Coach Tracy Coyne begins her 13th season guiding the Notre Dame women's lacrosse program.  The Irish are ranked 11th in the IWLCA preseason poll.

Women's Lacrosse Signs Six To National Letters-Of-Intent

Dec. 17, 2007

Notre Dame, Ind. – Notre Dame women’s lacrosse coach Tracy Coyne, who begins her 12th season as the only coach of the Notre Dame women’s lacrosse program, has announced the signing of six high school lacrosse players to national letters-of-intent. They will attend the University beginning in the fall of 2008.

Signing letters-of-intent in the early-signing period are: Amy Bernier (Strafford, Pa.), Kelly Driscoll (Andover, Mass.), Flannery Nangle (Auburn, N.Y.), Jordy Shoemaker (Andover, Mass.), Megan Sullivan (Winchester, Mass.) and Maggie Tamasitis (Boyertown, Pa.).

In making the announcement, Coyne said, “We are pleased to have such a talented group of athletes joining our program next year. They bring depth and talent to our defense and midfield, two areas that we are looking to improve. This group of players adds speed and athleticism to the lineup. They have excellent stick skills and a tremendous attitude and love of the game. They will continue to develop and should be ready to contribute when they get here next fall.”

The six-player class consists of three Massachusetts natives, two from Pennsylvania and one from New York. Two have seen extensive time on the defensive side of the ball while the other four have seen duty at midfield or attack.

Amy Bernier is a two-sport athlete from Conestoga High School in Strafford, Pa. where she earned letters in both lacrosse and soccer. A 5-10 midfield/attack player she has been a member of the varsity girls’ lacrosse team for three seasons during which time the Pioneers have won a pair of Pennsylvania State championships (2005, 2006). Conestoga finished second in the Central League and was 11-9 in 2007. Bernier played in the 2007 U.S. Women’s Lacrosse national tournament last May as a member of the Upper Atlantic team. Along with incoming recruit, Maggie Tamasitis, she plays for the Phantastix `08 Elite club team.

Coyne on Bernier: “Amy has great overall speed and athleticism to go with very good stick skills. She has a great attitude about the game and we think she has tremendous potential. Amy will continue to develop her game on both sides of the ball at Notre Dame. We love her enthusiastic style of play.” Kelly Driscoll is one of three players to join the Irish from Massachusetts, joining current Andover High teammate is a teammate, Jordy Shoemaker, and Megan Sullivan. Driscoll is a 5-6 defensive player who has also lettered in soccer and basketball during her high school career at Andover. A tri-captain of the women’s lacrosse team in 2008, she was a Merrimack Valley Conference All-Star in 2007 and was an honorable mention Eagle-Tribune all-star last season. A 2007 academic All-American in lacrosse, Driscoll is a member of the Mass. Elite Club Team along with Shoemaker and Meg Sullivan. In her first three seasons at Andover, she has been a member of three Merrimack Valley Conference teams in lacrosse, three in basketball and two in soccer. Last May, she competed in the U.S. Women’s Lacrosse national tournament for Lower New England Team 1.

Coyne on Driscoll: “Kelly has great defensive instincts, she has that ability to sense which way the play is going. She’s tough, tenacious with good stick skills. Kelly has a strong overall understanding of the game. She’s a talented, all-around athlete with excellent leadership ability. One of her best attributes is her attitude. Her mental toughness will have an immediate impact on the defensive unit.”

Flannery Nangle will join the Irish following her final season at Auburn High School in Auburn, N.Y. A 5-5 midfield/attack standout, Nangle has a nose for the net as she has already scored 161 goals with 58 assists for 219 points in her first three seasons. A two-sport standout, Nangle has started all four years in both soccer and lacrosse. In 2007, she was the top scorer in Class AA (64g, 30a, 94pt) and fourth in assists. Auburn High School’s team captain, she was selected team MVP while being named first team all-Central NY and first team Onondaga League. Nangle was selected to the Central New York Empire State Team and was a member of New York State 3 in the U.S. Women’s Lacrosse national tournament. She has been selected first team all-CNY in both 10th and 11th grade and already has played in two U.S. Women’s Lacrosse national tournaments.

Coyne on Nangle: One of Flannery’s best assets is her quickness. She uses her quickness around the cage to create scoring opportunites; she’s a finisher. That will help us a great deal. She has a tremendous work ethic and hustles all over the field. We see so much potential in her with the way she plays the game.”

Jordy Shoemaker will join current high school teammate Kelly Driscoll from Andover High School and is one of three Massachusetts natives to sign national letters-of-intent with Notre Dame. A 5-7 defensive midfielder, Shoemaker is a three-sport athlete at Andover where she also plays basketball and has run cross-country. In two seasons as a starter on the lacrosse team, Andover has gone 40-4. A team captain in 2007, Shoemaker was a Merrimack Valley Conference all-star and was second on the team in ground balls. She participated in the U.S. Women’s Lacrosse national tournament, playing for Lower New England 2. Shoemaker joins Driscoll and Megan Sullivan on the Mass Elite Club team.

Coyne on Shoemaker: Jordy has excellent speed and is a very athletic player. She hasn’t played the game that long, which gives her a tremendous upside. She caught my eye during recruiting because she’s constantly involved in the play. Her work ethic and great attitude make her a perfect fit for Notre Dame.”

Megan Sullivan is the third Massachusetts native to join the Irish along with Kelly Driscoll and Jordy Shoemaker. A three-sport letter winner at Winchester High School, Sullivan has been a four-year starter on the soccer, ice hockey and lacrosse teams. As a senior in 2007-08, she will captain all three squads. A 5-6 midfielder in lacrosse, Sullivan helped lead her team to the Middlesex League title in 2007, scoring 57 goals with 24 assists. A first team Middlesex League all-star, Sullivan also was an all-scholastic selection by the Boston Globe and Boston Herald. In 2007 she was selected as a U.S. Lacrosse high school All-American. She joins Driscoll and Shoemaker as members of the Mass. Elite Club team.

Coyne on Sullivan: Megan is an outstanding overall athlete who continues to improve her all-around game. She has the athletic ability to be a top match up player because of her speed and quickness. She’s smart and knows how to play off the ball, using her speed to disrupt the play and create scoring opportunities. She works hard and has a good feel for the game.”

Maggie Tamasitis rounds out the group of six players scheduled to join the Irish in the fall of 2008. A three-sport athlete at Boyertown Area Senior High School, Tamasitis is a 5-3 midfield/attack player who has put up impressive offensive statistics in her first three seasons. Heading into her final season at Boyertown, Tamasitis has scored 207 goals with 126 assists for 333 points in her career. As a junior in 2007, she had 89 goals with 49 assists for 138 points. That earned her first team U.S. Lacrosse high school All-American honors and she the Pottstown Mercury All-Area Player of the Year honors. During her high school career, she has earned first team all-Conference and all-Area honors. An outstanding student, she was also honored by U.S. Lacrosse as a high school academic All-American. She will join incoming recruit Amy Bernier as a member of the Phantastix `08 Elite Club team this year.

Coyne on Tamasitis: It’s obvious by her statistics that Maggie can put the ball in the back of the net. One of her best qualities is her ability to fill the role her team needs at the moment. She’s a versatile player. If you need someone to transition the ball, she’s going to be a transition middie. If you need someone to distribute the ball, she can distribute or she can go one-on-one. She has no trouble reading opposing defenses and recognizes how to break them down.”

2008-09 Notre Dame Women's Lacrosse Recruits
Player Pos. Ht. Hometown/School
Amy Bernier M/A 5-10 Strafford, Pa./ConestogaKelly Driscol1 D 5-6 Andover, Mass./AndoverFlannery Nangle M/A 5-5 Auburn, N.Y./AuburnJordy Shoemaker D/M 5-7 Andover, Mass./AndoverMegan Sullivan M 5-6 Winchester, Mass./WinchesterMaggie Tamasitis M/A 5-3 Boyertown, Pa./Boyertown