Vermont Announces 2012-2013 Recruiting Class

BURLINGTON, Vt. Vermont will add seven newcomers to the squad in 2013. Erica Estey (Kensington, N.H.), Cat Luick (Tinton Falls, N.J.), Kelly Molloy (Swarthmore, Pa.), Lucy Mower (Greenwood Village, Colo.), Margaret Nealon (Alexandria, Va.), Danielle Seifert (Fallston, Md.), and Vanessa Vanderzalm (Pelham, Ontario) will continue their careers with the Catamounts. Head coach Jen Johnson made the announcement today.

"We are very excited to have this recruiting class join our program next fall. We are losing six senior starters after this season and have some big shoes to fill," said Vermont head coach Jen Johnson.

"We are confident this class will add speed and depth in the midfield, help us to continue to be an offensive threat and make key stops in the defensive end. We are graduating some of our top scoring threats as well as our top two-way midfielders, so we wanted to make sure we had the scoring power and midfield presence to fill the void and I believe we accomplished that goal with these players."

"Each player in this class comes from competitive high school and club programs and their experience and talent will help us continue to elevate our program."

Estey comes to Vermont from Exeter High School in Exeter, N.H. A three-sport athlete at Exeter, she was a first-team all-state selection in lacrosse last season after scoring a team-high 68 goals. She is a two-time lacrosse team captain and also helped the soccer team win three straight state titles.

"Erica is a tall attacker who will be a presence right away in the offensive end. She has grown into a very skilled player with a nose for the goal," said Johnson.

Luick, who plays attack, comes to Vermont from Red Bank Catholic High School in Red Bank, N.J. She played her first two seasons at Monmouth Regional High School and set a new school rookie record for goals scored with 42 as a freshman. She eclipsed the 100-career goal mark as a sophomore and was a two-time Asbury Park Press Coaches' Choice Division B North Lacrosse Team honoree while playing at Monmouth. In her first year at Red Bank High School, Luick was named to the Adidas All-American Women's Lacrosse Team.

"Cat will add depth to our offense as a finisher. She has been a tremendous scoring threat during her high school tenure and we will look for her to continue that to UVM," said Johnson.

Molloy is a defender from Swarthmore, Pa. and Strath Haven High School. She is a team captain and was named to the ESPN Rise Girl's Lacrosse watch list in 2011 and 2012. Molloy helped lead Strath Haven to the Pennsylvania State Finals in 2009, the Central League title in 2010 and was an All-Delco Honorable Mention selection in 2011.

"Kelly is a very athletic defensive player who is feisty, competitive and a strong one-on-one defender," said Johnson.

Mower, who plays attack, comes to Vermont from the Kent Denver School in Englewood, Colo. She helped Kent Denver advance to the state semifinals all three years. She is a three-time all-conference honoree and was named the team MVP as a sophomore. Mower has earned both all-state honors and been named an All-American the past two years. She enters her senior season with 77 career goals.

"Lucy is an attacker who is fearless, plays with a lot of grit and will provide a spark with her drives to the cage and quick finishes," said Johnson.

Nealon is a midfielder from Bishop Ireton in Alexandria, Va. She is a two-sport athlete, also running cross country, and earned All-WCAC honors in 2011. She was named an Academic All-America last season in lacrosse.

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