Lady Chanticleers sign 10 for upstart lacrosse program

Coastal Carolina University head women’s lacrosse coach Jaime Sellers has announced the program’s second signing class, this one comprising 10 student-athletes who will join the team in fall 2013 in preparation for the program’s second season in 2014.

“I am excited to announce our second class of student-athletes for our women’s lacrosse program,” said Sellers. “Hailing from many of the lacrosse hot-beds, these young women have experience playing with and against the top competition from their respective regions. This experience will allow the class to contribute on the field from the beginning of practice next fall.

“Furthermore, the class as a whole will bring a variety of different athletic strengths and will complement our current team’s needs and personalities. We are thrilled about their signing and the opportunity our team will have to build on our successes following our inaugural season.”

Goalkeepers:

* Maria Platsidakis (Mansfield, Mass./Mansfield HS) has been member of Revolution Lacrosse club out of Boston, Mass. She was named to the 2012 MIAA All-State Watch List by ESPNBoston.com. A team captain for her senior campaign, Platsidakis was a multi-year honor roll student at Mansfield High School.

* Jenna Stover (Lansdale, Pa./North Penn HS) was selected to the Suburban One Continental League first team as a sophomore and second team as a junior. She recorded 155 saves during her sophomore season and 112 during her junior year. Stover was named North Penn’s Most Athletic Female as a sophomore and was a member of the Suburban One Continental Conference champions as a freshman and sophomore. She serves as team captain as a senior.

Attackers:

* Alicia Geiter (Moorestown, N.J./Moorestown HS) has scored 47 goals and tallied 18 assists in three years of play at Moorestown High School. She led her freshman team in scoring with 36 goals on 52 shots, guiding the squad to an undefeated season and All-South Jersey/Group III championship. Geiter has led Moorestown to a 54-2 record and back-to-back All-South Jersey/Group III championships in the past two seasons. As a sophomore, she helped the Deanna Knobloch coached Quakers to a second-place finish in the New Jersey Tournament of Champions and followed with a first-place finish in the tournament as a junior. Geiter was a member of the South Jersey Select club lacrosse team, helping the squad to a first-place finish at the OLAX for the Cure tournament in 2010 and a first-place showing at the 2012 Northern Rise tournament.

* Rachel Wagner (Great Falls, Va./Langley HS) earned team MVP honors as a freshman and she was tabbed all-region as a sophomore and all-district as a junior. Wagner helped the Saxons to the district and region championship games as a sophomore. She scored a season-high four goals against Woodgrove to lead Langley into the semifinal round of the Virginia High School League state championship tournament. She also played on the field hockey team where she earned all-district honors. Wagner was a member of the Capital Lacrosse Club out of Alexandria, Va.

Defenders:

* Holly McKee (Bel Air, Md./C. Milton Wright HS) tallied two goals and two assists, scooped up 46 groundballs and forced 21 turnovers as a defender during her freshman and sophomore seasons. She helped her team to two regional championships, one state final appearance and two trips to state semifinals. McKee sat out her junior season due to injury.

* Lauren Thomas (Marlton, N.J./Cherokee HS) is a two-time member of Team New Jersey in the Brine All-American Lacrosse Classic. Thomas was named all-conference and a deBeer Fab 40 All-Star as a junior and helped Cherokee to a 20-3 record, a sectional championship and a state final appearance in 2011. She is also a three-time all-conference field hockey selection and served as team captain in 2012.

* Caroline Williams (Baltimore, Md./ Mount DeSales Academy) was the team Most Valuable Player in basketball and swimming as a sophomore. She was named to the Honor Roll as a sophomore and senior. Williams was named a member of the Mount DeSales Academy Honor Roll as a senior.

* Margaret Wright (Monkton, Md./Hereford HS) totaled 33 assists and three goals in two seasons for her club team. She received a community service award for expanding resources to the homeless in a local county and has been a member of National Honor Society for four years. Wright played on Hereford’s soccer team for three seasons.

Midfielders:

* Maggie Carr (Kingsville, Md./Perry Hill HS) was named all-division and team Most Valuable Player as a junior and serves as team captain as a senior. She is also a two-time all-division selection in volleyball and was named the team MVP once. Additionally, Carr was captain of the basketball team as a senior and a scholar-athlete and all-academic team member all four years.

* Lauren Larcara (Oakland, N.J./Indian Hills HS) netted 10 goals and added 14 assists to tally 24 points in three years at Oakland High School. As a junior, she set the school record with 82 ground balls won. She has helped the Braves to a 47-14 record in three seasons, including a 17-4 record and a NJIGLL championship her freshman season. Larcara was tabbed honorable mention All-Big North Conference, all-county and second team All-Suburban News as a sophomore. She was also named second team All-Big North Conference following her junior season. In addition, Larcara was a standout on the soccer field leading the Braves in scoring as a junior and senior, earning all-league honors each season. She was named to the Oakland High School Honor Roll as a junior and senior.

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