2013 (Sophomore): Played in and started 15 games in her first season at Stetson ... Led the Hatters with nine assists on the season ... Was fifth on the team with 11 goals and 20 total points ... Was seventh in the Atlantic Sun with .60 assists per game ... Was 5-for-14 on free position shots ... Recorded eight ground balls, and caused six turnovers ... Was third on the team with 19 draw controls ... Earned A-Sun All-Academic honors.
Prior to Stetson: Spent one year at Limestone College in Gaffney, SC.
High School: In just two seasons of lacrosse at Jensen Beach High, she posted a dominating 64 goals, 25 assists, 93 ground balls and 64 caused turnovers as she earned All-District 9 and All-League first-team honors ... As a junior she was named Most Improved following the program's first season ... In addition to lacrosse, she was active for years in gymnastics, was a three-year letter winner in basketball and a one-year letter winner in cross country and track and field ... Was an honor roll student, was active with Habitat for Humanity and was a member of the Homecoming Committee.
Personal: Full name is Samantha Akl … Was born on June 16, 1993, in Boston, Mass. … Parents are Melinda and Abdo Akl … Has one brother, Antonio ... Is a chemistry major.
Why Stetson: "The opportunity to play lacrosse initially brought me to Stetson. When I came to visit, I just felt that I was in the right place. That finalized my decision to become a Hatter."
Hobbies: Playing guitar, laughing, and snap-chatting.
Goals: "To graduate and live a happy life."
Fun Facts: Always has a song in her head when she's playing ... Favorite athlete is Shawn Johnson ... Favorite food is sushi ... Favorite book is The Five People You Meet in Heaven ... Favorite tv show is The Bachelorette.