Speed, athleticism highlight 2014's eight-member signing class

March 31, 2014

Moorestown High School teammates Francesca Angeleri, left, and Jessica Dadino, middle, have signed national letters of intent to play lacrosse at Vanderbilt (photo by Charles Fox of the Philadelphia Inquirier). 

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – For the second straight year, eight student-athletes have signed national letters of intent to play lacrosse at Vanderbilt, coach Cathy Swezey announced on Monday.

On the heels of a successful 2013 recruiting class, Swezey announced a plethora of talent for the 2014 signing class. Four hail from New Jersey, including three from Swezey’s hometown of Moorestown, N.J., two are from Massachusetts and twin sisters Kayla and Leah Peterson are from Maryland. The class features a blend of attack, midfield and defense with six players who can play multiple positions.

“We are very excited about our signees for the class of 2018,” Swezey said. “They are an extremely talented group, who have competed at the highest levels for their high school programs. Their talent is highlighted by their speed, athleticism, and skill sets that are second to none.”

A quick look at all eight signees:

Francesca Angeleri (Defense/midfield; Moorestown, N.J.; Moorestown High; South Jersey Select)

Jessica Dadino (Attack, Moorestown, N.J.; Moorestown High; South Jersey Select)

Margaret Fee (Defense/midfielder; Needham, Mass.; Newtown Country Day; Mass Elite)

Lucy Maloney (Attack; Brookline, Mass.; Dana Hall School; Mass Elite)

Kayla Peterson (Attack/midfield, Hagerstown, Md.; North Hagerstown; M&D Lacrosse)

Leah Peterson (Attack/midfield, Hagerstown, Md.; North Hagerstown; M&D Lacrosse)

Kayla Pruitt (Attack/midfield; Moorestown, N.J.; Moorestown; South Jersey Select)

Alexandria Smith (Midfielder/Summit, N.J.; Oak Knoll; Building Blocks Lacrosse)

Francesca Angeleri, Jessica Dadino and Kayla Pruitt are teammates on New Jersey power Moorestown. The Quakers have won 20 state championships – more than any program in New Jersey – and are annually a national power. In 2013, Moorestown finished ranked No. 1 in the Laxpower.com national rankings. Angeleri, Dadino and Pruitt began their senior season this week and are trying to lead Moorestown to its third straight Tournament of Champions crown.

Dadino was second on the team with 36 goals and 14 assists last year, in addition to 17 ground balls. Angeleri had 27 goals, six assists and 15 ground balls. Pruitt notched 19 goals, eight assists and 16 ground balls.

Swezey and the coaching staff went an hour north of Moorestown to Summit, N.J., to find Alexandria Smith. The lone defender among the incoming freshmen, Smith was a third-team all-state selection in 2013 for Oak Knoll. Last year, Smith had 13 ground balls for the Royals won the Group 1 title and made the New Jersey Tournament of Champions.

Margaret Fee enters her senior year after serving as a two-year captain for Newtown Country Day School. She played midfield for Newtown but showed versatility playing defense for her club team, Mass Elite, which has produced current Commodores, sophomore Ashlin Dolan and freshmen Jill Doherty, Callahan Kent and Abby Quirk.

  Leah Peterson and her twin sister, Kayla, from Hagerstown, Md., will be the third set of twins to play lacrosse at Vanderbilt under coach Cathy Swezey (photo by Collen McGrath of Herald-Mail). 

Kayla and Leah Peterson of North Hagerstown High School in Maryland will be the second set of twins on the team and third under Swezey. Currently, freshmen Shelby and Sydney Trentzsch roam the midfield. Kacie and Kelly Connors played for the Commodores from 2009-12.

Leah has been named the Herald-Mail’s Washington County Player of the Year the last two seasons. In 2013, she led Washington County in goals per game (6.00) and assists per game (8.46). She scored 78 goals and had 110 points for the season. Kayla was close behind with 68 goals and 104 points. She led the county with 36 assists.

Lucy Maloney is a midfielder from Dana Hall School in Massachusetts. She is a two-time Eastern Independent League all-league selection and was named a New England Prep School women’s lacrosse all-star in 2012. She also played for Mass Elite.

“With our ability to continually bring in some of the best and most sought after talent in the country, it will not be long before our program is back in contention on a national level,” Swezey said. “We could not be more thrilled by their commitment to play for Vanderbilt lacrosse.”



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