Four Recruits Join Saints as Class of 2016
May 16: The St. Lawrence University women's basketball program has announced its 2016 recruiting class that is set to join the Saints for the 2012-13 season. The class consists of four excellent student-athletes, including Gabi Hahn, Lauren Quattrocchi, Julia Raue and Amanda Roberts.
"We are very excited to be welcoming these players to our program," said head coach Dan Roiger, who earned Liberty League Coach of the Year honors last season. "Not only are they good basketball players, they are excellent people and students. These four players will bring speed and athleticism to the team and continue the success we have had in recruiting committed student-athletes who are passionate about the game of basketball."
Hahn, a West Windsor, NJ native, was a four-year starter for the Pirates of W.Windsor-Plainsboro High School. A three-time All-Conference player, she earned First Team status her senior season. She was a three-time team MVP and Offensive Player of the Year, and received Princeton Packet "Player of the Year" recognition her senior season. Also a two-time Mercer County All-Star, Hahn averaged 17 points and 6 rebounds during her senior year, and finished her high school career with 1,111 points.
"Gabi is a pure scorer," said Coach Roiger. "She can shoot, she can drive, and she can pass. Those are skills that we really need right now. Shooters are always hard to find and Gabi can shoot it and she often creates her own shot. She has excellent offensive instincts and it will be fun to add those skills to our team."
Quattrocchi was a four-year starter for the Brewster Bears where she earned All-League and All-Section honors in both her sophomore and junior seasons while earning the Kennedy Catholic Tournament MVP award. Though a foot injury limited the Brewster, NY native's time on the court in her senior season, she was still nominated to take part in the Senior All-Star game.
"Lauren is a great player," said Coach Roiger. "She has excellent athleticism, plays very hard with a lot of energy and has great instincts. When we first saw her at a tournament, she was all over the court involved in everything. Her stamina and energy are really something. She is a real ballhawk on defense and causes a lot of havoc for her opponents. She is already an excellent defender and has the physical attributes, work ethic and heart to be a defensive stopper at the collegiate level."
Raue was a four-year starter at Fox Lane High School where she tallied 221 points and 268 rebounds during her senior season. A three-time All-League selection, she earned All-Section Honorable Mention as a senior. The Bedford Hills, NY native tallied 574 points and 699 rebounds in her high school career. Her sister, Caroline, is on the cross country team at St. Lawrence.
"Julia visited her junior year and when we saw tape on her we realized how good she was," said Coach Roiger. "As we followed her career and went to some games, we kept seeing her get better and better. She is strong, a good athlete, and is very aggressive on the offensive end and off the glass. She is a raw talent with a lot of upside, and I expect her to tap into her potential quickly while playing at the collegiate level."
Roberts was a member of the South Jefferson High School Spartans, the NYS Class B 2012 State Tournament runner-up that finished with a 24-1 record on the season. Starting in her final three seasons, the Adams, NY native was a three-time All-Frontier League player and earned MVP honors as a senior. Also the Class B Section III MVP, she was named to the Class B NYS Tournament team and All-State Third Team.
"Roberts has incredible athleticism and speed," said Coach Roiger. "She really blossomed this year into a complete player. She is very quick with or without the ball, and is great at driving to the hoop to score or pass. She is an amazing defender also. In the sections, regions, and state tournaments, she guarded Division I and II players nearly every game and outscored them consistently. Amanda's speed with the ball is unbelievable. She will be able to push the ball up the floor and her teammates will really have to run in order to keep up with her. We look for great things from Amanda in her career."
Though each of the four recruits bring different skills to the table, Coach Roiger believes that collectively they complement one another very well.
"They bring scoring, speed, size, athleticism and outstanding defending," said Coach Roiger. "They are all intense competitors who will understand the challenges and the goals of joining a two-time defending Liberty League championship team. This class solidifies our depth for many years and I look forward to seeing them out on the court next October!"