UMass Lowell Unveils Roster for Inaugural Lacrosse Season

LOWELL, Mass. UMass Lowell women's lacrosse head coach Carissa Medeiros unveiled the complete roster for the River Hawks' inaugural season on Monday.

"Our coaching staff is eager to get underway with year one," said Medeiros. "We know we have a lot of work to do to get ready, but we will be focused on all of the little things, and growing together one day at a time. We can't control for our lack of experience, but we can control our stick skills and fitness levels, so those will be our main focuses in the fall. Building a sense of tradition and team unity will also be a major theme to instill in these young players, as we look at the bigger picture and try to lay the groundwork for a competitive Division I future."

Coach Medeiros looks to incoming freshmen Courtney Barrett (South Burlington, Vt.), Jenn Guen (Braintree, Mass.), Jesse Jay (Amherst, N.H.), Devon McKercher (Vestal, N.Y.), Sheila Nolan (Massapequa Park, N.Y.), Micaela Sanborn (Chelmsford, Mass.) and Taylor Sokol (Hopkinton, Mass.) to lead the 2015 squad.

Barrett, a goalkeeper, was a three-year member of the varsity lacrosse team at South Burlington where she helped lead her squad to three state championships. The team captain was a 2014 US Lacrosse All-American and a 2013 Brine Lacrosse All-American. A two-time All-Conference First Team selection, Barrett was named the Most Valuable Defensive Player of the Year for her team in 2013. She also played ice hockey and field hockey for South Burlington, earning All-Conference in both those sports, as well.

"We are eager to have Courtney coming in to anchor our defense," said Medeiros. "She capped her high school career with a US Lacrosse All-American nod, so to have someone with her successful experience at the helm of our defensive unit should prove to be extremely beneficial. She is focused and goal-driven, and I have no doubt that she will be a tremendous asset for the back line of our first-year team."

Guen, a midfielder, played four years of varsity lacrosse at Braintree, earning Bay State Conference First Team All-Star and Patriot Ledger All-Scholastic Team honors during her career. She received her squad's Unsung Hero Award as a senior and MVP Award as a junior. Guen also played three years of varsity basketball and soccer, helping her basketball squad to the 2014 New York State title, in addition to three Bay State Conference Championships and South Sectional Championships.

"Jenn flew under the Division I recruiting radar," explained Medeiros. "She suffered an untimely injury during a peak recruiting season and went somewhat unnoticed. When she sent me her highlight video, I was blown away that someone with her level of skill had not yet committed. We are extremely excited about what she will bring to the table. She is a tenacious goal scorer, strong defender and overall excellent athlete."

Sanborn, a midfielder, was a four-year varsity letterwinner and a two-time captain at Chelmsford. Her team's Most Valuable Player, Sanborn was a three-time Boston Globe All-Star Team and Merrimack Valley All-Conference selection. She was twice named to the Lowell Sun All-Star Team and was a member of the Lower New England Woman's National Lacrosse Team as a junior. Sanborn also participated in varsity indoor track for three years and varsity field hockey for two, running the 4x4 at the New Balance National Track Meet in New York City as a sophomore.

"Micaela was one of the first athletes to contact the UMass Lowell Women's Lacrosse program," commented Medeiros. "She is a great athlete who is extremely enthusiastic about coming to Lowell and being part of a first-year program. She has great speed and defensive instincts, as well as a balanced style of attack that will undoubtedly help us all over the field."

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