UCSB women’s lacrosse gaining in numbers

A record number of new players will swell the ranks of the UCSB women’s lacrosse program this fall. Twenty-three incoming freshmen and transfers have committed to the University.

It’s a mix of recruits and walk-ons across every position played in the game.

Recruits, of course, is not a term in the case of the UCSB program that indicates scholarship money received as it does at NCAA Division I programs.

Prospects considered recruits are those who contacted head coach Paul Ramsey about their interest in UCSB before the application process and were recruited to stay interested. Walk-ons are players who were accepted and decided to attend UCSB before contacting Ramsey about trying out. All are welcome to the program regardless of when they made initial contact. UCSB is a non-scholarship program in the Women’s Collegiate Lacrosse Association (WCLA) Division One of U.S. Lacrosse, the National Governing Body for the Sport.

UCSB graduated seven starters from the team that traveled to Colorado Springs for the WCLA National Championship Tournament this past May. Welcome indeed is this large class of projected 2016 graduates because of those departures.

More spots on the UCSB ‘A’ Team are up for grabs than ever have been. The program has consistently received a dozen or so freshmen a year over the past five years. The reason this number has almost doubled goes beyond the borders of the state of California. Nine of the new players hail from outside the Golden State.

The seven states represented in the class in addition to California are Colorado, Maryland, North Carolina, New York, Utah, Virginia and Washington.

The lacrosse class trend follows the general University of California trend of admitting more out-of-state students. It just so happens there are more lacrosse players in strong lacrosse states than college & university lacrosse roster spots in those states. In one recruiting class UCSB went from having two out-of-state players on their A & B teams, in 2012, to having eleven, soon showing the trend on their women’s lacrosse roster this fall.

UCSB Class of 2016
Name Hometown State High School Position
Alrawi, Bayanne Walnut Creek CA Acalanes Attack
Boral, Sydney Walnut Creek CA Las Lomas Attack
Brooks, Charlotte Owings Mills MD St. Paul’s Attack
Chung, Jessica Yorba Linda CA Valencia Midfield
Downey, Lauren West Hills CA Chaminade Midfield
Gorman, Kara Encinitas CA San Dieguito Academy Midfield
Hammerschmidt, Claudia Armonk NY Byram Hills Midfield
Hinman, Rae Temecula CA Temecula Midfield
Holston, Ann Encinitas CA San Dieguito Defense
Howey, Cailan Charlotte NC Providence Day Midfield
Joyce, Kelly Breckenridge CO Summit Midfield
Kingkade, Laura Chula Vista CA Otay Ranch Midfield
Ozorio, Katherine Encinitas CA San Dieguito Midfield
Pelayo, Gladiola Los Angeles CA Glendale Defense
Pilsner, Juliet Fairfax VA Robinson Defense
Reedy, Claire San Diego CA Francis Parker Midfield
Riggs, Alena Laguna Niguel CA St. Margaret’s Episcopal Midfield
Rockwell, Nicole San Jose CA Willow Glen Midfield
Russell, Nikki Reston VA Herndon Defense
Ryan, Morgan Salt Lake City UT Skyline Goalie
Shoemaker, Amanda Poway CA Poway Midfield
Spencer, Kim Bellevue WA Bellevue /  Las Positas College Attack
Wagner, Annie Bethesda MD Whitman Midfield