Retrievers Add Five Women’s Lacrosse Freshmen for 2009 Season
BALTIMORE—The UMBC women’s lacrosse team will add five decorated freshmen for the 2009 season, head coach Courtney Connor announced.
“We have a great gifted class this year,” Connor said. “It is a small group that is going to help us in a big way. They are very athletic and smart on the field and can make an impact right away. I am excited to see this freshman class working so well with the returning team. Their hard work, dedication and speed are very apparent despite their youth. I know the class of 2008 is going to do great things for this program.”
Emily Coady, Attack, 5-5, Westminster, Md./Westminster – Coady helped lead the Westminster Owls to the state semifinals after winning the regional title her senior year, as well as back-to-back Carroll County crowns in 2007 and 2008.
Jessica Harkey, Defender, 5-5, Purcellville, Va./Loudon Valley – Harkey is a two-time First-Team All-District and First-Team All-Region defender from Loudon Valley High School in Purcellville, Va. As a senior, she was named Cedar Run District Player of the Year and Washington Post Honorable Mention All-Met, as well as First-Team All-Galaxy with her club team, FSLAX. Harkey scored 23 goals and added 20 assists in 2008 while leading the Vikings to the district title, the state semifinals and a perfect league record. Her father, Jay, played on the 1980 UMBC national championship team before transferring and competing at Maryland, where her brother, J.D., is currently a junior midfielder for the Retrievers.
Beth Ann Jancuska, Attack, 5-6, Sykesville, Md./Westminster – Jancuska was Coady’s teammate at nearby Westminster High School and helped lead the Owls to the state semifinals in 2008 after winning the regional title, as well as back-to-back Carroll County crowns.
Bria Phillips, Midfield, 5-7, Davidsonville, Md./Coronado (Calif.) – Phillips is a two-time U.S. Lacrosse All-American and Academic All-American from Coronado High School in Coronado, Calif. A five-year varsity starter Phillips played her first three seasons at North Kitsap High School in Poulsbo, Wash., and was team MVP in all three seasons. As an eighth grader in 2004, she led the state of Washington with 35 assists, and she was a two-time Second-Team All-State selection in 2005 and 2006. After moving to Coronado, Phillips earned California Interscholastic Federation First-Team All-Section and CIF City Conference First-Team All-League honors as a junior and senior, as well as San Diego Union Tribune All-Academic nods. She finished her high school career with 379 points on 219 goals and 160 assists to go along with 163 ground balls, 144 caused turnovers and 174 draw controls in 84 games. In addition, Phillips competed at Nationals for three years as a member of the Pacific Northwest Regional Team in 2005-06 and the Pacific Regional Team in 2007.
Kristen Snyder, Midfield, 5-4, Walkersville, Md./Walkersville – Snyder was the 2008 All-Area Player of the Year at Walkersville High School in Walkersville, Md. A two-time U.S. Lacrosse Academic All-American, Snyder was also selected to the Monocacy Valley Athletic League All-Conference First Team in 2007 and 2008 and was named team MVP and Walkersville’s Female Student-Athlete of the Year as a senior. In addition, she led the Lions to regional title and back-to-back appearances in the state semifinals.