Jacksonville to Welcome 15 Lacrosse Recruits for 2014-2015

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - Jacksonville lacrosse head coach Mindy McCord has announced that 15 incoming freshmen will join the program in the fall, comprising the Dolphins' class of 2018.

"Paul, Sarah and I worked hard to secure a fantastic group for our JU class of 2018," said Head Coach Mindy McCord. "This is the class that has to replace our awesome senior class from this year and last year, a total of 17 graduates over the past two years. That's why it's a larger class than normal for us. It's full of diversity, speed, skill, and most of all it is chock full of winners."

"The psychology of this class is very strong," continued McCord. "They are coming to JU to win and take the program further than we have gone in the past. While they are talented, we were very careful to only recruit players who wanted to go far beyond their prep-levels of play. The game of lacrosse is a game of inches. The most important inches are the six in between a player's ears. When the mind is engaged and willing to take on a challenge, the future is limitless. When the mind is already full, future growth is limited."

"It's an exciting time. We are excited to work with the group in camp this summer and then in the fall. They're a great group and I want to thank everyone on campus that helped put this class together with us."

Emily Barton
Annapolis, Md. | Broadneck High School | Chesapeake Lacrosse Club

Attended Broadneck High School where she played as a defensive midfielder ... Program was ranked ninth in the nation in her senior campaign ... Assisted team in winning state championships as a junior and earning in-season county title as a senior ... Routinely handled the top offensive players on some of the best teams in the nation ... Two-time track & field regional champion ... All-County Honorable Mention in soccer

Kathleen Bolte
Towson, Md. | Roland Park Country School | Sky Walkers Lacrosse

Led Roland Park to a top-20 national ranking as a senior ... Was mentioned by Inside Lacrosse as one of the top performers at the Elite 120 prospect camp ... Played both midfield and attack ... Also participated in field hockey (defense) and indoor track (mid-distance)

Megan Curley
Manorville, N.Y. | Eastport South Manor | Long Island Yellow Jackets

Standout defensive performer for one of Long Island's top high school and club programs...Amassed 138 ground balls and 42 caused turnovers in three years at Eastport South Manor ... Assisted the team in two County Championships ... Won multiple tournament championships with the Long Jackets

Gabriella Darcangelo
Vero Beach, Fla. | Vero Beach High School | Stickbenders, X Team, LAX Maniax & Barefoot

Attended Vero Beach High School ... Assisted team in capturing three state championships ... Vero Beach team was ranked third in the nation ... Also participated on the varsity weightlifting and swimming teams

Chloe de Grasse
Denver, Colo.| Cherry Creek High School | Team 180

Scored 25 goals and 5 assists for state finalist Cherry Creek during her senior season ... Recorded 15 goals, eight assists and 20 draws as a junior en route to team winning state championship ... Athletic Academic Award recipient ... Colorado All-League and All-Star Team member ... Posted 26 goals and 10 assists in her sophomore campaign and was awarded an All-Conference selection and All-Colorado Honorable Mention

Mackenzie Groark
Delran, N.J. | Delran High School

Scored 58 goals in her junior year and was named an Academic All-American ... Placed on First Team NJ South and twice on Second Team BCSL ... Named one of the top players in South Jersey by the Courier Post ... Scored more than 100 goals in her high school career competing in one of the top prep leagues in the country ... Also, served as her teams soccer captain

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