The Canisius College women’s lacrosse team has added 10 commits to its class of 2018, head coach Scott Teeter announced on Friday.
“This class has been a long time coming,” Teeter said. “I’m excited that the time is finally here for them to join our program as this is the biggest and most talented class we’ve ever had. We have a mix of the top-girls from Canada and Section V in Western New York, which is one of the nation’s hotbeds for recruiting. They all have tremendous potential and great lacrosse resumes as both high school and club players.”
The incoming class features four midfielders, three attackers, two defenders and a goalie.
Joining the Canisius midfield will be Clare Bollin, of Webster, N.Y. Bollin is a five-year player for Webster-Schroder High School and a member of the Relentless Hustle club team that won the 2013 Club Lacrosse National Championship.
“Clare is an excellent two-way middie with the vision of an attacker,” Teeter said. “She brings an excellent lacrosse IQ as well.”
Relentless Hustle teammate and fellow Western New York product Rena Brown will join the Griffs at attack. Brown is one of two girls in this class who played her high school lacrosse for Brighton, which was the New York runner-up in 2011 and 2013.
“Rena brings great speed that will be utilized in transition offense,” Teeter said.
Erica Evans joins Canisius a midfielder of Peterborough, Ontario, who earned MVP honors and a bronze medal at the OFSAA Championship in 2013. Evans is one of two Canadian products to join the Griffs for 2015.
“Erica is a great two-way middie and one of he best to come out of Canada in her class,” Teeter said. “She has all the qualities to be a game-changer for us.”
First Team All-Greater Rochester selection Megan Maloney comes to Canisius as a midfielder. Another member of Relentless Hustle’s National Championship team, Maloney was a four-year starter at Victor High School.
“Megan is another impact two-way midfielder,” Teeter said. “She is someone who is capable of making plays all over the field.”
Port Coquitlam, British Columbia native Billy McLaughlin comes to the Griffs as a midfielder after playing three seasons for Burnaby Mountain. McLaughlin also played box lacrosse for team British Columbia.
“Billy adds a tremendous amount of height to our team,” Teeter said. “She’s also great in transition with excellent vision and distributes the ball well.”
Webster-Thomas High School product and National Champion as a member of Relentless Hustle, Nicole Nelson joins Canisius as a defender.
“Nicole is a fearless attacking defender,” Teeter said. “She is someone who thrives off making plays.”
Another Western New York native, Julia Pavone comes to the Griffs as a defender from Irondequoit high school. Pavone played her club lacrosse for Relentless Hustle, and was a member of the National Championship team.
“Julia has he heart of a lion and will excel at every task given to her,” Teeter said.
Lauren Smolensky comes to Canisius as the other member of the 2014 recruiting class to have played high school lacrosse for perennial powerhouse Brighton. Another member of the Relentless Hustle club, Smolensky was an All-American in 2013.
“Lauren is a pint-sized playmaker,” Teeter said. “She’s an outstanding attacker with great position and excellent ability.”
The lone member of the class from section VI, Allison Stewart joins the Griffs at attack. Stewart owns the Lancaster High School records for goals and assists. Stewart also played club lacrosse for Relentless Hustle.
“Allie is a VI standout that has a great, great shot,” Teeter said. “This local product will grow the game in our area.”
The goaltender from this year’s class is Rebecca VanLaeken. A Canandaigua native, VanLaeken was the goaltender for the Relentless Hustle club.
“Rebecca is one of the top goalies in the nation,” Teeter said. “We look for her to compete for playing time right away.”
The 2014 edition of the Canisius women’s lacrosse team will begin its quest for a fourth-straight MAAC Championship on Feb. 16 at Syracuse.