The Merrimack College Athletic Department and women’s basketball head coach Monique LeBlanc are pleased to announce that three future student-athletes have signed National Letters of Intent (NLI) during the Early Signing Period and will join the program next fall.
“We are very excited about the early signees we have added for our 2015 recruiting class. They each address a different positional need, and bring skill sets that will help them make an impact in our program,” stated LeBlanc. “We wanted to add more length at their respective positions and have done that with these 3 players. ”
Two of the three players are guards, and with the Warriors losing five seniors from this year’s squad, the newcomers expect to see significant roles once the 2015-16 season arrives.
Allexia Martin | Guard | 5-10 | Franklin, Mass. / Franklin
Four-year letterwinner at Franklin High School … Two-time Hockomock Conference All-Star … Two-time conference champion … Led conference in scoring as a junior … Three-sport athlete, also playing soccer and track & field … Part of 2012 Division I State Champion soccer team … Member of the Bay State Magic Elite … Also recruited by Manhattan, Niagara, UMass Lowell and St. Anselm … Born Feb. 24, 1997 … Daughter of Joaquin and Kerri … Has two siblings, Jarrett and Dreya
LeBlanc on Martin: “Lexi is a long and athletic wing player who can score, defend, and rebound. At 5’10, she’ll bring great size to our guard unit and also another good rebounder in that group. She is a dynamic player that uses her speed and athleticism well to attack the rim but also can knock down the outside shot. We are excited to keep one of Massachusetts’s great players home here at Merrimack.”
Hannah Neild | Guard | 5-8 | Litchfield, N.H. / Campbell
Four-year letterwinner at Campbell High School in basketball, soccer and softball … All-state selection in soccer and basketball the past three seasons … All-State First Team in basketball and softball as a junior … Named New Hampshire Basketball Player of the Year as a junior … Member of reigning state-champion basketball team and two-time defending softball state champions … Captained the basketball each of the last three seasons … Member of the New England Shooting Stars … Also recruited by Assumption, Southern NH, Saint Rose, Union and Wheaton … Born Jan. 6, 1997 … Daughter of Chuck and Pam … Has two siblings, Chuck and Jayson
LeBlanc on Neild: “Hannah is a decorated player from close by Litchfield, NH and we are excited to keep local talent home. As a 5’8 point guard she brings good size to that position which helps her have such great court vision. In addition to her ability to read the floor and create for teammates, Hannah is a great shooter and scorer giving her the ability to swing to the 2-spot as well. Her versatility will be great in our system.”
Emily Stephens | Forward | 6-0 | Kings Park, N.Y. / Kings Park
Four-year letterwinner at Kings Park High School … Two-year captain of the basketball team … Team MVP as a sophomore … All-conference selection as a sophomore, also named as an all-county nominee … Member of three-time Suffolk County Champion and Long Island Champion women’s basketball team … Member of the Long Island Renegades Elite … Also recruited by Adelphi, Colgate and Gannon University … Born Feb. 3, 1997 … Daughter of Edward and Lisa … Has two siblings, Zach and Olivia
LeBlanc on Stephens: “Emily is an athletic 4 player- she can shoot and score from the outside, but she’s got a great motor and can run the floor very well in transition. Additionally, she is a great rebounder and just very active on offense and defense. She’s quick and has a nose for the ball. Emily is a great competitor and wants to win- that energy level will be a great fit in our program.”
Mike McMahon covers Merrimack College for The Eagle Tribune and is the founder and managing editor of The Mack Report as well as on staff as a senior writer at College Hockey News. Follow him on Twitter @MikeMcMahonCHN