Lacrosse Signs Eight to National Letters of Intent

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Head coach Lauren Rywak announced the signing of eight student-athletes to NLIs
Head coach Lauren Rywak announced the signing of eight student-athletes to NLIs

Nov. 23, 2010

FAIRFAX, Va. - George Mason women's lacrosse head coach Lauren Rywak announced eight student-athletes have signed National Letters of Intent to play at George Mason for the 2012 season. The class includes four midfielders, two attacks and two defenders.

"We are extremely pleased with our recruiting class for the 2012 team," said Rywak. "We are excited with the talent and athleticism of our future student-athletes and are quite pleased to be bringing outstanding student-athletes that will bring different dynamics from a number of states around the country."

The incoming class is comprised of signees from six states, including two Virginia natives. Kelli Beard (Catonsville, Md.), Sally Clark (Downingtown, Pa.), Mackenzie Jones (Saratoga Springs, N.Y.), Laura Lesky (Shamong, N.J.), Caitlin McGinn (Lovettsville, Va.), Andrea Mustacchio (Purcellville, Va.), Kirstin Russell (Harleysville, Pa.) and Kate Tangeman (Winter Park, Fla.) have all signed to play for Mason.

Kelli Beard
Catonsville, Maryland
Catonsville High School

Beard helped lead Catonsville High School to a Regional Championship and State Final appearance in 2008 and most recently, a 2010 Regional Championship. She was a member of the MYLA All-Star Team, US Lacrosse U13, U15 National Festivals and Hero's 2011 Club Travel Team. "Kelli will be a great addition to our defensive end with her experience at Catonsville High School," noted Rywak.

Sally Clark
Downington, Pennsylvania
Downington West High School

Clark played club lacrosse for PA Express and most recently, Philly 2 at the National Tournament this past season. She helped lead her high school program to a 12-7 record, advancing Downington High School to the District 1 Tournament. "Sally will bring energy and poise to our defensive unit," commented Rywak. "She has the strong ability of reading the ball to cause interceptions and force turnovers. Her speed out of the defensive end will help jump start our transition."



Mackenzie Jones
Saratoga Springs, New York
Saratoga Springs High School

Since her freshman season, Jones has been a member of the New York State National Team, New York Empire State Team and Saratoga Springs High School varsity squad. "Mackenzie is a true midfielder with the ability to make plays happen on both ends of the field," said Rywak. "Her versatility works in her favor in the attacking end and her off ball awareness allows for crucial helping slides in the defensive end."

Laura Lesky
Shamong, New Jersey
Seneca High School

A First Team All Conference and All Burlington County honoree, Lesky was also a National School Girls Team competitor. While at Lenape Regional High School, Lesky also competed in soccer and track. "Laura is an explosive player on the field," Rywak said. "Her strong speed through the midfield will be key in transition as well as her off ball movement in the attacking end."

Caitlin McGinn
Lovettsville, Virginia
Loudon Valley High School

McGinn earned Honorable Mention Northwest All-Region and Second Team Cedar Run All District as a freshman at Loudon Valley High School. As a sophomore, McGinn received First Team Cedar Run All District, First Team Northwest All Region, First Team Washington Post Loudon All Extra and Honorable Mention Washington Post All MET. "Caitlin will be a spark on the field for us," commented Rywak. "Her intense energy shows every time she is on the field and her versatility will be key for us to be able to rely on her on the attacking end as well as the defensive end."

Andrea Mustacchio
Purcellville, Virginia
Loudon Valley High School

As a sophomore, Mustacchio received All District Second Team and competed with the DC Metro Team. After the 2010 season, she was recognized as First Team All District, First Team All Region and was selected to the US Lacrosee WDNT team. Mustacchio has led Loudon Valley High School to three consecutive Virginia State Championships. "Andrea has the potential to be an immediate impact player in our midfield," Rywak noted. "Her strong takes to cage coupled with her intense level of play, makes her a force on the field."

Kirsten Russell
Harleysville, Pennsylvania
Souderton High School

A recipient of First Team All League honors in lacrosse, Russell also received the honor in field hockey. She is also a lacrosse referee. "Kirsten is a consistent attacker with a solid stick with strong re-defending skills," commented Rywak. "She adjusts well to situations and capitalizes on opportunities."

Kate Tangeman
Winter Park, Florida
Bishop Moore Catholic High School

A tri-sport athlete at Bishop Moore Catholic High School, Tangeman was named Rookie of the Year and Midfielder of the Year in Central Florida in 2009. She is a two-time member of the Florida National Team. "Kate is a strong athlete," Rywak said. "Her speed in the midfield and field vision will be a great asset to our program."

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