November 12, 2010

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Florida Signs Seven to Class of 2015

from press release

GAINESVILLE, Fla. - University of Florida lacrosse head coach Amanda O'Leary announced the Gator recruiting class of 2015 on Friday.

"The class of 2015 is an extremely talented group of student-athletes," O'Leary said. "They excel on the field as well as in the classroom. They are a positive presence in their communities, and our staff is extremely excited to have the opportunity to coach these outstanding young women throughout their collegiate careers. We are lucky to have them wearing the Orange and Blue, and they will certainly leave their mark on the University of Florida Lacrosse Program."

Nora Barry * Camillus, NY * Marcellus Central High School * Star Riders
Barry was named a 2010 US Lacrosse All American and 2010 US Lacrosse Academic All American. She is entering her fifth year of varsity lacrosse for Marcellus High School, playing for Coach Dick Lundblad, with 197 career goals, 47 assists and 337 ground balls. Barry has also earned varsity letters in Cross Country and Indoor Track. She earned First Team All Central New York in 2010 and First Team All Liberty League in 2008, 2009 and 2010, while also being awarded her Marcellus teams MVP award in 2010. Barry was named to the 2009 and 2010 US Lacrosse Upstate National Team #1 and the 2010 Central Empire State Games team. She also plays for the Star Riders Lacrosse Club under coach Dick Lighton, winning the Syracuse Nike Cup Tournament in 2008 and 2009. Recently named to the Rising Senior Watch List by Inside Lacrosse Magazine, the No. 21 recruit in the country and Top Ten Midfielder, both by ESPN Rise, Barry has also earned High Honor Roll each semester at Marcellus and is a member of National Honor Society. She has also performed for 12 years with the Camillus Dance Center and 4 years with the Main Street Ballet.

Shannon Gilroy * East Northport, NY * Northport High School * Long Island Yellow Jackets
Gilroy has been a starter on Northports Varsity Lacrosse team since her eighth grade year. She has been named an All-American (sophomore and junior seasons), All-Tournament (freshman, sophomore and junior seasons), All-County (freshman, sophomore and junior seasons), All-League (freshman, sophomore and junior seasons), and was the captain and MVP of the Northport team in her junior season, while also earning MVP honors for Northport as a sophomore. She was also named Suffolk County Player of the Year as well as All Long Island Player of the Year in 2010 while being named All Long Island in 2009. In the classroom, Gilroy has been named a Scholar-Athlete from her freshman to junior years. She was recently ranked as the No. 5 recruit in the country by ESPN Rise.

Nicole Graziano * Mendham, NJ * West Morris Mendham High School * STEPS ELITE BLUE
Graziano was named First Team All-American, First Team All-State, First Team All-County, First-Team All-Conference, First Team All-Area and an NJIGLL Stripe in her junior season. She was Mendhams leading scorer as a junior while the team was ranked 16th in the nation. In 2009, Graziano was an Under Armour Underclassman All-American and was named All-Iron Hills. She is also a fixture on West Morris soccer team, playing midfield, and is currently playing in the state tournament. In soccer, Graziano has been named First Team All-County and First Team All-Conference in her junior season, First Team All-Conference and Second Team All-County as a sophomore, and Honorable Mention All-Conference and Honorable Mention All-Area as a freshman. She is consistently on Mendhams honor roll and was Student Council Vice President as a freshman.

Sally Jentis * Ridgewood, NJ * Ridgewood High School * Metro Lacrosse Club
Jentis is the starting center for the Ridgewoood High School 2010 New Jersey State Champion Lacrosse team. In her junior season, she led the team in draw controls with a season total of 63, the second-highest single-season total for Ridgewood. She also led her team in forced turnovers and was second on the team in ground balls. At the end of the season, she was named Most Valuable Attacker and was named one of the captains for her senior season. Jentis is a member of the US Lacrosse U19 National Training Team, and while she predominately plays midfield, was recently named one of the top five defenders in the nation by and is listed as the No. 16 recruit in the country, both by ESPN Rise . In her junior season, she was named to Third Team All-State, First Team All-County and First Team All-Suburban. Jentis played on the NNJ School Girls Team #1 her sophomore and junior year as well as the NJ Under Amour All American Underclassman Team following her freshman and sophomore seasons. Jentis plays club lacrosse for the Metro Magic Blue team, and was a member of the Ridgewood Varsity Soccer Team.

Taylor McCord * St. Augustine, FL * Bartram Trail High School *LaxManiax
McCord, the only Florida native in this years signing day class, was named First Team All-State as a sophomore and junior, while collecting her teams Most Valuable Attacker award in 2010. She is a three-year team captain for Bartram Trail, two-time District champions, while being named North Florida Player of the Year, team MVP and US Lacrosse Honorable Mention All-American as a sophomore. As a freshman, McCord was Second Team All-State. She is already Bartram Trails all-time leading scorer (275 points187 goals and 88 assists) and all-time career leader in ground balls (132) and draw controls (130). She is a member of the LaxManiax Black team, having played in the 2009 and 2010 Under Armour All-American Underclassman Games. She played in the IWLCA Capital and Champions Cup and was named the 2008 and 2009 Elite Club Player of the Year for North/Central Florida. McCord excels in the classroom as well, having been named an Academic All-American as a junior and is currently in the top 7% of her class. She is a member of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes and enjoys teaching Sign Language to elementary and middle school students.

Maegan Meritz * Farmingdale, NY * Farmingdale High School * Long Island Yellow Jackets
Meritz is a four-year member of the Farmingdale Dalers Lacrosse team, having played for both Tracy Wiener and current coach Shari Campbell. Meritz helped lead the Dalers to five-consecutive Long Island Championships and to the 2009 and 2010 Class A State Championship titles. Meritz was awarded the Unsung Hero Award from her team in 2008 and was named Honorable Mention All-County in 2009. She is a five-year member of the Long Island Yellow Jackets club, having won many College Showcase Tournaments throughout her tenure as a Yellow Jacket. Meritz was named First Galaxy Team in 2009. She has also been a four-year member of the Farmingdale soccer team, having gone to the Nassau County semifinals three years in a row, playing for Dave Otto. She is currently the captain of the team and was named All-Class. She also plays club soccer for the Massapequa Freedom for Mark Krantz. The team is currently ranked ninth in the state of New York. She is a four-year member of the Farmingdale basketball team, playing for Pete Cerone. While being a three-sport athlete, Meritz strives in the classroom as well. She has held GPA honors throughout her time at Farmingdale and is currently taking college courses to pursue her dream of becoming a Veterinarian.

Mikki Offit * Bethesda, Md. * Holton Arms School * Capital Lacrosse
Offit is a double threat, having been a four-year starter in both lacrosse and field hockey. In lacrosse, she was named to the Maximum Rising Junior Showcase All-Star Team as a junior, while also being named All-ISL, First-Team All-Gazette and All-Met Honorable Mention in 2010. She was named to the Under Armour Underclassman Lacrosse Team as a sophomore while also earning the Coachs Award from Holton Arms. In the National Lacrosse Tournament held in Washington, D.C., Offit was named to Team 4 in her sophomore season and team 1 as a junior. She is a two-time captain of the Holton Arms field hockey team, while also being named All-Met Honorable Mention in Field Hockey as a sophomore and All-ISL in Field Hockey in her freshman and sophomore seasons. Shes actively involved in Student Council and was recently inducted in the Holton Athletic Association.


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