Villanova Announces Lacrosse Recruiting Class of 2017

VILLANOVA, Pa. Villanova head coach Julie Young is set to welcome the addition of 11 student-athletes for the 2013-14 academic year. The Class of 2017 features three all-america selections, three all-state honorees, 11 all-conference performers, 10 multi-sport athletes and three academic all-american's. The freshman class also includes a balanced mix of four attackmen, four midfielders and three defenseman.

Joining the Wildcats this fall are Catherine Bendinelli (West Chester, Pa./Villa Maria Academy), Dana Bouwman (New Fairfield, Conn./New Fairfield), Olivia Gannon (Blue Bell, Pa./Mount Saint Joseph's Academy), Becca Hetrick (Midlothian, Va./Trinity Episcopal School), Cassidy Luidens (West Chester, Pa./West Chester East), Bailey Mongillo (Westford, Mass./Westford Academy), Kylie Primeau (Voorhees, N.J./Bishop Eustace Prep), Mariah Salerno (Mendham, N.J./West Morris), Sam Scarfogliero (Setauket, N.Y./Ward Melville), Margaret Siesta (Maplewood, N.J./Pingry School) and MJ White (Allendale, N.J./Immaculate Heart Academy).

Catherine Bendinelli
Attack 5'4"
West Chester, Pa./Villa Maria Academy

Villa Maria Academy: Earned four varsity letters under head coach Jess Lamay, scoring 178 career goals during her high school career ... Named a 2012 and 2013 Academic All-American ... 2012 and 2013 AACA All-Star honoree ... 2013 All-Main Line First Team selection ... Earned the 2013 United States Marine Corps Distinguished Athlete Award ... Member of the 2012 Philadelphia Under Armour Team and Philly Lacrosse National Tournament Team ... 2012 All-Main Line Second Team honoree ... Played five years of club lacrosse for PA Express ... Member of the National Honor Society and Spanish National Honor Society ... Earned Distinguished Honors all four years of high school ... Recipient of the Sister Mary Kelly Academic Scholarship from 2009-13.

Personal: Born October 26th, 1994 in West Chester, Pa ... Parents are G. Joseph and Christine Bendinelli ... Siblings are Elise and Joseph ... Sister, Elise, is a current teammate on the women's lacrosse team ... Father, G. Joseph was a member of Villanova from 1979-83 ... Uncle, Vincent, was also a member of the Villanova Men's Lacrosse team from 1983-85 ... Enrolled in the Villanova School of Business.

Dana Bouwman
Midfield 5'7"
New Fairfield, Conn./New Fairfield

New Fairfield: Earned four varsity letters under head coaches Joe Robsuto, Kayte Devine and Karen Neil and served as a team captain in 2013 ... Posted a career total of 388 draw controls and 198 goals ... Led the team in ground balls, draw controls and goals her junior and senior seasons ... 2013 all-state selection ... Named an all-state selection and academic all-conference honoree in 2012 ... Also chosen as an all-conference selection in 2010 and 2011 ... Earned MVP accolades her sophomore and junior seasons ... Played club lacrosse for Westchester Elite ... Also earned four varsity letters in field hockey where she was an all-state and all-conference selection ... Earned Academic Honor Roll and Academic High Honor Roll honors ... Member of the National Honor Society.

Personal: Born March 2nd 1995 in New Fairfield, Conn ... Parents are Rick and Beth Bouwman ... Siblings are Sara and Gunnar ... Father, Rick, played men's lacrosse at Hofstra while uncles Paal and Erik were both members of the Maryland Men's Lacrosse team ... Enrolled in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.

Olivia Gannon
Attack 5'4"
Blue Bell, Pa./Mount Saint Joseph Academy

Mount Saint Joseph Academy: Earned four varsity letters under head coach Lindsey Colferai ... Ranks amongst Mount Saint Joseph Academy's all-time leading scorers with a career total of 269 goals and 125 assists ... Led the team in points and goals for three consecutive seasons ... Chosen as a 2013 Senior Division All-Star in the Women's Division National Tournament ... Named a 2011, 2012 and 2013 AACA All-League selection ... 2011 and 2012 Philly Under Armour Underclassmen tournament team selection ... Member of the 2012 Philly Team 1 Women's Division National Tournament Team ... Member of the 2011 Philly Team 2 Women's Division National Tournament Team ... Played club lacrosse for the Ultimate Lacrosse Club Blue Team from 2006-12 ... Also lettered in swimming ... Graduated with second honors and was a member of the National Latin Honor Society.

Personal: Born October 25th, 1994 in Blue Bell, Pa ... Parents are Tom and Carol Gannon ... Siblings are Caroline and Lily ... Enrolled in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.

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