Penn State Lacrosse Welcomes Eight-Member Class for 2013-14

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Steph Lazo

Position: Midfield
Hometown: Stevensville, Md.
High School: St. Mary's
Club Team: Maryland United 2013 East

Before Penn State
Named to the 2013 Under Armour South All-America team ... Participated in two Under Armour Underclassman Elite Stars Tournaments (2011, 2012) ... Three-year member of St. Mary's girls' lacrosse team ... Two-time team captain (2012, 2013) ... As a senior, totaled 51 points (43g, 8a) ... Garnered all-conference and team MVP accolades ... Earned second-team all-county honors ... In 2012, earned all-county first-team, all-conference, All-Met honorable mention and all-country private school laurels ... Received the Coaches Award ... Named the ninth-ranked junior by ESPN ... Also played for Maryland United 2013 East ... Participated in the Crosse Over England Tour.

Daughter of John and Sue Lazo ... Mother, Sue, played basketball at Delaware ... Has one sister, Dani ... Also played field hockey and basketball at St. Mary's ... Helped lead the basketball team to the conference title and was named an all-county all-star as a senior ... Named all-conference and to the league's all-star team as a junior ... Plans to major in kinesiology ... Born Dec. 28, 1995 in Silver Spring, Md.

Doherty on Lazo: "Steph is one of the fastest players in her class and her abilities will make an impact quickly on Penn State lacrosse."

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Sarah Piazza

Position: Defense
Hometown: Bel Air, Md.
High School: C. Milton Wright
Club Team: NEMS

Before Penn State
Four-year starting defender at C. Milton Wright ... Helped lead the team to four state tournaments, including the 2010 state championship game and three semifinal appearances (2011-13) ... Two-time captain (2012, 2013) ... Earned first-team all-county honors following sophomore, junior and senior seasons ... Named team's best defensive player in 2012 ... Teammates with future Nittany Lion freshman Abby Smucker ... Named to the ESPNHS Watch List in 2012 ... Member of the NEMS club team from 2006-12 ... Also played for Baltimore Metro Team 1 and the Under Armour Baltimore Team.

Daughter of Joseph and Robin Piazza ... Has an older sister, Rachel, and a twin sister, Rebecca ... Born Dec. 5, 1994.

Doherty on Piazza: "Sarah possesses so many great qualities that she can be an asset anywhere on the field."

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Cat Rainone

Position: Goalkeeper
Hometown: Newtown Square, Pa.
High School: Marple Newtown
Club Team: Ultimate Goal Lacrosse

Before Penn State
Four-year starter for the Marple Newtown girls' lacrosse team ... Two-time team captain (2012, 2013) ... As a senior, named team's defensive player of the year ... Played club lacrosse with Ultimate Goal Lacrosse ... Also played for Motion Lacrosse.

Daughter of Donna Tomlin ... Has three brothers: Bobby, Jesse, James ... Born Feb. 10, 1995 in Media, Pa. ... Plans to major in biology/pre-medicine.

Doherty on Rainone: "Cat will add depth to the goalkeeping position, and we are extremely lucky she chose to come to Penn State."

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Natalie Schmitt

Position: Midfield
Hometown: Malvern, Pa.
High School: Archbishop John Carroll
Club Team: Phantastix Purple

Before Penn State
Helped lead Archbishop John Carroll to four straight Catholic League championships (2010-13) ... As a senior, named a US Lacrosse All-American ... Earned First-Team All-Catholic and All-Delco honors ... In 2012, honored with US Lacrosse High School All-America, All-Delco, All-Main Line and second-Team All-Catholic laurels ... Played for the Phantastix Purple club team.

Daughter of George and Anne Schmitt ... Father, George, was a first-team All-America football player at Delaware and played one season for the then-St. Louis Cardinals (1983) ... Has two sisters, Hannah and Isabelle ... Sister, Hannah, will enter her junior season at Loyola (Md.) in 2014 ... Uncle, Tommy, and cousin, Kelly, attended Penn State ... Cousin, Thomas, currently attends the University ... Plans to major in business ... Born March 15, 1995 in Bryn Mawr, Pa.

Doherty on Schmitt: "We first noticed Natalie as an extremely quick attacking player, but she has also emerged into a fantastic midfield defender. We are looking forward to her impact in the midfield."

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