COLLEGE PARK, Md. -
Head coach Cathy Reese announced Maryland's latest signing class Wednesday. The highly-touted class is slated to begin its tenure with the Terps in the fall of 2013.
This year's nine-member class consists of players from three different states including five from Maryland. The four-time defending ACC champions will kick off the 2013 season with an exhibition against Japan on Feb. 1 in College Park.
Ithaca, NY 5'6" Midfield
Before Maryland: Attended Brewster High School (2009-11) and then Ithaca High School (2011-13)....competed in lacrosse, field hockey and basketball...has tallied 292 goals and 105 assists heading into senior campaign....tabbed Putnam County Athlete of the Year in 2011...a three-time all-section and four-time all-league pick...a First Team All-American in 2011 and a three-time national school girl selection...also competed for Westchester Elite and Star Riders.
Personal: Full name is Lindsay Rose Biondi...daughter of Michael and Laura Biondi...has one twin brother, Doug and two older sisters, Emily and Kaitlan...Doug is slated to play lacrosse at Hartford...father was an All-American in lacrosse at Ithaca College and also played football...mother played lacrosse at Ithaca...volunteer for Camp Good Days for children with cancer...lists her sports hero as Michael Phelps...major is undecided.
Farmingdale, NY 5'8" Defense
Before Maryland: Three-sport standout in soccer, basketball and lacrosse... a 2011 and 2012 all-county pick... 2012 Underclass All-American... led Farmingdale to the 2010 New York State Lacrosse Championship... a three-time all-county selection in basketball... two-time all-class pick in soccer ... also competed for the Long Island Yellow Jackets club lacrosse team.
Personal: Full name is Nadine Hadnagy ... daughter of Mike and Leslie Hadnagy... has two brothers, Nick and Keith... came to Maryland because she "loved the coaches, the team and the campus"... undecided on major.
Before Maryland: Excelled in lacrosse and soccer at Foothill... a first team all-league and all-county pick in 2011 and 2012... named her team's defensive player of the year in 2012... tabbed to WDNT team in 2011 and 2012... a member of the Under Armour Underclassman team in 2011, 2012... named to ESPN Class of 2013 Watchlist... named Impact/MVP in 2011... squad was S-C-E League Champs in 2011... awarded Heart Award and named to all star team at Western Winners Showcase in 2011... second team all-league selection in 2010.
Personal: Full name is Emily Anne Kift... daughter of William and Sarah Kift... brother, Bryan Kift, plays club lacrosse at UCLA... came to Maryland because of "the beautiful campus, awesome coaches, awesome players, and the great opportunity"... aspires to be a collegiate lacrosse coach after graduation...biggest sports thrill was beating her high school's rival, which ended their 52-game winning streak... taught herself how to ride a unicycle... undecided on major.
Ellicott City, Md. 5'6" Defense
Marriotts Ridge HS
Before Maryland: Three-sport athlete at Marriotts Ridge, competing in lacrosse, indoor track and soccer...helped guide Marriotts Ridge to state title in 2011...Under Armour All American in 2012...all-county second team selection in 2012...tabbed to Baltimore Metro team in 2011 and 2012...also competed for Hero's Lacrosse Club.
Personal: Full name is Alexandra Karin McKay...daughter of Wendell and Kimberly McKay...father played football at Maryland...has one brother, Zach...a Special Olympics volunteer coach in flag football...named a computer science rising star in 2010...lists her sports hero as Ray Lewis...chose Maryland for the "amazing people and to be close to family"...undecided on major.
Catonsville, Md. 5'8" Midfield
Before Maryland: Three-sport standout in soccer, basketball and lacrosse at Catonsville... a first team all-division and all-county pick in 2011 and 2012...2012 Catonsville Times Athlete of the Year... a US Lacrosse All-American and Baltimore Sun Athlete of the Week in 2012... snagged Second Team All-Metro honors in 2012... also a second team all-county and all-division selection in soccer... member of the Hero's Lacrosse Club.
Personal: Full name is Deborah Patricia Milani... daughter of Mike and Joanne Milani... volunteers at Best Buddies club... member of the Spanish Club... came to Maryland because "I have always loved the Terps, and Maryland is a great school with an awesome lacrosse program"... undecided on major.
Locust Valley, NY 5'4" Attack
Locust Valley HS
Before Maryland: Four year standout in field hockey and lacrosse at Locust Valley... a Nassau All-County pick in 2011 and 2012... 2011-2012 US Lacrosse National School Girls Tournament Long Island-Metro First Team... 2012 Under Armour Underclassman All-American... 2012 Inside Lacrosse Magazine Rising Senior Watch List...2012 US Lacrosse All-American Scholar Athlete... 2012 ESPN High School All-American...2011-2012 Newsday All-Long Island Second Team... ranked #22 on the 2011 ESPN Rising Juniors ... 2010 U15 US Lacrosse National Champion... also an all-county pick and Newsday All-Long Island Second Team in 2011 in field hockey...member of the Long Island Yellow Jackets club lacrosse team.
Personal: Full name is Bairre Frances Reilly...daughter of John and Kathleen Reilly... has one brother, Conner and one sister, Addie... Addie plays lacrosse and field hockey at Fairfield... member of the National Honors Society and Locust Valley High Honor Roll... volunteers at Oak Neck Athletic Council, Locust Valley Middle School and Greenville Baker Boys and Girls Club... chose Maryland because it has "every aspect of the kind of team I wanted to be a part of and it has everything I am looking for academically"... undecided on major.
Howard County, Md. 5'7" Midfield
Marriotts Ridge HS
Before Maryland: A US Lacrosse All-American in 2011 and 2012...Under Armour Underclass All-American in 2010 and 2012....Howard County Player of the Year (2011, '12)...led Marriotts Ridge to the state title in 2011...Baltimore Sun and Washington Post All-Met in 2012...also a second team all-county selection in soccer... member of M&D 2013 Black...also played basketball for Marriotts Ridge.
Personal: Full name is Zoe Jacqueline Stukenberg...daughter of Dawn Ledbetter and Dudley Stukenberg...mother was a diver at Johns Hopkins...has one brother Max and one sister Emma...National Honors Society 2011-13...member of Student Government Association...chose Maryland because it's "an amazing school with a great team and coaches"...major is undecided.
Severna Park, Md. 5'4" Midfield
Severna Park HS
Before Maryland: Played at Severna Park High School... two time state champion in lacrosse... named First Team All Metro by both the Washington Post and the Baltimore Sun in 2012... named a US Lacrosse All-American... named to the 2012 Under Armour Underclassmen Baltimore Team... Capital Gazette's Girl's Lacrosse Player of the Year in 2012... also participated in soccer and track at Severna Park where she was a state champion in 2012.
Personal: Full name is Morgan Olivia Torggler... born in Milton Keynes, England...daughter of Matt and Sheila Torggler... father played lacrosse at Hobart, winning four national championships... member of the National Honors Society as well as on the Student Government Association at Severna Park...major is undecided.
Before Maryland: Three-year varsity letterwinner at Blake, scoring 208 goals and tallying 63 assists in high school... two-time First Team All-Gazette selection... named a US Lacrosse All-American and All-Academic Team in 2012... selected to play on the Under Armour DC Underclassmen All-Star team in 2011... a four-year player on the varsity field hockey team at Blake, scoring 56 goals... also a starter on the Blake basketball team where she set the career assists record with 284... competed for M&D 2013 Black.
Personal: Full name is Caroline Brett Wannen...daughter of Mark and Lois Wannen... has three older siblings; Kyle, Molly, and Nicky... Molly played lacrosse at William & Mary... member of the Student Government Association and National Honors Society in high school... won the Scholar Athlete Award six times while at James Hubert Blake... if she could play another sport at Maryland it would be field hockey... undecided on her major.