LILacrosseNews.com, Posted 11/30/13
From Press Release
The University of Florida Lacrosse program and head coach Amanda O’Leary are proud to announce the signing of 10 future Gators to National Letters of Intent. The Gators welcome Morgan Bracken, Christiana Butz, Olivia Cole, Brenna Connolly, CeCe Finney, Aniya Flanagan, Katharine Hamer, Bella O’Connor, Allie Pavinelli and Shayna Pirreca to the Florida lacrosse class of 2018.
“We are proud to announce the 10 Student-Athletes in the Florida Lacrosse Class of 2018,” said O’Leary. “They are an athletic, talented and well-balanced group of young women who will continue the successful tradition of Florida Athletics. We welcome them to the Florida family and are looking forward to their arrival on campus.”
Notre Dame Preparatory
Morgan Bracken is a two-year member of the Notre Dame Preparatory lacrosse team under head coach Mary Bartel. Bracken has also spent six years playing for TLC Lacrosse under head coach Kelly Swift. She also plays basketball and soccer for Notre Dame and is a manager for the field hockey team.
Vero Beach, Fla.
Saint Edwards HS
Christiana Butz is a five-year member of the Saint Edwards lacrosse team, coached by Don Balch. Butz helped Saint Edwards to the FHSAA District 8 finals in 2009 and 2010, District 18 finals in 2012, District 9 semifinals in 2011 and District 23 semifinals in 2013. She was a 2011 and 2012 First Team All-Area selection, as well as named to the 2012 All-Region Second Team and South Florida all-League Third Team. Butz was a member of the South Florida National team in 2011 and 2012. She is a member of the honor roll and dean’s list and also plays golf, soccer and volleyball for Saint Edwards. Additionally, her brother, Andrew, was a member of the men’s tennis team from 2010-2012.
Bishop Ireton HS
Capital Lacrosse Club
Olivia Cole has been a member of the Bishop Ireton lacrosse team for three years and is coached by Rick Sofield. Cole has helped Bishop Ireton to appearances in the 2013 WCAC and 2012 VISAA finals as well as the 2013 VISAA and 2012 WCAC semifinals. She is a 2013 First Team US Lacrosse All-American, an Under Armour Underclass DC All-Star and a2013 DC Metro Team 1 selection. Cole was named to the 2013 VISAA and WCAC Second Teams, as well as being a 2013 Washington Post All-Met Honorable Mention and a 2012 WCAC Honorable Mention. She also spent three years in the goal for head coach Katie McLaughlin for the Capital Lacrosse Club.
Brenna Connolly is a five-year letter winner for Wantagh lacrosse, where she plays for coach Bobbi Colavita. She has been selected to the 2013 NY Metro Team and was a 2013 All-County selection. Connolly has spent five years with Liberty Lacrosse, under coach Danielle Gallagher, and assisted Liberty to the 2013 Northern Rise Girls Lacrosse Showcase Championship. She is also a five-year letter winner and All-County selection for Wantagh soccer.
Roland Park Country School
CeCe Finney is a four-year member of the Roland Park Country School lacrosse team, where she is coached by Kristin Nicolini. She has been named a 2013 IAAM First Team All-American and a 2013 IAAM A-Conference Lacrosse All-Star, as well as being a 2013 All-Metro First Team Selection, a 2013 Baltimore Messenger First Team All-Star and a 2012 Baltimore Sun First team Honorable Mention. She is also a member of the Roland Park track and volleyball teams, helping volleyball to a 2013 B-Conference championship. Finney has played for Kelly Swift’s TLC Lacrosse team for seven years, helping them to a 2012 Champions Cup finals appearance, a 2011 Americans Showcase championship and a 2010 Lax for the Cure championship.
Perry Hall HS
Looney’s Lacrosse Club
Aniya Flanagan is a three-year member of the Perry Hall lacrosse team, where she plays for coach Kristen Arseneau. She has been an All-Division and All-County selection. Flanagan is also an honor roll student and a member of the Perry Hall soccer team, which she has helped to county, regional and state championships. She has also played for Looney’s Lacrosse club under coach Erica Bearman for four years.
Key Largo, Fla.
Coral Shores HS
Barefoot Lacrosse and Xteam Lacrosse
Katharine Hamer is a four-year member of the Coral Shores lacrosse team, where she is coached by Mark Hall, and has helped her team to three district championships and a state quarterfinal appearance. She was named a 2012 Academic All-American and All-District First Team selection as well as a 2011 All-District Second Team selection. Hamer has spent two years playing club lacrosse for Barefoot Lacrosse and Xteam leacrosse, under coaches Michelle Ruth and Crista Samara, respectively. She has been named to the Coral Springs High Honor Roll and the Principal’s List and is also a member of the basketball, soccer, swimming and track teams. Hamer’s father, Andrew, was a swimmer for the Gators from 1983-84.
Notre Dame Academy
Bella O’Connor is a four-year member of the Notre Dame lacrosse team, under coach Meredith Frank, where she has helped her team to a D1 state championship and a south sectional championship. She has been named an Under Armour All-American, and is also an All-Scholastic selection for the Boston Globe, Boston Herald and Patriot Ledger. O’Connor is a nine-year member of Masselite Lacrosse, where she is also coached by Meredith Frank.
Long Island Yellow Jackets
Allie Pavinelli is a four-year starter for Northport lacrosse, where she plays for coach Carol Rose, and helped her team to a 2011 New York State Class A championship. She is a 2013, 2012 and 2011 Under Armuor All-American, a 2013 and 2012 All-County selection and a 2013 MSG Tri-State Girls Second Team selection. Pavinelli is a four-year member of the Northport Academic Honor Roll and a three-year member of the basketball team. She was a 2013 and 2012 All-League selection for basketball. As a member of the Long Island Yellow Jackets, under coaches Becky Thorn and Carol Rose, Pavinelli helped her team to 2013 and 2012 National Draw championships, a 2012 Lax for the Cure championship and a 2011 Lax Inception championship.
Mount Sinai, N.Y.
Mount Sinai HS
Long Island Yellow Jackets
Shayna Pirreca is a five-year member of the Mount Sinai lacrosse team, where she is coached by Al Bertalone. She has helped her team to an undefeated season and 2013 New York State Class C Championship, 2013 and 2011 Long Island Class C championships. Pirreca was a 2013 and 2012 All-County selection as well as a 2011 All-Division selection. She was named to the 2013 Under Armour Underclassmen Games All-Tournament Team. She has been named to the Mount Sinai High Honor Roll and is also a member of the track team. Pirreca is a five-year member of the Long Island Yellow Jackets, and under coach Becky Thorn has helped her team to 2013 and 2012 National Draw championships and a 2012 Lax for the Cure championship.