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Allen Introduces 11 Newcomers to Women’s Lacrosse Program
Substantial recruiting class will replace eight graduated seniors
August 2, 2013Tweet
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VESTAL, N.Y. - Recently appointed head women’s lacrosse coach Stephanie Allen announced her 2013-14 recruiting class on Friday. A substantial class of 11 newcomers will arrive on campus this fall to begin their collegiate careers with the Bearcats. Allen utilized her first recruiting class as head coach to replace the largest group of seniors in program history, as eight starters graduated in May.
Joining 14 returning letterwinners from last season will be 10 New Yorkers and one Canadian including Brianne Arthur (Watertown, N.Y.), Sharon Bossert (Smithtown, N.Y.), Valerie DeNapoli (Hewlett, N.Y.), Caroline Fraylick (Pleasantville, N.Y.), Elizabeth Hoeffner (Rockville Centre, N.Y.), Samantha Karner (Carmel, N.Y.), Shannon Knapp (LaFayette, N.Y.), Amanda Marsh (Syracuse, N.Y.), Jocelyn Penteck (Floral Park, N.Y.), Brianna Russo (Middletown, N.Y.) and Callon Williams (Orangeville, Ontario).
“Our coaching staff is very excited to welcome the incoming class to the Binghamton community and our Bearcat lacrosse family,” Allen said. “This is an extremely dedicated group both in the classroom and on the field. We are eager to have this group on campus and hold high expectations for what they will contribute to the program and University.”
Brianne Arthur (Attack) won four letters at Watertown High School where she was a three-time Frontier League All-Star and a league MVP. The U.S. Lacrosse National All-American helped her squad to two Section III titles (2009 and 2010), including a NYSPHSAA Final Four appearance in 2010. In 2012, Arthur was named to the Under Armour Upstate N.Y. Elite Stars team after leading the Frontier League in scoring with 86 points. Arthur scored over 200 goals and 300 points during her five-year high school career. She also competed in soccer where she was a three-time league all-star and named league MVP in 2012.
Sharon Bossert (Defense) was a three-year letterwinner at Smithtown West High School. The 5-foot-9 defender was the team captain and MVP her senior year. The US Lacrosse Academic All-American was an All-Suffolk County selection while graduating high school with honors and an AP Scholar. The News 12 Scholar-Athlete also competed in volleyball and basketball where she was an all-league selection in both.
Valerie DeNapoli (Midfield) was a four-year starter at G.W. Hewlett High School where she was a three-time All-Nassau County selection. This past spring DeNapoli led her team to the second round of the state playoffs for the first time in school history. The two-year captain also competed in soccer and basketball where she was named all-conference in both. Her brothers Dominick and Steven played collegiate lacrosse at St. John’s and Hofstra, respectively.
Caroline Fraylick (Defense/Midfield) earned four letters at Pleasantville High School where she played both midfield and attack. The two-time all-league selection netted over 100 goals during her career while handing out 35 assists. This past spring, Fraylick led her team to a 14-1 record and a Section I finalist appearance. She was also a two-time all-league performer in field hockey.
Elizabeth Hoeffner (Attack/Midfield) was a four-year letterwinner at South Side High School where she was the team’s Rookie of the Year as freshman and Impact Player of the Year as a sophomore. The two-time team Offensive Player of the Year led her team to a conference championship this past spring en route to earning All-Nassau County honors. She has tallied more than 330 points while collecting over 240 draw controls during her career.
Samantha Karner (Attack) was a four-year starter at Mahopac High School where she became the school’s all-time leader in goals scored (137) this past spring. The two-time all-section and all-league performer also added 56 career assists for 193 total points. The US Lacrosse Academic All-American was also an all-section and all-league performer in field hockey. Her sister, Caitlin, was a four-year starter on the Central Connecticut State women’s lacrosse team.
Shannon Knapp (Goalie) earned five letters at LaFayette High School just outside of Syracuse. The US Lacrosse Academic All-American is a five-time all-league selection, twice being named to the first-team. Knapp set the school record for career saves (850), save percentage (.550) and saves in game (23). The member of the Upstate New York US Lacrosse National tournament team led LaFayette to two OHSL Patriot League titles. Knapp was also an all-league performer in soccer while earning letters in basketball as well.
Amanda Marsh (Defense) was a three-year letter winner at East Syracuse Minoa High School where she was a two-time team defensive MVP. The three-time all-league performer started all three years for her varsity squad earning first-team honors this past spring. A member of the National Honor Society and the student council president also competed in basketball.
Jocelyn Penteck (Midfield) collected five letters while playing at Floral Park Memorial High School. The two-time all-conference and all-league selection scored more than 229 points during her five-year career. Penteck, a two-time US Lacrosse Academic All-American, was a captain during her senior season. The two-time team MVP is a scholar-athlete in lacrosse, soccer, winter track and basketball.
Brianna Russo (Attack/Midfield) is a transfer student from Quinnipiac University. Russo played her high school lacrosse at Minisink Valley High School where she earned a pair of letters. The two-time team MVP and first-team all-county selection will join Binghamton for her junior and senior seasons. During her freshman season at Quinnipiac Russo scored a pair of goals in seven games of action.
Callon Williams (Midfield) earned a pair of letters from The Hill Academy in Ontario, Canada. A two-time team captain, Williams led her squad in assists en route to the team’s MVP award during her senior season. Williams, a dean’s list student, was a member of the No. 1 Prep School women’s lacrosse team in Canada. She also competed in basketball and volleyball.
Binghamton finished the 2013 season with a 2-12 overall record, going 1-5 in the America East. However, the phenomenal play of Katherine Hunsberger was recognized by the conference coaches’ as she became the first Binghamton player ever to earn first-team all-conference honors. She also became the first Bearcat to be selected to play in the IWLCA/Under Armour North-South Senior Game.