ST. BONAVENTURE, N.Y. – St. Bonaventure women's lacrosse head coach Chelsea Rosiek has announced the addition of 11 student-athletes who will join the program beginning next fall – Nora Anderson, Courtney Fox, Hailey Grau, Ashley Herrick, Emily Mahon, Terri Manzelli, Jerica OBee, Sarah Owens, Jordan Rokitka, Erika Sherwood and Caroline Yoder.
"I'm just very excited," Rosiek said. "The 2019 class is going to add immediate value, and I think now with the 2017s, 18s and 19s all being apart of our roster next year, we will be able to see immediate results in Atlantic 10 play. I think they fill any holes that we have in terms of our needs both within in the midfield on the offensive and defensive end, and adding additional talent and depth within our roster will allow us to be more competitive both in practice and in games. The biggest thing with the 2019 class is the caliber of athlete and amount of quality, versatile two-way players. The majority of this class are straight midfielders, and I think you see that within their accolades and the awards they're receiving at the high school level."
Nora Anderson is a native of Pittsford, N.Y., and a three-sport athlete. At Pittsford Mendon High School, she helped lead her team to a 2017 New York State Class A Championship and earned the 2018 Team Warrior Award given to the player who exhibits the most hustle and determination. She also earned three varsity letters in soccer, one in basketball and is a member of National Honor Society.
ROSIEK ON ANDERSON: "I think she will be immediately impactful in the midfield. She's one of our top recruits out of the Rochester area and has been a part of one of the best teams in the state of New York as a three-year starter. Coming in with that winning mentality and playing against that level of talent at the high school level will make the transition to college much easier."
Courtney Fox hails from Central Square, N.Y., and plays at Paul V. Moore High School. Over her three-year career to this point, she's collected 51 goals and 22 assists and has earned two second team all-league nominations. Off the field, she's a three-time scholar athlete.
ROSIEK ON FOX: "She's a kid that will able to adapt and play anywhere positionally that's needed. I think her athleticism and her speed will be very beneficial on the defensive side of the ball, especially taking the draw."
Hailey Grau attended Newfield High School as a native of Selden, N.Y. As a leading defender for Newfield, she helped shut down opposing offenses as a member of a state championship team.
ROSIEK ON GRAU: "She comes from a state championship team, and when we talk about that winning mentality, she's been a part of that in her high school experience. So, I know she will be able to translate the work ethic and desire needed to be in a powerhouse program into her efforts here. She's just a very well-rounded player that can help us on the defensive end in terms of adding value and work ethic."
Ashley Herrick is a North Conway, N.H. native and one of the most dominant goalkeepers in her region. Over her three-year varsity career, she's led New Hampton high school to a MAISAD league championship and regular season championship, a Lakes Region league championship and regular season championship, and was named a MAISAD and Lakes Region all-star.
ROSIEK ON HERRICK: "She's a very well-rounded goalkeeper who brings three years of starting experience. I think she will be a great support system to Savannah as a freshman given that she understands how to be a leader and has had a considerable amount of success after leading her team to a league championship win last year."
Emily Mahon hails from Poughkeepsie, N.Y. and is a heralded and decorated athlete. On the lacrosse field, she's a two-time all-league honoree, Poughkeepsie Journal All-Star Honorable Mention and Hudson Valley Sports Report Second Team All-Star. She's also led her high school to considerable success in field hockey and basketball.
ROSIEK ON MAHON: "She's one of our players who is a dark horse and going to make an impact immediately. She's a three-sport athlete, and alongside lacrosse, she led her team to state for field hockey and is a center for high school's basketball team. She's a two-way player who is strong, dynamic and extremely coachable. We're looking for her to fill multiple positions, fill in the gaps and drive her teammates, and she can do all of that. She's going to be a great addition."
Terri Mazelli comes to the Bonnies from River Edge, N.J. and is a three-time first team all-league player for River Dell Regional High School. Over her three-year career, she's scored 86 goals and 70 assists.
ROSIEK ON MAZELLI: "She's a powerhouse across the board, offensively and defensively. She's very much into the physical aspect of the sport and enjoys training. She is one of those players that we can see fitting into a myriad of different positions and someone who is going to challenge her teammates as a freshman."
Jerica OBee hails from Severn, Ontario and has been a highly decorated athlete throughout her high school career. She's scored 123 goals and added 127 assists while leading her high school team to three Provincial Championships. She was a member of the Canadian National Championship Team with Team Ontario.
ROSIEK ON OBEE: "Being with Team Ontario and the Canadian National Championship team, she brings a lot of experience and adds a winning culture mentality. We're excited for her to make an impact regarding statistical production and allow our offense to be more versatile and more dynamic."
Sarah Owens is a product of Clinton Central High School in Clinton, N.Y. Over her career, she's scored 136 goals while adding 82 assists and has been named to the Section III Tri-Valley League First Team three times. She's also been a three-time team MVP and member of National Honor Society and Scholar Athlete.
ROSIEK ON OWENS: "The most significant value she's going to add right off the bat is with draw controls. Someone with a tall framework that can effectively win the draw gives us a huge advantage. Statistically, she's been three-time first team all-section and, along with her academic accolades, will benefit us immediately in terms of gaining meaningful possessions."
Jordan Rokitka comes to St. Bonaventure from Lancaster High School in Lancaster, N.Y. At Lancaster, she scored 36 goals, while adding 17 assists during her junior season en route to being named an ECIC All-Star for a second straight season. Also, she was named an All-Western New York Honorable Mention while helping lead her team to three Section VI Class A Championship.
ROSIEK ON ROKITKA: "I think she's going have an amazing senior season at Lancaster as they're projected to win the section again, and her vision and adaptability on the offensive end in terms of seeing the cage and being a triple threat will see immediate impact come the 2020 season."
Erika Sherwood is a native of Irondequoit, N.Y. who scored 28 goals and added 37 assists in an impressive junior campaign that saw her honored as a first team all-county player. Her sophomore season, she was named second team all-county off the back of 28 goals and 31 assists. Off the field, she's a scholar-athlete selection as well for work in the classroom.
ROSIEK ON SHERWOOD: "In terms of offensive production, her stats speak for themselves. Especially, playing in a tough conference in Rochester where she's facing some tough competition. She has the ability to impact the team right away and compliment our offensive with her high shooting percentage and skill to finish on the attack."
The younger sister of Bonnies senior Kathryn Yoder, Caroline comes from Amherst High School in Amherst, New York. She's had a highly decorated high school career earning an All-Western New York second team nomination along with two All-Bee first team and two ECIC first-team nominations. Statistically, she's scored 57 goals while adding 17 assists, 89 ground balls, 83 draw controls and 34 caused turnovers.
ROSIEK ON YODER: "As a player, she's offensively-minded and is a true midfielder that takes the draw, runs two ways and is just a pure athlete. She's been able to watch the program change and grow as her sister has been a part of it, and I know she has goals for herself as to how she wants to continue to build on what we've done so far and make the program even better."
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