Florida Gators lacrosse signs 13 for 2019 class

Special report on the Florida Gators lacrosse team:

GAINESVILLE, Fla. – The University of Florida’s women’s lacrosse team has added 13 newcomers for the 2020 season.

Whitney Albert, Tori Bates, Becky Browndorf, Georgia Ceanfaglione, Emily Heller, Kylee Hubiak, Sarah Mackey, Carli Mangum, Kaala Puglisi, Jillian Quigley, Shelton Sawers, Janine Suris and Devin Thompson have all signed their National Letters of Intent and will join the Gators for the 2019-2020 academic year.

This class continues an impressive run of recruiting under Amanda O’Leary, as the Gators secured NLIs from one ILWomen Top-40 recruit and four ILWomen On the Rise recruits.

“This is an extremely talented group of student-athletes,” said head coach Amanda O’Leary. “They are not only great lacrosse players, but outstanding students. I am excited to get them on campus.”

Meet the Gators:

Whitney Albert – Midfield – Annapolis, Md.

Quick Facts

*         Selected to The Washington Post’s 2018 Spring All-Met Honorable Mention team

*         2018 All-Metro Second Team selection

*         Named a “On the Rise” recruit by ILWomen

*         Invited to try-out for U.S. Under-19 women’s lacrosse team

*         Plays for St. Mary’s High School

*         Plays club with Integrity lacrosse

Tori Bates – Midfield – Severna Park, Md.

Quick Facts

*         Selected to play in the Under Amour Underclass Lacrosse Tournament in 2016 for the Command Division

*         Plays for Spalding High School, where she helped the team rank 39th in the nation and ninth in the state of Maryland

*         Plays club with Integrity lacrosse

Becky Browndorf – Defense – Dresher, Pa.

Quick Facts

*         Invited to try-out for U.S. Under-19 women’s lacrosse team

*         Plays for Upper Dublin High School

*         2018 Suburban One American Conference First Team

*         2018 Pennsylvania Area Schoolgirls Lacrosse Association All-Academic Team

*         2018 Suburban One American Conference Third Team

*         Named a “On the Rise” recruit by ILWomen

*         Selected to the Under Armour All-American team

*         Named to the 2016 US Lacrosse National Tournament team

*         Earned a spot on the Summer Genesis All-Star team

*         Named to the 3D National Training Camp All-Star Camp

*         2016 Prodigies by Under Armour selection

*         Plays club for Big4/HHH

Georgia Ceanfaglione – Midfield – Bel Air, Md.

Quick Facts

*         Played at the 2018 ILWomen Epoch Committed Academy

*         Plays for the John Carroll School

*         Invited to try-out for U.S. Under-19 women’s lacrosse team

*         Named a “On the Rise” recruit by ILWomen

*         Plays club for the Sky Walkers

Emily Heller – Midfield – Babylon, N.Y.

Quick Facts

*         Invited to try-out for U.S. Under-19 women’s lacrosse team

*         Named a “On the Rise” recruit by ILWomen

*         Selected as one of Newsday’s Top 100 girls lacrosse players for 2018

*         Finished the 2018 season with 31 goals and seven assists

*         Plays for West Babylon High School

*         Plays club for LI Top Guns

Kylee Hubiak – Midfield – Reading, Pa.

Quick Facts

*         2018 Central PA All-American

*         US Lacrosse Academic All-America selection in 2018

*         Recorded 102 points on 87 goals and 15 assists in 2018

*         Named to the Berks League All-County Team in 2018

*         Plays for Exeter Township

Sarah Mackey – Midfield – Garden City, N.Y.

Quick Facts

*         Named to the All-Star Team as an attack at the Vail Lacrosse Shootout

*         Plays for Garden City High School, which ranks 22nd in the nation according to the Nike/US Lacrosse High School Girls’ Poll

*         Competed for the Trojans at the 2018 ILWomen Indoor Lacrosse National Championships

*         Selected to play in the Under Amour Underclass Lacrosse Tournament in 2016 for the Command Division

Carli Mangum – Midfield – Potomac, Md.

Quick Facts

*         Competes for the Capital 2019 Blue Club

*         Plays for The Bullis School

*         Helped the Bullis School to a 13-8 record in the 2018 season, good for the 13th-ranked program in Maryland

*         Named MVP in 2016

*         Earned Montgomery County Player of the Year Honorable Mention in 2016

Kaala Puglisi – Attack – Annapolis, Md.

Quick Facts

*         Selected to play in the Under Amour Underclass Lacrosse Tournament in 2016 for the Command Division

*         Plays for Broadneck High School, where current Gator Brianna Harris played

*         Plays club for Maryland United Lax

Jillian Quigley – Attack/Midfield – Royersford, Pa.

Quick Facts

*         Scored 46 goals and added 30 assists during the 2017 season

*         Started for varsity as a freshman in 2016

*         2016 Mercury All-Area Honorable Mention

*         Selected to play in the Under Amour Underclass Lacrosse Tournament in 2016 for the Command Division

*         2016 UA Prodigies selection and NXT Invitational MVP

*         2016 ATW and Max Exposure All-Star

*         2015 Pride of PA selection

*         2015 NXT Philly Showcase Fab 40 All-Star

*         Selected to the 2015 Brine National Pennsylvania team

*         Plays for Springford Senior High School

*         Plays club for Dynamite Lacrosse

Shelton Sawers – Midfield – Lutherville, Md.

Quick Facts

*         No. 21 Recruit in the 2018 ILWomen’s Rankings

*         Selected to play in the 2018 Under Armour All-America Baltimore Girls Highlight Division

*         Played at the 2018 ILWomen Epoch Committed Academy

*         Selected to play in the Under Amour Underclass Lacrosse Tournament in 2016 for the Command Division

*         Recorded 26 goals, 13 assists and 22 groundballs during the 2018 season

*         Plays for St. Paul’s School for Girls, where current Gator Paige Aldave played

Janine Suris – Attack – Kings Park, N.Y.

Quick Facts

*         Selected as one of Newsday’s Top 100 girls lacrosse players for 2018

*         Played at the 2018 ILWomen Epoch Committed Academy

*         2016 Nike Elite 120-highlighted performer

*         Named to the brine National LI Team in 2016

*         Competed in the FLG Premier Showcase in 2016

*         Plays for Smithtown High School West, where she helped them reach a 9-3 record in 2018 – making the team the 18th-ranked team in NY

*         Plays for the club LI Top Guns

Devin Thompson – Attack – Wyckoff, N.J.

Quick Facts

*         Played at the 2018 ILWomen Epoch Committed Academy

*         Nominated for NorthJersey.com Girls’ Lacrosse Player of the Year

*         Earned North Jersey Interschloastic Girls’ Lacrosse Independence North First Team honors

*         Posted 81 goals and 20 assists during the 2018 season

*         Goes into her senior season with 206 career points on 152 goals and 54 assists

*         Plays for Indian Hills High School

*         Plays club for Steps Elite NJ

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