Women's Lacrosse Announces Incoming Freshmen Class
By ODU Athletics
NORFOLK, Va. – Old Dominion University women’s lacrosse head coach Heather Holt has announced that five incoming freshmen will join the program in the fall, comprising the Monarchs’ class of 2018.
The Lady Monarchs welcome Jessi Deluca, Shannon Doolan, Natalie Ledwitz, Kati Maggio and Cydney Tutchton to the program. The class features two defenders, two midfielders and an attacker to help add depth to a team that lost four seniors to graduation.
“This is a critical year for our team. We are entering a new conference and have changed the culture of the program over the last two years. The freshmen class brings the right attitudes, as well as athleticism, that we need to move forward in a positive direction. Each player, new and returning, understands where we are trying to take this program. We all possess the same passion, determination, and dedication needed to build a stronger and better ODU Women’s Lacrosse Team,” Holt said.
Jessi Deluca • Apex, N.C. / Apex High School
Four-year varsity letter winner at Apex High School, where she led the team to a state championship title in 2011 … earned all-conference honors as a junior and senior, as well as earning all-metro laurels her senior campaign … named an Academic All-American during her career … played for the Carolina Fever club team and was named to the U15 team that won the Regional US Lacrosse Championship.
Holt on Jessi: “Jessi is a solid player with an athletic mind set. She is a tough defender with the power and skill that we need within our defensive unit. I know she will be a hard working player, on and off the field, and will help to build and cultivate the positive drive that we are instilling in our program for the future. Jessi’s hard work and determination will only increase at the collegiate level.”
Shannon Doolan • Deer Park, N.Y. / Deer Park High School
Leading scorer on her high school team throughout her career … she was named to the Suffolk All-County team as a freshman and earned her team’s MVP honor as both a freshman and sophomore … also a two-time Adidas Brine All-American, a four-time Academic Honor Roll student, a two-year member of the World Language Honor Society and was the recipient of the Art Award in 2014 … played for the Long Island Yellow Jacket Club Team.
Holt on Shannon: “Shannon is strong, physically and mentally. She has a nose for the goal and the toughness to back it up on the field in any position. Shannon’s desire to take this team to the next level is unmatched. She will be a great addition to our team this year and will push her teammates to be better everyday. This attitude and desire is the true definition of our Monarch Mentality.”
Natalie Ledwitz • Port Washington, N.Y. / Paul D. Schreiber High School
Graduated as the leading scorer in Nassau County … received all-conference laurels and the All-Around Athlete award during her career … was also a two-time all-county award winner … in academics, she was a three-year Scholar Athlete award winner, a four-time Academic Honor Roll member and was a part of the Social Studies Honors Society … played for the Long Island Yellow Jackets Club Team.
Holt on Natalie: “Natalie will be an excellent addition to our midfield. Natalie’s energy and quickness gives her a total advantage over her opponents. Her fitness level, coupled with her increasing lacrosse IQ, makes Natalie a threat on both ends of the field. Natalie is the true definition of a complete student-athlete. She has proven to excel not only on the field, but also in the classroom. All of these qualities will prove to be great additions to our team and the overall program.”
Kati Maggio • Elkridge, Md. / Howard High School
Served as a team captain of her high school team … earned Second Team All-County honors as a senior, along with the team MVP award and the Most Outstanding Athlete Award for Howard Lacrosse … in the classroom, she was also a four-time member of the Academic Honor Roll and was part of the National Honors Society … she played for the M&D Lacrosse Club Team.
Holt on Kati: “Kati is a true force on the field. Her strength and height, paired with overall athleticism, makes Kati a very strong defender. Kati is a confident athlete with amazing desire to succeed on the field and in the classroom. Her intensity, determination, and leadership will only build our program for the future. She is going to be a great asset to the team.”
Cydney Tutchton • Marietta, Ga. / Lassiter High School
Was a well decorated player while at Lassiter High School … earned Second Team All-State honors as a sophomore and First Team All-State laurels as a junior and senior … named South Region Honorable Mention All-American as a junior and was a 2014 Pre Season South Region All-American … as a senior, she was also named to the Player of the Year Watch List, Nike Top 3 Watch List, Brine Top 10 Watch List and was named a South Region All-American … she was also an Academic All-American as a junior and senior and finished sixth in her class of over 500 students … she played for the Eagle Stix Atlanta Club team, which competed in the US Lacrosse National Tournament.
Holt on Cydney: “Cydney has high expectations for herself and her teammates. Her overall natural athleticism and competitive spirit will have a huge impact on our team. Cydney is a tough player on all ends of the field. Her ability to read the game and positive work ethic has enabled Cydney to accomplish a lot in her high school lacrosse career. Cydney will only get stronger as a player while at Old Dominion. I know that her competitive desire will be contagious this year and in the years to come.”