Venechanos Announces 2016 Recruiting Class
Head coach Alexis Venechanos has welcomed in a talented group of freshmen for 2015-16.
COLUMBUS, Ohio -- Ohio State head coach Alexis Venechanos has welcomed in a talented crop of newcomers this fall as the Buckeyes begin preparations for the 2016 season. This year's freshman class is comprised of 11 student-athletes from five different states: New York, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Connecticut and Texas.
"We welcome a very elite and accomplished group to Columbus," Venechanos said. "They are a group of positive, hard-working student-athletes and will complement our existing squad very well. I love their energy and I am excited they are here."
The class consists of Alyssa Amorison (Huntington, N.Y.), Meg Camden (Downington, Pa.), Sara Dickinson (Wilton, Conn.), Hannah Gantt (Houston, Texas), Erika Keselman (Colts Neck, N.J./Colts Neck), Caroline Mackrides (Newton Square, Pa.), Mackenzie Maring (Penfield, N.Y.), Avery Murphy, (Paoli, Pa.), Erin Nagle (Baldwinsville, N.Y.), Baley Parrott (Airmont, N.Y.) and Paige Postalwait, (Baldwinsville, N.Y.).
Below is a breakdown (in alphabetical order) of each individual and their high school/club team accomplishments.
44 • Alyssa Amorison
A five-year letterwinner and a two-time captain for the Huntington Blue Devils ... four-time Brine All-American ... three-time Suffolk All-Division player ... named one of 100 Players to Watch by Newsday in 2015 ... recorded 18 goals and 31 assists as a senior, 30 goals and 16 assists as a junior, 14 goals and 32 assists as a sophomore, 17 goals and 17 assists as a freshman and 11 goals and six assists as an eighth grader on the varsity ... played for Team Elevate for six years where she was named MVP in 2014 ... 2015 Under Armour All-America Senior Showcase nominee.
11 • Meg Camden
A four-year letterwinner for Downington West ... team captain as a senior ... 2015 Under Armour All-America Senior Showcase nominee ... 2015 Third Team Ches-Mont League selection ... 2011 Brine All-American ... also lettered four years on the basketball team.
16 • Sara Dickinson
A four-year starter for Wilton ... helped the team to a state championship in 2014 and runner-up finishes in 2012, 2013 and 2015 ... 2014 and 2015 MSG Varsity All-Connecticut and Norwalk Hour All-Area Girls Lacrosse Team selection ... recorded a team-high 62 goals and 22 assists as a senior, 42 goals and 74 total points as a junior and 24 assists and 55 total points as a sophomore ... 2014 and 2015 First Team All-State and All-Fairfield Country Interscholastic Athletic Conference (FCIAC) ... played in the 2015 Under Armour Uncommitted games ... was a member of the 2013 New Jersey Brine Lacrosse All-American team that was a national finalist ... member of the CT Grizzlies Elite Lacrosse club team from 2009-15 ... a four-year scholar-athlete and a member of the National Honor Society ... also lettered two years on the basketball team and volunteered at numerous lacrosse and basketball youth clinics while in high school.
23 • Hannah Gantt
A two-year starter for Lamar ... 2015 US Lacrosse All-American ... as a captain in 2015, she led the team in scoring in 2015 and was a first-team all-state selection ... as a junior in 2014, she scored 40 goals and recorded 31 ground balls, 29 draw controls and 8 assists ... helped her team to a city championship and a state runner-up ... also lettered four years on the track and field and cross country teams at Lamar ... three-year member of the Texas Rangers club team ... member of the National Honor Society and Lone Star Society.
9 • Erika Keselman
Colts Neck, N.J./Colts Neck
Four-year starter for Colts Neck ... left as the most prolific scorer in Freehold Regional High School District history with 351 career goals and 130 assists for 481 career points ... 2015 First Team All-Shore, team captain and MVP as a senior in 2015 ... 2015 News Transcript Co-Female Athlete of the Year ... Brine All-American ... recorded a school-record and Shore Conference-best 119 goals, 54 assists and 128 draw controls as a senior ... helped the Cougars to a 16-5 record and the Shore Conference B North Division title ... became the program's first team to reach the Shore Conference Tournament (SCT) semifinals ... also lettered four years on the soccer team, helping the team to a state championship as a senior ... National Honor Society member ... sister, Hallie, played for the Buckeyes from 2012-15.
5 • Caroline Mackrides
Newton Square, Pa./Villa Maria Academy
A four-year starter for Villa Maria ... 2015 US Lacrosse First Team All-American ... two-time Academic All-American and three-time AACA All-League selection ... also played two years on the field hockey team, helping the Hurricanes to the state championship game in 2012 ... member of the National Honor Society and a member of the Children of Mary volunteering club.
26 • Mackenzie Maring
A four-year starter of the Penfield Patriots ... a four-time New York State scholar-athlete award winner and three-time All Monroe County selection ... 2015 Team MVP, captain and Academic All-American ... also lettered three years on the soccer team at Penfield, where she was team captain, MVP and a two-time all-county selection ... National Honor Society member and a four-year honor roll student ... Monroe County Youth Citizen of the Year recipient.
27 • Avery Murphy
Paoli, Pa./Arch Bishop John Carroll
Two-time US Lacrosse All-American ... 2015 team co-captain and co-MVP ... 2015 Catholic League MVP ... scored 60 goals and converted 75 percent of her shots and led the team with 83 draw controls ... first-team All-Delco and a second-team All-Southeast Pennsylvania selection.
15 • Erin Nagle
Baldwinsville, N.Y./C.W. Baker
A three-year letterwinner and starter for C.W. Baker ... 2015 First Team All-League and Second Team as a junior in 2014 ... helped C.W. Baker to the state final as a sophomore ... two-time US Lacrosse Academic All-American ... CNY Academic Athlete of the Week ... also lettered and started four years on the soccer team, where she was team captain as a junior and senior ... sister, Ali, played soccer for 4 years at UNLV ... member of the Math league and student council at C.W. Baker ... helped raise more than $10K for the Make-a-Wish Foundation.
2 • Baley Parrott
A five-year starter and two-time captain for the Suffern Mounties ... recorded 181 goals and 130 assists in her career ... 2015 US Lacrosse First Team All-American ... also earned All-America honors as a sophomore and junior ... a five-time all-league and four-time all-county selection ... 2015 Journal News Scholar-Athlete and Lacrosse Player of the Year ... a two-time Hudson Valley/Westchester Player of the Year ... a two-time MSG Varsity All-Metro team selection ... 2015 Rockland Country Female Athlete of the Season ... helped Suffern to the state championship game in 2015 ... recorded 35 goals and 40 assists as a senior, 38 goals and 30 assists as a junior, 48 goals and 40 assists as a sophomore, 40 goals and 20 assists as a freshman and 20 goals as an eighth grader playing on the varsity in 2011 ... also lettered two years on the basketball team at Suffern.
99 • Paige Postalwait
Baldwinsville, N.Y./C.W. Baker
Three-year letterwinner in goal for C.W. Baker … team captain as a senior … recorded 50 career saves from 2013-15, including 19 in each of her last two seasons ... was a member of the CNY Elite club team.
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