Florida Lacrosse Announces New Signing Class

Gainesville, Fla. University of Florida head coach Amanda O'Leary is proud to announce the signing of 12 future Gators to National Letters of Intent.

Six Marylanders, Sam Darcangelo, Angela Flister, Lauren Lea, Carly Ross, Mary-Sean Wilcox and Beth Willertz, will join the 14 current Gators from their home state, while the other six signees hail from five different states, including UF Lacrosse's first Texan, Sydney DuPre, and Coloradan, Lizzie Strazza. Additionally, New York natives Kelsey Hart and Darcy Messina will play for the Gators, as well as Pennsylvanian Devon Schneider and Virginian Jackie Rupp. With the exception of the inaugural class, this group of signees is the largest so far for Florida Lacrosse.

"We are really excited about this year's signing class," O'Leary said. "We are bringing in a strong group of student-athletes who will help improve our depth and contribute greatly towards accomplishing our goals as a team. This class of 12 future Gators will help to solidify the foundation of our young lacrosse program and provide a strong future for Florida Lacrosse."

Name               Position          Hometown              High School
Sam Darcangelo Midfield Freeland, Md. Maryvale Prep
Sydney DuPre Midfield Houston, Texas Episcopal
Angela Flister Attack Eldersburg, Md. Century
Kelsey Hart Defense North Babylon, N.Y. North Babylon
Lauren Lea Attack/Midfield Elkridge, Md. Archbishop Spalding
Darcy Messina Attack Sayville, N.Y. St. Anthony's
Carly Ross Midfield Freeland, Md. Maryvale Prep
Jackie Rupp Midfield Herndon, Va. Oakton
Devon Schneider Midfield Lititz, Pa. Manheim Township
Lizzie Strazza Midfield Denver, Colo. Kent Denver
Mary-Sean Wilcox Goalkeeper Lutherville, Md. Notre Dame Prep
Beth Willertz Attack Severn, Md. Severn School

Sam Darcangelo is a four-your starting midfielder for Maryvale Prep and a seven-year member of the ROME Lacrosse Club. A highly decorated player, she received her first honor as a freshman in 2009, earning Towson Times Lacrosse High School Honorable Mention. As a sophomore, she was named to the 2010 US Lacrosse Baltimore Metro Team, the IAAM A Conference Lacrosse All-Star All-Conference Team and earning the Breakout Season Award. Last spring, Darcangelo was once again named to the IAAM A Conference Lacrosse All-Star Team, as well as earning ESPN High School All-America Honorable Mention, Baltimore Sun High School Lacrosse Second Team All-Metro, and being named to the Towson Times High School Lacrosse All-Star First Team.

Darcangelo is also a member of the Maryvale Prep Field Hockey team where she was named to the 2010 IAAM Field Hockey All-Conference Team. An accomplished student, Darcangelo is a member of the National Honor Society, the National Spanish Honor Society and Mu Alpha Theta, the Math National Honors Society. Additionally, she is the head of Cancer Awareness at Maryvale Prep.

Sydney DuPre is a midfielder who is entering her fourth season of lacrosse at Episcopal High School. The Houston native was named First-Team All-American, All-State, All-SPC, All-South Zone and a District All-Star. DuPre has also played two season with the Texas Rangers, where she won the 2010 Philadelphia Tournament.

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