Women’s Lacrosse Signs Ten for 2020 Season

Photo by Jack Miller
Photo by Jack Miller

BALTIMORE - UMBC women's lacrosse head coach Amy Slade and her staff have announced the signing of ten NLIs for the 2020 campaign.

"Overall, I would say that this class is very well rounded. They are extremely talented on the field and shine in the classroom," Slade said. "They hold themselves to high standards and have shown that they are willing to do more. They are great additions to our UMBC Lacrosse tradition."

The class features four signees from Maryland, three from Pennsylvania, and one from New Jersey, Virginia, and Ohio.

Claire Bockstie
Forest Hill, Md./Maryvale Preparatory
Skywalkers Lacrosse Club

Why Bockstie chose UMBC: "I chose UMBC because I wanted to play for my home state. I wanted to be close enough for my family and friends to visit. UMBC is also a top academic school that will provide me with a superior education and will give me many opportunities to excel in life. The coaches made me feel right at home. UMBC is a competitive program and I look forward to being part of such an amazing team."

Slade on Bockstie: "Claire is a very dynamic, athletic, powerful lacrosse player. She is extremely talented – she played on the Under Armour All-American team and was a standout. She's going to be a very impactful lacrosse player here at UMBC and we see her doing great things."

Bockstie Fact: Played on the Under Armour All-American Baltimore Girls Highlight team.


Emma Carter
Perrysburg, Ohio/Perrysburg
Ohio Premier Lacrosse Club

Why Carter chose UMBC: "As soon as I stepped on UMBC's campus, I loved it immediately. The coaches are amazing and they made me feel at home. The team is like a family. I'm so excited to be playing for such a great lacrosse program."

Slade on Carter: "What we noticed the most about Emma was her intensity to re-defend. You can tell that she is a leader on attack. She is not afraid to do the dirty work."

Carter Fact: Played on the Under Armour All-American Midwest Girls Highlight team.


Sara DeLeon
Silver Spring, Pa./Wilson
Xtreme Lacrosse Club

Why DeLeon chose UMBC: "I chose UMBC because of the great academics in my potential major, the amazing coaching staff, and the facilities. After meeting all of the girls I knew that I wanted to spend my 4 years there."

Slade on DeLeon: "Sara is a very smart defender. I think her biggest strength is her ability to see things on the field. She is a natural born leader on and off the field."

DeLeon Fact: Helped lead Wilson to back-to-back District 3-3A girl's lacrosse championships, winning the crown in 2017.


Shannon Finch
Woodbine, Md./South Carroll
Check-Hers Elite Lacrosse Club

Why Finch chose UMBC: "I chose to play at UMBC because I want to be able to make a difference both on and off the field. The women's lacrosse team and academic facilities at UMBC provide an environment where my competitive lacrosse experience will be able to grow and I can excel in my academic field, while I will work hard to achieve the unexpected and become my best self. I am super excited to be on the UMBC Women's Lacrosse Team!"

Slade on Finch: "Shannon is very talented and aggressive in the midfield. She is a true midfielder; she shines between the 30's. We like to get out and fast break, she is going to be a great addition to our midfield lines. She also played high school lacrosse with Jenna McDermott, so they already have that connection."

Finch Fact: Along with McDermott, earned a Class 1A West Region championship as a member of South Carroll's field hockey team.


Megan Halczuk
Fawn Grove, Pa./Kennard-Dale
York Invaders Lacrosse Club

Why Halczuk chose UMBC: "The reasons I chose UMBC include the team dynamic and the academic focus. The lacrosse program and coaching staff highlight and value the importance of being a student-athlete. Also, stepping on UMBC's campus gave me a feeling of home."

Slade on Halczuk: "Megan is solid - nothing super flashy, she is a worker that gets the job done. She is a true midfielder that loves to be involved in transition. She is aggressive on the draw circle and can attack when you least expect it. Playing high school lacrosse with Mackenzie Young gives them that connection on the field and off the field."

Halczuk Fact: Was named the 2018 YAIAA Most Outstanding Player after recording 88 goal, 50 assists, and controlling 194 draws.


Kate Himes
Haymarket, Va./Battlefield
Cardinal Lacrosse Club

Why Himes chose UMBC: "I chose UMBC because of the opportunity to receive a fantastic education and to play a high level of lacrosse. The way the coaches and current players made me feel like family right away made my decision even easier. I can't wait to spend the next 4 years in a place that already feels like home."

Slade on Himes: "Kate is quick and speedy; we see her being able to create opportunity and she is a great finisher. We are very excited to watch her continue to grow at the next level."

Himes Fact: Was just one of two freshmen named as an All-Conference 8 first team selection.


Jenna McDermott
Westminster, Md./South Carroll
Check-Hers Elite Lacrosse Club

Why McDermott chose UMBC: "I chose to play at UMBC because everyone was so nice and welcoming! I know that the coaches and team will help me grow as a player and push me to work as hard as possible."

Slade on McDermott: "Jenna has a long-standing UMBC family history, as both of her brother's, Dylan and Blake, played here. She is a powerful attacker who knows the game. We are very excited about her potential. She was also high school teammates with Shannon Finch (another 2019 commit)."

McDermott Fact: Along with Finch, earned a Class 1A West Region championship as a member of South Carroll's field hockey team.


Rachel Montgomery
West Friendship, Md./Glenelg
Rebels Lacrosse Club

Why Montgomery chose UMBC: "I chose UMBC because of the amazing academics and athletics. The coaches and players all made me feel right at home and their drive and commitment was overwhelming. UMBC also provides me with the opportunity to be close to my family."

Slade on Montgomery: "Rachel will be a Glenelg alum like [senior defender] Kayla Renehan and coach Alex Benedict. She has great hand-eye coordination and can finish in tight spaces."

Montgomery Fact: Named to the Rebels Lacrosse Honor Roll for having a GPA of 3.5 or above.


Katie Rowley
Oradell, N.J./River Dell
Tri-State Lacrosse Club

Why Rowley chose UMBC: "I chose UMBC because of the family-like team environment, the amazing coaching staff, and the great academics."

Slade on Rowley: "Katie is a very quick dodger. She will be able to move defenses and create opportunity for herself and for her teammates because of her quickness, she understands the game and can control the pace of the attack."

Rowley Fact: Selected first-team All-American North by the New Jersey Interscholastic Girls Lacrosse League.


Mackenzie Young
Stewartstown, Pa./Kennard-Dale
York Invaders Lacrosse Club

Why Young chose UMBC: "I chose UMBC because of the high level of play and competition and the importance of academic success within the team. The coaches showed me their dedication towards the well-being of their players, which gave me the confidence that UMBC would be a great home for me the next 4 years."

Slade on Young: "Mackenzie is smooth with the ball. She takes care of the ball when it's in her stick and she is not afraid to be aggressive to the cage. She plays high school lacrosse at Kennard- Dale with Megan Halczuk (also committed to UMBC in the 2019 class), so they understand each other on the field and complement each other well ."

Young Fact: Recorded 52 goals and 20 assists during the 2018 season while helping Kennard-Dale to a PIAA Class 2A championship appearance.