Niagara Lacrosse Inks Three Recruits in Spring NLI Signing

NIAGARA UNIV., N.Y. - Niagara University signed prospective student-athletes Laura Messer, Amanda Yavorek and Holly Vulpis to national letters of intent during the spring signing period, lacrosse head coach Wendy Stone announced this week.

Messer hails from nearby Niagara Wheatfield, while Yavorek attends Canandaigua Academy in Canandaigua, N.Y. and Vulpis will be an Earl L Vandermeulen graduate from Port Jefferson, N.Y. The trio of seniors is expected to enroll at the university in the fall of 2013.

"We are very excited to welcome these three additions to our first recruiting class to Niagara University and our lacrosse family," Stone said. "The signing of these three student-athletes is a significant step forward for our program as we work to take the NU Lacrosse Program to the next level. We are expecting big things from this group on the field, in the classroom and within the Niagara community."

Messer, Vulpis and Yavorek joins fall NLI signees Andrea Francisco, Murphy Newman, Taylor Wolf, Kara Martin,Sarah Fuller, Isabella Leon, Hannah Vause and Hannah Barnett to form the first recruiting class for Stone, who took over the Purple Eagle helm in August 2012.

Laura Messer D Ransomville, N.Y. Niagara Wheatfield
Messer was a four-year varsity starter at Niagara Wheatfield, helping the Falcons to a Niagara Wheatfield Frontier League title in 2012. The two-year captain was named to the NFL First Team and All-WNY Second Team as a senior. Messer was also a member of the 2012 National Team in WNY/Rochester. Off the field, the Ransomville, N.Y. native was a standout student as she was a three-year National Honor Society member and pocketed high honor roll accolades throughout her four years at Niagara Wheatfield.

Holly Vulpis D Port Jefferson, N.Y. Earl L. Vandermeulen
The Earl L. Vandermeulen graduate comes to Monteagle Ridge after a six-year stint with the Long Island Yellow Jackets, Long Island's first competitive girl's lacrosse travel club program. A starter since freshman season, Vulpis served as captain and was named most valuable player after becoming the highest scoring midfielder during her junior campaign.

Amanda Yavorek G Canandaigua, N.Y. Canandaigua Academy
Yavorek comes to Monteagle Ridge from Canandaigua Academy where she was a four-year varsity member of the girl's lacrosse team. She helped the Braves to a historic 2009 year that included a Section V, Class B Championship and run all the way to the State semifinals, and also a 2011 Section V, Class B Championship and a NY State Western Regional title. The Canandaigua, N.Y. native was a senior captain, and a Monroe County First Team selection as a junior. Off the field, Yavorek was an academic All-American and a Scholar Athlete.


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