Jan. 3, 2012
STORRS, Conn. - University of Connecticut women's lacrosse coach Katie Woods has announced the signing of nine student-athletes who will join the program for the 2013 season. Those future Huskies include Alexa Bonnes (Cortlandt Manor, N.Y.), Alexandra Crofts (Westport Conn.), Alyson Fazio (Methuen Mass.), Katherine Finkelston (Leonardtown, Md.), Shannon Nee (Lancaster, Pa.), Carly Palmucci (Herndon, Va.), Cassie Perettine (Farmingdale, N.Y.), Madalyn Pimental (Massapequa, N.Y.) and Victoria Thompson (Ellicott City, Md.).
"We are very excited for the 2012 class. They're a strong group of nine student-athletes who believe in UConn and our program," said head coach Katie Woods.
"They have the leadership skills and competitive mentality that will help us accomplish our goals as a program. We're looking forward to their arrival in the fall of 2012 and I think they will provide a strong future for UConn lacrosse," added Woods.
Palmucci joins UConn as an attacker, Bonnes, Crofts, Fazio, Finkelston, Perettine, and Pimental come in as midfielders, while Thompson plays both attack and midfield positions. Nee will join the Huskies as the lone goalie in the 2013 class.
As a junior at Walter Panas High School, Bonnes recorded 58 goals and 14 assists. She was an All-Section honoree and helped lead her team to their fifth straight Section 1 Class A Crown and the state final four.
Alexandra Crofts attends Staples High School in Westport, Conn. Crofts led Staples to a runner-up finish at the 2011 Division II Championship as a junior. She was named to the Norwalk Hour All-Area team as a sophomore and a junior while picking up All-FCIAC Honorable Mention both years as well.
Fazio attends Andover High and has also been a three-year starter for the basketball team, earning two State Championships. She was named an honorable mention selection to the ESPN Boston 2011 MIAA All-State Team in lacrosse as a junior and tallied 27 goals as a sophomore for Andover. Fazio was also named to the Under Armour Underclassmen All-American game. She will enter her senior season with 93 goals and 72 assists.
At Leonardtown High School, Finkelston recorded 48 goals and 49 assists her junior year. She was tabbed as an All-America Honorable Mention selection, Academic All-American and rewarded the Outstanding Player award at Leonardtown High School. In both 2010 and 2011, she was First Team All-SMAC and First Team All-County.
Shannon Nee was All-Lancaster League and All-Section after her freshman, sophomore and junior years (2009-2011). She was named L-L League MVP Goalie for 2011 and made the WDNT Central PA team during her sophomore and junior years (2010-2011). Nee was named an Honorable Mention All-American for 2011 and made the 2011 Philly Under Armour team.
As a junior at Oakton High School in Virginia, Palmucci recorded 82 goals and 72 assists. She received ESPN Rise and US Lacrosse Honorable Mention All-America honors while also being named Washington Post All-Metropolitan, All-Region and All-District honors in 2011. She enters her senior year with 137 goals and 113 assists for her career.
At Farmingdale High School, Perettine was All-County Honorable Mention, All-League and a member of the National School Girls Metro LI Team in 2010 and 2011. She was an AP Scholar with Distinction and part of the National Honor Society as well.
Madalyn Pimental attended the Elite 120 Event in Randolph, N.J. in January of 2011 and attends Massapequa High in Massapequa, N.Y. Pimental has led her squad to three Nassau County Championship games while earning the Nassau County Unsung Hero Award. The team captain as a junior, she was named All-County. Also a member of the Massapequa soccer team, she led the team two NY State Championships. Pimental also earned High Honors at Massapequa and was a member of the National Honor Society.
Victoria Thompson attends Marriotts Ridge High School in Ellicott City, Md. Thompson attended the Elite 120 Event in Randolph, N.J. in January of 2011. She was named to the 2011 U.S. Lacrosse All-Academic Team as a junior.
The Huskies open the 2012 regular season at home against Iona on Saturday, February 12 at 1 p.m. in Storrs. UConn finished the 2011 campaign with a 9-7 record including a 3-5 mark in BIG EAST play.