Sept. 21, 2016
MILWAUKEE - Marquette University head coach Meredith Black and the women's lacrosse program has announced the addition of eight newcomers to the squad for the 2016-17 academic year.
All have begun practicing with the team for their non-traditional fall season and have four years of eligibility remaining with the Golden Eagles.
"I'm really excited about this class of freshmen," Black said. "They come from all over the country and bring a unique set of talents that will help us rise to the next level. Positionally, we were able to address each area from attack to goalie and, with the loss of so many seniors, this class is in a good position to contribute to our team's success right away."
This year's class is made up of three true midfielders, two attackers, one defense, a defense/midfield combo and a goalie. Five states are represented, including three student-athletes from Maryland, two from Pennsylvania, and one from each Colorado, New York and Minnesota.
Marquette enters its sixth year as a program, including its fifth season of competition in 2016-17.
Bridget Danko | A | Towson, Md. | The Bryn Mawr School
Prior to Marquette: Lettered in lacrosse at the Bryn Mawr School under the direction of former Marquette assistant coach Jordy Kirr ... Served as team captain as a senior ... Earned the school's prestigious Anne Pugh Award in 2016, honoring athletic excellence, sportsmanship, and devotion to "honor, truth and loyalty" ... Was a three-time scholar-athlete recipient ... Also lettered in field hockey and basketball ... Selected to the 2015 Maryland State Senior Field Hockey All-Star Game ... Made the honor roll all four years ... Active volunteer for the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation.
Personal: Born in Baltimore, Maryland and is the daughter of Paul Danko ... Father played collegiate lacrosse for UNC ... Has two siblings, Paul, Jr. and Molly ... Both siblings currently play collegiate lacrosse for Denver ... Major is undecided.
Stephanie Aker | M | Malvern, Pa. | Great Valley
Prior to Marquette: Lettered in lacrosse at Great Valley High School under the direction of Kim Wenger ... Served as team captain as a senior ... All-League selection and honorable mention All-Area honoree while leading team to a district championship and third straight Chesmont title ... Also earned four letters in basketball and was a second team All-League and honorable mention All-Area pick.
Personal: Born in Malvern, Pa. and is the daughter of Carmen and Nancy Aker ... Has one brother, Ryan ... Plans to study business.
Megan Menzuber | M | Chanhassen, Minn. | Holy Family Catholic
Prior to Marquette: Lettered in lacrosse, hockey, soccer and tennis at Holy Family Catholic High School ... As a lacrosse senior, finished with 89 points on 72 goals and 17 assists, while adding 40 ground balls, 29 caused turnovers and 70 draw controls ... Was voted team MVP for a fifth time, named first team All-State for a third time, Metro Player of the Year, Epoch Player of the Year, Minnesota Miss Lacrosse and an All-American ... Finished lacrosse career with 239 goals and 81 assists ... Set school records for most goals in a game (9), most points in a game (12) and as the school's all-time leading scorer ... Played club lacrosse for Minnesota Elite under the direction of Judy Baxter ... Was a five-time All-Conference selection in hockey and Academic All-State, finishing as school's all-time leading scorer ... In tennis, was a two-time All-Conference selection, state champion in 2014 and Academic All-State in 2015.
Personal: Born in Chanhassen, Minnesota and is the daughter of Mark and Karen Menzuber ... Father played collegiate tennis at the US Naval Academy ... Has one sister, Sarah ... Plans to study business.
Hannah Ignacio | A | Cookeville, Md. | Mount de Sales Academy
Prior to Marquette: Lettered all four years in lacrosse at Mount de Sales Academy under the direction of Mike Tirocchi ... Voted team MVP as a junior and senior ... Earned school's Athlete of the Year award for the 2015-16 academic year ... Was a US Lacrosse All-American selection after totaling 103 points as a senior on 48 goals and 55 assists ... Also named a US Lacrosse Academic All-American ... A Baltimore All-Metro Second Team selection ... Finished career with 224 points on 123 goals and 101 assists ... Also lettered in field hockey, earning team MVP honors as a senior ... Played club lacrosse for M&D Lacrosse Club.
Personal: Born in Baltimore, Maryland and the daughter of Ray and Meg Ignacio ... Father played college lacrosse for UMBC ... Has one sister, Amanda, who plays lacrosse for Loyola (Md.) ... Plans to study business.
Kate Glaros | D | Ellicott City, Md. | Wilde Lake
Prior to Marquette: Lettered in lacrosse at Wilde Lake High School under the direction of Davia Procida ... Was voted Rookie of the Year and All-County and served as team captain as a senior ... Played club lacrosse for M&D Black under head coach Greg Danto ... Also lettered in soccer, playing in the state title game as a senior.
Personal: Born in Ellicott City, Maryland and is the daughter of Dean and Nancy Glaros ... Has five siblings, John, Pete, Mark, Beth and Hannah ... Sister Beth played lacrosse for Maryland ... Plans to study exercise physiology.
Anna Gallagher | D | Golden, Colo. | Colorado Academy
Prior to Marquette: Lettered in lacrosse at Colorado Academy under the direction of Steph Sanders ... Was a two-time All-State and two-time first team All-America selection, and earned state Co-MVP honors after leading team to second straight state title as a senior ... Team was ranked as high as No. 2 in the West according to Lax Magazine ... Also lettered in swimming and cross country.
Personal: Born in Denver, Colorado and is the daughter of John and Alison Gallagher ... Has one sibling, Aly ... Plans to study biomedical science.
Bella Falcone | M | Skaneateles, NY | Skaneateles
Prior to Marquette: Lettered all four years in lacrosse at Skaneateles High School under the direction of Bridget Marquardt ... Was an honorable mention All-League selection as a sophomore before earning second team honors in each of her junior and senior seasons ... Selected as a Lacrosse All-Star in each of her final two seasons and a scholar-athlete as a senior ... Led team to four straight league, regional and sectional championships, while helping lead the squad to a state title as a sophomore ... Also lettered three years in volleyball.
Personal: Born in Syracuse, N.Y. and is the daughter of Michael and Mary Lou Falcone ... Has three siblings, Olivia, Michael and Nathaniel ... Major is undecided.
Julianna Horning | G | Berwyn, Pa. | Conestoga
Prior to Marquette: Played club lacrosse for Ultimate Goal Lacrosse under the direction of head coach Jenny Duckenfield ... Served as team captain in 2016, making 162 saves with a save percentage of .527 and leading team to league and state titles ... Was honored with first team All-Southeastern PA, first team All-Main Line, second team All-Central League and a second straight US Lacrosse Academic All-American honors ... Also earned three letters in soccer for Conestoga High School, serving as team captain during her season en route to an honorable mention All-Main Line selection.
Personal: Born in Berwyn, Pa. and the daughter of Andy and Lisa Horning ... Has one brother, Blair ... Plans to study engineering.