April 30, 2013
NASHVILLE - Eight stellar student-athletes have decided to attend Vanderbilt University and play lacrosse for the Commodores, Head Coach Cathy Swezey announced Tuesday.
"We are very excited about our class of 2017," Swezey said. "We are bringing in a class of girls that are extremely competitive, aggressive and skilled. They are an impressive group that will be a huge complement to the talent we have brought to Vanderbilt in recent years."
Prep teammates are a theme of this year's recruiting class, with four of the nation's elite club programs represented by the eight players who will become Commodores this fall. The octet includes:
- Eliza Clemens (Defense; Ruxton, Md.; Bryn Mawr; TLC Lacrosse)
- Jill Doherty (Midfield; Reading, Mass.; Brooks; Mass Elite)
- Callahan Kent (Goalkeeper; Norwell, Mass.; Thayer; Mass Elite)
- Mackenzie Lange (Midfield; Baltimore, Md.; Hereford; TLC Lacrosse)
- Caroline Peters (Midfield; Rockville, Md.; Our Lady of Good Counsel; M&D Black)
- Abby Quirk (Attack; Sudbury, Mass.; Lincoln-Sudbury; Mass Elite)
- Shelby Trentzsch (Midfield; Westminster, Md.; Winters Mill; Sky Walkers Blue)
- Sydney Trentzsch (Midfield; Westminster, Md.; Winters Mill; Sky Walkers Blue)
While the 2013 high school lacrosse seasons are currently wrapping up, Vanderbilt's signing class includes a number of US Lacrosse All-Americans and Academic All-Americans from the 2012 season. The group also includes five alumnae of the Under-Armour Underclass Girls Game. In last summer's contest, Clemens and Sydney Trentzsch teamed up for Team Baltimore while Doherty and Kent were part of Team New England. ESPNHS also lauded Doherty and Peters, recognizing them among the Top 50 high school juniors at the end of last season.
"In recruiting this class, we were going up against the very top programs in the country. We are very proud that these eight girls saw Vanderbilt as the best fit for them," Swezey said. "With this group and the girls that we have brought in recently, we truly feel that we will be back in contention for postseason play and conference championships. We are thrilled by their desire to get Vanderbilt Lacrosse back on top, and look forward to having them on campus this fall."
The 2013 Commodores have not played since their regular season finale on April 20. They will open play at the 2013 American Lacrosse Conference Tournament on Thursday, May 2, facing Penn State at Baltimore's Homewood Field.