November 27, 2013

UC Davis Announces 2013 NLI Class

from Press Release

DAVIS, Calif. -- Second-year UC Davis head women's lacrosse coach Kate Henwood announced the signing of 10 prospective student-athletes representing four different states to National Letters of Intent, setting a program record for the largest signing class. All prospects are high school seniors who are expected to enroll at the university in the fall of 2014.

Alphabetically, the class consists of Rachel Brennan of Vienna, Va., Kelsey DeJesus of San Diego, Calif., Erica Ely of Ridgefield, Conn., Hannah Friel of Orinda, Calif., Shannon Gear of San Ramon, Calif., Courtney Humphrey of Okemos, Mich., Alison Kimbro of Aliso Viejo, Calif., Erin Morrison of Danville, Calif., Asia Pitzer of Poway, Calif., and Carolina Tweedy of Westview, Calif.

"As a second year head coach, I could not be more proud of our incoming class of 2014," said Henwood. The unprecedented talent, academic achievements and character quality demonstrated by these 10 individuals throughout the recruiting process represents the promising future of UC Davis Lacrosse.

"This history-making class of NLI signees in addition to three recruited walk-ons will make an immediate and lasting impact on our program. Our coaching staff has worked tirelessly to ensure that this class will enable UC Davis to compete in the upper echelon of NCAA D-I lacrosse."

The 10-person batch of signees eclipses the previous high of nine, set by the 2008-09 and 2010-11 recruiting classes. The former group featured last year's graduates Tess Alekna, Elizabeth Datino, Anna Geissbuhler, Stephanie Guercio and Hannah Mirza. The latter class included current Aggies Elizabeth Landry, Allie Lehner, Kai Murphy and Morgan Sissler.

RACHEL BRENNAN (Vienna, Va./James Madison HS)

Two-time All-Liberty District selection, including first-team honors as a junior in 2013... Helped team to 20-1 record and state title last spring... Key stats: 53 ground balls as a freshman, 19 ground balls and three draw controls as a junior, 38 ground balls and 21 caused turnovers as a senior... Attended Coronado HS as a freshman before moving eastward to the Old Dominion before her sophomore year... Also played basketball at CHS, garnering team Rookie of the Year honors... Played club ball for Pacific Falcons (San Diego, Calif.) and Cardinal Girls Lacrosse (2011-13).

KELSEY DeJESUS (San Diego, Calif./Scripps Ranch HS)

Three-sport letterwinner, competing in field hockey and basketball prior to lacrosse season each year... Made All-City League second team in each of her sophomore and junior years... Selected as team's Most Improved in 2012 then Most Valuable last year... Key stats: 24 goals, nine assists, 19 ground balls, 14 draw controls as a junior; 36 goals, 16 assists, 26 ground balls and 41 draw controls as a junior... Plays club ball for West Coast Starz.

ERICA ELY (Ridgefield, Conn./Ridgefield HS)

Arrival at UC Davis will reunite her with former RHS teammate Eliza Marcus, a 2014 freshman... Four-year letterwinner in lacrosse and ice hockey, three in swimming... Helped team to state quarterfinals as a junior... Selected to Lower New England Region All-Star and Connecticut Super Junior teams while playing for NewLAX (Wilton, Conn.)... Daughter of two former collegiate lacrosse players: father played for Rutgers, mother for Colby-Sawyer.

HANNAH FRIEL (Orinda, Calif./Miramonte HS)

Reunites with 2012 MHS grad and All-MPSF honoree Mary Doyle... Captured first-team All-Diablo Foothill Athletic League distinction last spring, following up a second-team nod in 2012... Won team's Most Improved as a freshman, Coaches' Award as a sophomore, MVP as a junior... Key stats: 39 goals, 20 assists, 88 ground balls as a sophomore; 54 goals, 19 assists, 60 ground balls as a junior... Plays club ball for BearLAX, earning selection to 2013 Under Armour All-America West Team.

SHANNON GEARY (San Ramon, Calif./California HS)

Claimed All-East Bay Athletic League honorable mention in each of sophomore and junior years... Coached by former UC Davis team captain Rachael Martinez... Scored 36 goals with 12 assists to earn team's Rookie of the Year award in 2012, then followed with 24 goals and 12 assists en route to team MVP selection last spring... Three-time captain for Triple Threat (Danville, Calif.).

COURTNEY HUMPHREY (Okemos, Mich./Okemos HS)

Helped team to 27-0 league record (51-16-2 overall) in first three seasons... Played two years of basketball and volleyball before opting to specialize in lacrosse... Earned second-team all-state Division II honors as a junior, making Lansing State Journal Dream Team... Two-year US Lacrosse All-Academic honoree... Plays for Michigan Cyclones... Earned MVP at Chitown Classic in fall of 2011.

ALISON KIMBRO (Aliso Viejo, Calif./Aliso Niguel HS)

Boosted Wolverines to Sea View League titles and Southern Section postseason berths in each of her sophomore and junior years... Three-year defender, expected to serve as team captain this spring... Posted 13 ground balls and 10 draw controls in 2013... Captured Wolverine Award (outstanding team player) on JV squad as a freshman... Three-time Esprit de Wolverine Award recipient as an exemplary student in English, physics and pre-calculus.

ERIN MORRISON (Danville, Calif./Monte Vista HS)

Enters fourth year as a low defender... Earned All-East Bay Athletic League first-team acclaim and team Defender of the Year honors as a junior... Helped team to North Coast Section semifinal appearances in each of 2012 and 2013 seasons... Posted ground ball totals of 16, 15 and 19 during first three seasons, respectively... Third-year veteran for Bearlax club (Orinda, Calif.)

ASIA PITZER (Poway, Calif./Poway HS)

Letters in both volleyball and lacrosse... Two-time All-Palomar League first-team honoree as a defender/midfielder... Made All-San Diego Section first team as sophomore, second team as a junior... Selected as school's Young Titan Athlete of the Year as a freshman... Plays club ball for West Coast Starz, earning spots on Under Armour West squad and Adrenaline Showcase... Helped club to fifth-place showing at US Lacrosse Nationals in 2011.

CAROLINA TWEEDY (San Diego, Calif./Westview HS)

Four-year varsity starter in lacrosse, helping team to a Southern Section semifinal (2011) and two quarterfinal (2012, '13) appearances... Scored 14 goals with five points as a junior... Also played field hockey for two seasons... Competes for Pacific Falcons club, helping U-15 team finish 3rd at US Lacrosse Nationals.


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