JMU Signs Eight Future Dukes to National Letters of Intent

HARRISONBURG, Va. Head coach Shelley Klaes-Bawcombe announced the James Madison lacrosse program has signed eight to National Letters of Intent during the early signing period. The group will join the Dukes in the fall of 2018, playing their first collegiate season in 2019.

The class includes six midfielders, an attacker and a goalkeeper hailing from four states. The Dukes add three student-athletes both from New Jersey and New York and one signee hails from both Massachusetts and Pennsylvania.

"We have very high expectations for this incoming class," Klaes-Bawcombe said. "They're all capable of making quick impacts in this program. We're bringing in athletes with familiarity with each other, having signed two pairs of high school and club teammates, and we also continue to recruit dual-sport athletes. They're so versatile and have the ability to impacts many different facets of the game."

Midfielder | Flemington, N.J. | Hunterdon Central

Bill is a three-time All-Skyland Conference selection at Hunterdon Central, earning First Team honors as a sophomore. She was a participant at the 2015 US Lacrosse National Tournament, winning the Oneida Division championship. Bill has club experience with T3 Elite Lacrosse. She is also a star field hockey athlete who is a three-time all-conference honoree, and she competed twice with Total Dutch Field Hockey Club at a showcase in Florida.

KLAES-BAWCOMBE ON BILL: "Brittany is a powerful middy, she is reliable, plays hard and has strong defensive attributes. She's so impactful between the 30's because of the field she has the ability to cover."

Goalkeeper | Milton, Mass. | Milton

Buchanan was a First Team Bay State Conference All-Scholastic honoree as a junior at Milton. She finished her junior season with a 55% save percentage, leading the Wildcats to the playoffs. Buchanan has club experience with Laxachusetts Green. She is a tri-sport athlete who has also led the hockey and soccer teams to the playoffs.

KLAES-BAWCOMBE ON BUCHANAN: "We're excited to welcome a left-handed goalie to really challenge our shooters and push Ellie and Molly."

Midfielder | Stony Point, N.Y. | Albertus Magnus

Durkin is a two-time All-Metro honoree and has been an All-League selection each year at Albertus Magnus. She has scored 204 career goals in her three seasons, including a career-best 88 goals as a sophomore. Durkin has club experience with Metro Lacrosse Club, where she played with fellow signee Elizabeth Fox. She is a tri-sport athlete who is an all-state basketball player and helped the soccer team to a sectional championship. Additionally, Durkin has a decade of Gaelic football playing experience, winning the 2016 world championship in Dublin, Ireland.

KLAES-BAWCOMBE ON DURKIN: "She's a physical beast. Mairead comes from Gaelic football and is used to making contact when she plays. She has a great competitive drive that allows her to run through opponents. We're excited about the physicality she's going to bring to our program."

Midfielder | Stony Point, N.Y. | North Rockland

Fox is a three-time All-Section and All-League honoree at North Rockland. She helped the Panthers to the league, section and regional championships as a sophomore and junior, helping the program reach the state semifinals for the first two times ever in those seasons. Fox has club experience with Metro Lacrosse Club where she played with fellow signee Mairead Durkin. Fox is a tri-sport athlete who also plays basketball and field hockey. She was an All-League field hockey honoree in each of the past two seasons and an All-Elite selection as a senior.

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