Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Coach Michael Bayne and Coach Brianna Hoffman are thrilled to announce some new additions to the women's lacrosse team of North Greenville University.

Rebecca Bagwell (Simpsonville, SC/Woodmont High), Hanna Hawkins (Simpsonville, SC/Hillcrest High), Anna Theissen (Clover, SC/Clover High), Taylor Hames (Simpsonville, SC/Hillcrest High), and Sarah Smith (Bowie, Maryland) have all signed to play lacrosse for the Lady Crusaders in 2015. "I'm thrilled to have such talented young ladies join our team next year," Coach Bayne states, "Our incoming class brings speed, work ethic, and athleticism. We are looking forward to seeing what the future holds for women's lacrosse at North Greenville." Coach Hoffman adds.

Rebecca Bagwell, a 5'2'' midfielder and defender from Simpsonville, South Carolina played club lacrosse for Carolina Revolution and at Woodmont High School. Rebecca is a dual athlete, lettering in Varsity lacrosse and volleyball during her time as a Wildcat. She was tallied a 4A All-Region Lacrosse athlete, selected as captain for her team, and was honored Rookie of the Year in her first season as a lacrosse athlete. Coach Hoffman's comments on Rebecca, "Becca has the speed and quickness we look for in lacrosse athletes. She is fundamentally sound and brings a great deal of athleticism to our program." Rebecca is the daughter of Julie and Tommy Bagwell, and intends on majoring in Health Promotion and Wellness.

Hanna Hawkins, a 5'4'' defender from Simpsonville, South Carolina played lacrosse at Hillcrest High School and club for GreenLight Lax. Hawkins lettered in Varsity lacrosse all four years in high school, collecting the Most Improved award her sophomore year, and was selected to play on the 2014 National Lacrosse Team for the state of South Carolina her junior year. Hawkins was also selected as a First Team All Upper State Defender, First Team All State Defender, and 4A-All Region Athlete. Hanna is the daughter of Michelle Hawkins and intends on majoring in Health and Wellness. "Hanna is a solid and aggressive defender, as well as a menace on the draw circle. We can't wait to see what she can do for NGU." Coach Hoffman states.

Anna Theissen, 5'7'' midfielder and defender hailing from Clover High School in Clover, South Carolina made the switch from soccer to lacrosse in high school. Theissen achieved Most Improved Honors during her first lacrosse season. Coach Bayne comments on Theissen, "Anna has a great deal of speed and she will continue to grow and get better. She is an awesome athlete and we look forward to having Anna play for North Greenville!" Anna is the daughter of Tim and Elvira Theissen and plans to major in English.

Taylor Hames, a 5'5'' attacker from Simpsonville, South Carolina, played Varsity lacrosse for four years at Hillcrest High School. Hames comes to NGU with a history of athletics, including competitive basketball, volleyball and club lacrosse for Carolina Revolution as well as indoor box lacrosse. "Taylor is a threat in transition, has great stick skills and works very well off ball." Coach Hoffman comments on Hames. Taylor intends on majoring in Elementary Education and is the daughter of Ken and Jamie Duncan.

Sarah Smith, a 5'5'' midfielder from Bowie Maryland, played lacrosse for the Academy of the New Church in Bryn Athyn, Pennsylvania. Smith has played varsity lacrosse since freshman year, was selected the Leagues All Star Team as sophomore and was given honorable mention her junior year. "Sarah has a ton of speed and is a ground ball machine." Coach Hoffman states of Sarah Smith."

Taylor Kennington, a 5'4'' attacker from Charleston, South Carolina played for Finns Lacrosse, Dixie Chicks, Thunderbirds, as well as her high school, Bishop England. During her time at Bishop, Kennington received Rookie of the Year her freshman year. In her sophomore season, Kennington collected Most Improved Honors as well as First Team All State. During her junior year, Taylor again tallied First Team All State Honors and was also selected to play on the National Team for the state of South Carolina. "Taylor has great stick skills and good field vision, we are excited to see her grow and develop as a lacrosse athlete at NGU." Coach Hoffman states on Kennington. Taylor is the daughter of Angie and Alan Kennington and plans on majoring in Psychology.