LAURINBURG — St. Andrews University announced this week the signing of 10 new recruits set to arrive on campus this season.
The group includes six outfielders, two pitchers, a catcher and multiple players that can play a variety of positions. Seven from the incoming class are freshmen, and three are transfers. Most of the class is comprised of players from North Carolina, but two student-athletes hail from Florida and another is originally from California.
Katie Lougee, a transfer from NCAA Division II Coker College, is from the Golden State, but she recently moved to Southport and will primarily line up behind the plate.
Hawley Ill, a native of the Orlando, Florida, is transferring from the University of Pikeville in Kentucky. Ill can pitch, catch and also play multiple positions as a utility player, and she was named to the all-conference team during her junior year with the Bears.
Monique Santiago is the other Florida signee, and she is from Gainesville’s P.K. Younge Developmental Research School. She is capable of playing throughout the infield, and was named team MVP while earning all-area honors twice during her career.
The final transfer the Knights added to their roster is Shenice Harrison, who originally played at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. She is capable of playing third base as well as outfield positions, and earned the school’s Female Athlete of the Year award at North Brunswick High during her prep days.
Rachel Swartwood of Wilmington and Conner Sutherland of Raleigh are also set to join the St. Andrews outfield. Swartwood comes from Eugene High and helped lead her team to multiple conference titles. Sutherland attended Leesville Road High and was a Cap 8 all-conference selection her final two years with the program.
Apex High’s Elisa Haire can play the hot corner and catcher, and she showcased stellar plate discipline in high school, striking out only three times during her career. Dawson, of East Bladen High, will likely line up at first base and in the outfield.
Nancy Amos from Hopewell High in Charlotte joins the Knights as an All-American scholar athlete and a two-time letter winner in swimming and softball, and she is projected to take the mound and play in the outfield.
St. Andrews wraps up its recruiting class with with Reina Mondragon from South Creek High in Williamston. Mondragon played third base and was a utility player during her prep days.
Women’s lacrosse adds three recruits
The St. Andrews University women’s lacrosse program has added three new recruits for the upcoming season.
The class includes Shirley Bachini, Journey Carrion, and Ellie MacNiven.
Bachini, from Essex Tech High in Massachusetts, was the first commit to sign with the Knights this season. She is the second member of her family to attend college, and the first to play a sport at the collegiate level.
“We are very excited to have her become a member of the women’s lacrosse family,” said coach Alex Hatch. “I cannot wait to see what she does in this upcoming season.”
Carrion graduated from Broughton High in Raleigh and will play attack/midfield for the Knights.
“Journey will be an excellent addition to the team next season and will help us reach our goals in 2016,” said Hatch.
MacNiven joins St. Andrews from Oban, Scotland. She plans on being a dual athlete and will participate in women’s lacrosse and women’s soccer as well as pipe band.
“Ellie will be a wonderful asset to the team next season and I look forward to her demonstrating her strengths on and off the field next season,” Hatch said.