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Women’s recruits: Monmouth adds Lutts (Glenelg), Ryan (Kent Island)

Thursday, 31st January 2013

Categories College, Girl's/Women's, Recruiting, Posted 1/31/13
From Press Release

Monmouth University head lacrosse coach Denise Wescott has announced the signing of five student-athletes to the class of 2017.

Ashley Cross (Fairfax, Va./Bishop O’Connell), Kendall Lutts (Ellicott City, Md./Glenelg), Sophia Ryan (Stevensville, Md./Kent Island), Carly Sane (Clifton, Va./Centerville) and Alexandra Stambaugh (Harrisburg, Pa./Central Dauphin East) have signed National Letters of Intent to play for the Hawks starting in the 2014 season. The Hawks bolstered their offense with three attack players and two midfielders in the class.

“This class has a lot of talent and we are excited to have them join the Monmouth Lacrosse Family,” said head coach Denise Wescott. “Collectively this group has an impressive lacrosse heritage coming from strong high school backgrounds, and playing in high school championships. They have passion, a desire to be successful, and we are hopeful they will commit to our goal of raising the bar to be a strong contender when we play next season in the MAAC.”

Cross, who hails from Fairfax, Virginia, will play attack for the Hawks after playing midfield at Bishop O’Connell High School. As a junior in 2012, Cross helped lead her squad to a 16-5 record and a third place finish in the state. She earned Second Team All-WCAC honors as a freshman, sophomore and junior when she led the Knights in ground balls, draw controls and assists. Cross, who plays with Capital Lacrosse Club, was a third team DC Metro Area selection in 2012.

“Ashley has a great knowledge base in the sport and works to grow as a player all the time,” said Wescott. “She is strong around the 8 meter area, and uses her speed and game sense to create a lot offensively. She will also help our ride, getting doubles on the ball to create turnovers.”

Lutts heads into her senior season at Glenelg High School where she’s helped lead the Gladiators to a 24-5 record over the last two seasons. The midfielder, who plays her club lacrosse with the Rebels, was an All-County honorable mention selection in 2012. Lutts also plays field hockey for the perennial state champion Gladiators.

“Kendall has wonderful stick skills and reads the game well,” said Wescott. “She is an excellent student and will use her knowledge to raise our lacrosse I.Q. making quick decisions on the field.”

Ryan, who plays high school lacrosse at Kent Island, will play attack for the Hawks. Last season the midfielder, who also plays attack, helped lead the Buccaneers to a 13-6 record and a Bayside Conference playoff appearance. The athletic Ryan is also a second team all-conference selection in indoor track for Kent Island. She plays her club lacrosse on the MD United squad.

“Sophia is strong, she uses her power to get to goal very aggressively,” said Wescott. “She is also a powerful shooter which should help our range of shots. She can also tackle back well defensively.”

Sane, a Centereville High School product will play in the midfield for the Hawks. She was named a First Team All-Concorde District selection in 2012, when she helped lead the Wildcats to a 14-3 record and a second place finish. Sane was a second team all-district selection in 2011 and also earned the Coaches Award. Sane is a club teammate of Cross on the Capital Lacrosse squad.

“Carly has a smooth stick and is wonderful in transition,” said Wescott. “She moves the ball towards the cage to help get off shots. She also has defensive presence, and will help our midfield play.”

Stambaugh, who has amassed 105 goals over the last few seasons, will play attack for the Hawks. The Central Dauphin East product is a two-time Patriot News Big 11 First team selection (2011, 2012) and a three-time team offensive MVP. Stambaugh was named captain as a junior. She is also a three-time Mid-Penn All-Star in field hockey for the Panthers. Stambaugh plays on the XTreme Club lacrosse team.

“Alex brings in height which we will use around the draw, and getting possession of the ball,” said Wescott. “She has grown so much in the last year as a player, and has so much potential at this next level of play. Alex is also very involved with lots of committees and activities at her high school. I know she will be involved in many aspects on our campus.”

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