UMass Women's Lacrosse Signs Six For 2014
Dec. 21, 2012
AMHERST, Mass. - The University of Massachusetts women's lacrosse team has signed six student-athletes to National Letters of Intent as announced by head coach Angela McMahon on Friday. Meaghan Bowen (Brighton, N.Y.), Taylor Fischer (Port Jefferson Station, N.Y.), Meagan Keefe (Andover, Mass.), Hannah Murphy (Duxbury, Mass.), Allison Ryan (Norwood, Mass.), and Callie Santos (Bedford, N.H.), will all join the program for the 2014 season.
"I'm thrilled to have these six talented young women join the UMass family," said McMahon. "Each player is extremely dynamic and they've all had very successful high school careers so far. There's no doubt they will make an immediate impact on the field for us next year."
Bowen plays attack/midfield for Brighton High School and the Relentless Hustle club team. In 2012, she scored 41 goals and added 15 assists with 25 draw controls and 32 groundballs. She was named to the All-Greater Rochester Girls Lacrosse team and was a first-team all-county selection as well. As a sophomore in 2011, she earned all-county second-team honors after scoring 48 goals to go with 21 assists, 34 draw controls, 26 groundballs and 21 caused turnovers.
A product of Comsewogue High School, Fischer is a midfielder who also will play for the Long Island Elite club team this spring. A three-year starter, she was a two-year all-division selection. Fischer enters her senior campaign with 71 career goals, 38 assists, 99 groundballs, and 89 draw controls. This past spring, she was a National School Girls Selection, while in 2011, she was named the Northern Rise Top Tournament Attacker. Additionally she has been a scholar-athlete in each of her three years. She was also a four-year starter in soccer earning all-league honors as a junior and senior.
Keefe is one of three Bay State natives to sign with the Minutewomen and plays for Andover High School along with the Mass Elite club team. At attack, she enters her senior season with 102 career goals and 43 assists as the teams No. 2 scorer in 2011 and 2012. She earned all-conference honors last spring and was an MVC All-Star in 2011. A three-sport athlete, Keefe is also an all-star standout on the field hockey team and ice hockey team. She posted 61 goals and 24 assists in field hockey and led the ice hockey team in scoring for 2011 and 2012.
Joining her Mass Elite teammate at UMass will be Murphy who attends Duxbury High School where she also is a three-sport starter and all-star athlete playing field hockey and ice hockey as well as lacrosse. Murphy is a two-year team captain (2012, 2013) and a three-time all-star midfielder in lacrosse. She was also honored by the Patriot Ledger, the Boston Herald and the Boston Globe as an all-scholastic pick. In field hockey, Murphy was an all-star and all-scholastic pick while being named team captain this past fall. She holds the single-season goals scored record at Duxbury. On the ice, she helped Duxbury win the 2011 Massachusetts Division II State Championship while also being an all-star and all-scholastic selection throughout her career.
The third member of the Mass Elite club team to join the Minutewomen is Allison Ryan who attends Norwood High School. As a midfielder, Ryan holds Norwood's single-season and career scoring records. A two-time First-Team Bay State Conference All-Star, she has 170 career goals and 78 assists. Last season, she earned Eastern Massachusetts Second-Team All-Star accolades after scoring 75 goals with 28 assists. She was also named to the U.S. Lacrosse National Championship Tournament Team. In field hockey, Ryan was a four-year starter and team captain this past fall. She was a two-time all-conference pick as a junior and senior and led the team in goals during three of her four years.
Rounding out the class is Callie Santos who attends Bishop Guertin High School and played club lacrosse for Granite State Elite. The attack/midfielder is a three-year All-New Hampshire selection earning first team honors in 2011 and 2012. She also earned Upper New England First Team honors and is a two-time team captain. Santos also played lacrosse and is a captain of the diving team. A four-year starter on the soccer pitch, she was a two-time All-New Hampshire honorable mention. On the diving boards, she took fourth in the New Hampshire Division I State Championship and placed eighth in the 2012 New Hampshire Meet of Champions.
Entering the 2013 season, UMass is ranked No. 14 nationally according to Inside Lacrosse. The Minutewomen are seeking their league-record fifth consecutive Atlantic 10 Championship crown and their fourth trip to the NCAA Tournament in the last five years. UMass finished the 2012 season with a 19-2 record, the second most wins in program history. The Minutewomen will start the 2013 campaign on Feb. 8 against Northwestern. The game will be played at USC in Los Angeles, Calif., where UMass will then face the Trojans on Feb. 10.