As the 2014 campaign gets underway for Richmond women’s lacrosse, head coach Allison Evans announces the signing of eight new players for the 2015 season.
“This class has the ability to come in and make an impact right away,” said Evans. “As a staff, we are excited about what this class will bring both on and off the field. This is a group of exceptional young women who are motivated to continue to propel this program forward and we are eager for their arrival to campus in August.”
Carolyn Chambers – Defender – Chatham, N.J. / Morristown-Beard
Chambers is a legacy athlete, as her mother Mary played field hockey at Richmond from 1982-85. Carolyn is a four-year lacrosse starter, earning First-Team All-Prep B League and First-Team All Colonial South Conference. In her first three seasons, she tallied 57 goals at Morristown-Beard, which advanced to the Prep-B Finals in 2012 and 2013. She is also a four-year starter on the field hockey and ice hockey programs, earning All-Conference in both sports.
Coach Evans on Chambers: “Carolyn is an athletic and physical defender that has the ability to shutdown attackers. She's tenacious and should develop into a top one-on-one defender.”
Hope D’Orsi – Midfield – Sudbury, Mass. / St. Mark’s School
D’Orsi will captain the St. Mark’s lacrosse team this season after earning All-America status last year. She was First-Team ISL last year after leading the team in goals and caused turnovers. Her sophomore season ended with an Honorable Mention recognition. In addition to her lacrosse prowess, she earned three soccer letters and one basketball letter. Her father played ice hockey at Yale, where her brother is committed to play the same sport next year.
Coach Evans on D'Orsi: “Hope is a dynamic midfielder. She can get up and down the field well and has the ability to contribute in all facets of the game.”
Kim Egizi – Midfield/Attack – Westwood, Mass. / Westwood
Egizi will earn her fourth varsity letter and will be the elected captain this season. She has been a three-year starter and two-time Tri-Valley League All-Star at Westwood. A three-sport athlete, she also earned four letters in ice hockey, with two All-Star nods and the captaincy for this season, in addition to a pair of letters in soccer. Coming from an athletic family, Egizi has two older sisters who played collegiate lacrosse at Union College and an older brother who played football at Endicott College.
Coach Evans on Egizi: “Kim is a fluid player. I am confident that with her stick and speed she will find the back of the net for us.”Maeve Holland – Midfield – Londonderry, N.H. / Londonderry
Holland is a four-year starter in lacrosse and soccer at Central Catholic and later for Londonderry, and earned All-State in lacrosse in 2013 and Merrimack Valley All-Conference for both sports in 2012. She also garnered All-State and All-New England recognition in soccer in 2013. Additionally, Holland ran track and played basketball during her prep career. She is a member of the National Honor Society and serves on the Athletic Leadership Council and Community Service Clubs in high school. She has an older sister, Kaitlyn, who plays lacrosse as a sophomore at Keene State College.
Coach Evans on Holland: “Maeve is an incredible athlete. She has great speed and footwork and should make an impact early on in her career.”Maggie Kane – Goalie – Lutherville, Md. / The Bryn Mawr School
Kane is a two-year member of the varsity team, heading into 2014 as the captain. She was selected to the Nike Elite 120 and was a MYLA All-Star. She played field hockey for one year and played two seasons with the basketball program. In her spare time, she volunteers at the Baltimore Humane Society and Our Daily Bread. Her uncle played lacrosse at Brown, while her grandfather played football at Notre Dame and Johns Hopkins.
Coach Evans on Kane: “Maggie is an athletic goalie and has great presence in the cage. She is also active outside of the crease and should be a spark to our fast break.”
Caroline Queally – Midfield – Riverside, Conn. / The Taft School
Queally is a three-year lacrosse starter at The Taft School, earning Founders League All-Star status and a NEPSWLA All-Star nod. She also played ice hockey and field hockey for three years at The Taft School. She was the head of the Taft Environment Awareness Movement and a three-year member of Homework Helpers and the Volunteer Council.
Coach Evans on Queally: “Caroline is a powerful midfielder. I believe she will add a ton to our team through her consistent play and sense for the game.”
Brynn Taylor – Defender – Madison, N.J. / Madison
Taylor will enter her fourth season on varsity for Madison as captain. She has previously earned a pair of All-Conference nods in the Freedom North Conference. She was Honorable Mention Morris County last season and an Academic All American, and also earned Rookie of the Year in 2011. For her career, she enters her senior season with 80 goals and 14 assists. Off the field, she is a youth ministry leader and a winner of the Gold Community Service Award (for 100+ hours of work) and is on multiple committees and advisory boards through her school.
Coach Evans on Tayor: “Brynn is a very smart and talented defender. I am excited about her potential to develop into a leader of our defensive unit.”Katie Trainer – Attack – Johns Creek, Ga. / Chattahoochee
Trainer has been the captain at Chattahoochee for the past two seasons, earning Team MVP honors last year. She is a two-time All-State performer and holds the school record for goals (77) and points in a season (105). Chattahoochee made it to the State Semifinals in 2011 and 2012, falling in the quarterfinals in 2013. In addition to her athletic prowess, she has been the creative director (designer) of the school magazine for two years. Her father was a two-sport athlete at Gettysburg College, while her mom was a swimmer there. Her older brother Michael plays club lacrosse at Georgia.
Coach Evans on Trainer: “Katie has great hands and footwork and works well around the crease. She's crafty and will give us a lot of depth to our attacking line-up.”
Richmond’s 2014 17-game season begins at home on Friday, February 7, with a 4 p.m. home game against Liberty. The Spiders are home nine times this season, and will host the Atlantic 10 Conference Tournament the first weekend of May.