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Hokies welcome 11 freshmen for upcoming 2009-10 season
Tech brings in 11 newcomers for the upcoming lacrosse season.

BLACKSBURG, Va. - Virginia Tech’s lacrosse team has announced the list of 11 new student-athletes that will join the team for the upcoming 2009-10 academic year. Alex Gale, Libby Rosebro, Kendall Church, Kristin Semones, Katie Grogan, Emile Hunter, Brooke Martin, Julia Heaps, Liz Royston Alexis Carey and Sarah Fletcher will all have a chance to hit the field for the Hokies during their fall season before the regular season begins in February.

Alex Gale joins the Hokies from Cicero, N.Y., where she was a four-year letterwinner at Cicero North-Syracuse High School. The goalie earned numerous awards during her high school career including First-Team All-League as both a sophomore and a junior and was named All-League Honorable mention as a senior and freshman. Gale also received Second-Team All-CNY honors as a sophomore and junior as well as First-Team All-Galaxy honors after her junior season. Gale was a participant in the Empire State Games, where she helped her team to a bronze medal in 2007 and 2008.

Libby Rosebro, a Richmond, Va., native, was a four-year starter at Collegiate High School where she helped her team to four-straight league championships as well as four state finals games. Though she was injured during her senior season, the attack/midfielder led the team in assists (38) as a junior and was a First-Team All-State selection that same year. Rosebro was also a five-year starter for the Geronimo Elite Club Team, where she was coached by former Tech lacrosse player and head coach Brooke Ireland.

Kendall Church hails from Glenelg, Md., and won two letters for lacrosse while attending Glenelg High School. Chruch was named team captain as a senior as she spearheaded the defense for Head Coach Virginia Kincaid. For her efforts on defense, Church was named to the All-County second team in 2008. Church was also the high school teammate of fellow incoming freshman Katie Grogan.

Kristin Semones comes to Blacksburg from Westminster, Md., where she was a three-year letterwinner at Westminster High School. Semones helped her team to the state finals her senior year and the state semifinals her junior and sophomore seasons. After her final campaign, the team she captained honored her with the team’s Defense Award for all of her efforts on the backline. The three-time All-MVAL team honoree was also a First-Team All-County selection in her senior year and was named Westminster High School Female Student Athlete of the Year that same year.

Katie Grogan is a native of Woodbine, Md., and was a three-year letterwinner at Glenelg High School. After helping her team to county, regional, and state championships in 2008, Grogan earned Baltimore Sun and Howard County Times first team honors as a senior. The midfielder was also named Glenelg High School Most Valuable Player after her final season. As a junior, Grogan was among county leaders in both groundballs and draw controls while she also led the county in draw controls and scoring as a senior.

Emile Hunter is from Cincinnati, Ohio and was a four-year letterwinner at Sycamore High School. Hunter helped her team to state championships in both 2007 and 2009, and earned First-Team All-Tournament honors both times. The midfielder was also a First-Team All-America selection twice in her career and remains the all-time points leader at Sycamore High School.

Brooke Martin, a midfielder from Hunt Valley, Md., was a three-year letterwinner at Dulaney High School. As a senior captain in 2009, Martin earned the team’s MVP award while she was also named to the Towson Times Girls All-Star Lacrosse first team and the All-Baltimore County girls’ lacrosse team. Martin was additionally honor for her balance of classroom success as she was the recipient of numerous Baltimore County All-Academic awards, as well as being named a Minds In Motion Maryland Athletic Association Scholar-Athlete.

Julia Heaps joins the Hokies from Street, Md., where she was a four-year member of North Harford’s varsity lacrosse team. Heaps was named to the All-County first team twice during his high school career as well as receiving Second-Team All-County honors. Heaps brings great athleticism to the Hokies as she was also a member of the school’s soccer and basketball teams and earned her high school’s Outstanding Female Athlete award.

Liz Royston hails from Shamong, N.J., and was a four-year starter at midfield for Seneca High School. Royston earned First-Team All-Conference honors as a senior and junior while she was also named to the All-South Jersey second team in her final season. As a sophomore, Royston garnered Second-Team All-Conference honors.

Alexis Carey is a native of Charlottesville, Va. and joins the Hokies after winning three varsity letters at Albemarle High School. Carey earned North West Region second team goalie honors and was named an Academic All-American in his senior season. The keeper competed in the VA Commonwealth game with the Blue Ridge Lacrosse Club and helped them win two gold medals at the games.

Sarah Fletcher joins the Hokies after winning three letters at Upper St. Clair. Fletcher helped her team to the WPIAL championship game in 2009 and the WPIAL semifinals the year before. Individually, the center was a WPIAL All-Section honoree as both a junior and senior and also earned Academic All-America honors in her final season.

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