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Women's lacrosse adds eight for 2011

Women's lacrosse adds eight for 2011

Photo Gallery of Signees

ST. BONAVENTURE, N.Y. —St. Bonaventure women’s lacrosse head coach Christy Malone announced the signing of eight student athletes, Lily Timlin, Emily Dillon, Karly Kocis, Tohnnie Smock, Lauren Michaels, Cara Callahan, Elspeth McGarry, and Erin Thomas, for the 2011 season.

“We are so excited to bring in this recruiting class. They are all great athletes that will contribute to our program in many facets,” said coach Malone. “We have filled important positions and we truly believe this group can step up and play great lacrosse. We can’t wait for their arrival to campus.”

Timlin, a native of Snyder, N.Y. who will major in physical education, joins her sister Daisy, currently a sophomore, on the women’s lacrosse team. She has played for Amherst Central High School’s varsity squad for four seasons. As a junior, Timlin was an All-Western New York, ECIC first team, and a NYS Scholar Athlete team selection on the repeat Section 6 Class C Championship team last season. She scored 27 goals, recorded 30 assists, 49 ground balls, and caused 50 turnovers. Her 58 draw controls were the second most in a single season in Lady Tigers’ history. Timlin has played for Lady Roc for the past three years under head coach Linda Micheles.

A planned physical therapy major from Jordan, N.Y., Dillon enters her senior season at Jordan-Elbridge High School as a standout for Coach Mark Fietta’s squad. She was an All-League first team selection her junior year, leading the team with 36 goals and 24 assists. She was also an All-League first team selection her sophomore year, leading the Lady Eagles with 36 goals and 22 assists. Dillon is a letter winner in lacrosse, soccer, cross country, and indoor track. She played under Doug Rowe on the Central New York Elite club team for the past two years.

After starting every game the past two seasons for Coach Nancy Wilson at Huntington (N.Y.) High School, Kocis, a planned sports science major, recorded a total of 423 saves in net for the Lady Blue Devils. She was chosen as the team’s unsung hero of 2009. In Kocis’ first three seasons, the squad went a combined 45-12, advancing to the playoffs each year. The goalie played for the Long Island Yellow Jackets for two years under Ray Mills and Becky Thorn.

Smock, a native of Rochester, N.Y., comes to St. Bonaventure following her five-year varsity tenure at Irondequoit High School. As a captain last season, she was a second team All-County selection, scoring 45 goals and adding 30 assists on her way to being named team’s Most Valuable Player. Smock will be a second time captain this season as a senior. The midfielder joins Timlin on the Lady Roc Rubies and also played on the Western Empire team in 2008.

Planning to study biology at St. Bonaventure, the Syracuse, N.Y., native Michaels enters her fourth season at West Genesee High School, playing for Coach Bob Elmer. Last season, her first at the varsity level, she scored 23 goals and added 12 assists for the 23-2 Lady Wildcats team that won the Section 3 Championship. She recorded 50 goals, 15 assists, and had 36 ground balls for the junior varsity squad her sophomore year, and was named the team’s Most Outstanding Player. The attacker plays for Brian Robinson on the Upstate Surge.

Callahan, a native of Painted Post, N.Y., enters her fourth season of play at Corning West High School for Coach Pat Keefe. She is currently an Under Armour All-American selection. As a junior, she recorded 61 goals and 27 assists, being named to the All-Division first team. She received the Most Improved Player award her sophomore year, scoring 39 goals and adding 18 assists, on her way to being named to the All-Division second team Callahan has also been a five-year starter for the varsity basketball team, serving as team captain the past two seasons. The attacker is on the Star Riders under coach Dick Lighton.

An undecided business major from Great Falls, Va., McGarry enters her fourth and final year of play for Coach Richard Desomma and Langley High School. She was an All-District first team, All-Northern Region second team, and an All-District tournament team selection as a junior. She led the team in draw controls, was second in goals scored and assists, and will be team captain her senior season. McGarry served as a youth coach for the Great Falls lacrosse U-11 girls’ team in 2009. Under Ed Benitez, McGarry played on the Super Nova, Upper Corner and M&D White club teams for the past five years.

A foreign language major from Rome, N.Y., Thomas will participate in her seventh season of organized lacrosse this spring, playing scholastically at Rome Free Academy. She scored 74 goals and had 16 assists last season, both school single-season highs, on her way to being named a first team CNYCL All-Star. She was named a Scholar Athlete for lacrosse from 2007-2009. In addition to her time spent playing lacrosse, Thomas has also played soccer for nine years, and was team captain for Rome Free Academy this past season. The attacker joins Callahan on the Star Riders and led the team to the 2009 Goblin Games championship.

The women’s lacrosse team features 10 starters returning from last season’s squad that went 7-10. The Bonnies travel to Oregon for the first game of the 2010 tilt on February 21 at 2:00 p.m. EST.