Six student-athletes have signed a National Letter of Intent to attend Lees-McRae College and play women's lacrosse in the spring of 2015, announced head coach Ray Cameron Wednesday afternoon.
Joining the Bobcats in the fall will be Tiffany Hanes (Hitchcock, Texas), Sara Henderson (Huntersville, N.C.), Tiffany Laster (Jupiter, Fla.), Peyton LeCompte (Carolina Beach, N.C.), Casey Reagan (Midlothian, Va.) and Molly Simmet (Comstock Park, Mich.)
"The Lees-McRae women's lacrosse program is very excited to welcome the six representatives that will join the squad in the fall," praised Cameron. "While it is difficult to replace our seniors, especially all-conference captain Katelin Rooney we have a very talented group coming in."
"The five freshmen and one transfer are coming from as close as our own backyard in N.C. and as far away as Va., Fla., Mich. and Texas," said Cameron. "Recruiting from these diverse areas brings more well-rounded experience to our team. Also, it's opening up these areas to future prospects. In addition to leading their teams at their respective previous schools, these players coming in have played for some of the best club programs in the country."
Tiffany Hanes Midfield/Attack 5-6 Hitchcock, Texas
Hanes previously played for the Bison of Oklahoma Baptist University while majoring in exercise science. She was a member of the Texas High School Girls Lacrosse All-Star Team in 2012 before being tabbed captain and most valuable player as a freshman at OBU. Hanes paced the team in scoring in 2013, including a seven-goal outburst against the University of Dallas on April 20.
Prior to OBU, Hanes shined at Dickinson High School while being a class historian and a member of the National Art Honor Society and graduated Cum Laude. She was a member her high school basketball squad.
Hanes is the daughter of Tracy and Linda Hanes and played under coach Ellen Walls while in high school.
"Tiffany is coming to LMC from Texas. Tiffany has the most collegiate experience of the group as a transfer from Oklahoma Baptist," praised Cameron. "She will bring much needed experience and maturity to our young team."
Sara Henderson Midfield/Attack 5-7 Huntersville, N.C.
Henderson has been an integral part of the Queen City Stars, which was coached by Kristen Heimstead. She amassed 32 goals and 19 assists in her sophomore season at Lake Norman Charter while accumulating 42 groundballs. The Huntersville, N.C., native was a member of the Key Club, French Club and Powder Puff Lacrosse.
Henderson is the daughter of Scott and Lisa Henderson.
"Sara is a N.C. native and has improved each year I have seen her play for her club team," said Cameron. "Sara's success is in taking the draw, which has become so important in the women's game and will greatly add to our midfield group."
Tiffany Laster Midfield/Attack 5-1 Jupiter, Fla.
Laster was a constant force at The Pine School while starting every game the last two seasons. She tied a school-record with 48 goals in 2013 while dishing out nine assists. She received All-Region Honorable Mention in 2013.
She is a two-time Offensive MVP at The Pine School (2013 & 2014) and has been tabbed to the Second-Team All-District squad, twice(2012 & 2013) before earning First-Team All-District recognition in 2014. Laster holds multiple school records, including most points in a season (68). She was named Athlete of the Month in March 2013 and served as team captain as a junior and senior.
Laster succeeded in the classroom as well by earning a spot on the Faculty Honor Roll in 2013 and 2014. She is the daughter of Roger and Amanda Laster.
She played soccer and was a part of the sailing and cheerleading team while in high school and intends on majoring in sports management.
Laster played club lacrosse for the Stickbenders, under the direction of Megan Vatland.
"Laster led her high school team in goals this year and played for the very competitive Stickbenders lacrosse club out of Fla.," said Cameron. "Her speed and tenacity for groundballs will be a great asset in the midfield."
Peyton LeCompte Midfield/Attack 5-8 Carolina Beach, N.C.
LeCompte is no stranger to success while earning MEC First-Team All-Conference honors during all four years at Ashley High School in Wilmington, N.C. She scored 85 goals or more in her final three seasons, including 90 as a sophomore. LeCompte racked up 128 assists while scooping 190 groundballs and played in 68 games during her four-year stint.
LeCompte was tabbed to the MEC First-Team All-Conference squad every year. She is a member of the Coastal Carolinas LAX 'Cudas and participated in the North Carolina State Games for the East Region Team. She played basketball and ran cross country while earning scholar-athlete recognition at AHS. LeCompte and the Screaming Eagles went 54-16 in her four seasons.
She is the daughter of George and Deb LeCompte.
"LeCompte is another N.C. player who really has a nose for the ball around the goal," praised Cameron. "Her ability and strength on attack will allow her to get to the goal in the more physical college game."
Casey Reagan Midfield 5-3 Midlothian, Va.
Reagan is a three-year member of the U.S. Lacrosse Richmond Chapter All-Star Team (2011-13) while playing on a state club championship squad during the same time. She was a member of the GRLL Regional Championship team (2011 & 2012) while earning All-Tournament recognition at the Steward Invitational in 2013.
She lettered all four years at Midlothian High School while leading the team in scoring on two occasions (2010 & 2013). Reagan served as co-captain in 2013 while finishing second on the team in assists.
She enjoyed success on the field hockey team as well while earning second-team all-conference merits in 2013. She was on the Midlothian High School Honor Roll and All-Academic team while swiping all-conference recognition.
She intends on majoring in athletic training and is the daughter of DeVoe and Judy Reagan.
"Reagan is that unsung player that does the little things right then you look at the box score and she is your leading scorer," said Cameron. "Casey will make an immediate impact to our attack and midfield groups."
Molly Simmet Defense/Midfield 5-3 Comstock Park, Mich.
Simmet played under the direction of Mike Emery at Rockford High School while being involved in the Peace Lutheran Church Youth Group.
She plans on majoring in athletic training and art and played club lacrosse for the Michigan Cyclones.
Simmet is the daughter of Duane and Laura Simmet .
"Simmet will join our defense this year as a hardnosed physical player who will help us transition the ball from low defense to our midfield," praised Cameron. "Molly's "do what it takes" attitude will help to solidify our low defense."
"This group brings a good balance of experience at attack, midfield and defense. While each of them has strengths at a particular position each can also play multiple positions which will give our program more balance going forward," spoke Cameron on signing class. "Attracting players of this caliber in the 2014 class shows future classes that the LMC program is improving and looks forward to making some noise in Conference Carolinas this year."
Lees-McRae College, a four-year, co-educational liberal arts college affiliated with the Presbyterian Church, USA, is located in the scenic Blue Ridge Mountains of northwestern North Carolina. Being a year-round tourist destination, the area provides the best of a vibrant college community coupled with natural beauty and a rich history. Please see www.lmc.edu for more information.