Concordia-St. Paul Signs Four Lacrosse Recruits for 2018-19

ST. PAUL, Minn. Concordia-St. Paul head lacrosse coach Mo Dunnigan has announced the signing of four student-athletes for the 2018-19 academic year. The class consists of four prep standouts from the Twin Cities metro, Hannah Distad (A, Roseville Area HS), Mary Keating (M, Eastview HS), Julia Monson (M/D, Bloomington Kennedy HS) and Molly Moynihan (M/D, Apple Valley HS). The newcomers are members of the Golden Bears' third women's lacrosse recruiting class and will wear navy & gold in 2019.

"The 2018 recruiting class is a small but powerful group of young women," Dunnigan reflected. "Overall, our recruiting efforts have shifted to be more focused and pointed which is demonstrated through these four. We are so glad to have these ladies further expand our foundation and continue our path towards the next level in year three."

The players join a program that enters its second season in 2017-18 after posting a .500 record (8-8) in the inaugural season as the only NCAA Division II women's lacrosse program in the Upper Midwest and only women's lacrosse program at a scholarship level in the state of Minnesota. Concordia lacrosse, members of the Great Lakes (GLIAC) conference entering this season, was the first and currently the only institution sponsoring women's lacrosse from the Northern Sun (NSIC) conference.

Hannah Distad (A, 5-9, Fr., Roseville, Minn./Roseville Area)

Roseville Area High School: A three-time All-Suburban East Conference honorable mention selection ... will captain the 2018 Raiders ... helped the Raiders to a 2016 Suburban East section runner-up finish ... has scored 100 career goals entering senior year, with 30 in 2017, 42 in 2016, 25 in 2015 and three in 2014 ... had 46 assists in 2017, more than the previous three years combined (17 in 2016, 12 in 2015, 2 in 2015) ... has picked up three lacrosse and four hockey letters entering senior year ... also played with Lacrosse Monkey for four years.

Personal: Has a younger sister, Lauren ... her mother was on the St. Cloud State University swim team for two years ... is interested in a computer science major and business minor prior to beginning academic career at Concordia.

Dunnigan on Distad: "Hannah is a dominant attacker from X and has great vision through the 8 with the ball. The combination of her vision and soft hands will be a great asset to our attacking core."

Mary Keating (M, 5-7, Fr., Apple Valley, Minn./Eastview)

Eastview High School: Has earned 11 letters in four sports/activities for the Lightning: hockey (4), lacrosse & soccer (3) and dance tech (1) ... an All-South Suburban Conference honorable mention selection as a sophomore and junior ... named team MVP as a junior ... scored 26 goals on 43 shots on goal with 10 assists, adding 85 ground balls, 41 draw controls and 18 caused turnovers as a junior ... team captain in lacrosse and hockey ... an All-SSC honorable mention hockey player as a junior, earning Ms. Hustle honors ... helped Lightning hockey to three SSC championships, three MSHSL state appearances and a consolation championship on the ice ... an All-SSC pick as a senior soccer player, adding All-SSC honorable mention honors as a junior ... named the Lightning Award winner and Ms. Defense in soccer ... also a leader in FCA and LINC (Leadership in the Community).

Personal: Has a brother and a sister ... intends to pursue an academic path with double-majors in physical therapy and business at Concordia.

Dunnigan on Keating: "Mary is a dynamic athlete who is sure to see incredible growth right from the beginning. Her hard work and dedication have developed her into a force between the 30's. She is a ball hawk who finds herself involved in virtually every play."

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