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La Salle Field Hockey Signs Five To National Letters Of Intent


PHILADELPHIA - Five student-athletes—Juliana Carfagno (Collegeville, Pa. / Perkiomen Valley), Jenica Miller (Lititz, Pa. / Warwick), Kaylee Taillon (Lorton, Va. / South County), Emily Vasey (Doylestown, Pa. / Central Bucks East), Taylor Yoder (Souderton, Pa. / Souderton) —have signed National Letters of Intent to play field hockey at La Salle University, head coach Michelle Marks announced today.


“I am very pleased to announce our class of 2016,” Marks said. “They are a group of talented and intelligent young women that all possess unique qualities. I am very confident that these five incoming players have the ability to make an impact on this team and continue our success. We would like to welcome Juliana, Taylor, Jenica, Emily, Kaylee and their families to the La Salle field hockey family.”


Carfagno earned first team all-area honors from the Pottstown Mercury and was an all-conference selection as a senior defender at Perkiomen Valley. An honorable mention all-state selection, she also earned second team all-area recognition from the Times Herald. Carfagno also earned varsity letters in basketball and lacrosse.


"Juliana is a very athletic and hard working player that has the ability to play anywhere on the field,” Marks said. “Being a part of the XCalibur club team has helped improve her overall level of play. Her competitiveness and leadership will help her transition into the college game."


Miller helped lead Warwick to the Lebanon-Lancaster League championship and to the state finals as a senior defender. She also earned NFHCA National Academic Squad, Academic All-State and L-L League All-Academic honors. She played club hockey for Sutters Brigade and participated at Next Level.


"Jenica's consistent play helped lead Warwick High School's hockey team to the state championship game,” Marks said. “She has great fundamentals and a competitive edge. Her ability to make smart decisions on ball will help her become a threat out of the backfield."


Taillon earned all-region and all-district honors as a senior at South County, helping the team to the regional title for the second time in her career. A team captain, she also guided South County to the state semifinals in 2009 and 2011. She played for the Rampage Club Team.


"Kaylee's vision and game sense will allow her to be a threat,” Marks said. “Her strength and athleticism will help provide stability in the midfield. She will join former high school teammate Maddy Tettelbach on the team for the 2012 campaign.”


Vasey was a three-time All-Suburban One League and All-Area selection and a one-time All-Intelligencer selection. An honorable mention all-state pick, she helped Central Bucks East to three district tournament appearances and a state final four showing in 2010. She also earned varsity letters in soccer. She played club hockey for the True North Hockey Club. Her sister Caitlin is an All-American field hockey player at Lebanon Valley College.


"Emily is a very talented attacker both as a forward and a midfielder,” Marks said. “She has solid individual skills that will allow her to finish in the cage as well as set up her teammates."


Yoder earned Philadelphia Inquirer All-Southeastern Pennsylvania honors and was a first team all -Suburban One League selection as a senior. She started every game of her four year career. Yoder played for the Souderton Strikers Club Team.


"Taylor rejoins high school teammates Becca Chylack and Olivia Shoemaker as an Explorer,” Marks said. “She is a hard worker and does a great job setting up those around her. Her strength and athleticism are among her biggest assets which makes her very versatile on the field.”


La Salle opens the 2012 season with a trip to California beginning at Stanford on August 24.