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Women's Lacrosse Welcomes 11 Newcomers for the Class of 2017
Head Coach Julie Young Announces Class of 2017

 
Head Coach Julie Young Announces Class of 2017
 

July 24, 2013

VILLANOVA, Pa. - Villanova women's lacrosse Head Coach Julie Young is set to welcome the addition of 11 freshmen student-athletes for the 2013-14 academic year.

The Class of 2017 features three all-america selections, three all-state honorees, 11 all-conference performers, 10 multi-sport athletes and three academic all-american's. The freshman class also includes a balanced mix of four attackmen, four midfielders and three defenseman.

Joining the Wildcats this fall are Catherine Bendinelli (West Chester, Pa./Villa Maria Academy), Dana Bouwman (New Fairfield, Conn./New Fairfield), Olivia Gannon (Blue Bell, Pa./Mount Saint Joseph's Academy), Becca Hetrick (Midlothian, Va./Trinity Episcopal School), Cassidy Luidens (West Chester, Pa./West Chester East), Bailey Mongillo (Westford, Mass./Westford Academy), Kylie Primeau (Voorhees, N.J./Bishop Eustace Prep), Mariah Salerno (Mendham, N.J./West Morris), Sam Scarfogliero (Setauket, N.Y./Ward Melville), Margaret Siesta (Maplewood, N.J./Pingry School) and MJ White (Allendale, N.J./Immaculate Heart Academy).

 

 

Catherine Bendinelli
Attack - 5'4"
West Chester, Pa./Villa Maria Academy

Villa Maria Academy: Earned four varsity letters under head coach Jess Lamay, scoring 178 career goals during her high school career... Named a 2012 and 2013 Academic All-American... 2012 and 2013 AACA All-Star honoree... 2013 All-Main Line First Team selection...Earned the 2013 United States Marine Corps Distinguished Athlete Award... Member of the 2012 Philadelphia Under Armour Team and Philly Lacrosse National Tournament Team... 2012 All-Main Line Second Team honoree... Played five years of club lacrosse for PA Express... Member of the National Honor Society and Spanish National Honor Society... Earned Distinguished Honors all four years of high school... Recipient of the Sister Mary Kelly Academic Scholarship from 2009-13.

Personal: Born October 26th, 1994 in West Chester, Pa... Parents are G. Joseph and Christine Bendinelli... Siblings are Elise and Joseph... Sister, Elise, is a current teammate on the women's lacrosse team... Father, G. Joseph was a member of the Villanova Men's Lacrosse team from 1979-83... Uncle, Vincent, was also a member of the Villanova Men's Lacrosse team from 1983-85... Enrolled in the Villanova School of Business.

Dana Bouwman
Midfield - 5'7"
New Fairfield, Conn./New Fairfield

New Fairfield: Earned four varsity letters under head coaches Joe Robsuto, Kayte Devine and Karen Neil and served as a team captain in 2013... Posted a career total of 388 draw controls and 198 goals... Led the team in ground balls, draw controls and goals her junior and senior seasons... 2013 all-state selection... Named an all-state selection and academic all-conference honoree in 2012... Also chosen as an all-conference selection in 2010 and 2011... Earned MVP accolades her sophomore and junior seasons... Played club lacrosse for Westchester Elite... Also earned four varsity letters in field hockey where she was an all-state and all-conference selection... Earned Academic Honor Roll and Academic High Honor Roll honors... Member of the National Honor Society.

Personal: Born March 2nd 1995 in New Fairfield, Conn... Parents are Rick and Beth Bouwman... Siblings are Sara and Gunnar... Father, Rick, played men's lacrosse at Hofstra while uncles Paal and Erik were both members of the Maryland Men's Lacrosse team...Enrolled in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.

Olivia Gannon
Attack - 5'4"
Blue Bell, Pa./Mount Saint Joseph Academy

Mount Saint Joseph Academy: Earned four varsity letters under head coach Lindsey Colferai... Ranks amongst Mount Saint Joseph Academy's all-time leading scorers with a career total of 269 goals and 125 assists...Led the team in points and goals for three consecutive seasons... Chosen as a 2013 Senior Division All-Star in the Women's Division National Tournament... Named a 2011, 2012 and 2013 AACA All-League selection... 2011 and 2012 Philly Under Armour Underclassmen tournament team selection... Member of the 2012 Philly Team 1 Women's Division National Tournament Team ... Member of the 2011 Philly Team 2 Women's Division National Tournament Team... Played club lacrosse for the Ultimate Lacrosse Club Blue Team from 2006-12... Also lettered in swimming... Graduated with second honors and was a member of the National Latin Honor Society.

Personal: Born October 25th, 1994 in Blue Bell, Pa... Parents are Tom and Carol Gannon... Siblings are Caroline and Lily... Enrolled in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.

Becca Hetrick
Midfield - 5'8"
Midlothian, Va./Trinity Episcopal School

Trinity Episcopal School: Earned one varsity letter and graduated from Trinity Episcopal after moving from The Peddie School, where she earned three varsity letters ... Named a 2013 all-american, all-state and All-LIS selection... Named the 2013 Trinity Episcopal MVP... Also earned All-MAPL Conference honors in 2011 and 2012... Named an All-Prep State selection in 2011 and 2012... Chosen as a 2011 Brine All-America and all-county honoree... All-Prep State selection in 2009, 2010, and 2011... Named the Trentonian Ahtlete of the Week for April 4th, 2011... Also lettered in field hockey and indoor track, where she earned all-county and all-prep honors in both sports... Member of the National Society of High School Scholars for 2012 and 2013.

Personal: Born March 6th, 1995 in Baltimore, Md... Parents are Brett and Beverly Hetrick... One brother, Robby... Enrolled in the Villanova School of Business.

Cassidy Luidens
Midfield - 5'9"
West Chester, Pa./West Chester East

West Chester East: Earned three varsity letters under head coach Marie Peppers, serving as a team captain during her senior season... Named a 2013 Third Team All Ches-Mont selection... Chosen as the 2013 MVP of West Chester East... Earned the 2012 Coaches Award... Played club lacrosse for PA Express from 2007-12... Also earned four varsity letters in field hockey where she was a two-time team captain... Member of the National Honor Society and Spanish National Honor Society... Member of the DECA from 2009-13.

Personal: Born December 6th, 1994 in Bryn Mawr, Pa... Parents are John and Heidi Luidens... One brother, Camryn... Father, John, was a member of the rugby team at Ohio Northern University... Enrolled in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.

Bailey Mongillo
Attack - 5'10"
Westford, Mass./Westford Academy

Westford Academy: Earned four varsity letters under head coach Julie Olivier... Posted a career total of 421 points via 315 goals and 106 assists to set a career point record at the school... Also set a Westford Academy single season point record with 141 points via 108 goals and 33 assists... Tallied the 11th highest career point total in the state of Massachusetts... Named a 2013 Boston Globe and Boston Herald All-Scholastic selection... 2013 ESPN Boston All-Star Team starter... 2013 Lowell Sun Player of the Year... Chosen as a First Team Lowell Sun All-Star in 2011, 2012 and 2013... Named the 2013 Dual County League MVP... Named the 2012 and 2013 Westford Academy Girls Lacrosse MVP ... Selected as a 2010, 2011 and 2012 Dual County League All-Star... Member of the 2012 Lower New England Team at the National Tournament at Stony Brook University... Played five years of club lacrosse for the Mass Elite Club Team... Also lettered in basketball... Earned the 2010, 2011 and 2012 Academic Excellence Award... Four-year member of the Honor Roll... 2011 HOBY Leadership Award recipient.

Personal: Born June 5th, 1995 in Boston, Mass... Parents are Paul and Jean Mongillo... Brother, Christian, is a member of the Villanova Class of 2014... Enrolled in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.

Kylie Primeau
Attack - 5'9"
Voorhees, N.J./Bishop Eustace Prep

Bishop Eustace Prep: Earned three varsity letters under head coach Kat Burke Esposito where she served as a team captain during her senior season... Finished her high school career with 96 goals and tallied 61 goals during her senior season... Set a high school record of nine goals in one game... Named a 2013 First Team all-conference selection... Played club lacrosse for South Jersey Select... Also played soccer... Member of the French National Honor Society.

Personal: Born October 14th, 1995 in Detroit, Mich... Parents are Keith and Lisa Primeau...Siblings are Corey, Chayse and Cayden... Father, Keith, was a member of the Philadelphia Flyers from 1999-2006... Brother, Corey, played ice hockey at Neumann University from 2008-11... Enrolled in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.

Mariah Salerno
Defense - 5'7"
Mendham, N.J./West Morris

West Morris: Earned four varsity letters under head coach Jessica Schoulberg... Named a 2013 Under Armour All-American... 2013 Academic All-American... 2012 and 2013 First Team all-league and all-county selection... 2011 Honorable Mention all-league honoree... Also learned three varsity letters in soccer where she was a all-conference and all-county selection... Member of the Honor Roll.

Personal: Born October 20th, 1994 in Morristown, N.J... Parents are Michael and Kathleen Salerno... One brother, Michael... Enrolled in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.

Sam Scarfogliero
Defense - 5'5"
Setauket, N.Y./Ward Melville

Ward Melville: Earned four varsity letters under head coach Kerry Kilkenny... Named a 2012 and 2013 Academic All-American... Earnd 2012 and 2013 all-county laurels... Chosen as the 2011 Unsung Hero award winner... Also lettered in soccer and basketball... Two-year member of the National Honor Society.

Personal: Born February 27th, 1995 in Port Jefferson, N.Y... Parents are Dominick and Debra Scarfogliero... One brother, Dominick... Enrolled in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.

Margaret Siesta
Midfield - 5'6"
Maplewood, N.J./Pingry School

Pingry School: Earned three varsity letters under head coach Carter Abbott, tallying a career total of 61 goals and 33 assists for 94 points... Registered 43 goals during her senior season... 2013 Team Captain... Named a 2013 All-Skyland Conference First Team selection... 2013 Courier News All-Area Second Team honoree... Member of the 2011 and 2012 Group 1 State Finalist Team... Chosen as the recipient of the 2013 Pingry Lacrosse Sportsmanship Award... Also lettered in swimming... Member of the Honor Roll.

Personal: Born August 27th, 1994 in New Jersey... Parents are Martin and Nancy Siesta... Siblings are Richard and Samantha Munson... Brother, Richard, was a four year member of the swim team at Seton Hall University... Was the high school teammate of current Villanova Women's Lacrosse member Tierney Griff... Enrolled in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.

MJ White
Defense - 5'7"
Allendale, N.J./Immaculate Heart Academy

Immaculate Heart Academy: Earned four varsity letters under head coach Jason Schlereth, serving as a team captain during her senior season... Named a 2013 First Team all-county selection... 2012 and 2013 First Team All-North Jersey honoree... Named a 2011 and 2012 Under Armour Underclassmen All-American... Earned 2012 Second Team all-county laurels... Played five years of club lacrosse for the Metro Lacrosse Club... Also lettered in soccer where she was a member of the county and state championship teams in 2009 and 2010... Student Body President 2012-2013... IHA Award winner... Member of the National Honor Society where she was given the 2013 Leadership Award and 2012 George Eastman Leadership Award.

Personal: Born February 12th, 1995 in Ridgewood, N.J... Parents are Tom and Ann White... Siblings are Erin and Megan... Mother, Ann, was a member of the Villanova softball team from 1980-84... Father, Tom, played rugby at Fairfield University from 1980-84... Was the high school teammate of current Villanova Women's Lacrosse member Katie Collopy and women's basketball player Samantha Wilkes... Enrolled in the Villanova School of Business.

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