Mercyhurst Welcomes 14 Recruits to Lacrosse Class of 2016

ERIE, Pa.- Mercyhurst has announced the incoming class for the 2013 season. The Lakers have added 14 newcomers to Coach Cecil C. Pilson's program.

"This freshmen class brings a wealth of lacrosse experience both nationally and internationally to Mercyhurst," Pilson said. "They are going to make an immediate impact on the Lakers program this fall and into the spring. I am excited to see what potential they have both on the field and in the classroom."

Tara Barnhardt, Erin Byrnes, Katrina Campbell, Shannen Drennon, Gabriella Farina, Emily Gebhardt, Kyle Keefe, Olivia Keirn, Emily Koestler, Keirsten MacLellan, Christa Morrison, Kate Opolski, Kristina Roberti, and Taylor Santiago will join the Lakers for the 2013 campaign.

Barnhardt played St. Mary's in Lancaster, New York. She was picked her school's Female Athlete of the Year in 2012. A five-sport athlete, Barnhardt was her lacrosse team's offensive player of the year as a senior.

Byrnes, a West Islip, New York, native, played lacrosse and volleyball in high school. She was an all-county volleyball player and is on the Mercyhurst volleyball team this fall.

Campbell played at Hilton (N.Y.) High. In her career, she recorded 42 goals while playing attack and midfield.

Drennon was a high school teammate of Campbell's at Hilton. In three years on varsity, she posted 51 goals. As a senior, she was chosen team captain and First Team All-Monroe County.

Farina was a four-year starter at Penfield (N.Y.) High. As a senior, she earned First Team All-County honors, helping her team to the Section V title.

Gebhardt played attack at Fairport (N.Y.) High. She was First Team All-Monroe County as a senior, recording 35 goals, 27 assists, and 60 groundballs. She was also an Academic All-American in 2011.

Keefe, a Timonium, Maryland, native, played midfield at Notre Dame Prep. She helped her team to the IAAM semifinals as a junior and a senior. She also ran cross country.

Keirn is an attack from Henrietta, New York. She played three years of varsity at Rush-Henrietta, earning scholar-athlete and Academic All-American honors. She totaled 37 goals and 49 assists in her career.

Koestler was a midfielder who started all four years at Williamsville North (N.Y.) High. She was named All-WNY First Team her senior year. She totaled 73 goals and 30 assists, along with 74 groundballs.

MacLellan, a Seton Keough (Md.) High graduate, played at CCBC Catonsville in 2010-11. She was a 2011 NJCAA First Team All-American and the CCBC Catonsville Female Athlete of the Year. She tallied 74 goals and 31 assists in 24 games at Catonsville.

Morrison played at Rush-Henrietta with Keirn. Morrison was named Second Team All-County as a defender her sophomore year. A three-year player on varsity, Morrison appeared in 43 games.

Opolski is a native of Glenelg North, South Australia. She was a member of the Australian Women's Development Team and won Silver Medal at the Asian Pacific Lacrosse Union's (APLU), 2011 Asian Pacific (ASPAC) Tournament in Auckland, New Zealand. She has played on several state and national teams, including a national championship-winning U19 team in 2010.

Roberti played all over the field at Webster Schroeder (N.Y.) High. As a senior, she scored 40 goals and dished out 14 assists. Roberti is playing soccer at Mercyhurst this fall.

Santiago played defense at Fallston (Md.) High. She compiled 115 groundballs and caused 92 turnovers in two seasons on varsity. As a senior, she was a Second Team All-Hartford County pick and helped Fallston win the state championship.


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