James Madison Announces 2016 Recruiting Class

HARRISONBURG, Va., Feb. 8, 2012 -- James Madison lacrosse coach Shelley Klaes-Bawcombe has announced the Dukes' 2012-2013 freshman class.

The incoming class includes the following: Betsy Angel (Roland Park Country School, Md.); Jaci Gordon (Lawrence Academy, Mass.); Taylor Gress (Manchester Valley H.S., Md.); Jenna Mertz (Villa Maria Academy, Pa.); Alex Revel (Oakton High School, Va.); Emily Pillion (Conestoga H.S., Pa.); and Carter Reifsnider (Collegiate School, Va.).

"JMU is very honored to announce our recruiting class for the 2016 JMU graduating class," Klaes-Bawcombe said. "This group of young women is not only successful on the field but in the classroom. This class combines athleticism, speed, tenacity, skill, and a championship experience that we will be relying on heavily as we work to obtain our program goals of winning CAA championships and returning to the NCAA final four."

The seven incoming players will join a JMU program that is coming off back-to-back Colonial Athletic Association championships and NCAA Tournament appearances (2010, 2011) and is a preseason favorite to win a third straight CAA title in 2012.

A closer look at JMU lacrosse's recruiting class:

Betsy Angel (Attack, Roland Park Country School, TLC club, Baltimore, Md.)

Angel is a four-sport athlete who also competes in soccer, basketball and tennis. She has been recognized by ESPN as one of the top 25 attackers in the country at #24. In 2010-11 Angel was a member of Roland Park's lacrosse and soccer teams that were Interscholastic Athletics Association of Maryland runners-up, and she was an IAAM All-Star in soccer last fall.

Coach Klaes-Bawcombe on Angel: "Angel is a natural left-handed crease attacker and will bring a new option to our offense. She is very quick and agile."

Taylor Gress (Attack, Manchester Valley H.S., Checkers Club, Westminster, Md.)

Gress is a three-sport athlete, competing in soccer, basketball and lacrosse. She is a multi-year All-Carroll County honoree for lacrosse and soccer and was a member of the under-15 US lacrosse national champion team in 2009. In soccer her team won the program's first-ever state championship in her senior year, and she was the team's MVP in her junior season. Taylor is an Honor Roll student.

Coach Klaes-Bawcombe on Gress: "Taylor is very skilled, explosive and a lethal dodger from the top. Her shot combines pace and accuracy and is an exciting part of her game."

Jaci Gordon (Midfield, Lawrence Academy, REV Club, Boston, Mass.)

Gordon is a three-sport athlete, competing in field hockey, soccer and lacrosse. She has been her lacrosse team's MVP and earned Independent School League Honorable Mention in her sophomore and junior years. Gordon received Lawrence Academy's field hockey team's coaches award her freshman year. She is also an Honor Roll student.

Coach Klaes-Bawcombe on Gordon: "Jaci will bring to JMU untapped potential with her athleticism, speed and explosiveness. She is an also natural lefty, and that will add a new element to our midfield."

Jenna Mertz (Midfield, Villa Maria Academy, PA Express Club, West Chester, Pa.)

Mertz is a two-sport athlete, competing in field hockey and lacrosse. She was also her team's midfield MVP and leading scorer in her junior campaign. Jenna has received Academic All America honors and is a National Honor Society member.

Coach Klaes-Bawcombe on Mertz: "Jenna will be a workhorse for JMU, constantly moving without the ball. She has great vision and game sense and uses these attributes to impact the game in many ways. She is a consistent player with solid skills and will contribute those hustle stats every championship team needs."

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