Saint Joseph's Announces Lacrosse Recruiting Class of 2020
PHILADELPHIA – Saint Joseph's women's lacrosse head coach Alex Kahoe has announced the incoming Class of 2020, which features 11 freshmen, including nine from across Pennsylvania and New Jersey as well as additions from North Carolina and England.
With the departure of five seniors, including a pair of starters, from last year's team, this incoming group comprised of eight midfielders, an attacker, a defender, and a goalkeeper will add to a Hawks squad that is coming off of one of the best seasons in program history, which was capped by a run at the 2016 Atlantic 10 championship tournament.
New to Hawk Hill are Hope Anhut (Skillman, N.J./Hopewell Valley Central), Maria Bio (Whippany, N.J./Mount Saint Dominic Academy), Bridget Cerciello (Center Valley, Pa./Southern Lehigh), Penny Green (Herefordshire, England/Malvern St James), Caroline Heath (Newtown Square, Pa./Merion Mercy Academy), Sara Hughes (Audubon, Pa./Methacton), Laura Lasprogata (Ardmore, Pa./Harriton), Abby McGaha (Charlotte, N.C./Myers Park), Julia Pash (Allendale, N.J./Northern Highlands Regional), Sarah Poli (Doylestown, Pa./Central Bucks South), and Olivia Tevis (Penn Valley, Pa./Harriton).
"We are pleased to welcome the Class of 2020 to Hawk Hill," said Kahoe. "They are a class that will come in and make an impact in the classroom and on the lacrosse field. We made great strides forward as a program last year, and we expect this year's incoming class to bring more speed, athleticism and an overall competitive mindset to our team. Our staff is looking forward to working with this class and getting back out on the field with our team."
#25 Hope Anhut • A • 5-8 • Skillman, N.J. • Hopewell Valley Central • Biology A 2016 New Jersey Player of the Year nominee, two-time All-Group 3 Second Team selection, 2015 All-Colonial Valley Conference First Team pick, and 2015 Trenton Times All-Area honoree, Anhut led the Bulldogs to a two-year record of 33-13 over her junior and senior seasons, including an 18-5 record in 2016. The incoming attacker out of Skillman, N.J. earned four varsity letters at Hopewell Valley Central and also lettered in both basketball and tennis. Lacrosse runs in the family as Anhut's mother, Holly, played at Bucknell University.
#2 Maria Bio • M • 5-3 • Whippany, N.J. • Mount Saint Dominic Academy • Biology Bio recorded 313 career points on 252 goals and 61 assists to go with 232 ground balls at Mount Saint Dominic Academy, where she was a four-time All-Conference First Team and All-League First Team pick as well as a selection for the 2016 Senior All-Star Game. The four-year varsity letterwinner and senior team captain also lettered in soccer, where she earned three All-League honors.
#16 Bridget Cerciello • M • 5-5 • Center Valley, Pa. • Southern Lehigh • Business The 2016 Pennsylvania Area Schoolgirls Lacrosse Association Independent League Player of the Year and a two-time U.S. Lacrosse High School Academic All-American, Cerciello led Southern Lehigh to a four-year record of 61-19, including a 20-1 record as a junior, and captained the squad to a pair of district titles. A two-time team MVP, Cerciello scored 181 career goals en route to three All-Area First Team honors. The incoming midfielder out of Center Valley, Pennsylvania, was picked for both the PLA Senior All-Star Game and Angel 34 All-Star Game and also earned selections for the 2015 Central Pennsylvania National Tournament Team and Under Armour All-American Underclassman Philadelphia Team. A three-sport athlete at Southern Lehigh, Cerciello also lettered in soccer and winter track and earned All-League and All-Area honors in soccer.
#4 Penny Green • M • 5-6 • Herefordshire, England • Malvern St James • Business Administration Green brings a high level of international playing experience to this year's squad. A midfielder out of Herefordshire, England, Green was selected to train with the senior squad leading up to the 2017 World Cup in London and has previously competed at the 2015 U-19 World Championships in Edinburgh. Green represented the Wales National Team at three U-19 Home International Tournaments and earned Player of the Tournament accolades in 2014. A product of Malvern St. James, Green earned the school's 2016 Sports Woman of the Year award.
#32 Caroline Heath • M • 5-7 • Newtown Square, Pa. • Merion Mercy Academy • Food Marketing A 2016 Athletic Association of Catholic Academies All-Star selection, Heath won four AACA titles at Merion Mercy Academy, where she led squad in draw controls as a junior and captained the squad as a senior. Heath was a two-sport athlete for the Golden Bears and also lettered in field hockey, earning Defensive Player of the Year honors. Lacrosse runs in the family as Heath's older sister, Allison, played for Saint Joseph's (2012-14) and at Monmouth University.
#29 Sara Hughes • M • 5-4 • Audubon, Pa. • Methacton • Biology Hughes was a three-time PAC-10 selection at Methacton, where the midfielder led the squad to back-to-back runner-up finishes at the PAC-10 Championships. A two-time Academic All-American and All-Area pick, Hughes scored 215 career goals for the Warriors over her four-year career, including 64 as a senior captain. The Audobon, Pennsylvania native earned the squad's 'Attack' MVP Award for three consecutive seasons and was selected to play in the 2016 Philadelphia Senior All-Star Game. A two-sport athlete for the Warriors, Hughes also lettered in soccer at Methacton. Lacrosse runs in the family as Hughes' twin sister, Lauren, plays for Cabrini University.
#3 Laura Lasprogata • M • 5-2 • Ardmore, Pa. • Harriton • Business A two-time All-Central League and All-Main Line First Team selection out of Ardmore, Pennsylvania, Lasprogata recorded 140 goals and 50 assists for her career to lead Harriton to a three-year record of 55-16 and three consecutive district playoff appearances, including a run through the state playoffs as a junior. The incoming midfielder is coming off of a senior season in which she tallied 57 goals and 25 assists en route to being named to the 2016 Philadelphia Area Senior All-Star Game roster. Lasprogata also earned selections to the 2015 Under Armour All-American Underclass Games and 2014 Maximum Exposure All-Star Game. A two-sport athlete at Harriton, Lasprogata added letters in field hockey as a goalkeeper and will also play for SJU's field hockey team this fall.
#24 Abby McGaha • GK • 5-0 • Charlotte, N.C. • Myers Park • Biology McGaha was tabbed a 2016 U.S. High School All-American First Team, 2015 U.S. High School All-American Honorable Mention selection at Myers Park, where the incoming goalkeeper was named the 2016 North Carolina High School Athletic Association Conference 11 Player of the Year after backstopping her squad to the 2016 NCHSAA conference title. A Four-time NCHSAA Conference 11 First Team pick and three-time First Team selection by both The News & Observer and The South Charlotte Weekly, McGaha led Myers Park to four-year record of 57-23, including a 16-4 senior season, and capped her career as the program's recordholder for career saves (725) and single-season saves (267). The Charlotte, North Carolina native was voted the team's MVP as a junior and earned Under Armour Uncommitted All-American honors as a sophomore. Additionally, McGaha was a two-time North Carolina U-17 First Team and North Carolina U-15 First Team choice and a two-time selection to the Powerade State Games West Team.
#20 Julia Pash • M • 5-6 • Allendale, N.J. • Northern Highlands Regional • Business A Three-time All-League and All-Bergen County selection and two-time All-Group 3 pick out of Allendale, New Jersey, Pash led Northern Highlands Regional to a three-year record of 49-3, including a 21-2 record as a junior. The incoming midfielder scored her 100th goal as a senior at NHR and capped her high school career as Northern Highlands Regional's all-time recordholder for single-season assists (151), set this past season. Pash was also an All-County and All-League selection in soccer at Northern Highlands Regional.
#18 Sarah Poli • M • 5-7 • Doylestown, Pa. • Central Bucks South • Business Poli, an incoming midfielder out of Doylestown, Pennsylvania, was a four-time All-Suburban One League selection at Central Bucks South, where she led the Titans to a 15-3 record as a senior en route to the 2016 Suburban One League title. A two-time All-Intelligencer Academic All-American selection and 2014 All-Intelligencer First Team selection, the two-year captain led her squad in scoring for three of her four varsity seasons to earn a trio of Co-MVP awards and the 2013 Offensive MVP nod. Poli was a two-time league pick in volleyball and also lettered in indoor track and field as a three-sport athlete at Central Bucks South.
#33 Olivia Tevis • D • 5-9 • Penn Valley, Pa. • Harriton • Business Tevis earned three varsity letters at Harriton, where she led the Rams to a three-year record of 55-19, which included a 20-5 record as a junior to reach the 2015 PIAA District 1 Finals and PIAA State Quarterfinals. Tevis scored 23 goals as a senior to be named both a 2016 All-Main Line Honorable Mention and 2016 PLA Senior All-Star Game selection and earned 2015 Under Armour Pennsylvania Underclassman Team, 2014 Harriton Lacrosse Rookie of the Year, and 2014 Harriton Girls Athlete of the Year honors throughout her career. A three-sport athlete at Harriton, Tevis also lettered in basketball and soccer. The incoming defender out of Penn Valley, Pennsylvania played club lacrosse for Quaker City Lacrosse.