Stanford’s signees are Allie DaCar (Pleasanton, Calif.), Paige Jubinsky (Dallas,Texas), Emily Koufakis (Manhasset, N.Y.), Kelly Myers (Alexandria, Va.), Maggie Nick (Chicago,Ill.), Madison O’Leary (Gainesville, Fla.), Madeline Pilchard (Pocomoke City, Md.), Katie Schneider (Wayne, Pa.), Dillon Schoen (Darien, Conn.), and Sandy Smith (Germantown, Tenn.). They will join the Cardinal for the 2015 season.
“We are very excited to welcome this exceptional group of student-athletes to our lacrosse program,” Stanford coach Amy Bokker said. “These young women are accomplished on and off the lacrosse field. Our staff has worked hard to recruit the top players from all areas of the country, and with 10 states represented in this class we feel we have outstanding national representation. We look forward to them joining our current group of dedicated student-athletes.”
The following is a closer look at members Stanford’s newest recruiting class:
Allie DaCar (Pleasanton, Calif./Amador Valley HS), goalie: Regarded as the top goalie in Northern California, DaCar helped Amador Valley to the East Bay Athletic League title and into the North Coast Section Division I final in 2013. DaCar, an honorable mention All-America, is a National Merit Scholar and was selected as the NCS Scholar Athlete of the Year for spring sports. DaCar also has been active in raising money for Invisible Children, which helps liberate women, children and kidnapped soldiers in Uganda.
Paige Jubinsky (Dallas, Texas/Highland Park HS), midfield: Outstanding at disrupting opponents and causing turnovers, Jubinsky caught coach Amy Bokker’s eye during Stanford camps. On offense, Jubinsky is an efficient and smart shooter. An excellent all-around athlete, Jubinsky also competed in cross country at Highland Park and has a basketball and soccer background.
Emily Koufakis (Manhasset, N.Y./Manhasset HS), midfield: Koufakis is an All-Nassau County athlete in three sports – lacrosse, field hockey, and track and field – in addition to earning academic honors at Manhasset High on Long Island. Koufakis is a three-time all-county choice in field hockey and an outstanding sprinter. Koufakis exceled at the Elite 120 showcase event and led her Long Island Liberty club to victory at The Rise Tournament, a top Northeast showcase event.
Kelly Myers (Alexandria, Va./Georgetown Visitation HS), midfield: Led DC Metro 1 to the national club tournament championship and was named the Heather Leigh Albert Award winner as the tournament’s top player. Myers is a truly versatile player with the ability to make an impact at all positions. She was a 2013 U.S. Lacrosse first-team All-American and was a Washington Post All-Met second-team selection as a junior. Myers also was selected to play in the U.S. Lacrosse All-American Showcase in Florida and, in 2012, was selected to the Under Armour Underclassmen Elite Stars Tournament.
Maggie Nick (Chicago, Ill./Loyola Academy), midfield: Nick was named Midwest Player of the Year by U.S. Lacrosse. She scored four goals and had five draw controls to lead Loyola Academy of Wilmette to the Illinois state championship over Montini Catholic. It was her second state title. She also helped the Ramblers to fourth in the Illinois state 4A basketball tournament as a sophomore. Nick, who was selected to the Under Armour Underclassmen Elite Stars Tournament, was a USL first-team All-American, an Under Armour All-American, and earned all-state honors.
Madison O’Leary (Gainesville, Fla./Oak Hall School), midfield: O’Leary is a U.S. Lacrosse first-team All-American and Academic All-American. She scored 75 goals, had 23 assists, at least 63 draw controls and 58 ground balls, and more than 40 turnovers caused, on the way to earning her third consecutive player of the year award by the Gainesville Sun. O’Leary, the daughter of University of Florida coach Amanda O’Leary, has scored 203 goals in three high school seasons, an area career record. She also has led Oak Hall to consecutive Florida District 5 championships.
Madeline Pilchard (Pocomoke City, Md./Worcester Prep), goalie: Pilchard was selected to the All-Eastern Shore Independent Athletic Conference first team after leading the Mallards to the conference championship. Besides her lacrosse talent, Pilchard led Worcester’s field hockey team to an undefeated season. She also is active in chorus, drama, yearbook, and has a goal of becoming a pediatric neurologist for Doctors without Borders.
Katie Schneider (Wayne, Pa./Academy of Notre Dame de Namur), midfield: Schneider helped lead Academy of Notre Dame of Villanova, Pa., to its best season ever, winning the Inter-Ac title and reaching the Pennsylvania Independent Schools championship game. Schneider earned Academic All-America, first-team All-Inter-Ac, and second-team All-Delaware County honors.
Dillon Schoen (Darien, Conn./Darien HS), midfield: Schoen earned U.S. Lacrosse first-team All-America and Academic All-America honors this year. Schoen has great speed and quickness and is skilled at picking up ground balls and launching the attack. As a freshman, she scored five goals in the state championship game to lead Darien to Connecticut’s Class M title and was the tournament MVP. She has earned first-team all-state honors and was selected to the Under Armour Underclassmen Elite Stars Tournament. Schoen also is a track star, setting the Darien school record in the indoor 600 meters.
Sandy Smith (Germantown, Tenn./Hutchison School), midfield: Smith earned U.S. Lacrosse first-team All-America and Academic All-America honors. She also helped Hutchison School of Memphis to its third consecutive Tennessee state championship last spring. Smith is a three-time first-team all-region and a two-time first-team all-state player, and twice was a Best of the Preps Player of the Year finalist by the Memphis Commercial Appeal.
Stanford is coming off a 14-6 season that featured the program’s first NCAA tournament victory – an 8-7 triumph over Notre Dame. Stanford’s Rachel Ozer and Anna Kim are returning IWLCA All-Region players and were among six Cardinal named to the All-MPSF team.