DURHAM, N.H. -- University of New Hampshire women's lacrosse head coach Michael Daly announced Tuesday that six recruits have signed a National Letter of Intent to join the UNH Wildcats. The class, which will enroll at the University in the fall of 2011, is comprised of four midfielders, one attacker, and one goalie with two hailing from Maryland, two from Pennsylvania and one each from New York and Massachusetts.
UNH's incoming class is comprised of Rebecca Graves (Rowley, Mass.), Kayleigh Hinkle (Glenelg, Md.), Taylor Hurwitz (Holland, Pa.), Brooke McGillis (Berwyn, Pa.), Rachael Nock (Severna Park, Md.) and Laura Puccia (Fairpoint, N.Y.).
"This class is extremely talented, well-rounded and gifted in each position," said Daly, who is in entering his second season at UNH. "We have a great mix of speed, strength, skill and scoring ability and I'm looking forward to this class contributing quickly at UNH in our 2012 season. This group of young women brings tremendous attack skills, athleticism, teamwork, tenacity and a strong defensive presence to UNH."
Graves was named to the Academic All-America Team and was Massachusetts' leading goal scorer in her junior year at Bishop Fenwick. The midfielder captained her team to the Catholic Central League championship, was selected the league's MVP and named to the Eastern Massachusetts All-Star Team. She is also a letterwinner for the basketball and soccer teams. This past fall, Graves starred in goal as the soccer team won the Catholic Central League championship and finished the season as MIAA D2 North semifinalists. Graves also played for the Revolution Lacrosse club (Team REV).
Hinkle lettered in lacrosse, field hockey and basketball at Glenelg High School. She is a three-year starter in lacrosse and as a junior the attacker was named to the 2010 Academic All-America Team, All-Howard County First Team, Gazette First Team and Washington Post All-Metro Honorable Mention. Hinkle led the team in points with 86 and draw controls with 61. She is also a three-year starter and two-year captain of the field hockey team, which won the 2010 Class 2A state championship. Hinkle finished her senior season with 34 goals and 18 assists, was named All-Metro First Team by both the Baltimore Sun and Washington Post as well as All-Howard County First Team. Hinkle played for Hero's Lacrosse Club and was named to the All-Tournament Team at the 2010 Vail Shootout. She also is a member of the National Honor Society.
Hurwitz was selected to the ESPN RISE Girls Top 20 - Rise Goalies for 2011. As a junior at Council Rock South High School, she was a team captain and played in all 18 games with a .580 save percentage (312 saves; 176 goals allowed). Hurwitz was selected to the Suburban One National Conference All-League First Team and was named team MVP as a sophomore and junior. In her sophomore season, Hurwitz was selected to the Suburban One National Conference All-League Second Team and to the AllPhillyLacrosse.com Girls Honorable Mention Team. She also lettered in field hockey at Council Rock South and played for Phantastix Lacrosse Club, which is directed by UNH alum Sue Frazier.
McGillis competed on the varsity team at Conestoga High School for three seasons and will serve as co-captain this spring. As a junior, the midfielder was named to the prestigious All Central League Second Team and the All Main Line Second Team. During her sophomore year, McGillis received Honorable Mention from All Main Line. She was selected to play at the 2009 and 2010 National Tournaments as a member of the Philly Team 2 & 3 teams. In addition, McGillis was Hurwitz's teammate on the aforementioned Phantastix Lacrosse Club. McGillis has been on the Honor Roll each year at Conestoga.
Nock competed in varsity soccer and lacrosse since her freshman year at Severn High School. She was selected IAAM Second Team All-County as a junior midfielder and will be serving as a team captain this spring. Nock was also selected a captain of her soccer team this past fall and was an All-Conference player as a freshman and senior. She finished the 2010 soccer season as an IAAM All-Star and received the team's Player Award. She also played for the basketball team. Nock's other lacrosse experience includes playing for MD United-East Lacrosse Club. Nock has been on the Headmaster's List every year and is a National Honor Society member.
Puccia played lacrosse and soccer at Fairport High School and served as lacrosse captain as a junior midfielder. In 2010, Puccia led her team to the state playoffs and her Fairport team finished as silver medalists at the Empire State games. During her breakout junior year, Puccia had 65 goals and 22 assists, secured 89 draw controls and corralled 42 ground balls to receive Monroe County All-League First Team recognition as well as All-Greater Rochester Honorable Mention. Puccia also played for Lady Roc Lacrosse Club. She has been on the Honor Roll each year and is a National Honor Society member.
"I am very excited about our 2011 recruiting class," Daly added. "All six student-athletes have the lacrosse pedigree, competitiveness and work ethic to help take us to the next level. They all truly believe in UNH lacrosse and bleed blue, are passionate about building a championship team and will be an integral part of the future success of this program. In addition, all six are accomplished students in the classroom and strong leaders, both on and off the field. We look forward to having them join our Wildcat family next fall."