Marquette Women's Lacrosse Announces Inaugural Class
July 20, 2011
MILWAUKEE - Head coach Meredith Black has announced the first recruiting class in Marquette University women's lacrosse program history.
"When I was building this class, I looked for leadership qualities in each and every player," Black said. "All 11 of these young women have proven to be strong leaders at some point in their careers, and I know we can use those leadership qualities as we build our program from the ground up."
The group includes 11 student-athletes from Connecticut down the Eastern Seaboard and out to Southern California. The inaugural class includes three attack players, three midfielders, four defenders and one goaltender. Nine of the players come to Marquette from the high school level, while two are transfer students from other NCAA Division I universities. Both transfers have three years of eligibility remaining.
"I am thrilled about how this class has shaped up," Black said. "We have girls from all across the country. Not only does this class bring a lot of excitement with them, but they bring a lot of experience. Each player is excited about being a part of the brand new program and have all expressed their willingness to work hard and create and honor Marquette traditions."
Marquette will play its first season in the spring of 2013 as an NCAA Division I independent before becoming a full member of the BIG EAST Conference in both men's and women's lacrosse for the 2014 season.
Men's and women's lacrosse were added as varsity sports by Marquette in December 2010 and Black was named the Golden Eagles' first head coach on Feb. 4, 2011. The former Meredith Simon has added assistant coaches Courtney Tamasitis and Jackie Doherty to her coaching staff.
Black joins Marquette from the University of California-Berkeley where she was an assistant coach during the 2011 season. She previously spent time coaching at Notre Dame and Towson after an All-American playing career at Notre Dame. Black and her staff will continue to recruit throughout the 2011-12 academic year as they fill out the remainder of their roster, which averages around 26 student-athletes on the NCAA Division I level.