The University of Denver women’s lacrosse team welcomes seven new faces to the program this year to help replace five graduating seniors from last season.
“This freshman class brings in a lot of size and speed,” said head coach Liza Kelly. “They are working really hard and being pushed to better themselves. This is a different team and these girls are ready to get the season started.”
Molly Danko – A midfielder from Baltimore, Danko comes in with three years of experience with The Bryn Mawr School. Danko has been honored with numerous awards during her high school career, including being named to the 2013 Balimore Messenger Girls All-Star Lacrosse Frist Team and the 2013 Towson Times Girls All-Star Second Team. Additionally, Danko played in the 2012 Under Armor Underclassmen Games. Outside of lacrosse, Danko played four years of field hockey and basketball in high school, leading her team to the IAAM A Conference Championship and Final No. 1 ranking in the state of Maryland in 2009.
Hunter Gray – A defenseman from Mount Laurel, N.J., Gray becomes a Pioneer after playing four years of lacrosse at Lenape High School. Gray is a two-time recipient of the All-South Jersey First Team and All-Conference First Team. Gray was also honored as a member of the All-County (Burlington County) First Team in 2012. Additionally, Gray played field hockey in high school, earning All-Conference Second Team.
Ellie Knott – A midfielder from Baltimore, Knott enters DU after playing four years at The Bryn Mawr School. Knott chose Denver for its strong academics and competitive athletics. Knott also considered Boston College, James Madison, Virginia Tech and Virginia for lacrosse. In addition to lacrosse, Knott played four years of field hockey.
Nicole Martindale – At attack from Brooklin, Ontario, Martindale led the Lady Blue Knights club team to six Provincial Lacrosse Championships. Martindale was named to the Syracuse Nike Cup All-Star Team in 2011 and 2012. Martindale also played ice hockey in high school, leading her team to three Provincial Hockey Championships.
Sybil Pallace – A midfielder from Baltimore, Pallace led Mc Dough High School to four undefeated seasons and the No. 1 ranking in the nation. Pallace played seven seasons for the Skywalkers club team, winning the Charm City Tournament. Pallace also played soccer, tennis and basketball in high school.
Maddy Stevenson – A goalkeeper from Bainbridge Island, Wash., Stevenson led her team to a pair of Washington State Championships in 2011 and 2012. Additionally, Stevenson earned All-State First Team in four-consecutive years from 2010-13. Stevenson also played four years of volleyball in high school as an outside hitter.
Layne Voorhees – A midfielder from Alexandria, Va., Voorhees comes to DU after playing three years at St. Stephen’s & St. Agnes School. Voorhees helped her team to three-consecutive VISAA State Championships from 2011-13.
DU finished the 2013 season with an 18-3 record, beating Jacksonville 14-7 in the NCAA Tournament first round. Denver went undefeated at home and had a perfect 8-0 record in the regular season against Mountain Pacific Sports Federation teams.
The Crimson and Gold opens its 2014 schedule against Colorado at Peter Barton Lacrosse Stadium on Wednesday, Feb. 19 at 3 p.m. Additionally, Denver will host the 2014 MPSF Tournament from May 1-3.
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