmen will fit right in with our returning players," added Evans. "I am very excited that they decided to become Blazers and even more excited to coach them over the next four years."

The Blazers finished with an overall record of 4-11 in 2011 and will return five of their top six scorers from last spring.


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