Blue Hens Sign Eight to Women’s Lacrosse NLI
NEWARK, Del. – Delaware head coach Kateri Linville announced Wednesday the signing of eight standout women’s lacrosse players to National Letters of Intent for the 2017-18 academic year.
Linville, who is in her seventh season along the sidelines at her alma mater, and her coaching staff will welcome players from five different states in the form of one goalkeeper, two defenders and five midfielders/attackers.
Signees include Kate Bradford (Merrimack, N.H./Bishop Guertin), Kate Brewster (Manchester, Md./Manchester Valley), Taylor Darrell (Bow, N.H./Bow), Kristen Maxwell (Mahopac, N.Y./Mahopac), Samantha Russo (Ronkonkoma, N.Y./Sachem North), Hannah Wentzel (Gilbertsville, Pa./Boyertown Area Senior), MacKenzie Winn (Pittsford, N.Y./Pittsford Mendon) and Brittany Young (Gainesville, Fla./Buchholz).
Below are biographies on each of the eight incoming Blue Hens in addition to comments from Linville.
KATE BRADFORD | Midfield/Attack | Merrimack, N.H. (Bishop Guertin/Tomhawks)
A three-sport athlete at Bishop Guertin High School, Bradford has guided the Cardinals field hockey, ice hockey and lacrosse teams to eight state tournament appearances. As a team captain this past spring under head coach Kerry D’Ambroise, Bradford led BGHS to the New Hampshire State Finals as an Under Armour All-American, BG Offensive Player of the Year, New Hampshire Lacrosse All-State and Nashua Telegraph All-State selections. Through her junior season, she has posted 98 career goals for the lacrosse team. An honors student, Bradford is also a student ambassador for BGHS while organizing the Learn-to-Play Lacrosse Program for Girls, Inc. The daughter of Daniel Bradford and Susan Bradford, Kate plans on majoring in elementary education.
“Kate has good speed and a high lacrosse IQ, which allows her to read plays and make smart decisions in critical situations. Her ability to feed and finish will positively impact our offense.” – Kateri Linville
KATE BREWSTER | Goalkeeper | Manchester, Md. (Manchester Valley/Sky Walkers)
A force to be reckoned with in the cage, Brewster holds Manchester Valley’s school record for single-season saves percentage (.582; 2014) while leading Carroll County in the category in each of the past three seasons. As a sophomore, she also posted the school’s lowest goals per game average by allowing 4.68 per contest. Entering Brewster’s senior season, the Mavericks have collected a 56-2 record with three Maryland State titles under head coach Shelly Brezicki. Brewster is a three-time All-County and All-Conference selection and has also garnered First Team All-Metro honors as a junior. An Honor Roll, Academic Gold Bar and National Honors Society student, Brewster is also a member of Future Educators of America, Best Buddies, 4-H, Key Club and Varsity Club. The daughter of Stephanie and William Brewster, Kate intends on majoring in elementary education with a minor in special education or psychology.
“Kate is a game-changing goalie. She has quick hands, which allow her to make big saves. Her game intelligence and athleticism have helped establish her as a leader between the pipes and a playmaker outside the crease.” – Kateri Linville
TAYLOR DARRELL | Midfield | Bow, N.H. (Bow/Tomhawks)
A three-time All-State honoree, Darrell registered her 200th career goal for the Flacons this past spring as a junior under head coach Chris Raabe. Another three-sport athlete to be signing with the Hens, Darrell is also an All-State selection for the BHS basketball team and led the Falcons to the 2010 State Soccer Championship. The daughter of Jane and Rob Darrell, Taylor plans to pursue a career as a physical therapist during her time at UD.
“Taylor is an intense competitor. Her speed, agility and gritty play will make an immediate impact in our transition game.” – Kateri Linville
KRISTEN MAXWELL | Midfield | Mahopac, N.Y. (Mahopac/West Chester Elite)
Another multi-sport athlete, Maxwell has served as a team captain for the lacrosse, field hockey and track & field squads. Under the guidance of head coach Jim Lieto, she posted a breakout season for the Indians during her sophomore season with 10 goals, three assists and 21 groundballs, but had to sit out her junior campaign with an injury. Maxwell is a member of the Student Athletic Council and Student Government while being named a Signature Student as a junior and the Senior Class President. The daughter of Joseph and Mary Ann Maxwell, Kristen plans on majoring in political science with a minor in communications and has aspirations of working in the military.
“Kristen is known for her consistency. She is the type of athlete who is going to continue to get better in every practice and game. Her leadership capabilities impact our program greatly.” – Kateri Linville
SAMANTHA RUSSO | Defense | Ronkonkoma, N.Y. (Sachem North/Yellow Jackets)
A three-year starter for SNHS lacrosse, Russo plays under head coach Alexis Curcio, a letter winner for the Blue Hens from 2006-09. This past season, Russo garnered the team’s Unsung Hero Award for her junior campaign. Russo is also a member of the school’s soccer team in addition to the National Honors Society, Science Honor Society and Foreign Language Honor Society. The daughter of Bernadette Russo and Vito Russo, Samantha plans on majoring in education with a minor in sports management and the goals of becoming a teacher.
“Sammy is strong and aggressive. She has good footwork on defense and great speed in transition. Her athleticism and leadership skills are likely to make an impact in our defensive unit.” – Kateri Linville
HANNAH WENTZEL | Midfield/Attack | Gilbertsville, Pa. (Boyertown Area Senior/Dynamite)
A two-time All-Area lacrosse selection, Wentzel helped guide Boyertown to the 2014 Pac 10 Championship and a trip to the Second Round of Districts. Wentzel also garnered Philly National Team and Elite 120 honors while posting 58 career goals and 58 career assists for the Bears and head coach Pam Wernersbach. Wentzel has received High Honors and Academic Honors and is a member of The Cub Newspaper. Wentzel’s older sister, Haley, currently plays lacrosse at Lehigh University. The daughter of Beth Wentzel and Jeff Wentzel, Hannah is undeclared on a major.
“Hannah has good speed and vision, which helps her to make plays and finish in the transition game and on offense. She is a graceful player to watch and will be a great addition to our attack unit.” – Kateri Linville
MACKENZIE WINN | Defense | Pittsford, N.Y. (Pittsford Mendon/Lady Roc)
Winn is no stranger to success as a three-sport athlete for the Vikings. Despite missing her junior campaign with an injury, Winn has guided PMHS lacrosse to 51 wins, two Section V Championships and New York Semifinal (2015) and Finals (2016) appearances in three seasons under head coach Donovan Lopez. During her four seasons on the soccer team, the Vikings garnered 60 victories with a NYS Section V Championship in 2014. PMHS also picked up the Section V Basketball title during her sophomore season while posting 54 total wins entering Winn’s senior year. Winn is a member of the National Honors Society and earned the All-County Chemistry Award. The daughter of Gary and Kathy Winn, MacKenzie has not decided on a major at Delaware.
“MacKenzie is known for her physical presence on defense and her ability to perform in pressure situations. Her coachability and athleticism are outstanding.” – Kateri Linville
BRITTANY YOUNG | Attack/Midfield | Gainesville, Fla. (Buchholz/LaxManiax)
A three-year starting midfielder/attacker at Buchholz High School, Young is a well-rounded player that has registered 99 goals, 43 assists, 49 draw controls and 41 groundballs under head coaches Ian and Lynn Millinoff. Also a three-time Gainesville Sun All-Area Lacrosse First Team selection, Young was a Brine National Lacrosse Classic Florida Regional Team/All-Star Team honoree in 2014. During the 2015 season, she was selected to the Under Armour All-American Lacrosse Underclassmen Uncommitted Team. Young also played soccer for the Bobcats and is a member of the National Honors Society. Her father was a professional football player for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers from 1997-2000. The daughter of Erica McCray and Floyd Young, Brittany intends on majoring in marketing or business.
“Brittany is fast. She uses her speed and ability to control the draw to dominate the transition game. Brittany has a hard nose for the cage and uses her athleticism to dodge and finish.” – Kateri Linville