RICHMOND, Va. – VCU Lacrosse head coach Jen O'Brien has announced the addition of 11 student-athletes as part of the 2019 signing class.
Faith Anna, Bella Herrera, Meghan McLaughlin, Kenzie Higareda, Julia Klein, Juliana George, Emma Barber, Riley O'Malley, Grace Hyde, Lauren Marosi and Kerri Radomski make up the class. The class hails from five different states and includes nine incoming freshman along with two transfers.
Faith Anna | Attack | Mechanicsville, Va. | Atlee High School (Winthrop)
Anna transferred to VCU after playing her freshman season at Winthrop. A native of Mechanicsville, Va., she for Storm Elite and Atlee High School. Anna was a 2018 U.S. Lacrosse All-American in addition to being named to the All-State Second Team, First Team All-Metro, First Team All-Region and First Team All-Conference. Ann also set a school record for most goals. She also helped lead her team to a runner-up finish at the 2018 State Championships.
Why Anna chose VCU:
"It had what I wanted academically, the coaches were awesome and it is close to home."
Bella Herrera | Attack | Fuquay-Varina, N.C. | Apex Friendship
Herrera is a native of Fuquay-Varina, N.C. where she played for the Carolina Fever and attended Apex Friendship High School. She was a member of Apex Friendship's inaugural team and scored 100 goals during her high school career. She also competed internationally for Germany in the U19 Lacrosse World Cup.
Why Herrera chose VCU:
"I loved the coaching staff and VCU has a great medical program."
Meghan McLaughlin | Attack | Glenn Mills, Pa. | Garnet Valley
McLaughlin joins VCU from Glen Mills, Penn. where she played club lacrosse for the Philly Blast and Garnet Valley High School. McLaughlin helped her team to a Central League Championship as well as an appearance in the state semifinals.
Why McLaughlin chose VCU:
"I loved the atmosphere of Richmond. The coaching staff and the team were all so nice. I also thought there were many opportunites to further my education at VCU."
Kenzie Higareda | Midfield/Defense | Woodbridge, Va. | Forest Park (Georgetown)
Higareda joins the Rams as a graduate transfer after playing four seasons of volleyball at Georgetown. Higareda served as the libero for the Hoyas and holds the school record for digs with 1,990, playing in every Georgetown match all four seasons. A native of Woodbridge, Va., she played lacrosse and volleyball at Forest Park. She was a VHSL 6A First Team All-State Lacrosse selection as well as the 6A South Region Player of the Year. She was named First Team All-District three times and First Team All-Region twice.
Why Higareda chose VCU:
"I loved the educational opportunity that was offered and the team and coaching staff was very welcoming to me."
Julia Klein | Defense | Havertown, Pa. | Haverford
Klein committed to VCU from Havertown, Pa. and also played club lacrosse for the Philly Blast along with teammates McLaughlin and George. Klein was named to the Philly Showcase All-Start Team as well as the PASLA All-Academic Team and the All-Central Honorable Mention Team.
Why Klein chose VCU:
"VCU provides great opportunities available both academically and athletically. The coaches were very welcoming and I loved team's culture."
Juliana George | Attack | Glen Mills, Pa. | Penncrest High School
A four-year varsity player and team captain for the Penncrest Lions, George was twice named to the All-Delaware County and All-Central Region teams. Named 'Most Outstanding Female Athlete', she led her squad to its first state semifinal appearance in school history. George also played for the Philly Blast club team alongside fellow VCU signee Julia Klein and her older sister Jessica played lacrosse at Lafayette College.
Why George chose VCU:
"I loved the campus. The team and coaches were both so welcoming and awesome."
Emma Barber | Midfield | Smith Mountain Lake, Va. | Franklin County High School
Barber was a standout player for Franklin County High School, becoming the only freshman to make the All-State team in her debut season. She led the team in goals, assists, ground balls and draw controls all four years of high school en route to team MVP honors. Barber played for the Richmond Strikers club team.
Why Barber chose VCU:
"The team is so fun and nice. I love the coaching staff and I wanted to be in a city."
Riley O'Malley | Attack | King of Prussia, Pa. | Upper Merion High School
A three-time First Team All-League selection, O'Malley was selected to All-Academic Team selection as a senior. She was twice named co-MVP at Upper Merion and was team captain her senior year. She ended her career as the high school's all-time record holder in assists and points while leading the Vikings to their first appearance in the second round of Districts in school history. She also played for the PA Express club team.
Why O'malley chose VCU:
"The awesome coaching staff along with the amazing campus, city and strong business program."
Grace Hyde | Goalie | Sterling, Va. | Potomac Falls High School
Hyde played for the Cardinal Club team as well as Potomac Falls. She helped lead her team to a pair of state championships in 2016 and 2017. She was named 5A First Team All-Region in 2017, 5A First Team All-State in 2018 and 5A Second Team All-State in 2019 while also being named team MVP and team captain in that time.
Why Hyde chose VCU:
"Richmond is an amazing city and the coaching staff at VCU is great."
Lauren Marosi | Midfield | Grand Rapids, Mich. | Catholic Central High School
Marosi played for Rapid Lax Club as well as Catholic Central High School. She became the all-time leading scorer at Catholic Central High School and was a two-time team captain. She was a three-time All-State selection, three-time All-Area honoree and was twice named to the All-Conference team. Marosi also owns the record for most goals scored in a game with nine. Marosi was a two-time Academic All-State selection while also playing for the Rapid Lax club lacrosse team.
Why Marosi chose VCU:
"I loved the enviroment around VCU and coaching staff."
Kerri Radomski | Defender | Massapequa Park, N.Y. | Massapequa High School
Radomski joins the Rams from Massapequa, N.Y. where she was a member of the Honor Roll and was a Scholar-Athlete selection all four years of high school and played club lacrosse for the Long Island Wave. She was inducted into the National Honor Society, Spanish Honor Society and ASL Honor Society and was awarded the Presidential Award for Outstanding Academic Excellence her senior year. She earned All-County Honorable Mention honors as a junior and senior and was named to the FLG Nassau GOAT All-Long Island team as a senior.
Why Radomski chose VCU:
"I loved the environment the school has along with the educational opportunities. I also loved the coaching staff, players and the culture."