Liberty is adding 11 players for the 2019-20 academic year.
The Lady Flames lacrosse program has announced the addition of 11 student-athletes for the 2019-20 academic year.
The 11-player recruiting class – Jordan Baerga, Tori Banks, Jolie Blohm, Hannah Davis, Caitlin Evans, Kelsey Gleason, Kim Hagerty, Randi Hess, Delainey Iles, Kylie Jones and Lucy Shimek – reside from nine different states, including two from Virginia and two from Georgia and one each from Delaware, Ohio, South Carolina, Pennsylvania, California, New York and Colorado.
"I am extremely excited to welcome these young women into our program. The classes our staff have been putting together just keep getting better and better," said Liberty Women's Lacrosse Head Coach Kelly Nangle. "These girls are loaded with talent and will be important in the growth and sustainment of the culture we have created. We are excited for them to get here!"
Jordan Baerga (M – Clayton, Del./Ursuline Academy) Baerga, a midfielder, will be coming to Liberty from Ursuline Academy in Wilmington, Del. During her junior season, Baerga totaled 36 goals and 33 assists on her way to earning all-conference honors as well as All-Mid Atlantic Prep League (MAPL) accolades. In her first three years with the Ursuline Raiders, the native of Clayton, Del., has recorded 78 goals, 65 assists and 143 points while guiding her team to a 22-16 overall record.
Baerga plays at the club level for Green Turtle Lacrosse. Her team won the Capital Cup. She chose Liberty over the likes of Delaware, Mercer, George Mason and Longwood.
Tori Banks (M – Worthington, Ohio/Thomas Worthington HS) Banks, a midfielder, is the lone Ohioan joining the Lady Flames and hails from the town of Worthington, about 12 miles north of Columbus. In three years at Thomas Worthington High School, she has compiled a whopping 163 goals, 34 assists and 197 points.
As a junior, Banks notched 81 goals and 18 assists for a Thomas Worthington team that went 16-1-5. For her efforts, she was named a first team Ohio Capital Conference (OCC), all-region and all-state honoree, as well as a Scholar-Athlete. A proven winner, Banks' Thomas Worthington Cardinals teams have combined to go 50-9-5 over her three-year career, including a regional final appearance during her junior campaign. As a sophomore, Banks was also a Scholar-Athlete. During her freshman season, she garnered inclusion on the OCC second team, along with All-District honorable mention distinction.
"I am so excited to further my relationship with Christ while continuing both my athletic and academic career at Liberty! Go Flames!" Banks stated.
Banks, who also plays club lacrosse for Lucky Lax and chose to come to Liberty over Ohio State, Kent State and Taylor, says her favorite lacrosse moment so far came in a spring 2018 against a rival foe, Dublin Jerome. In a game that took two days to complete due to a weather postponement, Banks assisted on the game-winning goal in double overtime.
"I have been so lucky to have Tori Banks as one of my players. She is one of the most athletic and hard-working players I have ever coached. Her positive attitude and team camaraderie makes everyone around her a better player and person! I'm excited to see her further her career at the collegiate level!" Brittney Fauss-Johnson, Thomas Worthington High School Head Coach
Jolie Blohm (M/A – Milton, Ga./Cambridge HS) When Blohm arrives on campus in fall 2019, she will be one of five Georgia natives on the team, joining current Lady Flames Carly White (Marietta, Ga.), Andrea Colavito (Johns Creek, Ga.) and Leah Ruby (Johns Creek, Ga.) and fellow incoming freshman Kim Hagerty (Milton, Ga.). Blohm, a midfielder/attacker, will be coming to Liberty from Milton, Ga., a suburb north of Atlanta. In three years with the Cambridge High School Eagles, Blohm has 60 goals, 25 assists, 85 points, 59 ground balls and 52 draw controls.
Blohm's high school team features nine players who are committed to Division I schools. The Cambridge Eagles finished as the state runner-up in Blohm's sophomore season and qualified for the elite eight while finish 10th in the Southeast region during her junior season. She also achieved Scholar-Athlete status as a sophomore and junior and led her team in ground balls (35) as a junior.
Blohm also considered attending Hofstra, SDSU, Stetson, ECU and Kennesaw State.
"I was seriously considering several other schools, and the new recruiting rule allowed me to delay my decision and come to Liberty. The minute I stepped onto Liberty's insane campus and met the coaches, I was grateful for that rule because I would have missed out on an opportunity of a lifetime to be a student-athlete at Liberty University," Blohm said.
She says her favorite lacrosse moments so far have been defeating Walton High School in the state semifinals as a sophomore and scoring four goals in a critical game as a freshman. Blohm also plays at the club level for Southern Zone Lacrosse.
"Jolie has sticky hands. She can catch anything!" Pam Masinko, Cambridge High School Girls Varsity Lacrosse Head Coach
Hannah Davis (A/M – Fairfax, Va./James W. Robinson, Jr. Secondary School) Hailing from Fairfax, Va., Davis is an attacker/midfielder for a highly successful James W. Robinson, Jr. program. In Davis' three high school seasons, her teams have posted a combined 51-13 record and have earned two 6A state championships, along with a semifinal berth. As a junior, she garnered first team all-district and second team all-state honors while serving as the team captain.
Davis has earned the Athletic Honor Roll Award in each of her three seasons and also received honorable mention distinction at the district and state levels as a sophomore. Amidst all the accomplishments, Davis says Sunday pasta parties with her team are among her fondest memories.
"Signing with Liberty reminds me that, ‘I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me,'" Davis said.
Davis has played at the club level for Crash Lacrosse (2016-17) and the Cardinal Girls Lacrosse Club (2018). The Northern Virginia native also considered attending George Mason, Wofford and Washington & Lee before ultimately choosing Liberty.
Caitlin Evans (M/A – Springfield, Va./Bishop Ireton HS) Evans, hailing from Springfield, Va., will be one of two Lady Flames on the 2019-20 roster from Bishop Ireton High School. She will join Grace Fletcher, who will be a senior when Evans arrives in Lynchburg in fall 2019. Evans comes from an established Bishop Ireton program which posted a 15-3 record and won both conference and state championships during her junior season.
As a sophomore, Evans was a varsity starter who earned first team all-state and first team all-conference recognition. During her freshman campaign, she garnered first team all-conference inclusion while starting on the varsity squad.
"Ever since visiting Liberty in sixth grade, I knew this was the right school for me. I am blessed and excited to continue to play lacrosse at Liberty," Evans stated.
Evans also competes at the club level for VA Metro Lacrosse. The northern Virginia native led her club team in scoring in 2017. She says her favorite lacrosse memory so far has been scoring her first varsity goal as a freshman. Evans elected to attend Liberty over the likes of Virginia Tech, VCU and Christopher Newport.
Kelsey Gleason (D/M – Fort Mill, S.C./Nation Ford HS) Gleason, a defender/midfielder, will be joining the Lady Flames from the Palmetto State and upon arrival be the lone Liberty player from South Carolina on the roster. A versatile player and leader, Gleason led her high school team in goals, assists and ground balls as a junior while serving as a team captain.
During her sophomore campaign, her Nation Ford Falcons team reached the quarterfinals of the state tournament. As a freshman, Gleason started on the varsity team. She says her top lacrosse memory so far has been going to state as a freshman and winning the Upper State game.
"It has been a dream of mine to play lacrosse in college, especially for Liberty. I am thrilled to be going to LU and can't wait to start my journey," Gleason stated.
Gleason, who plays at the club level for the Elite Black Team of the Midwestern Force Club, choose to come to Liberty over Mercer, Furman and Wofford.
Kim Hagerty (A – Milton, Ga./Cambridge HS) Hagerty is one of two Peach State natives in this recruiting class, joining her high school teammate Jolie Blohm at Liberty. In three years with the Cambridge Bears, she has totaled 30 goals, 34 assists, 64 points and 42 ground balls. A three-year varsity letterwinner so far, Hagerty earned Scholar-Athlete status each of the last three seasons. With Hagerty on the squad, the Bears have posted a 43-20-1 overall mark and finished as the 7A State runner-up in 2017 and were a 7A quarterfinalist in 2018. She says her most memorable lacrosse moment has been playing Milton High School in the 7A State finals while Cambridge was a fairly new high school lacrosse program.
"I am extremely blessed to have been offered the opportunity to play lacrosse at Liberty University and am ecstatic that the time is almost here. Go Flames!" Hagerty said.
Hagerty plays at the club level for Southern Zone Lacrosse and has been one of the leading scorers on that team. She chose to attend Liberty over Mercer, Stetson, Longwood and Bryant.
"Kim is one of the most coachable players I have ever had the pleasure to work with. Her attitude and work ethic with the willingness to learn and improve sets her apart from other athletes. She is a lead-by-example player that undoubtedly makes a team better." Pam Masinko, Cambridge High School Girls Varsity Lacrosse Head Coach
Randi Hess (M – Souderton, Pa./Souderton Area HS) Hess, a midfielder, hails from Souderton, Pa. During her junior season, Hess and her Souderton Area High School lacrosse team reached the district playoffs. She also competed on the Souderton field hockey team and for Unified Track. She received the award for top Souderton Area High School athlete at the PE Classic/Crossfit Games.
As a sophomore for the Souderton Indians lacrosse team, Hess' squad reached the district playoffs. She also played for the field hockey team and was on the varsity track & field team. As a freshman, Hess was a three-sport athlete as well, winning JV lacrosse MVP honors.
"I am very humbled that God has given me this great opportunity to continue my athletic and academic career at Liberty. I can't wait to be a Flame," Hess stated.
Hess, who has also competed at the club level for PA Pride Women's Lacrosse and Dynamite Lacrosse, also considered attending Drexel, Mercer, Temple, Bryant and Master's before choosing Liberty. She says her favorite lacrosse memory to date so far was coaching a five-year-old girl at a lacrosse camp and seeing that girl fall in love with the sport of lacrosse as she began to grow older.
"Above and beyond her overt, raw athletic talent, what stands out most about Randi is her inability to give anything less than 120 percent. When she is on the field, practice or game, she is focused, always pushing herself to be better, faster, stronger. Randi understands that no matter how good you are, there is always potential to better, and she never stops working to reach the next level." Nancy Offner, Souderton Area High School Girls Varsity Lacrosse Head Coach
"Randi has been an absolute joy to coach the past several years. She is the type of player that every coach hopes for: naturally athletic, eager to learn and willing to go the extra mile to get there. I am so excited to see the player that Randi becomes during her time at Liberty. Good luck, Randi!" Kristin Russel, PA Pride Women's Lacrosse Coach
"Randi is the true definition of an athlete. She is athletic, a committed and smart player. Most importantly, she is coachable. She will be a great addition to Liberty's lacrosse team!" Ali Allen, Dynamite Lacrosse Coach
Delainey Iles (A/M – San Clemente, Calif./San Clemente HS) Iles hails from San Clemente, Calif., and has enjoyed a successful prep career for San Clemente High School. Through three seasons with the San Clemente Tritons, Iles has totaled 85 goals, 27 assists, 112 points and 41 ground balls. During her junior season, the Tritons were Sea View League champions, and Iles garnered individual honors as first team all-league, Offensive Player of the Year and third team all-county.
Iles' team also won the Sea View League crown during her sophomore season. During her three high school seasons, her teams have compiled a 43-11 overall mark. Her favorite lacrosse memory so far has been defeating Foothill High School, one of the best teams in the county, during both her freshman and junior years.
"It's hard for me to put into words how blessed and excited I am to fully commit to Liberty. I cannot wait to pursue my academic and athletic career while pursuing my faith at such an incredible place," Iles said.
Iles has played at the club level for both Victory Girls Lacrosse and West Coast Starz 2019 Gold and is a two-time champion at the Sandstorm Lacrosse Tournament and also made the Under Armour All-American Uncommitted Team. She also considered attending UC Davis, Oregon, San Diego State and Messiah before electing to attend Liberty.
"Delainey is a true leader on and off the field. Her greatest skill she possesses is her ability to bring her team together on the field. The team plays up to its potential because of the effect Delainey has on her teammates in a game. This quality, along with her hard work, lacrosse skill and lacrosse IQ makes Delainey a force to be reckoned with each time she steps out on the lacrosse field." Josh Cain, San Clemente High School Head Girls Lacrosse Coach
Kylie Jones (D – Fulton, N.Y./G. Ray Bodley HS) Jones is a defender from Fulton, N.Y., who has enjoyed a successful career so far at G. Ray Bodley High School. Over the past two seasons, Jones and the Red Raiders girls lacrosse team have won 26 games and lost 11. As a junior, the team reached the section finals, and Jones was a second team all-league and Scholar-Athlete honoree for her work on the field and in the classroom.
During her sophomore season, Jones received honorable mention recognition while also earning Scholar-Athlete distinction. Her team competed in the semifinals that year. Jones' fondest high school lacrosse memory to date was playing a game in a driving snowstorm and making snow angels on the turf with her teammates after the game was postponed.
"I'm excited to sign with Liberty and look forward to the relationships and plans that God has for me there," Jones stated.
Jones has competed on the Orange Crush Lacrosse and the Salt City Snipers club teams. She also considered attending Robert Morris, St. John Fisher and SUNY Cortland before choosing Liberty.
"When it comes to Kylie, quickness is her biggest asset. She has quick feet and the ability to use them both offensively and defensively. She has a team-first approach to the game that will benefit her greatly as she continues her career at the next level." Dan Bartlett, G. Ray Bodley High School Girls Lacrosse Coach
Lucy Shimek (M – Steamboat Springs, Colo./Steamboat Springs HS) Hailing from Colorado, Shimek is a midfielder who has put together an impressive three years of accomplishments at Steamboat Springs High School. Over those three seasons with the Steamboat Springs Sailors, she has scored 192 goals to go along with 64 assists, 256 points and 185 ground balls.
Shimek is a two-time second team all-state honoree, three time first team all-conference selection and an all-state honorable mention recipient. As both a sophomore and junior, she earned all-state second team and all-conference first team honors while helping guide her team to a 19-11 combined mark during those seasons. She scored a career-best 77 goals and notched 103 points as a sophomore.
"I finally found the place I want to spend the next chapter of my life," Shimek said.
Shimek played at the club level for the Long Island Top Guns. She has fond memories playing club, as she and her teammates began to gel, get better together and love each other. Shimek also had the opportunity to go to England with DC Metro to play in the high school tournament which coincided with the World Cup in summer 2017.
She also considered attending Northwestern, Colorado, Oregon and Michigan before electing to attend Liberty to continue her athletic and academic pursuits.
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