UMBC Lacrosse Signs Nine Newcomers for 2015 Campaign

BALTIMORE UMBC women's lacrosse inked nine newcomers to National Letters of Intent, as announced by co-head coaches Amy Appelt and Tony Giro. The Retrievers add an abundance of local talent to its roster with eight of its nine signees coming from the state of Maryland.

"We are extremely excited about this signing class," Giro said. "Each of these young ladies embodies all of the things we at UMBC look for in our student-athletes. They are of the highest character, extremely personable, intrinsically motivated and possess the many intangibles necessary to compete at the Division I level. It also helps that they are very talented and are selfless players that come from highly competitive high school and club programs. We expect this group to hit the ground running and never look back."

Gabrielle Cardina (Lititz, Pa./Manheim Township), Kalyn Crocetti (Joppa, Md./Maryvale Preparatory), Marissa Davey (Ellicott City, Md./Marriotts Ridge), Kelsey Major (Eldersburg, Md./Liberty), Miranda McCoy (Hanover, Md./McDonogh), Caitlin Miller (Frederick, Md./Tuscarora), Laura Osborne (Chesapeake Beach, Md./Huntingtown), Sarah Turco (Phoenix, Md./Mercy) and Tianna Wallpher (Ellicott City, Md./Mt. Hebron) will be joining the Retrievers' squad for the 2015 season.

Cardina, an attacker, helped Manheim Township High School to a 46-6 record over the last two seasons and its fifth straight District Three championship in 2013. During her junior campaign, the Blue Streaks made it to the PIAA semifinals.

"Gabby is a long, smooth and talented athlete who works her tail off," explained Giro. "She is able to put a lot of pressure on opposing defenses because she is equal parts scorer and feeder. Over time, we think she can develop into an outstanding midfielder and help us all over the field."

Crocetti is a two-time US Lacrosse Baltimore Metro Second Team attacker from Maryvale Preparatory School. She helped the Lions to an Interscholastic Athletic Association of Maryland A Conference finals in 2012 and the semifinals in 2013. Crocetti was named a Maryland Youth Lacrosse Association All-Star as a freshman. The Joppa, Md. native, played club with the North Eastern Maryland Select.

"Kalyn is a physical presence on the interior of the eight and has great size which allows her to see the field in a different way," said Giro. "She is very committed to her craft and has had the benefit of competing against great players on a daily basis."

Davey was an Under Armour Underclassmen All-American and an All-Howard County First Team midfielder as a junior at Marriotts Ridge High School, after finishing the year with 48 goals, 17 assists and 48 draw controls. Davey has 101 goals and 37 goals in her career en route to a pair of Maryland state titles with the Mustangs. The Ellicott City, Md. native, earned a No. 3 ranking at the ESPN High School Lax Inception in 2012, in addition to competing in the US Lacrosse All-Star Tournament in 2011. Davey competed with the M&D 2014 Black club team.

"Marissa is a proven winner," admitted Giro. "She brings a major presence to the draw circle and is a problem for defenses, with and without the ball, on the attacking end. She is the type of athlete who is very good at everything she does. We can't wait to plug her in and let her go to work."

Major is an All-Carroll County Second Team goalkeeper from Liberty High School. She had a standout junior campaign, posting the highest save percentage in Carroll County en route to All-Monocacy Valley Athletic League Conference First Team honors. Major is a five-year goalkeeper on the Hero's Tournament club lacrosse team.

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