Aug. 24, 2011
The Loyola University Maryland women's lacrosse 2011 recruiting class was ranked No. 8 in the nation by Inside Lacrosse, as announced Monday. In addition, Annie Thomas was tabbed the No. 21 rising freshman, while Molly Hulseman and Hannah Schmitt were honored on the watch list.
"We are very fortunate to have so many great players that are coming from such strong high school backgrounds," head coach Jen Adams said. "We think that they will transcend into the college game really well. Their mix of styles will really compliment each other, so we're excited to bring them into our style of coaching. They're going to add a whole new level of skill to the team and that's exciting for the future of Loyola lacrosse."
Loyola's incoming class is comprised of 11 student-athletes from five different states. 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.
Thomas, the 21st-ranked incoming freshman, comes to Loyola from John Carroll School in Bel Air, Md. Following her senior season she was selected to play for the South Team at the Under Armour All-America game. She was also selected to the All-Harford County and All-Metro First Team 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.
Hulseman, a watch list honoree among Inside Lacrosse's top incoming freshmen, 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.
A member of the South team at the Under Armour All-America game, Hulseman won eight varsity letters at Loyola, picking up four each in golf and lacrosse. She advanced to the state tournament four times in golf.
Schmitt, another watch list honoree, wrapped up 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.
The Loyola men's lacrosse team also had an incoming freshman earn recognition from Inside Lacrosse, as Jeff Chase was ranked the 42nd on this year's Power 100 Freshman Rankings.
Top-10 Recruiting Classes
4. North Carolina
6. Boston College
10. Penn State
To see the entire list of Inside Lacrosse's Top-25 Rising Freshmen and Watch List, click here.