Notre Dame Signs 10 to National Letters of Intent

NOTRE DAME, Ind. - Notre Dame's Christine Halfpenny, who is preparing to begin her inaugural season as head coach of the Irish women's lacrosse program, has announced the signing of 10 high school lacrosse players to national letters of intent. They will attend the University beginning in the fall of 2012.

Signing letters of intent in the early-signing period are Brie Custis (Salisbury, Md.), Hannah Hartman (Cockeysville, Md.), Danielle Lukish (Lutherville, Md.), Katherine McManus (Sharon, Mass.), Kiera McMullan (West Nyack, N.Y.), Stephanie Peragallo (Hauppauge, N.Y.), Michele Phillips (Alexandria, Va.), Austin Pruitt (Richmond, Va.), Rachel Sexton (Sudbury, Mass.) and Stephanie Toy (Moorestown, N.J.).

In making the announcement, Halfpenny said, "I am thrilled with the addition of these 10 outstanding student-athletes. Individually, they each have strong leadership skills combined with extremely competitive personalities. This class brings speed, athleticism and skill at each field position. Already this group has achieved high levels of success in the classroom and on the field. They are strong members of their respective communities and we are excited for them to make an immediate impact on our lacrosse program on the field, in the classroom and in the community."

Brie Custis is a 5-10 midfielder out of Parkside High School in Salisbury, Md., where she lettered each of her four seasons. A three-time, all-conference selection, Custis enters her senior season as a three-time MVP recipient after leading her team in goals, assists, draw controls and ground balls. She also garnered All-America status during her junior campaign. Additionally, Custis has been named to the Under Armour Baltimore All-Star and US Lacrosse Honorable Mention All-America teams and was named the Daily Times Women's Lacrosse Player of the Year as a junior. Custis also has enjoyed a tremendous soccer career in her prep days, helping her team to four undefeated seasons, three conference championships and two regional championships, while also being tabbed all-conference three times and all-state following her sophomore year. Off the field, Custis has been chosen as a WBOC/Mountaire Farms Scholar-Athlete as well as a US Lacrosse Academic All-American.

Hannah Hartman is a 5-8 midfielder/attacker from Cockeysville, Md., where she attends Notre Dame Prep. A three-sport athlete in lacrosse, basketball and volleyball at Notre Dame Prep, Hartman has received 11 varsity letters including being tabbed team captain of both her volleyball and basketball teams during her senior year. On the lacrosse field, Hartman has helped her squad garner national ranking during her sophomore and junior years, while ranking 12th individually on the 2012 ESPNHS Girls Top 25 Defensive Midfielders list. A three-year starter for Notre Dame Prep, Hartman also was named to the '11 Under Armour Underclassmen Baltimore Girls All-Star Team as well as the ESPNHS Rise '11 Junior Midfielders Watch List. In addition to playing lacrosse with Notre Dame Prep, Hartman also played attack, midfield, defensive midfield and defense over her six seasons of play with her club team, TLC.

Danielle Lukish is a 5-6 defender/midfielder that also joins the Irish out of Notre Dame Prep after attending Academy of the Holy Cross during her freshman and sophomore years. A native of Lutherville, Md., Lukish is a four-sport prep athlete, competing in field hockey, basketball and indoor track in addition to lacrosse. Lukish has been honored by several outlets for her play in lacrosse, being named an Under Armour All-American, Washington D.C. Region Team selection in both '10 and '11, WDNT DC Metro Team 3 honoree and the WCAC Lacrosse all-conference second team choice in '10 for attack. She spent time with two club lacrosse teams, starting with Capital before moving to TLC. Lukish, whose greatest athletic thrill to-date is defeating the Long Island Under Armour team for the Under Armour tournament title in '11, also has claimed several off-the-field laurels that include the Academic Excellence Honors Award in both '08-09 and '09-10.

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