CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. – The Virginia women’s lacrosse team inked six signees to National Letters of Intent, head coach Julie Myers announced on Tuesday (Nov. 27).
“We are really excited to welcome and work with a very talented class of six that will bring great work ethic, mental and physical toughness along with a passion and desire to compete for ACC and NCAA titles,” Myers said. “They are a diverse group that will help us in all areas of the field and come in ready to work. They embody what it takes to be a student-athlete at Virginia and will represent the program and University with honor and pride.”
The class includes Jaime Biskup (Manorville, N.Y.), Alex Burtnett (Oakton, Va.), Riley Hoeg (Mattituck, N.Y.), Aislinn McCarthy (Wellesley, Mass.), Kiki Shaw (Baltimore, Md.) and Ella Reaves Vaughan (Raleigh, N.C.).
Biskup is a midfielder at Eastport-South Manor, where she has helped lead the team to four county championships, a Long Island championship and a New York State Championship. A five-year varsity player, she has scored 100 goals with 31 assists. Biskup is a three-time all-tournament team selection and a two-time all-division honoree.
Myers on Biskup: “Jaime is a natural shooter and is among the best in the country. She is creative and tough and places the ball in the back of the net with great pace and accuracy. She’ll bring speed and agility along with a great shot to the midfield/attack. She is club teammates with fellow signee Riley Hoeg.”
Burtnett plays varsity lacrosse as a defender at St. Stephens and St. Agnes, after playing her freshman season at Oakton. Named a captain as a senior, Burtnett was selected to the US Lacrosse Schoolgirls Tournament – DC Metro Team (2017) and the Women’s World Cup Festival – Elite 19 Team (2017).
Myers on Burtnett: “Alex is a great organizer and communicator on the field. She’s a true 1v1 and team defender. She will bring grit and game sense and to the field from day one.”
Hoeg is an attacker at Mattituck High School, helping lead the team to the 2018 New York State Class D Championship and finish as a finalist in 2017. An Under Armour All-American, Hoeg has tallied 163 goals and 165 assists so far in her career. She is a three-time all-county, two-time all-division and two-time all-tournament team selection. She has been named a Newsday Top 100 Player in 2017 and 2018 and been selected to the Long Island Metro School Girls Team.
Myers on Hoeg: “Riley is one of the best all-around players and play makers in Long Island. Her lacrosse IQ and soft hands will add to our attack. She has been HS club teammates with Jamie Biskup.”
McCarthy is a goalie for Noble and Greenough School. A US Lacrosse All-American, McCarthy has helped her team to the Independent School League Tournament Championships in 2016 and 2018 and was named the MVP in 2018. McCarthy was also named to the All-ISL team and is a senior captain.
Myers on McCarthy: “Aislinn is a goalkeeper from Mass. She is among the best goalies in New England. Started her lacrosse career in the midfield and made the move to goalie late in middle school. She will use her athleticism in and out of the crease and will help anchor the defense.”
Shaw is a midfielder for Roland Park County School. Shaw is a two-time Under Armour All-American Underclass Player (2016 & 2018) and is ranked No .20 in the Inside Lacrosse Class of 2019 after being selected to the Young Gun lists as a sophomore and junior. Shaw was an Interscholastic Athletic Association of Maryland All-Conference selection in 2018.
Myers on Shaw: “Kiki is tough as nails. She runs the midfield and is versatile going to goal. Her all-around strength is her greatest asset and she is able to use it all over the field.”
Vaughan is a midfielder at Cardinal Gibbins High School. She has helped lead her high school to three-straight 4A NCHSAA Women’s Lacrosse State Championships (2016-18). As a junior, she was named a U.S. Lacrosse All-American, first team “Capital 7” All-Conference and All-Metro Team. Vaughan was selected to the North Carolina National Tournament team twice, the 2016 Under Armour top 150 Invitational and the 2016 ATL Showcase Invitational.
Myers on Vaughan: “Ella Reaves is fast, strong and tenacious. She can stay in the midfield or become a top defender. She uses her speed well and has a great passion for competition and brings a high lacrosse IQ.”