July 11, 2008
ANNAPOLIS, Md. -- The Navy women's lacrosse program will welcome a talented group of 13 incoming freshmen for the 2009 campaign, head coach Cindy Timchal announced. The freshman class consists of players hailing from six states, including six from Maryland, two each from Massachusetts and North Carolina, and one from New York, New Jersey, and Tennessee.
The Class of 2012, Navy's second fully recruited class as a varsity program, figures to factor largely in the Midshipmen's continued rise up the collegiate ranks of Division I women's lacrosse.
"We are obviously very excited to be bringing in our second full recruiting class here," said Timchal. "We have assembled an athletic and talented incoming group and we expect these young women to play a major role in shaping the future successes of the Navy women's lacrosse program."
Navy made the decision to elevate the team to varsity status in the June of 2006, and kicked off its Division I tenure in impressive fashion, wrapping up its inaugural campaign with a 13-4 mark, setting the NCAA record for most wins by a first-year program.
"With such an exciting first season behind us, we are now focused on building on those efforts and working towards our goals of contending for a Patriot League Championship, and ultimately, advancing into the NCAA Tournament," Timchal added.
The Mids return another underclassmen-laden squad in 2009, which includes eight of the team's top-10 scorers from the nation's second-highest scoring offense a year ago.
Navy Women's Lacrosse Class of 2012
Madison Bell - 5-6 - Attack - Baltimore, Md. - Eastern Technical
A 2008 graduate of Eastern Technical High School in Essex, Md. where she earned four letters in lacrosse ... garnered first-team all-division and all-county honorable mention honors in `08 ... two-time captain, she earned team MVP honors all four years ... also a four-year letterwinner in soccer ... served as senior captain, leading squad to four county titles and a state championship in 2005 ... member of the Student Government Association and National Honor Society ... full name is Madison Alexandria Bell ... daughter of John and Suzanne Bell ... born September 30, 1990 in Baltimore, Md.
Sarah Bull - 5-3 - Midfield - Greensboro, N.C. - Western Guilford
A 2008 graduate of Western Guilford High School in Greensboro, N.C. where she earned four letters in lacrosse ... two-time Academic All-American ... two-time team captain, she earned all-state, all-conference and team MVP accolades her junior and senior seasons ... led Western Guilford to three conference titles from 2006-08 ... also lettered in swimming ... U.S. Marine Corps Distinguished Athlete Award recipient ... member of National Honor Society, French Honor Society and Beta Club ... full name is Sarah Elizabeth Bull ...daughter of Steve and Kelly Bull ... born November 15, 1989 in Phoenix, Ariz.
Abby Ellis - 5-8 - Midfield - Ooltewah, Tenn. - Girls Preparatory School
A 2008 graduate of Girls Preparatory School in Chattanooga, Tenn. where she earned four letters in lacrosse ... earned second-team all-state recognition as a junior ... Academic All-American nominee in 2007... served as team captain and was voted team MVP as a senior ...helped team earn a spot in state semifinals in 2006 and the state quarters in '07 ... one of three Tennessee lacrosse players chosen to the Southeast Team 1 that participated in the National Showcase Tournament at Lehigh University ... also excelled as a goalkeeper with the GPS soccer team ... led team to 2005 regional championship ... played with Express club squad that won a state title in 2007 ... earned Director's Award for orchestra .... member of Beta Club, Band on the Run, and Race for the Cure participant ... full name is Abigale Marie Ellis ... daughter of Tom and Janelle Ellis ... born July 7, 1990 in Orlando, Fla.
Meghan Hughes - 5-11 - Defense - Stevensville, Md. - Kent Island
A 2007 graduate of Kent Island High School in Stevensville, Md. where she earned four letters in lacrosse ... attended NAPS during the 2007-08 academic year ... served as team captain her senior season ... led team to a pair of conference titles ... earned the team's Most Aggressive award as a freshman and Toughest Player distinction as a sophomore ... played club lacrosse with Navy teammate Caitlin Mandrin Hill ... three-sport standout, also earning letters in both basketball (4) and soccer (4) ... served as a senior basketball captain receiving team co-MVP honors ... also was a standout soccer goalie and two-time team captain ... earned North Bayside Conference Player of the Year and first-team all-conference honors as a senior ... member of history and athletic booster clubs ... full name is Meghan Alys Hughes ... daughter of James and Cheryl Hughes ... born February 12, 1989.
Kiersten Jauschnegg - 5-8 - Midfield - Gambrills, Md. - Arundel
A 2008 graduate of Arundel High School in Gambrills, Md. where she earned four letters in lacrosse ... two-time all-county midfielder ... served as team captain her senior season ... named defensive MVP as a junior ... four-sport athlete also earned letters in soccer (3), basketball (2), and volleyball (1) ... served as soccer captain her junior and senior seasons ... helped basketball team to county titles in 2007 and 2008 ... served as student government vice-president ... member of National Honor Society and Spanish National Honor Society ... full name is Kiersten Joy Jauschnegg ... daughter of Nick and Karen Jauschnegg ... born April 26, 1990 in Annapolis, Md.
Brigid Jurgens - 6-0 - Defense - Wilbraham, Mass. - Wilbraham & Monson Academy
A 2008 graduate of Wilbraham & Monson Academy in Wilbraham, Mass. where she earned four letters in lacrosse ... served as team captain as a senior ... earned team MVP honors her junior season ... also earned letters in field hockey (4) and swimming (4) ... standout breaststroke and freestyle swimmer ... senior captain and team MVP, she graduated with school records in the breaststroke and as a member of 400 medley relay squad ... also earned field hockey MVP honors while serving as team captain her senior season ... Bicentennial Scholar and member of Cum Laude Society ... earned the George E. Rogers award given to the top student-athlete of graduating high school class ... full name is Brigid Margaret Jurgens ... daughter of James and Catherine Jurgens ... born June 10, 1990 in Wilbraham, Mass.
Kierstin King - 5-3 - Midfield - Upperco, Md. - Hereford
A 2008 graduate of Hereford High School in Parkton, Md. where she earned four letters in lacrosse ... two-time Academic All-American ... also excelled in soccer, where she earned four letters as a two-time team captain and one of the team's top defenders ... also earned a letter as a middle distance runner on Hereford's indoor track team ... received Maryland Distinguished Scholar Honorable Mention recognition and was member of Future Business Leaders of America, National Honor Society and National Art Honor Society ... full name is Kierstin Lauren King ... daughter of Jeffery and Beth King ... father is a member of U.S. Navy's Construction Battalion ... born January 30, 1990, in Baltimore, Md.
Laura Nevin - 5-11 - Defense - Hampstead, Md. - Mount De Sales
A 2008 graduate of Mount De Sales Academy in Catonsville, Md. where she earned three letters in lacrosse ... served as team captain her senior season ... also earned two-letters as a middle hitter and senior captain on volleyball squad ... member of National Honor Society, National English Honor Society and Culinary Arts Club ... aan honor roll student all four years ... Maryland Distinguished Scholar Honorable Mention ... attended same high school as Navy teammate Meg Decker ... full name is Laura Mary Nevin ... daughter of Christopher and Joyce Nevin ... sister, Colleen, is a junior starting defender on the University of Louisville lacrosse team ... sister, Kelly, plays collegiate volleyball at Loyola College in Baltimore ... born November 30, 1990, in Hampstead, Md.
Marilyn Pendlyshok - 5-8 - Midfield - Medford, N.J. - Shawnee
A 2008 graduate of Shawnee High School in Medford, N.J. where she earned four letters in lacrosse ... helped nationally-ranked Shawnee squad to a four-year mark of 81-6-1 ... team finished 2008 season with a 20-1 record and a No. 10 ranking in the national high school coaches' poll ... member of four league championship teams ... also earned letters in swimming (3) and field hockey (4) ... played on 2007 field hockey state championship squad ... member of National Honor Society, Habitat for Humanity, and student council ... also served as class historian ... modeled for Barbizon ... full name is Marilyn Claire Pendlyshok ... daughter of Charles Pendlyshok and Lisa Post ... born November 17, 1990 in Voorhees, N.J.
Elaina Ponchione - 5-8 - Goalkeeper - Silver Spring, Md. - Our Lady of Good Counsel
A 2008 graduate of Our Lady Good Counsel High School in Olney, Md. where she earned three letters in lacrosse ... twice earned U.S. Lacrosse Academic All-American accolades ... three-time first-team all-conference honoree ... led Good Counsel to a four-year record of 71-15-1 and four Washington Catholic Athletic Conference titles ... two-time All-Gazette Honorable Mention ... also earned all-Met honorable mention recognition in 2007 ... represented Mid-Atlantic region in Women's National Tournament in 2006 and `07 ... earned Windy City Classic Defensive MVP honors in 2006 ... member of National Honor Society, National Society of High School Scholars and Xaverian Leadership formation program ... has spent time as an instructor for children with physical disabilities ... full name is Elaina Nicole Ponchione ... daughter of John Brett and Danielle Ponchione ... father lettered in baseball and football at Carnegie Mellon from 1978-82 ... born October 15, 1989 in Silver Spring, Md.
Sue Truelove - 5-6 - Midfield - Duxbury, Mass. - Phillips Exeter Academy
A 2008 graduate of Phillips Exeter Academy in Exeter, N.H. where she earned two letters in lacrosse ... named to New England Prep School All-Star team in 2008 ... served as senior team captain ... represented region as member of Upper New England squad at 2007 Women's National Tournament ... also earned letters in soccer (3) and indoor track (2) while at Phillips Exeter ... two-time soccer captain and team MVP ... played with South Shore Select soccer club that captured the 2005 Massachusetts Premier League State Championship ... competed in the 800-meter run as member of track team ... graduated with honors ... member of student council, stage jazz band and concert band ... full name is Susan Catharine Truelove ... daughter of John and Julie Truelove ...brother, Bill, was a member of the Duke sailing team from 2002-06 ... born April 6, 1990 in Boston, Mass.
Dani Vivonetto - 5-5 - Midfield - Rocky Point, N.Y. - Rocky Point
A 2008 graduate of Rocky Point High School in Rocky Point, N.Y. where she earned five letters in lacrosse ... two-time All-American Honorable Mention and Academic All-American ... led team to four league and county championships and an overall 68-10 mark from 2005-08 ... three-time team captain, team MVP, and all-county selection ... earned all-league honors five times ... member of Long Island Empire State team from 2006-08 ... also earned letters in soccer (4) and indoor track (1) ... team captain and all-league defender on soccer team ... class president and member of Student Council, National Honor Society and Principal Honor Roll ... full name is Danielle Alexa Vivonetto ... daughter of Salvatore and Sandra Vivonetto ... brother and sister both play collegiate lacrosse ... brother, Jack, is a defenseman and team captain at Hofstra ... sister, Victoria, is a junior on the Iona College lacrosse team ... born April 14, 1990 in Rocky Point, N.Y.
Morgan Williams - 5-10 - Defense - Chapel Hill, N.C. - East Chapel Hill - Purdue University
A 2007 graduate of East Chapel Hill in Chapel Hill, N.C. where she earned three letters in lacrosse ... garnered second-team all-state (N.C.) and first-team all-conference accolades as a senior captain ... earned Team Player award and all-conference honors during her junior year ... helped team to state runner-up finish in 2005 ... also earned four letters as member of field hockey team where she was named first-team all-region and all-conference as a junior ... earned Coaches award her sophomore season ... helped team to 2003 and 2004 state titles ... ECHHS Integrity Honors Scholar and member of Honor Council and Japanese club ... twice participated in National Japan Bowl, a national academic competition held in Washington, D.C. ... served as an assistant program coordinator for the Japanese Exchange Program ... full name is Morgan Allison Williams ... daughter of Giles and Beverly Williams ... sister, Elizabeth, earned two letters in field hockey at Princeton ... born April 3, 1989.