10 outstanding student-athletes will join Pride in 2023
Hempstead, NY – Another exciting day is in store for the Hofstra Women’s Lacrosse Program as Head Coach Shannon Smith announced today that 10 student-athletes have signed National Letters of Intent with the University to begin their academic and athletic careers at Hofstra University beginning in the fall of 2023.
This versatile class includes players from five different states and five midfielders, three defenders and a pair of forwards.
Joining Pride means: Abby Catalano (Medford, New Jersey), Kali Clayton (Wilmington, Delaware), Christine Dannenfelser (Bayport, New York),
Natalie DeMeo (Port Washington, New York), Sara Elman (St. James, New York), Lauren Lam (Dana Point, California), Nathalie Little (Baltimore, Maryland),
Kristen Redding (Toms River, New Jersey), Evin Terzioglu (Rochester, New York), and Alexa Shotwell (Newton, New Jersey).
“We are thrilled to have this exceptional group of young women join our program,” commented Smith. “This class will add a ton of versatility to our roster and position us well for continued success in the near future. They are all very talented student-athletes, who will make us better in all facets of the game.”
Catalan, a midfielder, attends Shawnee High School in Medford, NJ. She has been a member of the lacrosse team for four years and a member of the Renegades basketball team for two years. Named First Team All-South Jersey and South Jersey Defender of the Year, she had 22 goals, nine assists, 59 draw checks and 31 rotations caused as a junior. Catalano comes from a very athletic family as his mother, Pamela, played lacrosse and field hockey at Gettysburg, his father, Charles, played baseball at Davis & Elkins, and his brother, Cole, plays soccer. at Dickinson. She also plays for the All American Aim lacrosse club.
Clayton, midfielder, is a student at Tatnall School in Greenville, DE. She was also named first-team All-DISC as a junior and second-team All-State that season. Clayton had 50 goals and 41 assists as a junior and 59 goals and 48 assists as a sophomore. Several members of his family played college or professional sports such as his father, Andrew, played golf in Delaware, his cousin, Karlee Panella, played football in Delaware and his cousin, Justin Perillo, played for the Packers of Green Bay. She also plays for the All American Aim lacrosse club.
Dannfelser, a defenseman, attends Bayport-Blue Point High School in Bayport, NY. In addition to being on the varsity lacrosse team, she is also a member of the volleyball and track and field teams. A countywide lacrosse performer, she has also been on two Suffolk County Championship teams and the 2021 Long Island Class C Championship team. Dannenfelser also plays for the Long Island Top Guns lacrosse club.
DeMeo, midfielder, is a student at Paul D. Schreiber High School in Port Washington, NY. A member of the Vikings’ lacrosse and basketball teams, she scored 157 goals in her career and holds the school record for most goals in a game. Selected in All-Nassau County in lacrosse, she was also named to the Spotlight All-America team. His brother, Anthony, played in the Ontario Hockey League and his brother, Christian, played football at RPI. She also plays for the Liberty Lacrosse club.
Elmen, an advocate, attends Smithtown High School East in Smithtown, NY. She played lacrosse and volleyball in Smithtown East. A two-time team captain, Elmen earned all-county honors as a junior. She was also part of a volleyball league championship as a junior. She plays for the Long Island Yellow Jackets lacrosse club.
lam, an abuser, currently attends St. Margaret’s Episcopal School in San Juan Capistrano, California. She played lacrosse, basketball and track and field for the Tartans. Last season, she posted 60 goals, 50 assists, 62 rushes, 56 draft checks and 25 turnovers and earned All-CIF Southern Section accolades. His team also made back-to-back playoff appearances. As a sophomore, she had 58 goals and 32 assists. She plays for the Mad Dog West lacrosse club.
Little, midfielder, is a student at the McDonogh School in Owings Mills, MD. A multi-sport athlete, she plays lacrosse, field hockey and track and field for the Eagles. A captain in three different sports, she also won all-conference honors. His father, Stephen, played lacrosse at Marymount, his sister, Ella, played lacrosse at North Carolina and Clemson, and his brother, Cullen, plays squash at Virginia. She also plays for the Skywalkers Lacrosse Club.
Redding, a molester, is a student at Toms River North High School in Toms River, NJ. A prolific scorer, she has registered 61 goals and 16 assists in 2022, as well as 83 ground balls, 44 draft checks and 37 turnovers. An all-county first-team performer, she was also named an all-conference and team MVP. As a sophomore, Redding had 54 goals and 35 assists. She also plays for the All Lax Select lacrosse club.
Terzioglu, a defenseman, attends Irondequoit High School in Rochester, NY. She played lacrosse for four years for the Eagles as well as a member of the basketball team for three years. A two-time countywide lacrosse player, she had 37 goals, 12 assists, 62 draw checks, 39 ground balls and 10 turnovers as a junior and 33 points (22 goals/11 assists) as a second. year. His father, Deniz, played football at St. John Fisher. Terzioglu also plays for the Monster Elite Lacrosse club.
Shot well, a midfielder, is currently attending Kittatinny Regional High School in Newton, NJ. She is a member of the Cougars lacrosse and field hockey teams. Named one of the top juniors to watch by NJ.com and the team’s MVP, she led her team with 54 goals and also had 32 assists, 111 draft checks, 69 rushed balls and 46 caused reversals. Shotwell plays for the STEPS lacrosse club.