LOUISVILLE, Ky. – University of Louisville women’s lacrosse head coach Kellie Young announced Monday the signing of seven student-athletes for the 2013-14 season.
The 2013 commitments comprise one of the most dynamic classes ever to sign with UofL,” Young said. “They bring strength in each aspect of the game: offense, defense, goalkeeping, speed and lacrosse IQ. They are tremendous young women, who will enhance our thriving lacrosse culture on and off the field and within Louisville athletics.”
The Cardinals’ 2013 class is comprised of Carolyn Dottino-Buenahora (Huntington, N.Y.), Hannah Koloski (Lakeville, Minn.), Anne L’Heureux (Winter Springs, Fla.), Steph McNamara (Melbourne, Australia), Ashley Peacock (Crofton, Md.), Kaelyn Sclavounos (Ashton, Md.), and Heidi Smith (Ashburn, Va.).
Hometown: Huntington, N.Y.
Club Team: Long Island Yellow Jackets
Carolyn Dottino-Buenahora, a decorated athlete from Huntington, N.Y., started as an eighth grader at Long Island Lutheran High under coach Scott Maxwell. She finished her junior season with 73 goals and 63 assists, earning team MVP honors along the way. Besides being a multi-sport captain (lacrosse and soccer), she helped her basketball team win the 2011 New York State Federation championship. In football, she became the first female kicker in school history and has started at the position all four years.
Coach Kellie Young on Dottino-Buenahora
“Carolyn is the definition of a fireball. She is small and spunky while playing with the heart and fire of an All-American. Her speed will have an immediate impact on both ends of the field."
Hometown: Lakeville, Minn.
Club Team: MN Lakers
A Lakeville, Minn., native, Hannah Koloski will add depth to an already sturdy midfield. She has been named an all-conference player the past three years, while being named captain each year since her sophomore season. The past two years, Koloski earned all-state honors, in addition to being named a U.S. Lacrosse High School All-America honorable mention and All-Academic team member last season. She also earned three letters in ice hockey.
Coach Kellie Young on Hannah Koloski
“Hannah is that diamond in the rough – our first player from Minnesota. She is an offensive force, attacking the cage play after play, finding lanes to goals that others cannot see.”
Hometown: Winter Springs, Fla.
Anne L’Heureux comes to Louisville from Winter Springs, Fla., where she has already set the all-time school record for career goals (278) at Winter Springs High under coaches Steve Efland, Todd Brock, and Scott L’Heureux. She earned All-America honorable mention accolades her junior year after garnering all-conference, all-district, and all-area first-team honors the past three years. The National Honor Society member has won the scholar-athlete award since her freshman year.
Coach Kellie Young on Anne L’Heureux
“Anne has the size and speed to elevate our game. She is smart and deliberate on both ends of the field. She will be the calming force, steady in her play, consistently getting the job done play after play."
Hometown: Melbourne, Australia
Steph McNamara hails from Melbourne, Australia, where her defensive presence has earned her numerous club awards. This past year, she won the outstanding junior award, state league most improved, state league grand final MVP, and named an all-world team member. Prior to her junior season, she was captain of the Victorian state team two times.
Coach Kellie Young on Steph McNamara
“Stephanie is one of the top U-19 players in the world, having been honored at the last U-19 World Cup as one of three defenders. The first Australian to join our Louisville squad, she continues our international flare by bringing new energy and enthusiasm to the team.”
Hometown: Crofton, Md.
Ashley Peacock, a highly touted goalie from Crofton, Md., is the first lacrosse athlete to earn a Division I scholarship at Elizabeth Seton High. Playing under coach Ashley Russell, Peacock, a two-year captain, has earned all-conference honors the past three seasons. As a junior, she won the coaches award.
Coach Kellie Young on Ashley Peacock
“Ashley is, without a doubt, one of the best keepers coming out of high school. A Maryland native, she plays among the best lacrosse players in the country, game after game, which has prepared her for the collegiate level.”
Hometown: Ashton, Md.
Club Team: Hero’s Lacrosse
An Ashton, Md., resident, Kaelyn Sclavounos finished 10th in the country in total points (151) her junior season at Connelly School of the Holy Child under coach Sarah Aschenbach. Additionally, she earned first team all-conference and All-Montgomery County second team accolades. During her sophomore campaign, she received WCAC honorable mention status from The Washington Post and was selected to the DC Metro Team. She also is the captain for the lacrosse and basketball teams.
Coach Kellie Young on Kaelyn Sclavounos
“Kaelyn is the definition of student-athlete. She is focused in the classroom and attacks the game of lacrosse day in and day out on the field. She is determined and feisty, chasing down every ball within reach."
Hometown: Ashburn, Va.
Club Team: Capital Lacrosse Club
Rounding out the class of 2013 is Ashburn, Va., native Heidi Smith, who has started on the lacrosse team since her freshman season. Now a two-year captain, Smith was named the district’s co-player of the year as well as an all-district and all-county first-team member her junior season. The National Honor Society member has received a 4.0 GPA or higher throughout her time in high school.
Coach Kellie Young on Heidi Smith
“Heidi is a smart and tenacious defender. She battles attackers, proactively directing them rather than reacting to their dodges. I can’t wait to get her inside our defense and let her battle her opponents.”