Fresno State lacrosse coach Sue Behme announced the signings of five high school seniors to National Letters of Intents during the early signing period. The five players that will join the Bulldogs for the 2011 season are Kara Concheck, Lisa Barnaba, Ashley Phillips, Briana Hetherington and Rachel Minarovich.
“This year’s recruiting class will compliment our first recruiting class very well,” Behme said. “Kara, Lisa, Ashley, Briana, and Rachel all bring tremendous athletic ability and experience to the table. Each of these student-athletes have a tremendous amount of enthusiasm and are dedicated to being the best in the classroom and on the field. They are fighters and are willing to work as hard as they can to help us move towards a MPSF Conference Championship.”
Here is a closer look at each person’s accomplishments.
Kara Concheck: Columbus, Ohio /The Wellington School
2009: First-team all-state, first-team all-region, and played for the Great Lakes Region at the 2009 National Tournament. 72 goals in her junior year in lacrosse and has been a four year starter on her basketball team.
Behme on Concheck: “Kara is a great addition to our program. She is fast, athletic, and will have the ability to develop into a great student-athlete here at Fresno State. Kara’s 6’1″ frame will bring the added height we need on the field. She played for Midwestern Force and has experience against the top players in the country.”
Lisa Barnaba: Abington, Maryland / John Carroll School
2009: Played for Mid-Atlantic Team 2 in the National Tournament and has been a four year varsity member of her high school team. In 2008, her high school team was ranked No. 1 in the nation and No. 1 in Maryland. In 2007 and 2008, her school won the IAAM “A” Conference Championship.
Behme on Barnaba: “It is exciting to have another great goalkeeper join our roster. Lisa comes from a national ranked high school team and has been very well coached. She has played with and against amazing lacrosse players. In addition to her high school experience, Lisa played for the NEMS Lacrosse Club in Maryland. I am thrilled that I have the opportunity to personally train Lisa between the pipes.”
Ashley Phillips: Amherst, New Hampshire / Souhegan High School
2009: New Hampshire D1 second-team all-state, 2009 Coaches Award, 2008 D1 State Champions with an undefeated season.
Behme on Phillips: “Ashley is coachable and athletic. She is composed and played from Granite State Elite which meshed well with high school lacrosse program. This has prepared her well for her career at Fresno State. I am excited to see Ashley develop as a student-athlete.”
Briana Hetherington: Mantua, New Jersey / Clearview Regional High School
2009 and 2008 Olympic Conference Second Team. Rookie of the Year as a freshman for her high school team. Briana played for the South Jersey Devils and has played consistently against strong competition.
Behme on Hetherington: “Briana brings a competitive fire and drive to our program. She is versatile and has the ability to develop into a strong player for us. Her energy is contagious.”
Rachel Minarovich: San Diego, California / Westview High School
In 2009, she lead Westview High School in goals and assists, was selected to North County All-League First Team, and All-CIF San Diego Section Second Team. Rachel was selected in 2008 and 2009 to play for the California Region in the National Tournament and in 2009 was selected by her team as a team captain and the Most Valuable Offensive Player.
Behme on Minarovich: “Rachel is aggressive and determined. She is has the drive to excel on and off the field. I am very excited to see Rachel develop here at Fresno State.”