Florida Gators lacrosse signs 13 players in 2018 class

Special report on the Florida Gators Gators lacrosse team:
Gainesville, Fla – The University of Florida women’s lacrosse team has added 13 new members for the 2019 season.

Emerson Cabrera, Maggie Corbo, Natalie Dizney, Maddie Ellis, Annie Gillis, Charlotte Harmon, Hannah Mardiney, Maddie McMaster, Catherine Moriarty, Lexie Morton, Sarah Reznick, Maeson Tydings and Emma Wightman have all signed their National Letters of Intent and will join the Gators for the 2018-19 academic year.

This class continues an impressive run of recruiting under Head Coach Amanda O’Leary, as the Gators secured NLIs from four ILWomen Top-40 recruits.

“These 13 young women are a terrific addition to this program, and will be a great representation of the University of Florida,” O’Leary said. “Our signees will make an immediate contribution both in the classroom and on the field. It’s very exciting to see the Gator lacrosse brand spreading across the country.”

Meet the Gators:

Emerson Cabrera – Midfield – Northport, N.Y.

Quick Facts:

* No. 35 recruit in the 2017 ILWomen Top-40 Young Gun Senior Rankings

* 2017 Under Armour All-American

* 2017 Newsday All-Long Island Lacrosse Second Team

* 2016 Under Armour All-American

* Won a U15 National Championship in 2015

* Plays club lacrosse for the Long Island Yellow Jackets under Carol Rose

Maggie Corbo – Midfield – Baltimore, Md.

Quick Facts:

* A four-year member of the lacrosse and soccer teams at Notre Dame Preparatory School

* Part of the TLC Lacrosse Club under Butch Marino

Natalie Dizney – Midfield – Orlando, Fla.

Quick Facts:

* Has scored 191 goals and 45 assists thus far in her high school career at The First Academy

* Plays club lacrosse for the Lax Maniax under Sarah Burlingame

* Also a part of TFA’s soccer and cross country teams

* Born in San Juan, Puerto Rico

Maddie Ellis – Midfield – Vero Beach, Fla.

Quick Facts:

* No. 40 recruit in the 2017 ILWomen Top-40 Young Gun Senior Rankings

* 2017 Under Armour All-America South Region

* 2017 Epoch/Lacrosse Magazine All-South Honorable Mention

* 2016 Epoch/Lacrosse Magazine National Player of the Week (3/30/16)

* 2015 FHSAA State Champion

* Totaled 104 goals, 56 assists, 104 draw controls, and 100 ground balls in her high school career

* Plays club lacrosse for Stickbenders Lacrosse under Shannon Dean

Annie Gillis – Midfield – Livingston, N.J.

Quick Facts:

* A 2017 First Team All-Raritan Division Selection

* 2016 Second Team All-Raritan Division

* Scored 30 goals and 32 assists in her high school career

* Plays club lacrosse for the Steps Elite New Jersey under Charlie Shoulberg

Charlotte Harmon – Attack – Darien, Conn.

Quick Facts:

* High school teammate of current Gators Caroline Benitez and Annie Wright

* A four-year starter on Darien’s lacrosse and soccer teams

* Plays club lacrosse for the CT Grizzlies under Lisa Palmisano

Hannah Mardiney – Attack – Lutherville, Md.

Quick Facts:

* No. 6 recruit in the 2017 ILWomen Top-40 Young Gun Senior Rankings

* 2017 Baltimore Sun Player of the Week (4/24/17)

* 2016 All-IAAM

* A two-time Second Team All-Metro selection

* Recorded 170 goals and 60 assists during her high school career thus far

* Plays club lacrosse for the M&D Black under Scott Robinson

Maddie McMaster – Midfield – Seattle, Wash.

Quick Facts:

* 2017 All-State and All-League midfielder

* A two-time Washington state champion

* Totaled 114 goals, 32 assists, 177 draw controls, and 103 ground balls in three years of high school lacrosse

* Also plays basketball, soccer, and volleyball

* Set a soccer school record for goals-per-game

* Plays club lacrosse for the Seattle Starz under Lyndsey Gillis

Catherine Moriarty – Defender – Westfield, N.J.

Quick Facts:

* Did not begin to play lacrosse competitively until high school

* A member of the National Honor Society

* Lived in Switzerland for three years while in elementary school

* Plays club lacrosse for the Building Blocks Elite Black under Sam Warner

Lexie Morton – Attack – Atlanta, Ga.

Quick Facts:

* 2017 Under Armour All-American

* Nike Elite 120 class of 2017

* 2016 Under Armour All-American

* 2015 Under Armour All-American

* Has won two state lacrosse championships for Milton High School

* Plays club lacrosse for the Eagle Stix under Tim Godby

Sarah Reznick – Goalkeeper – Long Beach, N.Y.

Quick Facts:

* No. 3 recruit in the 2017 ILWomen Top-40 Young Gun Senior Rankings

* The No. 1-rated goalkeeper in the 2017 class

* 2017 Under Armour All-American

* 2017 US Lacrosse All-American

* 2017 Newsday First Team All-Long Island

* A varsity starter for Long Beach High School since seventh grade

* Compiled 681 saves in her high school career

* Plays club lacrosse for the Long Island Yellow Jackets under Carol Rose

Maeson Tydings – Midfield – Catonsville, Md.

Quick Facts:

* 2017 US Lacrosse Academic All-American

* 2017 WCAC All-Conference First Team

* 2017 All-Met Honorable Mention

* Tallied 146 ground balls, 65 caused turnovers, and 16 draw controls at Good Counsel High School

* Member of the M&D Lacrosse Club under Scott Robinson

Emma Wightman – Defender – Basking Ridge, N.J.

Quick Facts:

* Nike Elite 120 class of 2018

* Recorded 49 goals, 34 assists, 158 ground balls, 79 caused turnovers, and 99 draw controls during her time at Ridge High School

* Member of the North Shore Lacrosse Club

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Andrew Spivey
Andrew always knew he wanted to be involved with sports in some capacity. He began by coaching high school football for six years before deciding to pursue a career in journalism. While coaching, he was a part of two state semifinal teams in the state of Alabama. Given his past coaching experience, he figured covering recruiting would be a perfect fit. He began his career as an intern for Rivals.com, covering University of Florida football recruiting. After interning with Rivals for six months, he joined the Gator Country family as a recruiting analyst. Andrew enjoys spending his free time on the golf course and watching his beloved Atlanta Braves. Follow him on Twitter at @AndrewSpiveyGC.