AU Women's Lacrosse Signs 11 Incoming Freshmen and One Transfer for 2009

Class highlighted by three All-Americans

Katie Woods has brought in 12 new players for the 2009 season.

Sept. 8, 2008

WASHINGTON - The American University women's lacrosse team has signed 11 incoming freshman and one transfer for the 2009 season, announced Eagles head coach Katie Woods. Jordan Allen, Kaska Komosinski, Emma Larkin, Paige Lin, Bernadette Maher, Bailey McDonough, Chelsea O'Neill, Emily Reichard, Lauren Schoenberger, Emily Stankiewicz, and Alice Thomson have all signed national letters of intent, while Meghan Kirby comes to AU from Nassau Community College.

"We're very excited to welcome 12 new student athletes to our program," Woods said. "They all possess the drive and athleticism to take AU lacrosse to a higher level on and off the field."

Allen, a defender, was a first team all-area, all-conference and Iron Hills Division selection out of Mendham High School. Her team ranked in the top-25 in the country and was second in the state of New Jersey.

Komosinski, a goalie, from Mt. Lebanon High School, was an MSLA MVP, a 2008 WPIAL All-Star and an All-America Honorable Mention selection. She helped lead her team to an MSLA Championship and participated in the WPIAL finals in 2007 and 2008.



Larkin, a midfielder, was a stand-out duel sport athlete at Dulaney High School in lacrosse and cross country/track. She was named Dulaney's Most Outstanding Senior Female Athlete and was a first team All-Baltimore County and second team Towson Times as a senior. Larkin helped lead her team to a county championship (2008) were state finalists and regional champions in 2007.

Lin, a midfielder, was a first team all-league selection as a junior and senior out of Henry M. Gunn High School. She earned team MVP as a junior and the Coach's Award as a senior. Lin was named Athlete of the Year as a sophomore and a junior.

Maher, a midfielder, was an all-league and Bucks County Courier Times Golden First Team as a junior and a senior out of Council Rock North High School. She led the team in ground balls, draw controls, turnovers and interceptions. Maher was also an all-state field hockey player.

McDonough, a defender, played four years of lacrosse and field hockey at Westminster High School. She helped lead her high school team to the semi-finals two straight seasons.

O'Neill, an attacker, played four years of soccer and two years of lacrosse at Severn School. She was awarded the Most Improved Player in lacrosse in 2006 and was named soccer MVP as a senior.

Reichard, an attacker, was named captain her senior year at Unionville High School. She helped lead her team to a second place finish in the national tournament. She also played two years of soccer.

Schoenberger, an attacker, was a two-time Academic All-American out of Penfield High School. She was a three-time first team all-county selection and named 2008 Team MVP. She helped lead her team to a Section V Championship and state semifinal appearance in 2007. Schoenberger led the team in scoring as a senior and also participated in cross country and track.

Stankiewicz, a defender, played four years of basketball and lacrosse and one year of soccer at Longmeadow High School. She was a four-year starter in lacrosse and was an All-America selection. Stankiewicz was a two-time First Team All-Western Massachusetts selection and a two-time Super Seven pick. She helped lead her team to four Western Massachusetts Championships and four state final appearances.

Thompson, a defender, was a Baltimore County All-Star out of Towson High School. She helped lead her team to the Maryland State Finals and county championships in 2006-07. She was named a team captain as a senior.

Meghan Kirby, an attacker, transferred from Nassau Community College after leading her team to a pair of playoff runs in both her years there. She attended Holy Trinity Diocesan High School prior to Nassau C.C. and earned two letters as a two-year captain.

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