UNH Signs Five to National Letters of Intent

DURHAM, N.H. -- University of New Hampshire head coach Michael Daly, in his third season at the helm of the program, announced Wednesday the signing of five high school lacrosse players to a National Letter of Intent. They will attend UNH beginning in the fall 2012 semester.

Genevieve Eby (Towson, Md.), Nicole Grote (Ellicott City, Md.), Annie Lynch (Centerport, N.Y.), Laura McHoul (Westwood, Mass.) and Hannah Wohltmann (Towson, Md.) comprise the quintet of future UNH Wildcats.

"I am very excited about our 2012 recruits," Daly said. "These five student-athletes bring not only talent on the field, but off the field as elite students and leaders. This 2012 class brings speed, athleticism and skill at each field position. All five of these recruits embody the future of UNH women's lacrosse. Their competitive drive, hard work, and ability to change the course of the game will help get us where we want to go in the future at UNH.

"This special and talented group has already achieved high levels of success in the classroom and on the playing field in high school, and all have earned and excelled in key leadership positions as well," Daly added. "We are excited for them to make an immediate impact on our UNH women's lacrosse program and at UNH in the classroom and the community."

Eby, a senior at McDonogh School in Owings Mills, Md., is a multi-sport athlete competing in volleyball, basketball, cross country and lacrosse. McDonogh's lacrosse team has gone undefeated for two years by winning 50 consecutive games. Eby represented her state in the Maryland Youth All Stars for lacrosse in 2007. She also played for the highly successful TLC lacrosse club program in 2011. She is a member of the Orange Key Club, Ski Club, FCA and summer camp counselor at Camp Red Eagle. This year, Eby was awarded the Jill Bearman Courage Award at McDonogh for her ability to face the challenges of school and athletics while recovering from a concussion.

"Gen brings an intensity and physicality that makes playing the game of lacrosse fun and exciting," Daly said. "Her speed and athleticism as a defender/d-middie is exactly what we are looking for to energize our transition and our aggressive defensive style of play. She will be a perfect fit with our defensive and midfield units here at UNH and she comes to us well prepared for Division I play on team defense coming from such high level and successful programs as McDonogh and TLC. Gen's passion for the game and her teammates, and her unmatched speed and athleticism, coupled with her high lacrosse I.Q., will immediately improve our clearing and midfield transition games next year and help us play more of an up-tempo transition style. "

Grote is a three-sport athlete at Marriotts Ridge High School. As a two-year lacrosse starter on attack, she has accumulated 105 points (56 goals and 49 assists) helping the Mustangs to a 35-3 record. Grote was named Lacrosse Magazine's Mid-Atlantic Player of the Week after recording three goals and one assist in an 8-4 victory over Century in the state championship game. She played on the Baltimore 2 team that made the finals of the 2010 National Tournament. Grote also is a three-year starter for the Mustangs' soccer team. As a junior center-midfielder, Grote helped Marriotts Ridge win its first Howard County championship. She captained the team as a senior and was named All-County Second Team. She is also a captain of the basketball team and serves as the Vice President of Student Activities.

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