Fresh off of a promising first season for the program, Stetson lacrosse head coach Nicole Moore announced the addition of eight new student-athletes for the upcoming 2014 season on Tuesday.
Erin Busch, Lauren McDonald, Jillian Chiachetti, Lindsay Summers, Ana Baranowski, Julia Lozano, Christina Wittmeier, and Sam Maguire are set to join the Hatter family this fall. The eight newcomers join a wealth of returners for Stetson in 2014.
Busch, a native of Annapolis, Maryland, played four years of varsity lacrosse at Annapolis High. Also a member of the soccer and basketball teams, Busch helped lead the Panthers to a 44-16-1 record during her career. In the middle of a lacrosse hot bed, her Annapolis squad was ranked in the top 15 for the Baltimore-Metro area.
“I am excited to welcome Erin to the Stetson Lacrosse Family as her solid stick skills and lax IQ will greatly contribute to the program,” Moore said. “I was very impressed with Erin’s maturity and sincerity in the recruiting process and I am confident she will contribute to the program on and off the field.”
McDonald comes to DeLand via Naperville, Illinois, where she played at Neuqua Valley High. Leading the Wildcats to a 39-11 record over the last three seasons, McDonald and Neuqua Valley won Upstate Eight Conference Championships in 2011 and 2013. In 2011 the team finished the season fifth in the state of Illinois.
“Lauren is focused and intense, and we are enthusiastic about her bringing that fire to our Stetson program,” said Moore. “She is our first recruit out of Illinois and comes from a high school program that has seen success. Lauren will bring that winning experience to Stetson.”
Hailing from Medford, New Jersey, Chiachetti played lacrosse, field hockey, and ran track at Shawnee High School. She helped lead the Renegades to a 25-5 record over the last two seasons, earning Shawnee a national ranking of 88th and a New Jersey state ranking of third in 2012.
“Jill is a great overall athlete who is very hard working and coachable,” Moore said. “She is a natural lefty and can play wherever she is needed, making her a versatile threat. She fit right in with the team on her visit and she has a great attitude. I am thrilled to have her as a part of the program and am looking forward to guiding her in her collegiate experience.”
Another Maryland native, Summers played lacrosse at Fallston High School, where she was a three-year letter-winner. Summers helped lead the Cougars to back-to-back regional championships and a state title in 2012. She was named All-State Honorable Mention, All-Harford Second Team, as well as US Lacrosse All-Academic in 2012.
“Lindsay comes from a very successful and talented team and she has a high lax IQ that will push our program to another level,” said Moore. “She is mature, hard-working, and will fit in greatly with the philosophy of our program. Her stick skills are solid and we are excited to see what she brings in her first year.”
Baranowski joins the Hatters as a graduate of Holy Cross High School in Delran, New Jersey. A native of Marlton, Baranowski was a team MVP, a second team all-county selection, and a Burlington County Scholastic League First Team honoree as a junior. She scored 49 goals, assisted on 27, picked up 56 ground balls, and won 64 draw controls that season.
“Ana was such a pleasure to recruit and comes highly recommended by her club coaches at South Jersey Select,” said Moore. “I am delighted to see Ana make Stetson her future as she will thrive and be successful here. Ana is very coachable and will work hard to make an impact on this program.”
A Floridian, Lozano comes to Stetson via Key Largo. She helped lead Coral Shores High School to a 31-11 record over the last three years, culminating in a trio of district championships. Scoring 50 goals as a sophomore, and 90 goals as a junior, Lozano was named to the ESPN Rise Watch List for 2013. She has been among the national leaders for goals scored, and totaled 11 of her team’s 14 in a single game in 2012.
“I knew Julia was the perfect fit for Stetson in our first meeting,” Moore said. “She exemplifies the drive, work ethic, ability, and personality of the program. She is a positive person and possesses loads of potential in this sport. I see Julia growing in skill by leaps and bounds in a very short time, as well as being a great offensive threat.”
Also from the Sunshine State, Wittmeier hails from Parkland, attending St. Thomas Aquinas in Ft. Lauderdale. As team captain, she helped lead the squad to its first ever district title in 2013. Recognized by the Miami Herald as one of the top players in the area, Wittmeier has also been an all-district, all-county, and all-league honoree with the Raiders.
“Christina has great potential and I am psyched to work with her and have her in our program,” said Moore. “She shows great pride in Stetson and will fit in very well within our program, both on and off the field. She has a lot to contribute and I am confident that she will.”
Finally, Maguire completes the trio of newcomers from the state of Maryland. A native of Bel Air, Maguire played two years of lacrosse at the John Carroll School, where she was an honor student and a member of the Spanish Honor Society. Maguire also received a Cumulative Academic Award for keeping all grades above 90 percent for multiples years in a row.
“Sam comes from a top high school and club team in Maryland and will bring a great perspective to our program,” Moore said. “I am thrilled that Sam decided on Stetson, and I’m excited to coach her. I know she has great potential and the ability to be an impactful player. She, along with her classmates, has a great level of lacrosse experience to build off of.”