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Nine stellar student-athletes join women's lacrosse

Excitement Building for Spring Competition

Submitted on December 13, 2018

Georgetown College women’s lacrosse coach Brandon Davis has been working hard to round out his 2019 freshman class. He has now released the addition of nine stellar student-athletes who have signed to be Tigers.

They represent four different states – Florida, Georgia, Indiana and Kentucky – and are highly accomplished on the field and in the classroom. This group boasts a collective ACT score average of 27.4 and an unweighted grade point average of 3.84. They have completed 25 AP level classes and earned 48 different varsity letters.

“Each year we try to outdo ourselves with the caliber of student-athletes we welcome into our program, and this group of outstanding young ladies brings a level of excitement that will be hard to top,” Davis said. “Each of them brings their own special attributes and flair, but they are also hard-working, determined and motivated to be successful in whatever they do.”

Sophia Balas, Faith Boa, Maddie Brock, Gretchen Harris, Ashleigh Lucas, Mackenzie Miller, Grace Stratton, Jessika Vazzana, and Olivia Yakel make up one of the largest recruit classes in Davis’ tenure –  starting the program from ground zero and building it into a perennial national contender.

Balas brings her scrappy, aggressive style of defense up north from Marietta, Ga. Spending her time at Mount Paran High School and Khaos Lacrosse Club, she is an athletic player that can neutralize any team’s threats. While at Georgetown, Balas plans to take pre-veterinarian courses to allow her to enter veterinarian school upon completion.

Boa plays midfield, defense, and even steps into the cage from time-to-time making her the definition of a utility player. The LaGrange, Ky. native is a star both on the lacrosse field and in the classroom. Boa plans to major as pre-medical or pre-vet, moving onto med-school after graduation. 

Brock, an attacker for one of Kentucky’s top scoring offenses, Eastern High School in Louisville, brings an aggressive athleticism to an already potent offense. She plans on majoring in education, then earning a master’s degree in speech pathology.

Harris, a dynamic midfielder, comes south from Fishers, Ind. where she was a dual-sport athlete and intends on majoring in athletic training or pre-law. Harris has spent her years playing lacrosse and soccer for Heritage Christian High School. She is also a member of Circle City Lacrosse Club.

Lucas is a talented player, stepping on the field as both a defender and a goalie when needed for South Plantation High School as well as the Blues Lacrosse Club. The Davie, Fla. native looks to study biology followed by attending med-school before becoming a doctor for the Navy.

Miller is a threat no matter where you put her on the field. The talented two-way midfielder is from Fishers, Ind. and spent her career playing for Circle City Lacrosse. In her time at Georgetown, Miller plans on studying either chemistry or biology, then possibly moving on to med-school. 

Stratton is a versatile athlete that plans on pacing the defensive side of the midfield. A dual-sport athlete from Newburgh’s (Indiana) Castle High School, she played club lacrosse for Thunderwolves Lacrosse Club, as well as being the captain of the Castle cheerleading team. After her time at GC is over, Stratton looks to be an athletic trainer for a major college or professional sports team.

Vazzana, a true lock-down defender, looks to make an immediate impact on the Tiger back line. She plans on majoring in criminal justice during her years at Georgetown. After graduation, Vazzana plans on either attending law school or enrolling in the FBI academy. 

Yakel’s smile can be infectious, but do not let it fool you, she is tenacious in the goal. Anchoring the back line of the defense for Gainesville’s (Florida) Buchholz High School and Laxmaniax during her career, she could be a game changer from the moment she steps foot on campus. Her plans are to study pre-vet in her time at GC, then moving on to veterinarian school. 

“Each of these nine young women brings something unique to the team, and every one of them can make an immediate impact on the Tiger lacrosse program,” Davis said. “We can’t wait to see what the future holds for them as individuals and us as a program.”

Georgetown opens the 2019 season Feb. 10 hosting Berry College.

  • Jenny Elder, Sports Information Director

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