Jan. 7, 2009
STANFORD, Calif. - A Californian is among the seven players signed to letters of intent by the Stanford women's lacrosse program, as announced by coach Amy Bokker on Wednesday.
Since 2000, there have been only four Californians to play the East Coast-dominated sport at Stanford, and only one - Kim Cahill of Stockton (2000-2004) - has been a prominent player. Jacqueline Candelaria of Encinitas may be the second.
Candelaria joins Elizabeth Adam (Severna Park, Md.), Carolyn Bradley (Short Hills, N.J.), Amanda Hechinger (Washington, D.C.), Jennifer Lang (Morristown, N.J.), Kathryn Newhouse (Alexandria, Va.), and Ryan O'Shea (McLean, Va.) in first-year coach Bokker's first recruiting class.
"Overall, what was most important for us was trying to get people that would fit in well with what we're doing and with the girls on the team," Bokker said. "And they all are a great fit."
Candelaria, a midfielder from La Costa Canyon High School, was a 2008 U.S. Lacrosse honorable mention All-America and Academic All-American. She has led the Mavericks to two CIF San Diego Section titles and was the tournament Most Valuable Player each time, earning first-team all-section honors. Candelaria, who carries a 4.2 grade-point average, also plays field hockey and soccer.
Adam, a defender from Severn School, is a three-sport standout in lacrosse, field hockey and basketball. The team captain for her conference runner-up in lacrosse, as well as her team MVP in field hockey, Adam sees the lacrosse field well and has excellent instincts, Bokker said.
Bradley, a defender-midfielder from Kent Place School, is a four-year letterwinner and team captain in three sports: lacrosse, soccer and swimming. Bradley was an Academic All-American and Under Armour underclassman All-America choice in 2008. A first-team all-county selection in soccer, Bradley is a National Merit commended scholar.
Hechinger, a defender from the Bullis School, was a 2008 U.S. Lacrosse high school honorable mention All-American. Hechinger, who quick player who can get to ground balls, represented the Mid-Atlantic Region in the national tournament and was a standout with northern Virginia's Capital Club.
Lang, a midfielder-attacker from The Pingry School, is a three-sport standout in lacrosse, field hockey and swimming. She was an all-area selection and team captain.
Newhouse is a defender from St. Stephen's and St. Agnes School, a perennial national power. Newhouse helped the team to a 26-0 record last season as a junior, a state championship and a No. 1 national ranking by Lacrosse Magazine. Newhouse, a member of the National Spanish Honor Society, was named to the Independent School League first team in field hockey, which also went undefeated and won a state title.
O'Shea, a midfielder-attacker from The Potomac School, is a two-time Virginia all-state player and an Academic All-America. She led her team to the state Division II title, while leading the team in goals and draw controls. She also plays field hockey and runs indoor track.
Stanford (12-8 in 2008) is a four-time defending Mountain Pacific Sports Federation champion and finished last season ranked No. 18 by the Intercollegiate Women's Lacrosse Coaches Association.