Aug. 10, 2011
BALTIMORE - Loyola University Maryland Head Women's Lacrosse Coach Jen Adams has announced that 11 student-athletes will join the program in the fall and comprise the Class of 2015.
Natalia Angelo (Summit, N.J./Summit), Elizabeth Barranco (Severna Park, Md./Severna Park), Kara Burke (Timonium, Md./Dulaney), Madison Formwalt (Baltimore, Md./Roland Park Country School), Morgan Holleran (Mendham, N.J./West Morris Mendham), Molly Hulseman (Winnetka, Ill./Loyola Academy), M.C. McDonald (Berwyn, Pa./Academy of Notre Dame de Namur), Julie Morse (Easton, Md./Saints Peter and Paul), Hannah Schmitt (Malvern, Pa./Archbishop John Carroll), Annie Thomas (Bel Air, Md./John Carroll) and Sydney Thomas (Medina, Ohio/Medina) will play for the Greyhounds.
Following are brief biographies of each of the players:
Natalia Angelo helped the Summit (N.J.) High School girls' lacrosse team advance to the NJSIAA Tournament Group 2 Championship Game in 2011 after the Hilltoppers won the Conference title. Angelo made more than 200 saves as a senior in goal for Summit and also helped her team win county titles in 2009, 2010 and 2011. Following her senior season, Angelo earned All-Conference and All-District First Team honors and was her team's Most Valuable Player.
A nine-time letterwinner - four each in lacrosse and cheerleading and one in basketball - Angelo was a member of the crew for plays and participated on the Operation Smile Committee.
Elizabeth Barranco will join her older sister, Kathleen, a junior-to-be, as a Greyhound. Elizabeth won nine varsity letters - three in lacrosse, four in cross country and two in basketball - at Severna Park (Md.) High School. During the lacrosse season, she helped the Falcons win the 2008, 2009 and 2011 Maryland Class 4A-3A State Girls' Lacrosse Championships. She earned All-Anne Arundel Country First Team honors following her junior season from the Annapolis Capital-Gazette and the county's coaches.
Barranco also earned All-Met Honorable Mention honors from The Washington Post as a junior. She has been a member of the National Honor Society and Spanish National Honor Society at Severna Park. She was named the school's top Scholar-Athlete and a Minds In Motion athlete, as well.
Kara Burke helped Dulaney High School in Towson, Md., earn the top seed in the Class 4A-3A South Region in 2011. Burke led the Lions to the regional title game where she scored six goals. Dulaney went 12-2 and claimed the Baltimore County Championship in 2011. Burke earned All-Baltimore County First Team honors from The Baltimore Sun as a junior and senior and was tabbed to the publication's All-Metro Second Team honors in 2011 and the Third Team in 2010.
Burke had seven goals and three assists in the Baltimore County Championship Game and totaled 66 goals and 21 assists during her senior season, earning team Most Valuable Player laurels. She was named to the Towson Times All-Star First Team and received All-Star honors for girls' lacrosse. Burke earned six letters - four in lacrosse and two in soccer - at Dulaney and was captain of both teams as a senior. She led the Lions in scoring as a sophomore, junior and senior and was a four-year Honors Student.
Madison Formwalt will make the short trip to Loyola's campus from nearby Roland Park Country School. She helped the Reds earn a No. 3 seed in the IAAM `A' Conference Championships where they advanced to the Championship Game. A four-year letterwinner in both lacrosse and field hockey, Formwalt earned All-Metro honors from The Baltimore Sun as a junior when she was the Reds' leading scorer. She also led the team in assists in 2011 and scored five goals in the IAAM Championship Game.
Formwalt participated in the National School Girls Tournament in lacrosse and was an IAAM All-Star in Field Hockey. She also competed in swimming and squash at Roland Park Country.
Morgan Holleran helped the West Morris Mendham (N.J.) High School girls' lacrosse team win the 2010 conference championship and advance to the state final. An All-County and All-League selection as a junior, Holleran was a Newark Star-Ledger Player of the Week as a senior.
Holleran has competed in track and field, as well, for the Minutemen, helping the 4x400-meter relay team set school and county records. The team placed fifth at the Meet of Champions and ran at the national meet, as well. An honor roll student, Holleran has also been involved in competitive horseback riding.
Molly Hulseman was a 2010 USLacrosse All-American following her junior and senior seasons at Loyola Academy in Wilmette, Ill. She led the State of Illinois in assists as a junior and was third in points, as well. She helped the Ramblers win three consecutive state titles in 2009, 2010 and 2011.
Hulseman, a member of the South team at the Under Armour All-America game, won eight varsity letters at Loyola, picking up four each in golf and lacrosse. She advanced to the state tournament four times in golf.
M.C. McDonald has been a four-year letterwinner in lacrosse at Academy of Notre Dame de Namur in Villanova, Pa., where she earned All-Inter Academic League First Team and Academic All-America honors as a senior in 2011. She was named to the All-InterAC and All-Main Line Second Teams in 2010. She has also earned four letters in soccer and one each in swimming and indoor track and field for the Fighting Irish.
An All-Main Line soccer player, McDonald has been a member of the Notre Dame student council for four years, as well. Her older sister competes on the College of Charleston crew team, while her younger sister rows for her high school program.
Julie Morse was a USLacrosse First Team All-American in 2010 and 2011 at Saints Peter and Paul School in Easton, Md. She scored more than 230 points in her career and earned All-Mid-Shore honors all four years for the Sabres. Morse has been honored on the Eastern Shore Interscholastic Athletic Conference First Team all four years of high school and was the conference player of the year in 2010 and 2011.
Morse earned the Wendy's High School Heisman Trophy, which combines athletics and academics. She also participated in the U-19 Team USA tryouts. She earned the C. Markland Kelly Leadership Award and twice earned USLacrosse Academic All-America honors. Morse also won conference soccer player of the year honors twice and was a member of the National Honor Society.
Hannah Schmitt is finishing a decorated career at Archbishop John Carroll High School in Radnor Township, Pa., where the Patriots won their 11th-straight Philadelphia Catholic League title and advanced to the state quarterfinals in 2011. Schmitt earned All-Catholic League, All-Delco and All-Main Line First Team honors in 2009, 2010 and 2011 and was the Most Valuable Player of the Philadelphia Catholic League as both a sophomore and senior.
Schmitt received USLacrosse All-American honors following her senior season, she also earned honorable mention recognition from the sport governing body in 2009. She earned six total varsity letters at Archbishop Carroll - two in field hockey and four in lacrosse - and was a student ambassador at the school.
Annie Thomas has earned several athletic awards during her career at John Carroll School in Bel Air, Md. Following her senior season she was named to play for the South team at the Under Armour All-America game. She has also been an All-Harford County and All-Metro First Team selection by The Baltimore Sun in both 2010 and 2011, and she earned All-America status from USLacrosse.
The Patriots earned a No. 1 national ranking during her freshman season when they also won the IAAM `A' Conference crown. She has twice been an IAAM All-Star and a member of the Tewaaraton Award Watch List.
Sydney Thomas was the Most Valuable Player for the Medina (Ohio) High School team four-straight years, and she helped her team win back-to-back Ohio D-I State Championships. A two-time member of the Under Armour Midwest Underclass Elite Team and three-time All-Ohio First Team honoree, Thomas was also a USLacrosse All-America First Team member in 2011.
She earned spots on the ESPNRise Girls Lacrosse Top 20 Midfielders and Top 50 Overall players. A member of the National Society of High School Scholars, Thomas was a starting midfielder on the Medina girls' soccer team that won the 2009 D-I State title and was the second-leading scorer on the U-18 National Indoor Soccer Championship Team. She earned all-conference honor as a soccer and basketball player and helped the Akron Women's Softball Team win league and tournament titles in 2009 and 2010.