Notre Dame women's lacrosse coach Tracy Coyne announced that six players have signed national letters-of-intent to attend the University beginning in the fall of 2011.

Three Irish Women's Lacrosse Recruits Named Under Armour All-Americans

June 11, 2007

Baltimore, Md. – Three Notre Dame women’s lacrosse recruits have been selected as 2007 Under Armour high school All-Americans and will participate in the second annual Under Armour All-America Lacrosse Classic game on Saturday, June 16. The game will be played at Loyola College in Baltimore, Md., at 3:00 p.m.

Named to the Under Armour All-American team are midfielders Kailene Abt (Huntington, N.Y.) and Shaylyn Blaney (Stony Brook, N.Y.) along with defender Jackie Doherty (Ellicott City, Md.). Abt and Blaney will play for the Girls North Team while Doherty will see action for the Girls South Team.

The 2007 Under Armour All-America Team recognizes the top up-and-coming high school lacrosse talent, consisting of the best boys and girls senior lacrosse players in the country, each of whom was selected by a panel of experts headed by Kim Simons on the girls’ side and Gary Gait on the boys’ side and organized by the team at Inside Lacrosse Magazine.

The 2007 Under Armour All-America Lacrosse Classic will take place at Loyola College’s Geppi-Aikens Field. A full day of events is scheduled, beginning with the STX Lacrosse Youth Clinic at 9:00 a.m. Following that event at 11:00 a.m., is the D.C. vs. Baltimore Girls’ underclassmen game. At 1:00 p.m., the D.C. vs. Baltimore Boys’ underclassmen game. The All-American girls will square off at 1:00 p.m. in a North vs. South format before the All-American boys game closes the day live on ESPNU at 5:00 p.m.

Abt helped lead Huntington High School to a 14-6 record and a trip to the Suffolk County Class B finals where they lost in the championship game to Rocky Point. A three-sport athlete, Abt is a four-year starter in field hockey, basketball and lacrosse, playing midfiled on Huntington’s girls’ lacrosse team. A member of US Lacrosse’s Under-19 team, she served as team captain this season. A first team All-Suffolk County selection from 2004-06, Abt is a member of the Long Island Yellow Jackets club team, where she helped them to the `04 and `05 national club championship and in `05-’06 was selected first team all-Galaxy. She has twice played in the US Lacrosse national tournament, helping New York 1, along with incoming freshman Shaylyn Blaney, to the national tournament championship in 2006.

Blaney is a talented midfield/attack player who has now gained All-American honors for three consecutive years at Ward Melville High School in Stony Brook, N.Y. A member of the USA Under-19 Team, the high-scoring Blaney is considered by many to be the top recruit in the nation. This season, she helped guide Ward Melville to a 15-1 record, scoring over 60 goals on the year. As a junior in 2006, she had 57 goals and 14 assists for 71 points and for her career at Ward Melville has scored over 260 goals. An all-county selection as a sophomore and a junior, Blaney also plays for the Long Island Express club team. A three-time member of the New York Region team that participated in the US Lacrosse national championship, Blaney, along with Kailene Abt, were members of the 2006 national championship team. She also has been a member of three Empire State teams, winning a gold medal in `06 and silver medals in `04 and `05.

Doherty played her high school lacrosse for national powerhouse, Mt. Hebron, helping the team to an 18-1 record in 2007 and a number four ranking nationally. One of the highest rated high school recruits in the nation, Doherty has been a member of back-to-back Maryland State Championship teams. A first-team all-County and all-Metro selection in 2006, Doherty led Mt. Hebron in ground balls, blocks/interceptions, caused turnovers and was second in draw controls. She had 16 goals and four assists while playing defense. Following the season, she was selected to the high school all-Tewaaraton team. She is also plays for the M&D Lacrosse Club and was selected first team all-Galaxy. She has played in the national tournament for Mid-Atlantic 1 where she was a member of their national championship team in 2005 and was an honorable mention All-American.

Abt, Blaney and Doherty join 2007 freshman Rachel Guerrera (Wantagh, N.Y.) as Notre Dame women’s lacrosse players to be named Under Armour All-Americans in the honors two years in existence.