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NXT LC Girls High School Preview

NXT Girls Lacrosse Division was founded in the fall of 2015 under the directorship of former NCAA Division I head coach turned club director, Kate Henwood. Four years later, Coach Henwood has now become an Executive Vice President at NXT, and has since turned the reins over to three impressive hires, all with DI coaching experience. It has come as no surprise that NXT Girls Lacrosse has quickly emerged as a Philadelphia Powerhouse, and now boasts a fourteen team portfolio from 2020-2029 graduation years.

NXT Girls Lacrosse Division was founded in the fall of 2015 under the directorship of former NCAA Division I head coach turned club director, Kate Henwood.  Four years later, Coach Henwood has now become an Executive Vice President at NXT, and has since turned the reins over to three impressive hires, all with DI coaching experience.  It has come as no surprise that NXT Girls Lacrosse has quickly emerged as a Philadelphia Powerhouse, and now boasts a fourteen team portfolio from 2020-2029 graduation years.

Leading the Club as the Director and Recruiting Advisor, is Candace Taglianetti Bossell, a former decade long NCAA DI head coach, two-time Conference Coach of the Year, and former two-sport athlete from The Ohio State University.  Serving alongside her is Club Coordinator, Jessi Lieb Martin, a former DI assistant, US Lacrosse & IWLCA All-American, Tewaaraton Nominee and former US National Team Member from Penn State University. The most recent hire to NXT LC, Laurie Tortorelli DeLuca, is a former club director and owner herself, long-time NCAA DI assistant and an IWLCA All-American and legendary Goalkeeper from the University of Delaware!  

There is instant chemistry for this squad, as they have all teamed up before.  Coach Bossell was the Head Coach for 10 years at Coach Henwoods alma mater, La Salle.  Coach Martin then served on her staff as a defensive coordinator. Coach DeLuca and Coach Bossell have been teammates and life-long friends since the 6th grade!

The 2020 class was our first-ever recruitable grad year and wasted no time plotting their futures.  With commitments made to Princeton, Boston, Rutgers, Towson, Mercer, Coastal Carolina, Duquesne, Kennesaw State, Old Dominion, and West Chester; this group helped to put NX LC on the coaches recruiting radar. 

Our NXT 2021 squad has speed, athleticism, and grit, with many players showing DI caliber talent.  Under the leadership of former DI head coach, Candace Taglianetti Bossell, the culture of the team has evolved into one with a relentless work ethic and a real pride in the ride!  Five players are currently committed, so there is plenty of talent remaining!

NXT 2021

ROSTER

1 Hazel Gardner (M) Downingtown East 

2 Maya Langin (A) Garnet Valley 

4 Madison Vetterlein (D) Episcopal Academy Boston University

5 Abigail DeGroat (M/A) Wissahickon High School

6 Haleigh Schafer (D) Absegami 

7 Bryn Rochon (M) Downingtown West University of Delaware

9 Chloe Mingioni (A) Garnet Valley

10 Kaitlyn Henning (A) Garnet Valley 

11 Morgan Eater (D) Central Bucks East 

12 Greta Wolff (A) Kennett 

14 Gail Wilkes (G) Manheim Township

16 Abby Cannon (M)  Springside Chestnut Hill Academy

18 Caroline Kelly (M) Souderton 

21 Olivia Murphy (A/M) Bishop Shanahan

33 Katie Bergen (M/A) The Shipley School

38 Katie Chisholm (D) West Chester Rustin Ohio State University

39 Abigail Johnson (M) Abington

40 Elizabeth Paterno (M/A) State College Robert Morris University

43 Aliza Thir (M) Downingtown West

44 Kendall DiCamillo (D) Garnet Valley 

66 Chloe Herghelegiu (G) Abington 

99 Julia Basciano (M) Archbishop John Carroll Syracuse University

NXT 2021 FALL SCHEDULE

• Fall Classic
• Philly Invitational
• Lax for the Cure
• Presidents Cup

NXT 2022

Under the direction of former Penn State All-American and US Team Member Jessi Lieb Martin, the NXT 2022 team has grown into a real competitor.  With several new additions in the offseason, this team has added depth in the midfield, enabling them to show their speed, lax IQ and versatility.   

ROSTER

1 Ava Kane (A) Bayard Rustin 

2 Isabella Gattuso (A) Tower Hill 

3 Sarah Cummings (M) Jenkintown 

5 Morgan McCaffery (M) Council Rock North

6 Ali Broome (A/M) Strath Haven

7 Erin Barnes (M) Garnet Valley 

8 Avery Sorce (A/M) The Agnes Irwin School

11 Lauren Redican (M) Villa Joseph Marie

12 Isabelle Huller (D) Avon Grove

13 Makenzie Butler (G) Garnet Valley

14 Amanda Brecher (D) Wissahickon 

15 Ella Curci (D) William Penn Charter 

16 Annalynn Pompetti (A/M) Penncrest 

20 Skylar Baur (D/M) Bayard Rustin

21 Sophie Kingsborough (A/M) Garnet Valley

22 Sophia Pasnak (G) Penncrest

25 Kaitlyn Stankavage (M) Garnet Valley

28 Lydia Maione (A/M) William Penn Charter

32 Gracyn Smith (A) Owen J Roberts

46 Nola Gautieri (D/M) Exeter Township 

50 Emma Baker (M) Wissahickon

55 Alexis Hobson (D) Wissahickon

45 Brianna Austin (M) Plymouth Whitemarsh
 

NXT 2022 FALL SCHEDULE

• Fall Classic
• Lax for the Cure 
• Philly Invitational
• IWLCA Presidents Cup

NXT 2023 Black

NXT 2023 Black is putting their talents on display under the leadership of longtime HS Coach and former SJS Club Director, David Schlesinger.  This team is loaded with talent, has tremendous athleticism, speed and skill, and will not disappoint.  

NXT 2023 BLACK ROSTER

1 Alexa Vogelman (M) Owen J. Roberts

2 Samantha Cifra (G) The Hill School

3 Sophia Geibel (M/A) Great Valley

4 Gabrielle Koury (M) Owen J. Roberts

5 Rachel Sbei (D) Owen J Roberts

6 Blakely Doyle (A) Owen J Roberts

7 Colby Wasson (D)  Owen J. Roberts

8 Katherine Galica (M) Conestoga

10 Ellie Chung (M) Radnor

11 Kendall Donnelly (D) Springfield Township

12 Brianna Huller (M) Avon Grove

13 Kelly Senior (M) Upper Dublin 

14 Bailey Leatherman (M) Boyertown

18 Mia Falco (A/M) Lower Merion

21 Annabella Schafer (D/M) Haverford 

23 Gabriella Ridder (A/M) Conestoga

24 Avery Wentzel (D) Owen J. Roberts

25 Piper Kienzle (A) Conestoga

NXT 2023 Volt

NXT 2023 Volt is developing their skills under the new leadership of former Loyola University standout and current NCAA DIII Head Coach, Elizabeth Weber Gainer.  This team has raw talent and will continue to grow throughout this fall. Check out the 2023 fall schedule below!

NXT 2023 VOLT ROSTER

27 Avery Thomas (A) The Agnes Irwin School

28 Zoe Berman (A) Harriton 

29 Juliana Wiseley (A) Interboro

30 Julia Steere (M) Strath Haven

31 Sophie Cappello (D) Academy of Notre Dame

32 Gwyneth Taggart (M) Oxford Area

33 Elizabeth Bates (M) Haverford

34 Amber Cotter (M) West Chester Rustin

35 Julia Lancellotti (D) Sun Valley High School

39 Ava Collins (A) Northwestern Lehigh

40 Carley Smith (A) Perkiomen School

41 Reagan Cummins (A) Upper Moreland

42 Tess Heller (D) Haverford

43 Cailin Harrington (M) Owen J Roberts

44 May Civitella (A) Academy of Notre Dame

45 Anna Mazur (D/M) Strath Haven

46 Kate Schmidt (A) The Hill School

47 Samantha Sgarra (D) Owen J Roberts

48 Julie Zlotnikoff (A) Upper Dublin High School

49 Riley Basht (A) Sun Valley

50 Isabella Baringer (G) Perkiomen School

52 Sara Knasiak (G) Penncrest

NXT 2023 BLACK & VOLT SCHEDULE

• Fall Classic
• Lax for the Cure 
• Philly Invitational 
• Level 9 

 

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