Lexington, Ky. – Transylvania women's lacrosse head coach Lauren Bickford has announced the incoming 2017 recruiting class for the Pioneers.
Joining the Transylvania women's lacrosse team for the upcoming spring 2018 season is a diverse collection of seven talented recruits, spanning from the west coast to the east coast.
Bickford has also released the 2018 season schedule that the Pioneers will embark upon beginning February 24, 2018 at Muskingum University. The eclectic schedule will feature seven straight games away from Pat Deacon Stadium and conclude with a string of five of seven games at home.
The group of seven recruits will join a Pioneers team coming off of its best showing in the five-year history of the program, posting a 14-3 record in 2017.
"We are excited to bring in local and national talent in this recruiting class," commented Bickford of her recruits. "They will bring depth, unique personalities, and strengths to all areas of the field. The new rule changes including the addition of the shot clock will make an interesting season ahead, but I'm confident this group will give us the competitive edge we're looking for. We can't wait to have them on campus in a few short weeks!"
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Avery East, Midfielder, Pineville, North Carolina (Mecklenburg)
East lives up to her surname as the furthest recruit east of Lexington coming to Transylvania for the 2018 season. Primarily a defender during her high school career, East provides a source of scoring for the Pioneers. A standout at Mecklenburg High School, East was chosen as her team's MVP in 2017, scoring 16 goals in her final run. Asked of what she'll bring to the team, East cites her defense and ability to switch and play the entire field.
Hannah Maroni, Defender, Bainbridge Island, Washington (Bainbridge)
The Pioneers reached out to the Pacific Northwest to find the program's first-ever player from the Evergreen State in Maroni. The Washington native was part of a stellar Bainbridge team which went 12-1 in her senior season, advancing to the state championship in girls' lacrosse. Maroni will add defensive versatility to a team that held opponents to fewer than nine goals per match in 2017.
Natalie Albertson, Midfielder, North Canton, Ohio (Hoover)
One of two 2017 recruits to hail from the state of Ohio, Albertson is a unique individual talent who aspires to bolster the Pioneers' fortunes in the spring. The Hoover High School product was named her team's offensive MVP as a junior and the most improved player as a senior, showcasing her ability to significantly raise her game year-by-year. Albertson pledges to bring an energetic and hardworking personality to the Pioneers along with her ability to score goals in bunches.
Olivia Livingston, Midfielder, Huber Heights, Ohio (Chaminade-Julienne)
Livingston is a decorated recruit who comes to Transylvania for the upcoming 2018 season. A midfielder during her time at Chaminade-Julienne, Livingston was a Second Team All-Region selection as a senior and also her team's offensive MVP. Coming to Lexington from the same high school as returning leading scorer Julia Ward, Livingston also presents potential as a goal-scoring machine, racking 56 goals in her senior campaign. By the time she had graduated, Livingston capped off a career with 117 goals, and hopes to make her mark at the next level.
Rachel "RJ" Johnston, Midfielder, Franklin, Tennessee (Franklin)
Johnston is another player who comes from one winning tradition to another as her Franklin team went 15-5 in her final high school season. Johnston is an all-around player who can score multiple goals when called upon, and cover significant ground with a competitive personality. Johnston is another recruit with postseason acclaim, having been named All-Region twice in her high school career.
Shelby Wuest, Attack, Louisville, Kentucky (Assumption)
Wuest is the lone recruit from Kentucky in 2017 but an impactful one. Wuest was intricately involved in a 15-5 run for Assumption High School, leading the state in goals (44) and assists (56) as a senior. She was recognized for her output as one of five US Lacrosse Girls' High School All-Americans from the Bluegrass state. Wuest was also twice named All-State during her prolific high school career.
Salem Carlow, Midfielder, West Chester, Pennsylvania (Unionville)
Carlow joins the Pioneers as a recruit from another winning program. The West Chester, Pennsylvania native adds versatility as a two-sport athlete, having also competed for a strong girls' soccer program at Unionville. Carlow's team ascended to a ranking of fifth in the state of Pennsylvania during her senior season.
The latest season schedule for the Transylvania women's lacrosse team is as challenging as ever, opening up with two consecutive matches on the road to start the season; the Pioneers' initial draw comes on Saturday, February 24 as they visit Muskingum.
A quick turnaround awaits Transy as the Pios venture to Otterbein the following day for a noon draw against the Cardinals.
The back-to-back matchups against Ohio Athletic Conference opponents sets off a busy March away from home, marked by contests versus Earlham, Sewanee, Westminster, Thiel and Franklin.
The midway portion of March witnesses the Pioneers embark upon Ohio River Lacrosse Conference play, extending into late April.
"The ORLC has welcomed two new teams to the conference so our schedule is very conference-heavy," added Bickford. "We'll be focused on challenging ourselves every day with the same end goal— to win a championship title and compete at the national level. Additionally we have added regionally-ranked teams and a full spring break week in sunny Florida playing three strong programs and running high school clinics."
A cushion comes in the beginning of April as the Pioneers host Hanover, reigning conference champion Washington and Jefferson, Thomas More, and Waynesburg, all at Pat Deacon Stadium in Lexington.
It's an overall schedule that should have the Pioneers chiseled and prepared for another shot at a successful postseason campaign.
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