Nov. 16, 1999

NOTRE DAME, Ind. — Women’s lacrosse high school seniors Kassen Delano and Andrea Kinnik have signed national letters of intent to attend Notre Dame, women’s lacrosse head coach Tracy Coyne announced Monday. The two will join an Irish women’s lacrosse program that has no seniors entering the 2000 season.

“Both Andrea and Kassen both come from championship programs that were ranked No. 1 nationally at some point in their career,” said Coyne, who recently was named head coach of the Canadian national team for the 2001 World Cup. “They have the kind of experience that we need. Andrea has the flexibility to play midfield attack or midfield defense and has good size and speed. We are excited about her ability to come in and spark the transition game. Kassen is a good finesse player with solid stick skills. She reads the games really well and has been well coached.”

Delano, a native of Alexandria, Va., comes to Notre Dame from St. Stephens and St. Agnes School, the same high school as Irish junior Lael O’Shaughnessy. She has played defensive wing and midfielder during her three varsity seasons and was an all-league selection as a junior. Delano also has played varsity tennis and track and field at St. Stephens and St. Agnes School.

Kinnik, a native of West Chester, Pa., is in her senior year at Henderson High School, the same high school as Irish freshman Kelly McCardell. She helped her team win the state championship in 1998 when she earned all-league honors as a starting attack wing. Kinnik also has captained the girls’ soccer team at Henderson.