Louisville Announces a 13-Member Signing Class for 2014-2015

LOUISVILLE, Ky. - University of Louisville head coach Kellie Young has a knack for finding some of the best high school talent in the women's lacrosse game.

On Friday, the seven-year Louisville coach announced a star-studded, 13-member class that is highlighted by four U.S. Lacrosse High School All-Americans, one of whom is also an academic All-America recipient. The group also boasts multiple versatile athletes who are excelling in two or more sports during their prep careers.

In addition to signing four from Maryland, a hotbed for lacrosse, Young also secured national letters of intent from Florida, Minnesota, and Oregon.

The 2014 class consists of New Jersey residents Jillian Balog (New Providence, N.J.), Casey Madura (Chatham, N.J.), Brittany Read (Gibbsboro, N.J.), Taylor Webster (South Orange, N.J.), and Julia Wood (Annandale, N.J.), Maryland natives Leigh Gatons (Damascus, Md.), Madison Hoover (Ijamsville, Md.), Emily Howell (Laurel, Md.), and Casey Webbert (Baltimore, Md.), Oregon's Lexi Cheetham (Lake Oswego, Ore.), Virginia's Maggie Hyland (Fairfax, Va.), Florida's Lauren Morando (Parkland, Fla.), and Minnesota's Lauren Kelly (Coon Rapids, Minn.).

"I am excited to officially welcome these 13 student-athletes to the Louisville Lacrosse family," Young said. "We've been waiting a long time to share the names of these exceptional young women, and I couldn't be more proud to do that today.

"The 2014 class is comprised of 13 dynamic student-athletes who affect each aspect of our game from keeper through defense and midfield to attack. They are passionate about Louisville and passionate about Louisville Lacrosse."

Webster, who comes from a highly athletic background, was named one of the Top 20 Players to Watch in New Jersey in 2013. The student from Montclair Kimberly Academy and Columbia High was selected to the 2013 U.S. National Lacrosse North Jersey Team and helped guide Montclair to consecutive state titles in 2011 and 2012.

Morando, who is the second Florida native to join the Cardinals, was named a U.S. Lacrosse High School All-American in 2013. A first-team All-American in the South Florida chapter, Morando also earned first team all-league, all-district, all-county, and all-region accolades in 2013.

Cheetham is a highly decorated athlete at Lake Oswego High and garnered U.S. Lacrosse High School All-America honorable mention accolades in 2013. She was a three year all-league first team selection as an attacker and was twice named first team all-state. In 2013, Cheetham was picked to play in the U.S. Lacrosse/ESPN Girls All-American National Showcase.

Hoover is a well-decorated lacrosse player from Maryland, boasting three Brine National All-America distinctions at Our Lady of Good Counsel High. She has been a major component of the school's consecutive Maryland state titles (2011-12). Hoover also played a valuable role on the 2012 and 2013 WNT National Lacrosse Tournament Team (DC Metro).

Balog was a three-year lacrosse all-league selection at New Providence High, earning first-team honors as a junior and second-team accolades as both a freshman and a sophomore. She also earned all-county honors three times.

Madura has helped Chatham High to tremendous success during her tenure. She has been an integral part in the New Jersey Group II girl's lacrosse state championships in 2011 and 2012. Madura also helped guide her school to Northwest Jersey Athletic Conference championships in 2011 and 2012 and the Morris County championship in 2012.

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