Nov. 25, 2003
EVANSTON, Ill. -
Northwestern head coach Kelly Amonte Hiller announced the signing of six women to National Letters of Intent during the early signing period. These women will matriculate at Northwestern next year and be eligible to play for the Wildcats in the spring of 2005.
Amonte Hiller went local to sign Hilary Alley (Lake Forest, Ill./Lake Forest), who will join her sister Abby on the Wildcats roster, and stayed in the Midwest to ink Christy Finch (Hudson, Ohio/Hudson). Amonte Hiller also went east to sign four women -- Abby Bangser (West Hartford, Conn./Conrad), Quinn Cammarota (Northport, N.Y./Northport), Fallon McGraw (Annapolis, Md./St. Mary's) and Lindsay North (McLean, Va./McLean).
"Overall, I am very pleased with this class," said Amonte Hiller. "I think that they bring a common denominator of speed and athleticism to the program; this is the fastest combined class that I have signed in my time at Northwestern. I think that each player brings a unique characteristic to the team and each player is extremely versatile. This class is very balanced with talent from attack to the goalie position.
"This is my final class to complete a full team, and I am excited at how these new players will mesh with the seasoned veterans. The signing of these players is an exciting step for our program."
In its second season back as a varsity program, Northwestern women's lacrosse went 8-8 last year overall, including a 2-4 mark in the American Lacrosse Conference. This year's team returns every starter from a year ago and features just one senior on the roster.
Lake Forest, Ill./Lake Forest
High School: Two-year starter heading into senior season ... Started as a sophomore on Lake Forest's state championship squad ... 2003 All-America and all-state selection ... Led team in scoring and was Team MVP as Lake Forest finished second at state tournament ...High school coach is Steve Dunn ... Played for Grayslake Team 1 at national tournament ... Also the 2003 Illinois Player of the Year in field hockey ... Two-time all-state selection ... Selected for three National Futures Tournaments and Futures Elite Team ... National Honor Society member ... Selected as a National Scholar and attended National Young Leaders Conference in Washington, D.C.
Personal: Birthdate is 8/14/86 ... Parents are Joanie and Steve Alley ... Father played hockey at Wisconsin ... Will join her sister, Abby, in 2005; Abby is currently a junior on the Wildcat lacrosse team.
Coach Amonte Hiller on Alley: "Hilary is a great athlete with all the components that it takes to be a great lacrosse player-she has good size, great speed and quickness, and a good overall understanding of the game of lacrosse. Hilary plays on our Wildcat Elite High School Club Team and has made tremendous improvements in just one season; if she continues to improve at this rate, her future will be very bright at Northwestern. Hilary was heavily recruited for field hockey, but she chose lacrosse, and I think it is going to be special for Hilary to play with her older sister Abby."
West Hartford, Conn./Conrad
High School: First team All-America as a junior ... Two-time first-team all-state and all-conference ... Played with Lower New England Team I at 2003 National Tournament ... High school coach is Ashley Gengras ... Also letters in soccer and basketball ... National Honor Society and National Spanish Honor Society member ... Honor roll student.
Personal: Birthdate is 10/27/86 ... Parents are Deborah and Michael Bangser.
Coach Amonte Hiller on Bangser: "Abby is recognized as one of the top goalies in her class nationally-she has great playing experience with her club team and at the national tournament for New England team 1. I like that Abby brings great athleticism and height to the position; her athleticism will allow her to be active outside the net at the college level, which is a tradition with our goalies. I saw Abby play against the national U-19 team, and I knew from her performance that she was the goalie for us."
High School: Already a three-year letterwinner, she played for Northport's 2002 and 2003 Suffolk County championship teams and 2003 Long Island champions ... Won team's 2002 Most Improved Award ... Spring Scholar Athlete Award recipient in 2002 and 2003 ... High school coach is Carol Rose ...Won a gold medal at the 2003 Empire State Games ... Played for New York South at National Tournament ... Also letters in soccer ... National Art Honor Society member ... Honor roll student.
Personal: Birthdate is 1/31/86 ... Father, Michael, played baseball at Tampa ... Stepfather, Kevin McNally, played lacrosse at Hobart ... Mother is Beth McNally and stepmother is Donna Cammarota ... Will play in 2005 with former high school teammate Kate Darmody, currently a junior at Northwestern.
Coach Amonte Hiller on Cammarota: "Quinn plays at one of the top high school lacrosse programs in the country, and will bring great skill to the squad in combination with speed and versatility. Her playing experience at Northport and also with the Yellow Jackets, one of the top club teams in the country, will give her a leg up when making the transition to college lacrosse."
High School: Two-year letterwinner in lacrosse heading into senior season ... 2003 honorable mention All-America ... All-Ohio and first-team North Region ... Second-team North Region pick in 2002 ... Two-time Team MVP ... Team advanced to state semifinals in 2001 and 2003 and district final in 2002 ... High school coach is Joya Mitchell ... During summer of 2003 earned Galaxy League Second-Team All-America honors ... Also letters in soccer ... Two-time First-Team Western Reserve Conference selection ... Helped team to 2001 state final, 2002 district semifinals, and 2003 regional final.
Personal: Birthdate is 10/9/85 ... Parents are Ann Marie and Gaylon Finch.
Coach Amonte Hiller on Finch: "We are excited to have another Midwest player join our program. Christy has tremendous athleticism and speed; she is a true competitor, and we look forward to taking advantage of her great speed and athleticism in the midfield. Christy is fairly new to lacrosse, and I think she has unlimited potential."
Annapolis, Md./St. Mary's
High School: Two-year letterwinner in lacrosse ... Helped team to second place in IAAM Conference in 2003 ... High school coach is Sue Chittim ... Also two-year letterwinner in field hockey ... Team captain in 2002 ... National Honor Society member ... Member of Students for Success program ... Nominated for National Leadership Conference in Washington, D.C.
Personal: Birthdate is 5/21/86 ... Parents are Lori and Robert McGraw ... Will play in 2005 with St. Mary's alum Sarah Walsh, currently a junior at Northwestern.
Coach Amonte Hiller on McGraw: "Fallon comes from a very strong high school program. She has great speed and athleticism, and a drive to be successful. Fallon is a true defender with a great sense of positioning, communicating, and sliding. At her high school practices and with her club team she gets to match up against some of the premier attackers in the country."
High School: A two-time all-district honoree in lacrosse ... Second-team all-region in 2003 ... Team MVP in 2002 ... High school coach is Demby Banbury ... Also lettered in basketball and soccer ... Received Student-Athlete Award in hoops ... Honor Roll student.
Personal: Birthdate is 1/24/86 ... Daughter of Elizabeth and Barry North.
Coach Amonte Hiller on North: "Lindsay is a great athlete, with speed and a tremendous drive to learn the game of lacrosse. She primarily has played defensive midfield for her high school and club team, and has developed into one of the top defenders in her area. Lindsay has the speed and the athleticism to play anywhere on the field at the college level, and the personality to be a great leader on and off the field."