Marist Welcomes Ten Freshmen to Campus

POUGHKEEPSIE, N.Y. Marist under the direction of second-year head coach Jessica O'Brien, announced the signing of 10 student-athletes for the upcoming 2012 season. The class consists of players from New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Connecticut, Massachusetts and Florida.

"I am very excited to welcome our freshman class to the Marist Lacrosse family. They have all worked diligently both on and off the field during their high school careers and I anticipate the same work ethic from each individual at the collegiate level" said O'Brien. "The addition of this class will help to bring this program to the next level, and I look forward to working with them all."

Christine Astarita Defense Unionville/Kennett Square, Pa. Astarita comes to the Red Foxes after a successful interscholastic career at Unionville High School. During her sophomore and junior seasons, Astarita was a member of a defensive backfield that led their program to two consecutive state semifinals, including an undefeated run in 2009. Individually, she has earned Academic All-American and Second Team All-League honors, as well as participated with Team Philadelphia in the 2010 Under Armour Underclassmen Games. Astarita was a member of the National Honor Society.

Jackie DiMaria Attack Half Hollow Hills West/Dix Hills, N.Y. DiMaria comes to Marist as a three-sport athlete from Half Hollow Hills West High School. A four-year member of the lacrosse team, she posted 75 points, on 53 goals and 22 assists in her senior season. For her efforts during her junior and senior campaigns, DiMaria earned All-League honors. A captain during her final two seasons, DiMaria also excelled in the classroom where she earned the Gold Key Award, as well as the Merchant Marines Scholar Athlete Award during her senior year. She also played four years of varsity soccer and ran varsity track for three.

Sheri Fauvell Defense Moorestown/Moorestown, N.J. Fauvell joins the Red Foxes from the storied Moorestown High School girl's lacrosse program. This past spring she helped her squad earn the Burlington County Scholastic, South Jersey Group III and New Jersey State Group III Championships, as well as the runner-up position in the Tournament of Champions. Overall, the team finished the year ranked 14th in the United States. Individually, she earned first team accolades in All-League and All-County voting, as well as a second team nod on the All-South Jersey squad. Academically, Fauvell was named a two-time Academic All-American.

Liz Holmes Goalie Longmeadow/Longmeadow, Mass. Holmes comes from a decorated interscholastic program as well. As a three-year starting goalkeeper, she backstopped Longmeadow High School to three consecutive Western Massachusetts Championships and state final berths. In recognition of her senior season were she led a defense that allowed 7.4 goals per game and made 152 saves, Holmes was named to ESPNBoston's MIAA Girls Lacrosse All-State Team. In the classroom, she was an honor roll student and member of the National Honor Society.

Emily Leonard Midfield Brookfield/Brookfield, Conn. An accomplished athlete from the Connecticut lacrosse ranks, Leonard joins the Red Fox program. An all-league honoree throughout her four years of high school action, she capped her career with a 123 point senior season on 81 goals and 42 assists. In recognition of her success Leonard was named First Team All-State Class M, as well as SWC All-Conference. An award winner in the classroom as well, she also earned Brookfield High School's Connecticut Interscholastic Athletic Conference Scholar Athlete Award and was a member of the National and Spanish Honor Societies.

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