July 1, 2013
LOUDONVILLE, N.Y. - Siena Women's Lacrosse head coach Andrea Cofrin has announced her incoming recruiting class. The six-member Class of 2017 includes Katie Burgess, Samantha DePasquale, Cara McQuillan and Sydney Szparaga and local stars Maddie Devine (Loudonville, N.Y./Shaker) and Briana Sirianni (Saratoga Springs, N.Y./Saratoga Springs).
"I'm really looking forward to having these amazing student athletes join us on campus in just a few short months," said Cofrin. "They have all worked hard both on and off the field to be great ambassadors for their schools and communities and absolutely love the game of lacrosse."
An attack from Seneca Falls, N.Y., Burgess led Waterloo High to back-to-back league championships. As a junior she was named an Academic All-American and Second Team All-League selection after guiding the Indians to the school's first-ever sectional final appearance. Burgess, who plays her club lacrosse for the Star Riders, tallied 22 goals and 26 assists this spring and amassed 72 goals, 100 assists and 129 groundballs during her four-year high school career.
"Katie is a quick and smart player who works hard on and off the ball," noted Cofrin. "She's a true team player and has an incredible work ethic."
DePasquale was a two-sport standout at Massapequa High, garnering All-Conference honors in both women's lacrosse and volleyball. The Massapequa, N.Y. native made 81 saves this spring, leading her team to the Nassau County Class A Final. A three-year varsity participant, she played her club lacrosse for Liberty Lacrosse Red.
"Sam has very quick hands and the ability to clear quickly and push a fast break," commented Cofrin. "She's great at reading angles on shots and her determination to get better is contagious."
Devine amassed a whopping 98 points this spring (56 goals, 42 assists) en route to being named a First Team Times Union and Suburban Council All-Star. She captained the Blue Bison to a 15-2 record and Section II Class A Championship appearance. As a junior, she was named a Second Team Times Union and Suburban Council All-Star after teaming with current Saint Lauren Smith to lead Shaker to a Section II Championship and first-ever state championships appearance. A scoring machine, Devine accumulated 253 points during her four varsity seasons.
"Maddie is a smart and creative attack who's a double threat," explained Cofrin. "She can dodge and find the back of the net and also finds her teammates open."
McQuillan is the younger sister of former Siena great Deirdre McQuillan '12 who ranks second on the program's all-time scoring list with 155 points. The East Meadow, N.Y. native totaled 224 goals during her four-year varsity career at Holy Trinity in which she was named an NSCHSSA All-League selection each season. A two-time captain, McQuillan played her club lacrosse with DePasquale for Liberty Lacrosse Red.
"Cara is a great midfielder and attacker who works extremely hard off the ball to get open and has the ability to score," noted Cofrin. "She's scrappy and works hard on the ride to get the ball back."
Sirianni too has Siena Women's Lacrosse bloodlines as she will team with her sister, rising junior Julia, who was a Second Team All-MAAC selection this spring after breaking the conference record for draw controls. Sirianni accumulated 37 goals and 22 assists to go along with 37 groundballs and 27 draw controls this spring as she was named both a Suburban Council and The Saratogian First Team All-Star. Also previously a two-time Suburban Council Second Team All-Star selection, she totaled 143 points, 133 groundballs and 114 draw controls in four varsity seasons.
"Bri is a true midfielder who works extremely hard all over the field," commented Cofrin. "She has speed, quickness, great field vision and a tremendous work ethic."
The Evening Sun Lacrosse Player of the Year, Szparaga was a three-time First Team All-County selection at South Western High. A native of Hanover, Pa., Szparaga totaled 64 points and won 48 draw controls this spring in being named a YAIAA All-Star. A three-time team captain, Szparaga scored 174 goals and won 229 draw controls during her four-year career with the Mustangs.
"Syd is strong and quick on the draw control and is an aggressive midfielder who has great field vision and can control both ends of the field," explained Cofrin.
The sextet joins a Siena Women's Lacrosse program which has qualified for four straight MAAC Championships.