Campbell Announces Early Signing Lacrosse Class of 2017

BUIES CREEK, N.C. Head coach Phil Schuman announced the signing of 13 players to National Letters of Intent for the women's lacrosse team. The class of 2017 is the second recruiting class to sign with CU, as the team enters their first season in February.

"We are thrilled to announce the Campbell University Women's Lacrosse Class of 2017," Schuman said. "Our goals with this class were to establish ourselves with the top club programs in the country, find dynamic student athletes with high character, and address depth in each position. We achieved all of those."

Maryland, New Jersey, New York, Florida, and North Carolina are the states represented by the high school seniors. When they step on CU's campus in August, they will join the 14 members of the inaugural signing class.

"I think this class is a great indication of what we can do in the normal recruiting cycle," Schuman added. "We have representatives from some of the top high school and club programs up and down the east coast. They all had great opportunities with other established programs, but chose Campbell because they believed in what we were doing here."

Blake Autry (Leonardtown High School | Maryland | Maryland United Lacrosse Club | Defense)
"Blake, from MULC 2013 East, is a smart defender who communicates well and can run the show. She plays her angles well and has great patience."

Mackenzie Bailey (John Carroll School | Maryland | NEMS Lacrosse Club | Attack)
"Mackenzie is a sneaky player on attack with a good stick and finishes well. We will look to develop her more as a dodger. Her lacrosse IQ is also an asset for our young program."

Individual Honors: Selected 2008 club national championship all-tournament team player, member of U-15 national team

Team Honors: 2010 Charm City Lax Festival Finalist, Invited to play in the 2010 Maryland Elite 8 tournament, 2008 and 2009 Upper Atlantic Tournament champions, 2009 summer showcase finalist, 2008 Fall Lax Clash Tournament Champions

Merredith Bechler (Washington Township High School | New Jersey | South Jersey Devils Lacrosse Club | Goalie)
"Merredith is a great ball stopper with solid leadership and communication skills. She will push Brittany Kincer for time next year. Merredith is a fun kid to be around and her enthusiasm is contagious; perfect for her position."

Individual Honors: 2013 team captain, 2012 second team all-conference, 2011 first team all-conference, voted 2011 Most Courageous on the varsity team

Team Honors: 2012 Conference champions, 2011 South Jersey IV Group Champions, 2010 Gloucester County champions

Grace Boyce (Ithaca High School | New York | Star Riders | Midfield)
"Grace is a raw talent with Division I size and speed. She is a new age Division I player with her size and athleticism. We look forward to developing her stick skills and expect her impact to be significant."

Individual Honors: 2010 and 2011 Class A first team all-star

Logan Brady (Severna Park High School | Maryland | SPLax Club | Defense)
"Logan is an aggressive defender that is willing to do whatever she is asked and then some. She comes from one of the best high school teams in the country and we are excited to develop her on our defensive end."

Team Honors: 2012 Severna Park state champion

Hayley Carroll (Baron Collier High School | Florida | LaxManiax Lacrosse Club | Midfield)
"Hayley has developed a tremendous amount over the past year. She could end up being the most dynamic offensive threat we have in this class. Her stick is reliable, she hustles everywhere, and she is ready to work."

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