Jan. 3, 2006
ATHENS, Ohio - Ohio Head Lacrosse Coach Allison Valentino has announced that seven players have committed to play for the Bobcats beginning in the 2006-07 academic year. Nikki Antonious (Baltimore, Md.), Kendra Burawski (Wilmington, Del.), Lynsey Burton (Smithtown, N.Y.), Katie Hertsch (Westminster, Md.), Lacey Jennings (Baltimore, Md.), Lauren Kelly (Timonium, Md.) and Megan McGarvey (Rockville, Md.) will all begin their collegiate careers at Ohio next season.
"I am thrilled to announce the players that will be joining the Ohio lacrosse program next fall," Valentino said. "This class has all of the qualities I was searching for. All seven have a good understanding of where we want to take this program and, athletically, can really make an impact. I like the versatility, speed and athleticism of this class, but in addition, they are tremendous students. My entire staff and I look forward to working with them next year. "
Antonious, a midfielder and defender, is currently a senior at Mercy High School. She is a four-year starter on both the lacrosse and soccer teams. She was a second-team all-city selection in soccer as a senior.
Burawski is a goalkeeper at St. Marks High School. She was a first-team all-state pick as a junior and was a second-team selection as a sophomore. She is a two-time first-team All-Catholic performer. She helped St. Marks to the state tournament in both 2003 and 2005.
Burton, a defender and midfielder at Smithtown High School, has racked up 110 goals, 105 assists and 380 ground balls in her first three scholastic seasons. She is a four-year starter and has been a team captain as both a junior and senior. Burton was Smithtown's MVP in 2005 after earning All-Suffolk County honors. She played on the Long Island squad that won a silver medal at the 2005 Empire State Games and was selected to play on the 2005 U.S. School Girls National Team. She was also a three-year letterwinner in soccer.
Hertsch is a midfielder and defender at Winters Mill High School. In her first three seasons she totaled 37 goals and 14 assists. She had 12 goals, 7 assists, 29 draw controls and 44 ground balls as a junior in 2005. Hertsch was chosen first-team all-county as a junior and second-team all-county as a sophomore. She also participates in soccer and track at Winters Mill. She was an all-state pick and the Carroll County Player of the Year following her senior season on the pitch. She has qualified for the state indoor track meet in each of her first three seasons, placing in the top three of the 500-meter run, the 800-meter run or the 1,600-meter run every year she has competed.
Jennings, a midfielder, is a senior at Seton Keough High School. An all-city selection in 2005, she scored 23 goals and nine assists in 12 games as a junior. She also picked up 31 ground balls and amassed 18 draw controls. Jennings also played volleyball and basketball at SKHS.
Kelly is a defender at Roland Park Country School. She was a members of the Sky Walkers Blue club team that won both the National Draw Championship and the Galaxy National Tournament. At Roland Park, Kelly also played soccer and basketball. She was a two-time team captain of the soccer squad.
McGarvey, a midfielder, attends Good Counsel High School. She scored 16 goals and 10 assists as a junior in 2005. She also had 25 ground balls, 16 caused turnovers and 21 draw controls. She was an honorable mention all-conference pick and earned the teams Heart and Hustle Award, helping the squad to a 16-3 record and the league championship.
The Bobcats return 18 letterwinners for the 2006 campaign. Valentino is in her first season as the Bobcats' head coach after serving as an assistant at Maryland.