Manhattan Welcomes Eight Recruits for the 2013 Season

RIVERDALE, N.Y. – The Manhattan women's lacrosse program will welcome eight freshmen to the team for the 2013 season. Second-year head coach Diane Haddeland announced the additions, including two high school All-Americans on Wednesday afternoon.

“We brought in a lot of speed and size to the team this year,” said Haddeland. “I can't say enough about this group. Each player has a role on our team and I'm very excited to see how they can contribute early.”

Highlighting the newcomers are Megan Yarusso (Brewster, N.Y./Brewster) and Stefanie Ranagan (Yorktown Heights, N.Y./Yorktown). Yarusso joins Manhattan after a five-year career at Brewster High School where she also played soccer and participated in gymnastics. During her senior year, Yarusso received many accolades including named an All-American.

Sharing the honors with Yarusso, Ranagan earned First Team distinction in the Hudson Valley Region after just three years on the varsity girls' lacrosse team. An attacker, Ranagan comes from a strong lacrosse family, as her brother John is a member of Johns Hopkins .

Also beginning their careers in Riverdale this spring are Kaitlyn Cunningham, Virginia Rose Kaschura, Marissa Acosta, Casey Silvestri, Claire Roediger, and Victoria Doyle.

Cunningham (Spring Lake, N.J./Red Bank Catholic) helped lead her high school squad to the New Jersey State Section II State Championship as well as being named an All-Shore player twice in her career.

Adding to the goalkeeping unit, Kaschura (White Plains, N.Y./Brewster) was a three-sport athlete in high school, playing volleyball and basketball. In her junior season, she was named an All-League player helping the Bears reach the Section 1 Class B semifinals.

Also joining the defensive core is Acosta (Kinnelon, N.J./Kinnelon), who was a four-year varsity player, earning Second-Team All-League honors as a senior. Silvestri (Pomona, N.Y./Albertus Magnus) will look to add some offensive firepower after a stellar high school career. The 5'6” attacker was a four-time All-League player and graduated as the school's all-time scoring leader.

Roediger (Katonah, N.Y./Somers) is another three-sport athlete, participating in both cross country and winter track in high school. On the lacrosse field, she earned All-League honors in two of her three years on the team.

Doyle (Danbury, Conn./Danbury) led the Hatters to both a conference and state championship as a junior while also earning FCIAC Honorable Mention for herself as a senior.

This recruiting class will join a Manhattan program that returns 15 players from their 2012 season, including All-MAAC Rookie Team selections Donna Jo DiNorcia, Domenica O'Brey and Christina Fiorinelli.


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