Wingate Adds Eight Recruits for Inaugural Lacrosse Season

Wingate, N.C.---Wingate University head lacrosse coach Caline Olmsted announces the signing and addition of eight players from North Carolina, Georgia and Maryland.

Attackers include Alexus Hess (Emmitsburg, Md.), Danielle Barbeito (Myersville, Md.) and Logan Bounds (Salisbury, Md.). Midfielders Cydnie Decomo (Glen Burnie, Md.) and Kendall Sienon (Woodstock, Ga.) and defenders Katelyn Hartman (Winston-Salem, N.C.) and Sequoia Crider (Hillsborough, N.C.) also join the Wingate family. Coach Olmstead brings in these seven freshmen players, along with sophomore midfielder and Appalachian State transfer Logan Sutton (Charlotte, N.C.).

"We are excited to welcome these student-athletes to the Bulldog family," Olmsted says. "The anticipation is growing as we approach our first season. These young ladies have a unique opportunity to build a program from the ground up. We are looking forward to the challenge."

All three players playing the attacker position played their high school lacrosse in the state of Maryland with considerable success. Hess played attack for her women's varsity lacrosse team at Catoctin High School under the direction of head coach Allie Rutland. She recorded six goals and eleven assists during her senior season. Barbeito played at Middletown High School for head coach Gretchan Martin. She led her team to two conference championships in the Maryland 2A-3A West Division (2012, 2013).

Bounds lettered in women's varsity lacrosse for four years at Parkside High School under the direction of head coach Ashley Capute. She led her squad to Bayside South championships from 2009-12. In addition, Parkside won the regional championship in 2012, advancing to the state semifinals in the process. Bounds was honored for her work by being named captain her senior year. She was All-Bayside Conference first team and the league's MVP selection.

Midfielders Decomo, Sienon and Sutton played their high school lacrosse in different states, but look to come together to provide a solid line against opponents. Decomo played four seasons of women's varsity lacrosse at Old Mill High School for head coach Heather Arnold. She was the captain of her team her senior season and also played club lacrosse for CC Lax (Chesapeake Club Lacrosse) for four years. Sienon played both defender and midfielder for head coach Gil Strougo at Etowah High School. She was the team captain her senior year and was honored as the Etowah Rookie of the Year (2010) and Etowah Defensive MVP (2012). She was selected as a U.S. Lacrosse Scholar All-American in 2012, while gaining a spot on the Georgia National Team in 2011.

Sutton played in four years of women's varsity lacrosse for head coach Brenna Hougton at South Mecklenburg High School. As a captain of her senior squad, she led the Sabres to the most single-season wins in the school's history. Sutton was rewarded with the team Leadership Award as a senior. An All-Conference player, she led the team with 31 ground balls her senior year. She ends her four years at South Mecklenburg High School with 75 ground balls, 30 take-aways, three draw controls and two goals on three shots.

Defenders Hartman and Crider both played multiple sports at their high schools, as Hartman was a member of the golf team, while Crider participated in track. Hartman lettered at West Forsyth High School under the direction of head coach Rick McVicker. She was a part of the West Region Powerade State Games in which her team received the silver medal. For her 2012 West Forsyth campaign, she had four shots on goal, one goal and seven draw controls. Crider played at Chapel Hill High School for head coach Lorey Whitbeck. She received her team's Most Improved Player award.

Wingate added women's lacrosse as its 10th women's sport in August of 2012. Competition begins in the spring of 2014. Women's lacrosse is one of four new South Atlantic Conference sports for addition to the league's 2013-14 slate. The remainder of Wingate's 2013-2014 recruiting class will be announced in the days ahead.


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