UF Women: Lacrosse Welcomes Eight Newcomers to 2022-23 Class!

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via press release, written by Katie Callahan, photo via Jeff Sochko and Tim Cowie

Highly-touted class of newcomers to join Florida for the 2023 season

GAINESVILLE, Fla. – The University of Florida women’s lacrosse team has added eight newcomers for the 2023 season. 

Theresa Bragg, Kaitlyn Davies, Lara Kology, Gianna Monaco, Ava Tighe, Carly Wilson, Sydney Wilson and Jenny Woodings have all signed their National Letters of Intent and will join the Gators for the 2022-23 academic year. 

This class continues an impressive run of recruiting under Amanda O’Leary, as the Gators secured NLIs from one ILWomen Top-20 Recruit and one ILWomen On the Rise Recruit. 

“Our staff is incredibly excited to have this group join us for the 2022-23 academic year. They are great lacrosse players and even better people off the field. This group will continue to uphold the standard of Florida lacrosse with their skills, character and dedication to the game.”

Head Coach Amanda O’Leary

Meet the Gators: 

BraggTheresa

Theresa Bragg – Midfielder – Severna Park, Md. 
Quick Facts – High School 

  • Maryland 4A State Champions – 2019 
  • Four-year varsity starter 
  • Two-time team captain 
  • Top Scholar Athlete Award 
  • Also played varsity basketball and volleyball 

Quick Facts – Club 

  • Under Armour All-American – Baltimore 
  • Max-Exposure All-Star 
  • Under Armour 150 
DaviesKaitlyn

Kaitlyn Davies – Midfielder – Wayne, N.J. 
Quick Facts – High School 

  • ILWomen No. 16 Recruit 
  • 1st Team All North Jersey – 2019, 2021 (only freshman selected in 2019)
  • 1st Team All County – 2019, 2021 (only freshman selected in 2019)
  • 1st Team All Group 3 – 2021
  • 2nd Team All State – 2021
  • Rookie of the Year – 2019, northjersey.com
  • Freedom Conference Player of the Year – 2021
  • North Jersey Player of the Year – 2021, northjersey.com
  • Wayne Hills High School Team MVP – 2019, 2021
  • Scored (104) goals during 2021 season 

Quick Facts – Club 

  • Played club lacrosse with STEPS Elite N.J. for seven years
KologyLara

Lara Kology – Defender – Chatham, N.J. 
Quick Facts – High School 

  • Under Armour Command Champions – 2018
  • Two-time Under Armour All-American
  • Selected to attend the 2021 USA Lacrosse National Combine
  • One-time County Champion for Chatham High School
  • First Team All-County – 2021 
  • Second Team All-Group 3 – 2021 
  • Four-year varsity starter
MonacoGianna

Gianna Monaco – Attacker – Mount Laurel, N.J. 
Quick Facts – High School 

  • ILWomen “On the Rise” Recruit 
  • Four-year varsity starter
  • US Lacrosse All-American – 2021 
  • Two-time First Team All-Conference honoree – 2019, 2021
  • Two-time First Team All-County 2019, 2021
  • Two-time First Team All-South Jersey – 2019, 2021
  • First Team All-Group Four – 2021 
  • Second Team All-Group Four – 2019 
  • NJ Top Attacker – 2021
  • Conference Player of the Year – 2021 
  • Two-time Olympic Conference Player of the Week 
  • Two-time team captain 
  • Holds school record for most goals in a season 
  • Top-50 Stat Leader in goals, groundballs and draw controls – 2019, 2021
  • NJ Midfielders and Attackers Watch List – 2021
  • NJ Player of the Year Watch List – 2021 
  • Featured as a Top Varsity Athlete – Ready for Action in South Jersey Magazine 
  • Named to the NJ Group 4’s 27-Best 
  • Selected by school to attend an athletic leadership seminar in 2019 
  • Also a four-year varsity field hockey starter
  • Named Field Hockey Attacker to Watch in 2021 
  • First Team All-Conference (Field Hockey) – 2019 
  • Second Team All-Group 4 (Field Hockey) – 2020

Quick Facts – Club 

  • American Select Team NJ – 2021 
  • Inside Lacrosse Watch List – 2021 
  • Named to the US Lacrosse USA Select U15 Team – 2019 
  • Recorded a hat trick in both games at the U15 Select game, earning a feature in the March 2020 US Lacrosse Magazine 
  • Featured in US Lacrosse Magazine for her performance with the US Lacrosse USA Select U15 Team 
  • National Tournament School Girls New Jersey South First Team – 2019 
  • Under Armour – Team NJ Highlight – East Regional Championship Team – 2020 
  • Under Armour All-America – NJ Team Command – led team in goals and was listed as a notable performer – 2019 
  • Under Armour All-America – NJ Team Command – Championship Team – 2018 
  • Lacrosse Magazine 2022 Watch List and a featured player in 2019, 2020, 2021
  • WPPL Futures NJ 2022 Team – selected for Braveheart and led the team in goals in 2019 
  • US lacrosse TRYLAX volunteer 2019
  • U17 Team USA Legacy Global Sports- Brogden Cup games – 2018
  • UAAA National Championship Team – 2019
  • US Lacrosse Nationals All-Tournament Team – 2018
  • National Prospect Elite 80 MVP and All-Tournament Team – 2018
  • Mad Dog National Select Team / UWLX Draw game 2 MVP – 2018
  • Ultimate Elite National Tournament – 2018
  • Selected by Club coach to attend a leadership seminar – 2018
  • Ultimate Elite National Tournament Team, second place at Nationals – 2017 
  • Selected for OT Braveheart to win tournament for Ultimate – 2018
  • Brine All Star Team – 2016
TigheAva

Ava Tighe – Attacker – Cold Spring Harbor, N.Y. 
Quick Facts – High School 

  • All-County Lacrosse – 2021
  • New York State ‘Class C’ Champion Girls Lacrosse – 2019
  • All-County Honorable Mention Basketball – 2020
  • All-County Basketball – 2021  
  • Four Year Varsity Athlete (Basketball and Lacrosse) 
  • Member of the National Honor Society 
  • Member of the Spanish Honor Society 

Quick Facts – Club 

  • Played for the Long Island Top Guns club
WilsonCarly

Carly Wilson – Midfielder – Villanova, Pa. 
Quick Facts – High School 

  • US Lacrosse All-American – 2021
  • US Lacrosse Academic All-American – 2021  
  • All-InterAc All-League – 1st Team – 2021 
  • All-Main Line – 1st Team – 2021
  • All-Delco – 2nd Team – 2021 
  • Phillylacrosse.com – 1st Team – 2021 
  • InterAc Tournament Champions – 2021 
  • Agnes Irwin HS Team Ranked #21 IL Top 25 HS Power Rankings Preseason – 2020 
  • 4 Year Varsity Member – Lacrosse
  • Senior Varsity Captain – Soccer – 2021 
  • 4 Year Varsity Member – Soccer
  • Joined by twin Sydney Wilson in the signing class 

Quick Facts – Club 

  • Under Armour Senior Game Watchlist – 2021
  • Philadelphia UA Highlight Team Championship Game ESPN Player to Watch – 2021 
  • Lacrosse Magazine National Watchlist – Attack – 2020 
  • Under Armour Philadelphia Highlight Team – 2020-21 
  • Under Armour Philadelphia Command Team – 2019 
  • USA Lacrosse National Team Development Player Combine invitee – 2019, 2021 
WilsonSydney

Sydney Wilson – Midfielder – Villanova, Pa. 
Quick Facts – High School 

  • US Lacrosse All-American – 2021 
  • US Lacrosse All-Academic All-American – 2021 
  • InterAc Tournament Champions – 2021 
  • All-InterAc All-League – 1st Team – 2021
  • All-Main Line-1st Team – 2021
  • All-Delco – 1st Team – 2021
  • Phillylacrosse.com – 1st Team – 2021
  • Soccer Co-Captain – 2021
  • Agnes Irwin HS Team Ranked #21 IL Top 25 HS Power Rankings Preseason – 2020 
  • Varsity Lacrosse starter Agnes Irwin School – 2019/2021
  • 2019 Central League Champs (Radnor High School) – 2019 
  • Varsity Lacrosse Team Member (Radnor High School and Agnes Irwin) – 2019-21 
  • Varsity Soccer Team Member – 2018-21
  • Golden Boot Soccer Recipient (Highest Scorer) – 2018 
  • Joined by twin Carly Wilson in the signing class 

Quick Facts – Club 

  • Under Armour Senior Game Watchlist – 2021
  • Under Armour All-Tournament Team – 2021
  • USA Lacrosse National Team Development Player Combine invitee – 2021
  • IL Women Epoch Committed Academy – 2021
  • Under Armour Philadelphia Highlight Team – 2020-21
  • Lacrosse Magazine 2022 National Watchlist-Midfield – 2020 
  • Under Armour Philadelphia Command Team – 2019 
  • US Lacrosse National Team Development Player Combine invitee – 2019
  • WPLL Pennsylvania Region Team Member – 2019
  • PASLA National Tournament Philly Team 2 Member – 2019
WoodingsJenny

Jenny Woodings – Midfielder – Pittsburgh, Pa. 
Quick Facts – High School

  • Conference All-Star – 2021 
  • All-WPIAL
  • Two- time Conference Champs Shady Side Academy – 2019, 2021
  • American Select Philly Team – 2021
  • Philly’s Phinest Showcase MVP – 2021
  • SSA Bentley Weiner ‘92 MVP Award – 2021
  • 3A All WPIAL Team – 2021
  • First Team All Section Lacrosse – 2021
  • Four-year Varsity Starter on Shady Side Team
  • Gait Top 20 Showcase Fastest Shot Winner at 72 mph – 2020
  • Gait Top 20 Showcase All-Star – 2020
  • Also competed in Field Hockey
  • WPIAL Honors Field Hockey – 2020
  • First Team WPIAL All Star Field Hockey – 2019
  • Four-year Starter
  • Four-time Conference Champs – 2018, 2019, 2020, 2021

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