James Madison Lacrosse Signs Seven to NLIs for 2014-15

HARRISONBURG, Va., Dec. 23, 2013 James Madison lacrosse will welcome seven new players in the fall of 2014, as head coach Shelley Klaes-Bawcombe announced their signings to National Letters of Intent today. Annie Dell, Corinne Schmidt, Morgan Hardt, Rebecca Tooker, Hayley Warden, Elena Romesburg and Shannon Quinlan will join the Dukes next season.

"This group is high energy, high confidence," Klaes-Bawcombe stated. "They are hard-nosed, tough players who are not afraid to play a physical game and we're really excited about that."

Annie Dell hails from Westminster, Md., and currently attends North Carroll High School. She is a two-sport athlete for the Panthers, competing on both the girls' varsity lacrosse team and the girls' varsity soccer team, while remaining an honor-roll student and plays club lacrosse with Check-Hers Elite. Following the 2013 season, she earned First Team All-Carroll County Girl's Lacrosse honors and Second Team All-Monocacy Valley Athletic League Girl's Lacrosse honors.

"Annie is a midfielder that has great speed, great hands and great feet who has a knack for scoring without having blinders on," Klaes-Bawcombe described. "She is a team-focused player, and we're really excited about her hard work and teamwork coming into this program."

Corinne Schmidt is a native of Brightwaters, N.Y., where she attends Bay Shore High School. She helped lead the Marauders to back-to-back Suffolk County championships (2012, 2013) as well as an appearance in the 2013 Long Island Championship game. She also plays field hockey and soccer for Bay Shore while on the high honor roll and competing in club lacrosse for the Long Island Yellow Jackets, Blue Team.

"Corinne has a physical, tough, gritty style and is a focused player," Klaes-Bawcombe said. "We're going to take her tough intensity with her strong lacrosse IQ and try to mold them together for the perfect defender."

Morgan Hardt competes for Guilderland High School, the reigning Section II, Class A girl's lacrosse champions in Guilderland, N.Y. In 2013, she earned First Team All-American honors and Academic All-American accolades, as well as the Times Union Athlete of the Year. She was voted the Dutchmen's Most Valuable Player last year after posting the highest number of goals scored in Section II and participated in the Under Armour All-American tournament for the Upstate New York squad. On the club level, the honor roll student competes for the Albany Elite.

"She's got great hands in front of the cage, she's got height and vision to be able to see and pass over the defensive units," Klaes-Bawcombe pronounced. "She's also a great target with that height and somebody that we feel moves very well off ball, and somebody that we're hoping to be able to capitalize in front of the goal."

Rebecca Tooker currently attends Eastport South Manor Junior/Senior High School in Manorville, N.Y. As a junior, she was named both an All-American and Academic All-American and garnered First Team All-Long Island, All-Tournament and All-County accolades. She was a Newsday Top 30 Player to Watch in August of 2013 and has competed for the Sharks on the lacrosse, soccer, track and basketball teams. The honor roll student is a member of both the National Honors Society and the World Language Honor Society.

"Rebecca is gritty, physical and understands positioning and how to take space away," Klaes-Bawcombe explained. "She has great angles on the defensive end but also knows how to have that presence off ball. We're excited about her confidence and competitiveness and how she goes after the game."

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