Liberty Lacrosse Head Coach Kelly Nangle has announced the signing of seven student-athletes to national letters of intent for the 2017-18 academic year.
The seven players – Claire Bratchie, Emily Browne, Brooke Bryan, Gracie Douglas, Anna Keebler, Mackenzie Poist and Mia Toscano – hail from six states, including two from Maryland and one each from Virginia, Florida, California, Pennsylvania and Texas.
Claire Bratchie (D – Clarksville, Md./Our Lady of Good Counsel HS) Claire Bratchie has competed for Our Lady of Good Counsel High School for the past three years and enters her final campaign before joining Liberty. Bratchie is a defender who has been on the varsity squad for three years.
From an athletic family, her dad, Ken, played Division II baseball and football at East Stroudsburg in Pennsylvania, and her brother, Stephen, played Division III lacrosse at Christopher Newport in Newport News, Va.
Bratchie is active in her community, working as a volunteer at the Brooke Grove Retirement Home, as well as with Share Foods Network, Grassroots and Special Olympics.
Emily Browne (A/D – Naples, Fla./Barron Collier HS) Emily Browne, the younger sister of former Liberty lacrosse player Anna Browne, enters her senior season at Barron Collier High School. In her past two seasons for the Cougars, Browne has scored 127 goals, to go along with 76 assists, 137 draw controls, 127 ground balls and 65 caused turnovers. As a junior, Browne was awarded her team's MVP honor.
In her three years at Barron Collier, she is a three-time district champion who has been named to the all-area team and All-Collier County conference teams in each season. Her high school team also qualified for the state final four on two occasions. As a sophomore, the Naples, Florida, native was named to the Gulf Coast Chapter National Team.
Browne is a three-sport athlete at Barron Collier, competing in lacrosse, basketball (two-time state runner-up) and swimming and diving. At the end of her senior year, she will have 12 varsity letters.
Browne is also very active in her community. She has served as her Fellowship of Christian Athletes treasurer, a youth ministry leader (Marantha Bible and Missionary Conference), a US Youth Lacrosse Certified Referee, a volunteer worker at Brooke's Legacy Animal Rescue and worked over 225 hours of community service.
Brooke Bryan (M – Westlake, Calif./Oaks Christian HS) Brooke Bryan has captained the Oaks Christian High School lacrosse team for the past four seasons while also captaining the water polo team as a junior. Bryan was named first team all-league and all-county each of her sophomore and junior seasons while scoring the most goals and earning the most draw controls in the league.
Academically, the Westlake, Calif., native, has been on the Headmasters List all four years for maintaining a GPA between 3.75 and 4.0. Browne was the athletic prefect at her school as a junior and now serves as the executive prefect at Oaks Christian. She earned the Lions Scholar Award in each of her four years of high school.
Bryan is very active in her school and community as well. She has been involved in the following: president of TEDx Oaks Christian, president on ministry leadership, Skip1.org ambassador, Ascencia homeless shelter, Castle Hill old folks home, leader of high school Bible study, Lost Canyon middle school camp and mock trial third place witness in county.
Gracie Douglas (M – Richmond, Va./Douglas S. Freeman HS) Gracie Douglas has competed at Douglas S. Freeman High School in Richmond, Va., for the past three seasons and enters her senior season this upcoming spring. Douglas played JV lacrosse as an eighth grader at Douglas S. Freeman High School. As a freshman, she competed on the varsity squad, compiling totals of 29 goals (third-most on team), 11 assists and 22 ground balls. Douglas earned all-conference honorable mention and all-conference all-academic honors, while her team was the Conference 11 district champion.
During her sophomore campaign, she recorded 32 goals, 11 assists, a team-best 33 ground balls, 39 draw controls and 17 caused turnovers as an attacker. Douglas was named Conference 11 first team all-conference, all-academic, first team all-region and second team all-state. She led her team to a runner-up finish in Conference 11 competition.
As a junior, Douglas put up more impressive numbers as a midfielder: 50 goals, 16 assists, 29 ground balls (team-high), 11 caused turnovers and 34 draw controls. Douglas garnered Conference 11 first team all-conference, all-academic, first team all-region, first team all-state and first team all-metro. She helped lead the Rebels to a Conference 11 district championship as well as runner-up in the regional. Douglas' team also qualified for the state semifinals.
Douglas' father played college football at Randolph Macon and Chowan.
Anna Keebler (M – McKinney, Texas/McKinney Christian Academy) Anna Keebler enters her senior season at McKinney Christian Academy, having competed the previous three seasons for the Mustangs. As a freshman, Keebler was voted all-district and also earned all-state honorable mention. The McKinney, Texas, native, was named to the Inside Lacrosse All-Tournament team and the all-tournament team at the Texas Invitational.
During her sophomore campaign, Keebler once again was voted to the Inside Lacrosse All-Tournament team as well as all-district and all-state teams, while being named a MVP midfielder. She helped lead her team to a state championship at the Division 2 level.
As a junior, Keebler piled up more awards. She was named to the Inside Lacrosse C2C Spotlight All-Star Team while being featured as a standout player for an Inside Lacrosse Spotlight. Keebler was a captain of the Mustangs and MVP midfielder. She also garnered a spot on the Under Armour Southwest Team.
Keebler competes at the club level for C2C lacrosse. In 2015, she scored 71 goals to go along with 21 assists and 20 ground balls. In 2016, she notched 68 goals, 20 assists and 34 ground balls.
Keebler also gives back to the community in various ways. She coached fifth and sixth grade girls lacrosse and helps coach and serve at local tournaments. Keebler has also been to Panama and Guatemala on missions trips and has worked vacation Bible schools at her local church.
Mackenzie Poist (M – Hampstead, Md./Manchester Valley HS) Hailing from Hampstead, Md., Poist attended North Carroll High School for three years and will close out her prep career at Manchester Valley High School.
While at North Carroll, Poist competed in lacrosse, field hockey and indoor track & field and outdoor track & field for the Panthers. She received the Panther Award, as she was one of only two student-athletes in the school to compete in four varsity sports. Poist was a two-time state champion in track & field.
Her father, Bob Poist, played football and baseball at Towson, while her mother, Debi Poist, participated in volleyball and cheerleading at Nyack College. Poist's sister, Brittany, competed collegiately for the Louisville (2008) and Maryland (2009-11) women's lacrosse teams. She also played for the U.S. Women's National Team from 2010-12 and at the World Team Showcase at the 2012 Summer Olympics in London.
Mia Toscano (M – Peters Township, Pa./Peters Township HS) Mia Toscano plays lacrosse at Peters Township High School and possesses a variety of accomplishments in her prep playing career, entering her senior season. As a sophomore for the Mighty Indians, she led her team in goals, assists, draw controls and forced turnovers.
Toscano was named a team captain for her junior season and merited All-WPIAL and All-Section distinction as a sophomore and junior.
The Peters Township, Pa., native, comes from an athletic background, as her grandfather, Harry Toscano, played golf professional on the PGA Tour. Her uncle, Matthew Waugh, played baseball at Pittsburgh, and her other uncle, Anthony Toscano, played baseball at Florida Southern.
Toscano's presence is felt in the community as well. She participates in March for Life every year in Washington, D.C., volunteers as an alter server at her church and volunteers at fish fries.
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