Detroit Signs Four More Recruits for the 2013 Lacrosse Season

DETROIT -- Off a record-breaking season, Detroit head coach Laura Maness has announced that four more recruits have inked with the University of Detroit Mercy in Annie Mendoza (Lansing, MI/ Lansing Catholic Central), Ellery Alexander (Alto, MI/Caledonia), Lauren MacEachern (Dimondale MI/Holt) and Ally Shrader (Novi, MI/Mercy).

Mendoza will have two years of eligibility left after transferring from Lake Erie College, while Alexander, MacEachern and Shrader will all enroll as freshman in the fall.

"I believe these four players will be a great addition to our program," said Maness. "Combined with the seven we signed in the fall, I feel that we have a lot of talent coming in to help us reach that next level as a program."

No stranger to the University or to Coach Maness, Mendoza is the sister of former Titan letterwinner Olivia Mendoza (2009-11) and was recruited and played attack for Coach Maness for one season at Lake Erie. In her two years with the Storm, she tallied 61 goals and 86 points. She has been among the team leaders in scoring tying for third with 23 goals and 33 points as a freshman and tying for second with 38 goals and 53 points this past season. She has also grabbed 35 ground balls and 37 draw controls in her career.

In high school, she earned All-State honorable mention her first three years and was a Second Team All-State selection as a senior. She was also All-Conference all four years.

"I got the opportunity to coach Annie at Lake Erie her freshman year," said Maness. "She is an aggressive attack player with a powerful shot and is a natural lefty. She makes smart decisions on the field and works hard on the hustle plays, ground balls and draw controls. She will be an excellent addition to our squad and with two years of Division II playing experience, I believe she will easily be able to transition to our program."

A defender, Ellery is a three-year letterwinner in lacrosse as well as a four-year letterwinner in cross country. She was named All-Conference in lacrosse as a junior as she helped her squad to a conference championship. The team is 12-4-1 and ranked 10th in the state and sixth in division 2 so far in her senior season. In her career, she has amassed 26 goals, 35 points, 82 draw controls and 79 ground balls.

"Ellery is an All-Conference player. She is a great athlete and her natural speed and endurance will give us a boost on the defensive end," added Maness. The second recruit on the year from Holt HS, MacEachern is an attacker who has posted 65 goals and 30 assists through 42 varsity games. A two-time team captain, she has earned four varsity letters in lacrosse and was named Best Offensive Player as a junior. In 2011, she also received All-Conference honors and was named the team's Most Consistent Player.

"Lauren will be joining her high school team mate Jenna Payne in our freshman class," said Maness. "We will be looking for her specifically on the attacking end as she is one of the leading goal scorers on her team. Her height and natural ability will make a difference with draw controls and offensive opportunities."

A midfielder, Shrader has earned letters in both lacrosse and field hockey. She was tabbed All-State, All-League and All-Catholic as a junior and is currently a team captain with the Mercy Marlins. She was also a multiple award honoree in field hockey and helped her club hockey team (Honeybaked) to a state and national championship. "Ally is an aggressive midfielder who can go to goal strong. We will be looking for her to be aggressive and scrappy either at attack or in the midfield," said Maness.

The four signees join Kylie Birney (Plymouth, MI/Ladywood), Morgan Darrow (Auburn, NY/Auburn), Ty Dykes (Cornelius, NC /William A. Hough), Ivy Marshall (Breckenridge, CO /Summit), Morgan Miller (North Royalton, OH/Walsh Jesuit), Jenna Payne (Lansing, MI /Holt) and Michaela Schwartz (Hugo, MN/Centennial Senior), who all signed with Detroit back in the fall.

In Coach Maness' first season, the Titans set a school record with eight wins and advanced to the NLC semifinals.

2012-05-15



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