April 24, 2013
DAVIS, Calif. - UC Davis women's lacrosse signed prospective student-athletes Natalie Dowd and Pauline Kaplan to national letters of intent during the April signing period, head coach Kate Henwood announced this week. Dowd hails from nearby Saint Francis High in Sacramento while Kaplan attends Danbury High School in Connecticut. Both are seniors who are expected to enroll at the university in the fall of 2013.
Dowd and Kaplan joins fall NLI signees K.C. Hill (Novato, Calif.), Melissa Kellan (Vienna, Va.), Tess Kevorkian (Danville, Calif.) and Eliza Marcus (Ridgefield, Conn.) to form the first recruiting class for Henwood, who took over the Aggie helm in July 2012.
Dowd earned All-Sacramento Valley Lacrosse Conference honorable mention as a junior, posting 134 saves and a .484 save percentage for the 10-5 Troubadours. As a sophomore, she finished with 118 saves and a 7.6 goals-against average to help SFHS to a 16-5 overall mark and an 8-0 record in league play. Dowd, the school's student body president and 2011-12 class president, also earned US Lacrosse All-Academic honors. She has played for various club teams, most recently Triple Threat, with which she competed at the national tournament last summer.
"Natalie is a local goalie who will add another dimension to our goalkeeper rotation," said Henwood. "She makes her presence known with her vocal and aggressive style outside of the crease. Natalie should be a contender for playing time in her rookie year, and have a breakout career between the pipes here at UC Davis."
Kaplan is a defender-turned-midfielder who also competes in cross country and track & field at DHS. On the lacrosse scene, she has twice earned All-Fairfield County Interscholastic Athletic Conference distinction. As a junior in 2011, her first year as a center, she added first-team all-state honors for her 69-goal season. She previously garnered All-FCIAC honors as a sophomore defender. Also an all-conference performer in cross country and indoor track, Kaplan has excelled off the fields, ranking in the top 10 percent of her class and serving as a Connecticut state delegate for the Girl Scouts national convention.
"Pauline is a six-foot East Coast midfielder who has had a dominating high school career," Henwood said. "We consider ourselves lucky to add this late pickup to our 2013 class because she will be the perfect fit into our recently implemented offensive system. She is a crafty playmaker with great habits. We can't wait to turn her loose on our MPSF opponents.
"Most importantly, both players embody the true meaning of what it means to be scholar-athletes and come from great families. We are excited to welcome players of such outstanding character to our Aggie lacrosse family."
UC Davis wraps up its 2013 season on Thursday with a 7 p.m. home game against 14th-ranked Stanford.