Women's Lacrosse Announces 11 To The Class of 2016

ALBANY, N.Y. - Head coach John Battaglino of the UAlbany women's lacrosse team announces 11 incoming freshman for the 2013 season. The Great Danes defended their America East Conference Tournament Championship and returned to the NCAA Tournament for the second consecutive time in 2012. UAlbany finished the 2012 season with a 12-6 record overall.

"It is a privilege to introduce our talented 2012 incoming freshman class", said Battaglino in his third season at UAlbany. "They possess great athleticism as they are a skilled, fast, quick and self- motivated bunch that will allow us versatility on the offensive and defensive sides of the ball".

"I have been impressed in seeing their application of new concepts in practice and in scrimmages. They also just look to be enjoying playing and being together on and off the field. The athletes are also embracing the high standards and expectations established by the team. They are doing some good things right now and we're going to get better".

Janeen Bell • Defender • Niskayuna H.S • Niskayuna, N.Y.
A four-year letterwinner at Niskayuna High School ... A two-time First Team Section 2 All-Star ... Two-time Academic All-American ... Was honored with the Niskayuna H.S. Distinguished Athlete Award in 2012 ... Member of the 2011 Adirondack National Team... Played club lacrosse for Albany Elite.

Christine Johnson • Midfielder • Reading H.S. • Reading, Mass.
A four-year letterwinner at Reading High School ... Scored over 150 goals during her four years at Reading ... Three-time All-Star... Was named a captain her senior season ... Was the Middlesex League Player of the Year ... Named to the Boston Globe and Boston Herald All-Scholastic Team ... Played club lacrosse for Team Evo.

Andrea Flood • Midfielder • Liverpool H.S • Liverpool, N.Y.
A three-year letterwinner at Liverpool ... Tallied 109 goals, 23 assists, and 72 ground balls in her career ... Was honored with Liverpool's Dan Spillett Lacrosse Award in 2012 ... Named captain her senior season ... Member of the Upstate National Lacrosse team in 2010 and 2011 ... Off the field, she was a member of the National Honor Society...Played club lacrosse for the Star Riders.

Alexis Drumm • Defender • Tully H.S. • Tully, N.Y.
A three-sport athlete at Tully High School ... Recorded 31 goals and 12 assists as a senior in lacrosse ... Tallied 82 goals and 36 assists for her career ... Also played soccer and volleyball ... Played club lacrosse for the Lady Outlaws.

Amanda Obenshain • Attack • Hamburg H.S. • Hamburg, N.Y.
A four-year letterwinner at Hamburg ... Honored as a First Team All-American by US Lacrosse in 2012 ...Was a two-time All-Western New York Selection ... Named to the Metro All-Star team twice ... She led Section 6 in points (112) and goals (55) her senior campaign ... Played club lacrosse for the Buffalo Wings.

Katherine Sweeney • Midfielder • Berkshire School • Canton, NY.
Lettered in three different sports at Berkshire School ... Named a WNEPSAC All-Star in 2011 ...Member of the 2012 Western New England Championship team... Named the Section 10 MVP as a sophomore ... Also played soccer and ice hockey at Berkshire ... Played club lacrosse for the Different Road Patriots.

Casey Blakeney • Attack/Defender • Wachusett Regional H.S. • Sterling, Mass.
Four-year letterwinner at Wachusett Regional ... Named to the 2012 ESPN MIAA All-State girl's lacrosse watch list ...Received the Coaches' Award... Also played soccer and ran indoor track...Played club lacrosse for Team Evo.

Julie Cryderman • Midfielder • St. Stephen's Secondary School • Bowmanville, Ontario
A member of the Team Canada at the 2011 U-19 FIL World Cup in Hannover, Germany ... A four-year letterwinner at St. Stephen's Secondary ... Won three LOSSA Championships and earned team MVP honors each year... Named the 2012 Female Athlete of the Year ... Won 7 Provinvial Gold Medals with the Blue Knights...Team also won gold at the 2012 Ontario Summer Games...Also competed in volleyball and ice hockey...Played club lacrosse for the Oshawa Blue Knights and Team Edge.

Courtney Henderson • Goalkeeper • Christian Brothers Academy • Jamesville, N.Y.
Two-year letterwinner at Christian Brothers Academy ... Tallied over 316 saves in her two varsity seasons between the pipes ... Twice named OHSL Liberty Second Team All-League... 2011 NYSPHSAA Finals All-Tournament Team... Upstate New York National Team member in 2011... Also played soccer...Played club lacrosse for the Star Riders.

Taylor Giglio • Attack • Oswego H.S. • Oswego, N.Y.
Four-year letterwinner at Oswego ... Named First Team All-League and All-Central New York as a junior and senior...Broke the high school record for goals and points scored in a single season with in 2011, and bested her own mark as a senior with 65 goals and 26 assists for 91 total points ... Was ranked among ESPN's Top 25 High School Attackers in the country...Also played basketball... 3-time member of the Upstate NY National Team...Played club lacrosse for CNYELC.

Whitney Corby • Attack • Coming East H.S. • Coming, N.Y.
Four-year letterwinner at Coming East ... Led her team in assists ... 2-time member of the All-Leader team...A member of the Section IV Champions all four years ... Member of the National Honor Society and Presidents Education Awards Program (Outstanding Academic Excellence) ... Recipient of the Truman Jacoby Scholarship ... Also competed in soccer, gymnastics and basketball... Played club lacrosse for Relentless Hustle.