09 Dec 2021 | 11:35 | Lacrosse
Villanova, Pa. – Villanova women’s lacrosse has announced that the team will add 16 new faces to the program for the 2021-22 academic year. The group of newcomers features six attack, three midfielders, five defenders and two goalkeepers.
“In just the first few weeks of fall ball, the 15 freshmen have already shown what a strong class they are both on and off the field. Their positivity, hardworking attitudes, and togetherness have radiated through the group every day,” said head coach Jill Batcheller. She continued, “on the field, the freshman range in all positions, from attack through defense and have already had an immediate impact on the field.”
The program will also welcome junior Cara Moreau, their lone transfer of the season. Moreau comes to Villanova after spending the previous two seasons at Drexel while being coached by Batcheller.
“Having Cara here at Villanova has been such a blessing,” Batcheller stated. “As a transfer who came with us from Drexel, Cara stepped into a leadership role on and off the field. She understands our coaching expectations and style of play and she has been doing a really great job translating that to the rest of the team. Cara has been playing her best lacrosse so far this year and I can’t wait to see that translate to what she accomplishes this season.”
#30 Cara Moreau | Junior | Attack
Far Hills, N.J. | Mount St. Mary Academy | Drexel University
Drexel University: Appeared in all 16 games during her sophomore season. Scored 14 goals and three assists, for 17 points on the season…Had a hat-trick against Hofstra (4/3/21). Sank two goals in the Dragons first NCAA Tournament appearance against Rutgers. Selected to the CAA All-Rookie team. Named to the 2020 CAA Commissioner’s Academic Honor Roll for the fall term. In 2020, she appeared in all seven games on the shortened season, scoring five goals and recording six ground balls.
#4 Caroline Keane | Midfield
Crofton, MD | Arundel High School
Arundel: Keane competed on the women’s lacrosse and field hockey teams at Arundel High School. As a team captain, she led the lacrosse team to a Regional Championship in 2021. Was named Capital Gazette First Team All-County in 2021. Named to the 2020 Under Armour Baltimore Highlight Team. Named to the 2019 Coaches All-County Second Team.
#17 Amelia Ricciuti | Defense
Hawthorne, N.Y. | The Ursuline School
The Ursuline School: Competed in field hockey and lacrosse at The Ursuline School. As a senior, Ricciuti was an All-League and All-Section player in her home county for lacrosse. For field hockey, she was named All-League and All-Section in both her junior and senior seasons. In her senior season for lacrosse, she totaled 46 goals, 37 assists and 59 caused turnovers.
#20 Sami Carey | Attack
Rochester, N.Y. | Our Lady of Mercy School
Our Lady of Mercy: Played basketball and lacrosse in high school, at Our Lady of Mercy. Recorded 407 career points, with 198 goals and 209 assists. Broke the single season record for points in a season with 122 in 2017. Awarded the NYS Scholarship Athlete Award (2017-2021). Ranks 16th All-Time in career assists in the state of New York. Was named a team captain as a senior and earned All-Greater Rochester team in 2021.
#25 Maddy Stoddard | Defense
Long Branch, N.J. | Manasquan High School
Manasquan: Stoddard lettered four years for lacrosse at Manasquan High School. In 2021, as team captain, she led her team in caused turnovers and ground balls and was named a Shore Conference All-Star. Was a part of the 2019 NJ Sectional Championship team. Made honor roll in every marking period through four years and was a member of the National Honor Society.
#27 Caitlyn Hankins | Midfield
Raleigh, N.C. | Ravenscroft School
Ravenscroft: Three sport athlete, competing in cross country, basketball, and lacrosse. In 2019, Hankins earned All-State recognition (NCISAA) and was runner-up in the North Carolina state tournament. Also earned All-Conference at Ravenscroft in 2019. In 2018, she earned her first All-State and All-Conference nominations for sophomore season. Totaled 83 goals, 43 assists with a .644 draw percentage. Did not play final two high school season due to injury.
#28 Lindsay Kupka | Defense
Chester, N.J. | West Morris Mendham High School
West Morris Mendham: Was a three-sport athlete in high school, competing in basketball, lacrosse and soccer. Awarded Ralph D’Agostino Athletic Award, for best student athlete. 2021 Mendham women’s lacrosse MVP, 2021 All-Morris County First Team and 2021 All-New Jersey State Third Team. Led Morris Mendham in in caused turnovers with 37 and ground balls with 36.
#29 Maggie Masuret | Defense
Boston, MA | Notre Dame Academy in Hingham
Notre Dame Academy: Participated in five sports in high school, including basketball, field hockey, indoor track, lacrosse, and soccer. Was captain for lacrosse team senior year (2021). Named Patriot League All-Star as a freshman (2018). Won the D1 State Championship as a sophomore. For basketball, was awarded Jesse Bradbury Adams Award, for leadership, positivity, and commitment to the team in 2021. Was on honor roll all four years at Notre Dame.
#32 Megan Reilly | Midfield
Manhasset, N.Y. | Manhasset High School
Manhasset: In high school, was a three-sport athlete, competing in lacrosse, soccer, and track. Senior year was honorable mention for lacrosse All-County Team. Was All-County 4×4 in track her sophomore year. Was a part of the Spanish National Honor Society her last two years.
#33 Kate Montalto | Goalkeeper
Brielle, N.J. | Manasquan High School
Manasquan: Two sport athlete while at Manasquan, competing in basketball and lacrosse. Lacrosse Magazine 2019 High School All-American. Was on the “Top Sophomores in NJ” and “Top Goalies to Watch in NJ” in 2019. First Team All-Shore Conference in 2019 and 2021. Part of a 2019 team that was New Jersey State Group 2 Section Champions.
#34 Sydney Pappas | Attack
New York, N.Y. | Garden City High School
Garden City: Competed in field hockey and lacrosse while at Garden City. Was a 2021 US Lacrosse All-American. 2021 Newsday All-Long Island. 2021 Newsday Top 100 Players in 2020/2021. 2021 Class B Long Island Champion and Class B Nassau County Champion. In field hockey, she was a part of the 2021 All-State team. Newsday Top 25 players in 2021. Played on two Long Island Class B Championship teams, in 2017 and 2019. Was also a part of the 2018 New York Class B State Championship Team. Awarded Lois Chapman Award, for most points on lacrosse team in 2021.
#38 Grace Gately | Attack
London, England | Manhasset High School
Manhasset: While in high school, Gately was a two-sport athlete, competing in basketball and lacrosse. State Champion in her senior year. Was an All-American her senior season and was nominated for All-County in her sophomore year. She totaled 101 career goals to go along with 72 assists. In basketball was All-Conference her freshman and sophomore years. Competed on the U15 Under Armor All-American Team her sophomore year.
#40 Bella Roberson | Attack
Syracuse, N.Y. | Christian Brothers Academy
Christian Brothers: During her four years of high school, Roberson competed in four sports, diving, lacrosse, soccer, and volleyball. Three time Under Armor All-American in lacrosse (2017,18,19). Two time Inside Lacrosse All-American, 2019 and 2021. In 2018, she led her team to a Section 3 Championship and the Class A Lacrosse State Championship. Made First Team All-League for lacrosse and volleyball in 2019 and 2021. In volleyball, she is the school record holder for blocks in a single game and in a career. She was the leading goal scorer for the soccer team in 2021.
#41 Meghan Lowe | Defense
Charlotte, N.C. | Charlotte Catholic High School
Charlotte Catholic: Competed in field hockey and lacrosse while in high school. Two-time NCHSAA State Champion Runner-up in 2018 and 2019. Two-time Western Regional Champions in 2018 and 2019. Earned 2019 North Carolina Second Team All-Conference. Was a part of a team that ranked 4th in the nation in 2020, and 1st overall in the state of North Carolina.
#42 Faith Graves | Attack
Wellesley, MA | Wellesley High School
Wellesley: Graves competed in lacrosse and track and field in high school. Was a part the 2018 lacrosse team that won State Championship and a Bay State Conference Championship. Two-time New England Armor All-American, in 2019 and 2020.
#45 Cate Gallagher | Goalkeeper
Chatham, N.J. | Chatham High School
Chatham High School: Gallagher competed in three sports in high school, ice hockey, lacrosse, and soccer. Was First Team All-Conference and First Team All-County in 2021. MVP of the Morris County tournament in 2021.