Nov. 14, 2005
COLLEGE PARK, Md. - Maryland women's lacrosse coach Cindy Timchal has announced the signing of seven high school seniors to National Letters of Intent to play lacrosse for the Terps beginning with the 2006-07 school year.
Giving the coach signatures are: Katie Gallagher (Pennsauken, N.J.), Patty Kelly (Timonium, Md.), Caitlyn McFadden (Phoenix, Md.), Allison Perkins (Annapolis, Md.), Amanda Spinnenweber (Pasadena, Md.), Maggie Stout (Towson, Md.) and Karissa Taylor (Easton, Md.)
"This is one of the best classes we've ever recruited here at Maryland," Timchal said of the class. "We are proud that the top talent in the state chose to continue their playing careers here, and are excited for them to make an impact as soon as they arrive on campus. We feel that this group has to be considered as one of the top in the country."
Bios for the 2006-07 signees:
Pennsauken, N.JCamden Catholic Three-sport standout at Camden Catholic ... tallied 74 goals and 36 assists in her junior season ... was named all-conference, all-group and All-South Jersey ... also a team captain and MVP ... member of the 2005 Upper Atlantic Team No. 1 at the National School Girls Tournament ... also a standout soccer player earning All-South Jersey as well as all-league recognition ... team captain in both soccer and basketball in addition to lacrosse ... chose Maryland over Delaware, Rutgers, Drexel and St. Joseph's.
Timchal on Gallagher: "Katie is a tall, strong player with great athleticism. She's an excellent basketball player and she applies all of those physical skills to make her a great lacrosse player."
Timonium, Md./Roland Park Country School
Local product who committed to the Terps early in her junior year ... an 11-time letterwinner in three sports ... awarded the C. Markland Kelly Award for athletic achievement ... was on the Skywalkers 2006 Blue Team that claimed the Draw and Galaxy national championship ... played with incoming Terp recruits Caitlyn McFadden and Maggie Stout on that club team ... grandfather Bernie Ulman was a three-sport athlete for the Terps from 1938-43 ... both parents also graduated from the University of Maryland.
Timchal on Kelly: "Patty is a kid whose work ethic is infectious on those around her. She's such a good defender because she has a tough attitude and works so hard at all times. She has a great engine out on the field."
Phoenix, Md./Notre Dame Prep
Standout player at Notre Dame Prep ... named to the 2005 High School Baltimore/Washington Tewaaraton Team ... two-time All-Baltimore County selection ... first team All-Met honoree by the Baltimore Sun ... named Interscholastic Athletic Association of Maryland (IAAM) All-Star in 2005 ... twice selected to the Towson Times first team ... helped her team to the IAAM title in 2003 ... also excels in soccer where she earned first team All-Baltimore County honors ... chose Maryland over Virginia, North Carolina and Georgetown.
Timchal on McFadden: "Caitlyn is unquestionably one of the top players in the country. She's extremely fast through the midfield and is a great two-way player. She's obviously an exceptional all-around player, but what separates Caitlyn from other players is her competitive drive and her natural leadership skills. We are excited for her to begin what will be a tremendous career in College Park."
Annapolis, Md./St. Mary's
Set a high school single season record with 106 assists as a junior at St. Mary's ... earned high school All-America honors ... selected by the Washington Post and Baltimore Sun as the Anne Arundel County Player of the Year in 2005 ... was also an All-Met selection by the Washington Post and Baltimore Sun ... team MVP ... helped her team to the Interscholastic Athletic Association of Maryland (IAAM) title ... helped the Mid-Atlantic team to the championship at the 2005 year's National School Girls Tournament ... All-Galaxy first team.
Timchal on Perkins: "Allison has amazing vision and an innate ability to find the open player. She is quick and has good size, and her unselfishness with the ball makes the players around her better."
Pasadena, Md./Chesapeake HS
Team's leading scorer in each of her three seasons at Chesapeake High ... as a junior was named the Capitol Gazette's Athlete of the Year ... also earned high school All-America honors ... second team All-Met ... two-time all-county honoree ... plays club for CCLax ... earned all-county recognition in soccer and basketball ... sister Lynnea plays basketball for UMBC ... chose the Terps over Northwestern, Brown, Penn State, Notre Dame and North Carolina.
Timchal on Spinnenweber: "Amanda is an exceptional athlete with supreme physical gifts. She can make things happen anywhere on the field merely with her athletic ability."
Towson, Md./Notre Dame Prep
High school teammate of Caitlyn McFadden at Notre Dame Prep ... second team all-county honoree ... helped team to the Interscholastic Athletic Association of Maryland (IAAM) title in 2003 ... was on the Skywalkers 2006 Blue Team that claimed the Draw and Galaxy national championship ... played with incoming Terp recruits Caitlyn McFadden and Patty Kelly on that club team ... chose the Terps over James Madison, Boston, Virginia Tech and Hofstra.
Timchal on Stout: "Maggie is a strong, tough player. She's an aggressive defender who isn't afraid of one-on-one situations. She has the mentality that she is going to shut down her opponent which gives her an edge.
Easton, Md./Easton HS
Three-year letterwinner in lacrosse at Easton High ... led the team in goals and assists as a sophomore (44g/18a) and senior (49g/22a) ... also has a team-best 239 groundballs in those two seasons ... high school All-America honoree in 2004 ... team captain as a junior and an all-conference first team selection ... helped team to the conference and regional titles in 2003 ... plays club for CCLax and was a member of the All-Galaxy team ... chose Maryland over Georgetown, North Carolina, Northwestern, Johns Hopkins and Princeton.
Timchal on Taylor: "Karissa is one of the fastest players in the country. She is a good scorer but is also aggressive defensively which helps make her the total package. With her speed, she will cause a lot defenses trouble."