Merrimack Signs Nine Lacrosse Recruits in NLI Early Period

NORTH ANDOVER, Mass. - The Merrimack College women's lacrosse team and head coach Julie Duffy have announced the addition of nine future Warriors to the program during the National Letter of Intent (NLI) earning signing period earlier this month.

The nine incoming Warriors are a varied group that hail from five different states, as well as one from Canada. They all are slated to graduate in the spring of 2018 and are entering their final seasons of high school competition. The versatile group includes five defenders, two midfielders and two attacks, although a number of them play multiple positions on the field. The group has garnered a number of individual accolades, as well, and should make an immediate impact on the women's lacrosse program at Merrimack.

"Over the past year, our coaching staff has been able to identify all of the key characteristics that we are looking for when recruiting student-athletes that are ideal for our program, and we believe these nine future Warriors embody every trait that we are looking for," Duffy said. "Every one of these student-athletes comes from some of the top club and high school programs on the east coast and they are eager to help continue our vision for building Merrimack into one of the top Division II programs in the country. We're excited for their arrival next fall."

Position: Defense
Height: 5-5
Hometown/High School: Sparks, Md./Notre Dame Prep
Club Team: Sky Walkers Lacrosse Club

Entering senior season at Notre Dame Prep and is a three-time letterwinner in girls' lacrosse ... Named team captain as a sophomore ... Member of Science National Honor Society and National Honor Art Society ... Plays for Sky Walkers Lacrosse Club in Baltimore.

Duffy on Albanesi: "Morgan comes to us from one of the country top club lacrosse program having played for Sky Walkers lacrosse. Morgan's ability to communicate and stop the 1-v-1 play will continue to help our defense grow. Morgan also has a quick stick that allows her to land some great checks and head down the field with the ball in her stick."

Position: Attack
Height: 5-2
Hometown/High School: Plymouth, Mass./Plymouth North
Club Team: Mass Elite

Two-time captain and three-year letterwinner at Plymouth North High School ... Three-time Patriot League All-Star ... Has started every season ... Honor Roll as a sophomore and junior ... Ranks second in school history in goals scored and first in assists heading into her senior season.

Duffy on Cotone: "Sophia comes to Merrimack from Mass Elite, one of Massachusetts' top club lacrosse programs, and will join fellow Mass Elite player Kylie Ward. Sophia will bring new light to our midfield transition game and has the potential to be a defender's worst nightmare when trying to get the ball through the midfield while boasting great speed to help us in our transition game. She will also pair nicely with other attackers in this class and on our current roster to give our offense even more depth."

Position: Defense
Height: 5-2
Hometown/High School: Natick, Mass./Natick
Club Team: Revolution Lacrosse

Three-year letterwinner at Natick High School ... Has started nearly every game since freshman season ... Has twice been nominated to try out for Lower New England Team ... Played in the Brine All-American games as a freshman ... Earned honor roll selection as a sophomore and junior ... Also has earned four varsity letters in field hockey.

Duffy on Hawley: "Emily will join two of her Revolution lacrosse club teammates and bring the force of Rev to the Warriors' playing field. She will bring us skill on both ends of the field. Her primary focus will be on our defensive end where she is a solid 1-v-1 defender and even better team defender. Offensively, she has a fluid stick and ability to weave between defenders. "

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