Approaching its inaugural 2021 season, the Youngstown State women's lacrosse team has its sights set on the Mid-American Conference (MAC) slate with head coach Theresa Walton and company eager to hit the field against the opposition.
"As a coaching staff we could not be more excited about this team from the way they approached this fall and the work they put in," Walton said. "From our first fall ball as a Penguins Lacrosse Program, this group came in this semester with an excitement to get back out on the field and it showed each week."
With a semester of fall ball under their belts, the young Penguins roster, comprised of 21 freshman and just one senior (Elicia Wells), is poised and ready to establish a competitive atmosphere within the program right out of the gate.
"Their passion for this game is undeniable and together we created our purpose towards building a powerful culture that can carry us into competitive play right away," Walton said. "I'm looking forward to seeing these 'Guins in action come jersey time this spring!"
An in-depth look into the assembled YSU women's lacrosse roster for the 2021 season:
Tristen Chang, Melbourne, Florida
A four-year varsity lacrosse letter-winner and a graduate of Viera High School, Tristan earned multiple player of the week and MVP honors as a Hawk. Rewarded for her success on the field, Tristan was also selected to the 2019 U.S. Lacrosse Women's National Florida Team (Cape Coast Conference Representative).
Skyler Weber, Rochester, New York
While attending Our Lady of Mercy High School, Skyler was a multi-sport athlete and achieved varsity letter honors in both lacrosse (five years) and swimming (four years).
Aryss Lindsey, Silver Spring, Maryland
Aryss comes to Youngstown State University from Silver Spring, Maryland and Springbrook High School. While there, Aryss earned back-to-back varsity lacrosse MVP honors during the 2018-19 and 2019-20 seasons, while also being nominated for first and second team All-North divisional awards.
Emma Carter, Perrysburg, Ohio
An alumni of Perrysburg High School and club team "Ohio Premiere", Emma will look to strengthen the Penguins' offensive attack as she recorded 185 career goals at Perrysburg, while also holding the school record for most goals scored in a season (64). Emma was also a four-time First Team All-Northwest Ohio honoree (2016-19), named to the All-Region squad three times (2017-19) and All-Ohio once (2019).
Abby Yesko, Ocean City, Maryland
A two-time Bayside Conference selection, including first team as a sophomore, Abby comes to YSU from Stephen Decatur High School. As a Seahawk, Abby was selected "Rookie of the Year" by her lacrosse teammates, while also earning the "Unsung Hero" Award as part of the lacrosse and basketball programs.
Shannyn Cullen, Miami, Florida
The 5'6 standout put together an impressive resume while a member of the lacrosse program at Palmetto High School. Among the list of achievements, notable awards include being voted "Rookie of the Year" as a freshman, "Midfielder of the Year" as a sophomore and MVP during her junior and senior years. Shannyn was also tagged as a two-time First Team All-County player.
Aryn Lohrey, Mentor, Ohio
One of only three athletes from the state of Ohio, Aryn joins Penguins Lacrosse after graduating from Mentor High School. While there, she made the varsity lacrosse roster as a sophomore and tallied three varsity letters.
Reena Peralta, Gaithersburg, Maryland
A three-sport athlete (lacrosse, field hockey, cross country), Reena helped lead Magruder High School lacrosse to a division title in 2017 as a sophomore. Thereafter, she was a Second Team All-County recipient in 2018 and named team MVP in 2019.
Erin Clark, Montrose, New York
Erin comes to YSU following an astounding high school career at Hendrick Hudson where she tallied 78 draw controls, 23 interceptions, 161 ground balls, 61 forced turnovers while being a four-year varsity starter and two-time captain. She was named a two-time Lacrosse National Tournament player representing Hudson Valley, a three-time All-League selection and N.Y. All-Section 1 honoree, and a National Lacrosse Classic player in 2018, 2019.
Jordan Miller, Canton, Ohio
While attending Hoover High School, Jordan was a multi-sport athlete and achieved three-year varsity letter honors in both lacrosse and basketball. During her senior year, Jordan was named captain of both squads.
Sarah Fineour, West Seneca, New York
A Buffalo, N.Y. native, Sarah was a two-time First Team All Erie County Interscholastic Conference (ECIC) selection (2018, 2019) while being nominated team captain during the same stint.
Lauren Ottensmeyer, Ballwin, Missouri
Being the sole member of the 2024 class from the State of Missouri, Lauren hopes to pick up where she left off at Parkway West High School where she tied a Missouri record with 116 goals in a season. As a four-year varsity starter, Lauren recorded 196 career goals and was named First Team All-Metro (three times), First Team All-Conference (three times) and First Team All-St. Louis Metro (two times).
Jocelyn Fike, North Tanawanda, New York
Jocelyn was an offensive nightmare for opposing teams, notching 130 goals and 40 assists in her time at Niagara-Wheatfield High School. Being a five-year varsity lacrosse letter winner, Jocelyn earned first and second-team Class B honors, while also etching her spot on the Western N.Y. Honorable Mention list.
Alexa Beyer, Lansing, Michigan
Another freshman with scoring aptitude, Alexa tallied 53 goals in 2018 and added 57 more in 2019 to notch over 100 career goals as a four-year varsity starter at DeWitt High School. Additionally, Alexa was named First Team All-Conference (2016-19), First Team All-State (2019), and holds the MHSAA record for most goals in a game (seven).
Caroline Hartough, Huntington, New York
An alumni of Huntington High School, Caroline is a valuable asset to the YSU defensive scheme. During her time as a Blue Devil, Caroline was a talented multi-sport athlete, playing lacrosse and soccer.
Callie Vaudry, Hamilton, Ontario
Callie comes to Youngstown following four years at Everest Academy in Ontario. The 5'7 freshman played four years of varsity lacrosse, earned "Junior Athlete of the Year" as a freshman and was voted team captain her junior and senior years.
Grace McGeeney, Pennington, New Jersey
Representing lacrosse at the County Positive Coaching workshop, Grace was a four-year varsity letter winner Hopewell Valley Central High School where she earned a lacrosse scholarship.
Grace Craig, Charlotte, North Carolina
Representing the State of North Carolina in the class of 2024, Grace adds more First Team All-State talent to the Penguins' roster, as she was selected in 2018 and 2019. During the same period, Grace was tabbed to the Powerade All Stars Game (2018, 2019) and Bull City All Star Senior Game. A four-year varsity letter winner, Grace was voted team captain her senior year.
Maitland Luksan, Plymouth, Minnesota
Coming to YSU from Benilde-St. Margaret's High School, Maitland was an essential piece to the Red Knights' offensive attack, earning "Best Varsity Attacker" awards in 2018 and 2019.
Taylor Jones, Bloomington, Minnesota
The 5'9 freshman from Bloomington Jefferson High School adds another offensive threat for the Penguins. Taylor scored 30 goals during her senior season, added 50 more throughout her club career, and was among the top in Minnesota in assists. For her achievements, Taylor was selected to the Midwest Showcase All-Star Team, True National Team and the Minnesota True Premier Team.
Grace Manser, Mulmur, Ontario
A graduate of The Hill Academy, Grace started playing lacrosse at 10 years old after finding an old stick in her home garage and playing "pass" with her dad. Although competing with the Orangeville Northmen women's lacrosse team, Grace continues to play a multitude of other sports, including badminton, curing, boxing and step dancing.
Piper Mullins, Glen Allen, Virginia
An alumni of Patrick Henry High School and the Storm Elite 2019 club team, Piper transferred to YSU following a one-year stint with Robert Morris University. Prior, Piper was a three-time All-Conference/Region athlete at Patrick Henry and was voted team captain her senior year. Additionally, Piper was selected as a Brine All-Star and represented the State of Virginia in the U.S. Lacrosse senior game. Piper was also twice selected to the U.S. Lacrosse Mid-Atlantic Team while a part of Storm Elite 19.
Elicia Wells, Richmond, Virginia
A native of Richmond, Va., Elicia joins the Penguins' roster as a senior, bringing with her upperclassmen experience. While at Randolph-Macon (2018-20), Elicia posted a career-best 168 saves (2018 season) and Old Dominion Athletic Conference-best save percentage of 48.4 (2020 season). During her time in the cage in 2019, Elicia appeared in and started all 19 games and helped anchor a defense that ranked fourth in the ODAC for goals-against-average at 10.68 for the season and led the ODAC in save percentage at 48.1%. Elicia was selected for numerous awards in her time with Randolph-Macon, including All-ODAC First Team (2018, 2019), ODAC All-Tournament Team, IWLCA All-Chesapeake Region Second Team and VaSID All-State Second Team (2018, 2019).
Mikaela Staranko, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
A 5'5 freshman from Seton LaSalle High School, Mikaela adds depth at the goalkeeper position. Mikaela spent two years as the starting GK for the Rebels, posting a 22-10 record as a starter with 256 career saves and a 58% save percentage. During that time, Mikaela helped lead Seton LaSalle to the WPIAL Class AA semifinals as a junior, earning WPIAL honors.
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