Liberty Lacrosse Head Coach Kelly Nangle has announced the signing of nine student-athletes to national letters of intent for the 2015-16 academic year. The nine players – Kayla Foster, Callie Francis, Rachel Johnson, Brianna McCaffrey, Hannah Pridemore, Aubrie Tarris, Brittany Tickle, Lexi Ulmer and Katherine Widrick – hail from six different states, including two apiece from Florida, Pennsylvania and Virginia, and one each from Georgia, Maryland and New York.
"I am extremely excited about the addition of these nine student athletes into our Liberty lacrosse family," stated Coach Nangle. "Their talents and abilities combined with the strength of our returning athletes are going to continue to propel us and take this program places it has never been. I can't wait for them to get to campus and start getting to work."
Kayla Foster (A/M – Sewickley, Pa.) Kayla Foster has paced Quaker Valley for the previous four seasons. As a freshman, Foster notched 17 goals and dished out 11 assists. Foster followed up her freshman campaign with 24 goals and 26 assists as a sophomore. This past spring Foster was named team captain and showcased her skills on and off the field. On the lacrosse pitch, Foster netted 55 goals while recording 59 assists, helping her earn a position on the Western Pennsylvania National Team. Foster was named an Academic All-American in the same season. While at Quaker Valley, Foster was a four-year letterwinner in basketball, including two all-tournament appearances. Foster competed for the Pittsburgh Premier Lacrosse Club for four years at attack and midfield.
Callie Francis (M – Ponte Verda Beach, Fla.) Callie Francis arrives to Liberty as a graduate student after completing the last four seasons at Duke. While in high school at the Hill School, Francis was named to the All-American team as well as capturing the Jodi Calvario Award for Outstanding Leadership. During her first two seasons at Duke, Francis was named to the ACC Academic Honor Roll. As a junior and senior, Francis switched to track & field where she was a sprinter, competing in the 200m, 400m and the 800m. Callie's father, Jack Francis, played lacrosse at Maryland, while her brother Brendan Francis currently plays at the U.S. Naval Academy.
Rachel Johnson (D – Ellicott City, Md.) Rachel Johnson competed four years at Glenelg High School as a defender for the Gladiators. Johnson competed in club lacrosse as well from 2012-14, averaging four ground balls per game. While at Glenelg, Johnson was a multi-sport athlete, competing in both soccer and track & field. Johnson qualified for the Maryland state track & field championships in the 800m, 4x400m and the 4x800m relay. Johnson has had a cousin and an uncle play collegiate lacrosse at Hobart College.
Brianna McCaffrey (M – Boca Raton, Fla.) Brianna McCaffrey is a four-year letterwinner at Pope John Paul II, where she played both lacrosse and basketball. McCaffrey plans to major in either nursing or forensic science while at Liberty. As a freshman at Pope John Paul II, McCaffrey helped her team to the district championship thanks to netting three goals and recording four assists to go alongside 10 ground balls. McCaffrey followed up her freshman campaign with 25 goals, 15 assists, 48 ground balls, 21 draw controls and 10 caused turnovers as a sophomore. McCaffrey's accolades placed her on the 1st team all-district, 2nd team all-league, all-region, 1st team all-county and 1st team Sun Sentinel as well as a place on the national team. As a junior, McCaffrey received the same postseason honors in addition to All-American and 1st team Palm Beach Post, thanks to 47 goals, 33 assists, 75 ground balls and 15 caused turnovers.
Hannah Pridemore (M – Rome, Ga.) Hannah Pridemore will join her sister Katy Pridemore on the Lady Flames, next season. Pridemore helped Vero Beach High School to three consecutive state championships and three Top 10 national rankings by U.S. Lacrosse. During her career at Vero Beach, Pridemore collected 109 goals, recorded 74 assists and picked up 98 ground balls. Pridemore was named to the 1st team all-district three times while at Vero Beach. Pridemore was also twice named to the 1st team all-region and 1st team all-state, during her sophomore and junior years. Inside Lacrosse Magazine ranked Pridemore as the No. 23 rising senior in 2015. Pridemore was also known to excel in the classroom, being named to the U.S. Lacrosse Academic All-American team during her junior year. Much like Katy, Hannah committed to play lacrosse at Florida during her freshman season before decommitting to attend Liberty. Pridemore was highly recruited by other schools such as Virginia, Northwestern, Denver and Notre Dame.
Aubrie Tarris (GK – Sewickley, Pa.) Aubrie Tarris was a teammate alongside Kayla Foster at Quaker Valley in Sewickley, Pa. While at Quaker Valley, Tarris was a three-time national team member as well as a three-time letterwinner. During her sophomore season, Tarris recorded a save percentage of .590. Tarris followed up the next season with a .730 save percentage, earning team MVP. Tarris was a Hockey Penguin Cup champion and has been granted the Courage and Spirit Award as well as the Coach's Award.
Brittany Tickle (A – Fairfax, Va.) Brittany Tickle marks the third sister pair for the Lady Flames next season, joining her sister Victoria Tickle on the squad for 2016. During her sophomore and junior seasons at Chantilly High School, Tickle was an honorable mention all-conference performer. Tickle is a four-year letterwinner and competed in club lacrosse for two seasons. While at Chantilly, Tickle also played field hockey and varsity basketball.
Lexi Ulmer (A/M – Springfield, Va.) Lexi Ulmer is a four-year letterwinner from Trinity Christian School. As a sophomore, Ulmer netted 39 goals and recorded 22 assists. Ulmer followed her sophomore campaign with a strong junior season, notching 42 goals, 32 draw controls and 19 assists. Ulmer's efforts during her junior season helped her garner team captain as well as a place on the DAC first team all-conference. Ulmer competed for the Capital lacrosse team the previous two seasons. Ulmer was also a three-time letterwinner for varsity basketball, while also lettering one year in cross country.
Katherine Widrick (GK – Camillus, N.Y.) Katherine Widrick competed for four years at West Genesee High School in upstate New York. As a freshman, Widrick received the nod in goal as the starter over a sophomore teammate. During her junior season, Widrick allowed just 60 goals and turned away 75 shots. Widrick held a .556 save percentage, helping her capture a place on the first team all-league as well as aiding the team in winning the N.Y. Class A state championship. Widrick was also an Academic All-American during her junior season. The New York native followed up her junior season with a save percentage of .593 during her senior campaign. Widrick notched 80 saves while allowing just 55 goals. Widrick has also been named a Brine All-American as well as a member of the National Honor Society.
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