University of Detroit Mercy Signs Four for the 2014 Season

DETROIT (12/4/2012) -- Second year head coach Laura Maness continues to retool the University of Detroit Mercy women's lacrosse roster as she has announced the addition of four signees who will join the program for the 2014 season.

Kelsi Pritchard (Orillia, Ont./Patrick Fogarty), Julie Castner (Orlando, Fla./University), Lauren Sharkey (Clarkston, Mich./Clarkston) and Miklain Huntsman (Salt Lake City, Utah, Skyline) have all signed National Letters of Intent to play lacrosse for the Titans.

"We are so eager to announce the signings these four athletes," said Coach Maness. "We think each of these young ladies have a lot in common as top high school and club competitors in their local regions. I believe this class will complement our current roster and will enhance our transition game."

Pritchard attended Patrick Fogarty Catholic High School in Orillia, Ontario. The Canadian-born athlete was a silver medalist in the U19 Ontario Women's Lacrosse Provincials in 2012. She also captured the 2012 President's Award at the local Orillia Club Lacrosse, which is deemed as the highest award of the association and very prestigious. She is a three-year (2009-11) silver medalist at the EDGE Elite, Mid-Atlantic Tournament and helped her team to the 2010 EDGE Elite Lacrosse Club IWLCA President's Cup Championship. In 2010, she had the opportunity to travel to Hannover, Germany, with Team Ontario's U17 team and participate in the U17 World Festival. As a member of the Orillia Women's Lacrosse Association, she totaled 33 goals and 13 assists for 46 points in 13 games this past season.

"Kelsi is a strong, hard cutter who finishes with good shots," said Coach Maness.

Castner will come to Detroit from her hometown of Orlando, Fla. She has captured a number of awards including All-District, All-Metro, and All-Central Florida in 2011 and 2012. In 2011, she garnered All-Metro Academic Scholar and the Michael Muller Academic Excellence Award, and was a US Lacrosse All-America honorable mention in 2012. She has amassed 134 goals, a school record 42 assists and 159 ground balls in her career, while winning 216 draw controls with 81 caused turnovers. She also established a single-season best of 68 goals and 20 assists during her time at University High School. She has played with the club team, RC Elite, and also participated in the US Lacrosse All-American Showcase in the summer of 2012.

"Julie is a versatile player. She will shine in different positions and in game scenarios. She also brings speed to the field," added Coach Maness.

Sharkey is a Michigan product having played varsity lacrosse and serving as a team captain for the Wolves since her freshman season. The attack earned All-State honorable mention in 2011 and 2012 and also garnered All-County recognition in each of the past three years. She became the first women's lacrosse player out of Clarkston to sign with a Division I program after helping the team reach the MHSAA Regional Finals last season.

"Sharkey has developed into an excellent dodger and great connector in transition," said Coach Maness.

Huntsman played varsity lacrosse at Skyline High School in Salt Lake City, helping her team reach the playoffs every season. She was captain of the varsity squad for her junior and senior years, and was part of the Utah/Idaho National Lacrosse team as a junior. She has also played club lacrosse for XTEAM the last four seasons.

"Miklain is a fast, scrappy player who works hard in the hustle plays," commented Coach Maness.

The women's lacrosse season will kick off the season on Feb. 16 at Robert Morris in Moon Township, Pa. It will be the first year for the Titans in the Atlantic Sun Conference after being in the National Lacrosse Conference for the first four years of women's lacrosse at UDM. The A-Sun conference tournament champion also receives an automatic bid into the NCAA Tournament.


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