Baltimore-based sporting goods maker STX announced today that it has signed five new members to Team STX, the first-ever elite post-collegiate women’s lacrosse team. Added to the roster are Kitty Cullen (McDonogh), Sam Farrell (Severna Park), Alyssa Kildare (Johns Hopkins), Taylor Thornton and Lauren Schmidt.
The new athletes join captain Josie Owen (Severn), Grace Gavin (Loyola, St. Paul's), Julie Gardner (Severna Park), Lauren Benner (Severn), Dana Cahill (Mercy), Maggie Tamasitis, Clayton Crum, Mary Flowers, Cacki Helmer, Brittany Brigandi and Lillie Lingo to make up Team STX.
Team STX will start its inaugural season at the 41st Vail Lacrosse Shootout in Vail, Colo., from July 4-7. In the first post-collegiate women’s lacrosse tournament of the summer, Team STX will showcase its talent and compete with players from around the country.
STX will identify and announce the rest of its inaugural team this summer.
Here are bios on the new players:
- Kitty Cullen (Rockville, MD), who played on the inaugural women’s lacrosse team for Florida, was a 3x Tewaaraton Award Nominee. During her career at Florida, Cullen was a 3x IWLCA All American, 3x ALC First Team, ALC All Tournament Team and First Team All Region. Cullen was also the first Gator to score 200 career goals.
- Sam Farrell (Millersville, MD), who played with Cullen on the inaugural women’s lacrosse team for Florida, was a 2x IWLCA All-American, 3x All ALC and Tewaaraton nominee. Farrell was also made ALC All Tournament Team and NCAA All Tournament Team.
- Taylor Thornton (Dallas, TX), a former US National Team member, was the 2012 Lacrosse Honda Sports Award Winner. During her career at Northwestern, Thornton was a 3x Tewaaraton nominee, 2012 Tewaaraton award finalist, 2011 IWLCA National Defender of the Year and 2012 American Lacrosse Conference Player of the Year. Thornton was captain for 2 years at Northwestern and started all 90 games of her career there.
- Alyssa Kildare (Massapequa Park, NY), currently a coach at C.W. Post, was a 2x captain at Johns Hopkins University and is a former member of the US National Team. While at Hopkins, Kildare was a 4x All-Conference ALC, 3x All-Mid Atlantic Region, Tewaaraton Award Nominee, IWLCA Senior All-Star and Defender of the Year.
- Lauren Schmidt (Bay Shore, NY), now a coach at Berkeley, was a 2x MPSF Player of the Year. During her career at Stanford, Schmidt started all four seasons and led the team in points in 2010 and 2011. She was named 2x All American, First Team All Region and was on the 2011 Tewaaraton Watch List. Schmidt is also a former US National Team Member.
Princeton defenseman Rob Castelo will not spend his senior season with the lacrosse team, he told Inside Lacrosse this week. As a sophomore in 2012, Castelo started every game for the Tigers, but he missed the 2013 season with a torn ACL. He also missed much of his freshman 2011 season after starting his first two games but tearing his ACL against Johns Hopkins. “I have chosen to forgo surgery and my final season so that I can focus on my academics and long-term goal, which is to matriculate to medical school,” Castelo said. ... Duke defenseman Casey Carroll underwent knee surgery in January to repair a torn ACL that ended his 2013 season, but that might not have ended his career. “[Casey] is keeping his options open for another year of eligibility, therefore Duke is taking the necessary steps through the NCAA to have that year should he choose to take it,” a team spokesman told Inside Lacrosse this week. “It's not definite that he will play, but Duke is working to keeping the option open.” Carroll was an All-America defenseman at Duke when he graduated in 2007 and enlisted in the military, then spent the past five years assembling a distinguished service career as an Army Ranger before returning to the team last fall. ... Former Yale faceoff specialist Cole Yeager is enrolled at Penn State and will compete next season, a lacrosse team spokesman confirmed to IL this week. As a sophomore, Yeager won 64.8 percent of his draws and picked up 75 ground balls for the Bulldogs. Dylan Levings' emergence cut into Yeager's productivity as a junior, and Yeager did not play this season with Yale, saving him a year of eligibility that he can use as a grad student for the Nittany Lions in 2014. ... Virginia midfielder Chris LaPierre, who missed all but three games this season because of a sprained knee ligament, has yet to hear back on his status for 2014. Attackman Nick O'Reilly, who put up 23 goals and 38 assists and earned All-America honorable mention this season after missing 2012 because of a suspension, has exhausted his eligibility. It was rumored earlier this spring that he might have pursued another year of eligibility for missing last year and return with the Cavaliers in 2014.
Inside Lacrosse contributed.