WLax: Louisville Lacrosse Inks Nine for 2017 During NLI Early Period

University of Louisville head coach Kellie Young has managed to ink another impressive lacrosse signing class. On Thursday, Young announced a star-studded, nine-member 2016 class that is highlighted by multiple two or three-sport athletes who are excelling athletically during their prep careers.

In addition to signing three from New York and three from New Jersey, Young also brings in student-athletes from Virginia, Maryland and Massachusetts.

The 2016 class consists of New York residents Alexandra Ball (Charlton, N.Y.), Allison Arcidiacono (Somers, N.Y.) and Ashley Lynch (Cold Spring Harbor, N.Y.), New Jersey residents Julia Schmuckler (Chatham, N.J.), Chloe Harris (Mountain Lakes, N.J.), and Emily Petillo (Manasquan, N.J.), Maryland’s Katie Caddigan (Fulton, Md.), Virginia’s Alexa Biller (Ashburn, Va.), Connecticut’s Annicka Ekrall (Old Greenwich, Conn.).

“The class of 2016 is one of the most dynamic groups of women to commit to Louisville on and off the field,” said Young. “They are passionate young women who already bleed Cardinal red and are determined to bring continued success to Louisville lacrosse. An incredibly talented group, they will impact every aspect of our game from goalkeeping through defense and transition to assisting and scoring goals. I couldn’t be more excited about this incoming class and the positive impact they will have on our program.”

Ball is a two-sport standout from Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake High School. She is a five year starter and was named a U.S. Lacrosse All-American last year. The goalkeeper was also named to the Suburban Council All-Star first team. As a junior, she allowed an average of 6.89 goals per game and has 701 career saves. She was also named a Section II All-American her junior year. Ball was also named to the second team Brine All-Star selection and to the 2013 Under Armour team. She was also a four year field hockey letterwinner.

Arcidiacono is a three-sport athlete, lettering in lacrosse, basketball and cross country. She earned all-league honors while helping her team to the state finals. She also helped guide her team to two sectional championships. As a junior, she earned sectional honorable mention honors.

Lynch lettered in lacrosse and field hockey at Cold Spring Harbor High School. She was named a first team U. S. Lacrosse All-American last season and was also named one of the Top 25 players by Inside Lacrosse. She helped guide her team to two county championships and was named the MVP both seasons. She is a five year varsity starter and earned first team All-Long Island honors as a junior. She was also a member of the U.S. Lacrosse National Girls Team Champions.

Schmuckler is also a three-sport athlete, earning letters in lacrosse, field hockey and squash. As a junior she was named the Kent Place School Unsung Hero. She finished her junior year scoring nine goals and dishing out nine assists for 18 points. In her three seasons at Kent Place School she has scored 19 goals, dished out 12 assists and picked up 19 ground balls.

Harris lettered in lacrosse and soccer for the Williston Northampton School. She also plays for the Building Blocks Lacrosse Elite Travel program, which produced 15 Divison I signees this year. As a sophomore she helped guide Williston Northampton School to a 14-1 record.

Another a three-sport athlete, Petillo has earned letters in lacrosse, soccer and track and field. She was named to the 2014 Brine National All-Star team as a junior. Petillo earned second team all-shore honors as a junior. She was also a member of the New Jersey South Women’s National Tournament team.


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