Kennesaw State Women's Lacrosse Announces 2013 Signing Class

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Head Coach Kristina Llanes on Class| 2013 Schedule

KENNESAW, Ga. (Nov. 29, 2012) – Kennesaw State women’s lacrosse head coach Kristina Llanes announced the signing of 11 players to national letters-of-intent. The group will enroll at KSU in the fall of 2013 and represents the first early signing class in program history.

Additionally, Megan Nicolette (Cumming, Ga. / North Forsyth HS), also will join the program as a walk-on.

Llanes, who was named head coach in May, and the Owls are currently preparing for their inaugural season which begins in February, 2013.

“When we were looking for the 2013's, we were really looking for players with high lacrosse IQs, very much students of the game, understand the game very well, willing to learn more about their individual games and team game and really girls that are committed to building the program and understand the responsibility that goes along with that,” Llanes said.

The current group of players is nearly evenly split between Georgia and out-of-state residents. The list includes four players from Georgia, three from Maryland and Ohio, and one each from California and West Virginia.

The following is a capsule of each player:

Madison Christian: 5-6, Attack/Midfielder; Severna Park, Md. / Severna Park HS

  • Earned All-Anne Arundel County and All-Region honors
  • Also was captain of cheerleading team and orchestra; Received all-county honors in both activities
  • Competed for the CC LAX and Maryland United Lacrosse clubs
  • Born at Andrews AFB

Samantha Farwick; 5-2, Attack; Columbus, Ohio / Upper Arlington HS

  • Named to second team All-Ohio Capital Conference as a sophomore and junior
  • A member of the Ohio Elite Lacrosse summer team (2011), Northstar indoor lacrosse team in 2010, 2011, 2012
  • Helped Upper Arlington HS to state Division I runner-up finish in 2012. Scored a goal championship game
  • Sister, Sydney, has also signed to play lacrosse at Kennesaw State

Sydney Farwick; 5-2; Midfield/Attack; Columbus, Ohio / Upper Arlington HS

  • Scored 17 goals, totaled 13 assists and had 44 draw controls during sophomore season
  • Tallied 40 goals, seven assists, 38 draw controls, one interception and caused 14 turnovers as a junior
  • Selected first team All-Ohio Capital Conference, all-district, all-state and received honorable mention All-America
  • Scored two goals in the 2012 Division I state championship game and named team captain for senior season

Olivia Hokanson; 5-7; Attack; Crofton, Md. / South River HS

  • A four-sport athlete at South River HS
  • Competed in cross country, field hockey, lacrosse and track and field
  • An honor student throughout high school career

Taylor McGhee; 5-2; Midfield; Marietta, Ga. / Sprayberry HS

  • A two-sport (cross country, lacrosse) athlete at Sprayberry HS
  • Named lacrosse team’s Most Valuable Player after totaling 55 goals and 22 assists as a junior
  • Team has reached the playoffs in each of her three seasons
  • Recipient of the Stinger Award in 2009
  • Received the cross country Coach’s Award in 2010 and Rookie of the Year as freshman in 2009
  • 2011 Georgia Merit Scholar and Academic All-American
  • Played for the Sprayberry Varsity and Eagle Stix club teams

Maci Murdock; 5-7; Goalie; Powder Springs, Ga. / Hillgrove HS

  • A four-year letter winner at Hillgrove HS
  • Team captain in 2012
  • A four-year member of the Concert Band and Marching Band
  • Played for the Thunderbird HX lacrosse club team

Megan Nicoletti; 5-3; Attack; Cumming, Ga. / North Forsyth HS

  • A standout performer both athletically and academically at North Forsyth HS
  • A four-year letter winner in lacrosse
  • Earned All-Forsyth County as a junior and tabbed the Most Valuable Attack
  • Also named a U.S. Lacrosse High School Academic All-American in 2012
  • Selected to U.S. Lacrosse Tournament Georgia’ first team in 2012
  • Named Outstanding Midfielder in 2010
  • A member of the Hotlanta Lacrosse Club team
  • An honor student who has received multiple academic awards, including the 2012 Georgia Certificate of Merit

Katherine Ocheda; 5-5; Defense; Perry Hall, W.Va. / Institute of Notre Dame

  • Competed in field hockey and lacrosse at Institute of Notre Dame
  • Leading scorer in field hockey junior and senior years
  • Unsung hero in lacrosse in freshman year

Haley O’Donoghue; 5-8; Attack; North Tustin, Calif. / Foothill HS

  • A senior captain at Foothill HS, where she was named Midfielder of the year
  • Totaled 48 goals, 27 ground balls and 12 assists as a junior, earning first team All-Century League honors
  • Second team All-Century League selection after helping team to league title and a berth in the CIF semifinals
  • Played on numerous lacrosse club teams, including Team OC Elite, where she was top scorer

Lyndsay Parris; 5-3; Midfield; Snellville, Ga. / Grayson HS

  • A standout performer at Grayson HS
  • Recorded 31 goals, 79 ground balls and won 86 draw controls as a junior in 2012
  • Selected second team All-Gwinnett County and tabbed Grayson High’s Best Midfielder
  • A scholar-athlete in 2012
  • Selected Grayson’s Offensive Player of the Year and honorable mention All-Gwinnett County as a sophomore
  • Voted Grayson’s Most Valuable Player in 2010
  • Plays for the Thunderbird HX club team

Adrianna Smith; 5-2; Midfield/Attack; Lebanon, Ohio / Lebanon HS

  • Earned first team all-district and second team all-state as a junior
  • Lebanon HS advanced to state finals where it lost in double overtime
  • Team reached the state semifinals during sophomore year
  • Currently plays for Midwestern Force club team

Megan Tobias; 5-3; Defense; Abingdon, Md. / Mercy HS

  • Earned Academic Recognition all four years at Mercy HS
  • Latin American Cultures Outstanding Student Award recipient Basic Design Award winner as a junior
  • Played for Looney’s Lacrosse Club team

Kennesaw State is celebrating 30 years of intercollegiate athletics during the 2012-13 academic year.