James Madison Adds Three More Recruits for 2015 Season

HARRISONBURG, Va., May 2, 2014 James Madison lacrosse received three additional commitments for the 2014-15 season, head coach Shelley Klaes-Bawcombe announced today. Brooks Lawler, Kristen Gaudian and Katie deMuth each join the Dukes this fall.

[See below for the original announcement about recruits for 2014-2015.]

Lawler is a transfer from the University of Alaska Fairbanks, having spent the past year with the club ice hockey team, after competing for two seasons at Northwestern University for the women's lacrosse squad. She led UAF to the American Collegiate Hockey Association National Tournament this past year. At Northwestern, she played in 35 games for the Wildcats with three starts and earned Academic All-American honors. In high school, she was an All-American at McDonogh School in Baltimore, Maryland, where she was selected to the All-Tewaaraton Team in 2010.

"Brooks' will bring two years of eligibility to JMU and is expected to make an immediate impact on our program," Klaes-Bawcombe stated. "Her speed, agility, skill and competitiveness will be an asset to our program and provide depth in the midfield position."

Gaudian hails from Lake Braddock Secondary School in Burke, Virginia. As a junior, she ranked fifth in the Washington Post for goals, improving on her ranking of sixth as a sophomore. She had already eclipsed the 200-goal mark heading into her senior campaign. She also competed in cross country, track & field and field hockey for the Bruins. Off the field, she was a state finalist at the DECA State Leadership conference for her project on teen depression awareness.

"Kristen has tremendous size and quickness," Klaes-Bawcombe described. "She is a tough, hard-nosed player that knows how to get to the net, and we are so excited about Kristen's desire to compete at JMU."

Rounding out the new commitments is deMuth, a native of Baltimore, Maryland. She is a team captain for the Roland Park Country School lacrosse team as a senior. She has also competed on the tennis, swimming and indoor track teams for the Reds. deMuth is an honor-roll student, is a member of the French National Honors Society and was awarded Roland Park's Unsung Hero honor.

"Katie is a physical defender who has great positioning and leadership potential," Klaes-Bawcombe said. "She is a smart player who knows how to use her strength to take space away, relying on great angles in her one-on-one defense."

Second-seeded JMU opens the CAA championship tournament tonight with its semifinal game against third-seeded Delaware. The Dukes and Blue Hens face off at 7:30 p.m. in Williamsburg, Va. at Martin Family Stadium at Albert-Daly Field.

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HARRISONBURG, Va., Dec. 20, 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, Haley 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.

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