Nine Newcomers to Join Geo. Washington Lacrosse for 2013-14

WASHINGTON, DC George Washington lacrosse has added nine newcomers to the 2014 roster, seventh-year head coach Tara Hannaford announced. Shea Cassidy, Maura Feeney, Bailey Forcier, Erin Long, Michaela Lynch, Natalie Maher, Delaney Norris, MaryPat Scanlon and Cassidy Shollenberger will become the newest members of the Colonials' squad.

"I am extremely excited to welcome these nine-student athletes to campus. They come to GW following great high school careers and I am eager for their collegiate careers to begin," seventh-year Head Coach Tara Hannaford said. "I expect this group to make an immediate impact on our program. They are very talented, hardworking and competitive and will help our team reach its goals."

GW returns 20 players from last year's team that qualified for the Atlantic 10 Championship in consecutive seasons for the first time in program history.

Shea Cassidy (Gaithersburg, Md./Good Counsel) was an ESPNHS Top-50 player for the class of 2013 and comes to GW following a standout high school career as a midfielder at nearby Good Counsel. A 2013 US Lacrosse All-America Honorable Mention and a member of the ESPNHS 2013 Girls Lacrosse Watch List, Cassidy was a two-time Montgomery County All-Gazette First Team selection and was twice named to the All-Washington Catholic Athletic Conference (WCAC) First Team as a junior and senior. Cassidy earned a spot on the All-WCAC Second Team following her sophomore season. After leading her squad to its second WCAC crown in three years in 2013 the first coming in 2011 Cassidy earned a spot on the Washington Post All-Met Second Team. Cassidy also competed for the Rebels Lacrosse Summer League for four years and was a four-year honors student at Good Counsel. She comes to GW alongside high school teammate MaryPat Scanlon.

Shea Cassidy on why she chose GW: "I chose GW because of all the opportunities the university has to offer, from NCAA Division I athletics to their amazing academic reputation. When I first visited GW I immediately fell in love with it and knew it was the school for me."

Maura Feeney (Ridgewood, N.J./Ridgewood), a 2013 First Team All-Bergen County selection, helped Ridgewood claim three straight Bergen County and New Jersey State Group 4N Championships from 2011-13, in addition to back-to-back Group 4 crowns in 2011 and 2012. Ridgewood's 2013 Most Valuable Defender also guided her team to a 2011 Tournament of Champions title. During her high school career Feeney picked up 70 ground balls, tallied seven goals and four assists, and forced 31 turnovers. She also competed for Metro Lacrosse Club for five years. Off the field, Feeney was named a 2013 US Lacrosse Academic All-American and was a three-year member of Ridgewood's high honor roll.

Maura Feeney on why she chose GW: "I chose GW because of the location, academic reputation and competitive lacrosse program."

Bailey Forcier (Victoria, Minn./Benilde-St. Margaret's) joins the Colonials as the 2013 North Suburban Conference Player of the Year and a two-time Minnesota All-State selection. A finalist for Minnesota's Ms. Lacrosse Award during her senior season, Forcier was a three-time All-North Suburban Conference selection as an attacker. After netting 64 goals and recording 25 assists during her senior season, Forcier was named to the Star-Tribune All-Metro Team and was dubbed Benilde-St. Margaret's team MVP and best attacker. She also competed for the Minnesota Lakers club team. Off the field, Forcier was an AP Scholar and was a conference all-academic honoree for both lacrosse and field hockey.

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