DHS goalie will join FLC lacrosse

A Durango native, a pair of Utah high school teammates, a former teammate of the Kvidera twins and an international MVP signed national letters of intent to play for the Fort Lewis College women’s lacrosse team.

Fort Lewis has kept busy during the spring signing period, including inking Durango High School goalkeeper Alyssa Spencer on Thursday.

“She is an athlete with raw talent who isn’t afraid of the ball, which is key for a goalie,” FLC head coach Kelsey MacDonald said of Spencer, who currently is in midseason form for the Demons. “She also can launch the ball close to 70 yards on her clears.

“Alyssa has a great work ethic and attitude which will benefit our program. She is a great kid, and we are excited for her to join us next year.”

Spencer, a four-year letterwinner for DHS, is the daughter of Rhoda Schoonover.

Also on Thursday, FLC announced the signings of Brighton High School teammates Ellie Carpenter and Janzie Vertner.

Carpenter played attack, defense and midfield in high school. She was a three-year starter, two-time captain and an All-America honorable mention.

“Ellie is very athletic, strong, smart and has great lacrosse skills and knowledge,” MacDonald said in a news release to The Durango Herald.

Verner, like her high school teammate, played all over the pitch. She is a four-year starter and Carpenter’s co-captain.

“(Verner) is a very smart attacker and has a nose for the ball, always knows how to find it, whether it’s a groundball or a draw control, and she also knows how to put it in the goal,” MacDonald said of the player they call “Jam.”

“Jam is also a player who can play both on the defensive end, attacking end and in the midfield.”

On Wednesday, Ralston Valley High School’s Sara McMahon joined Katlyne Duffey of New Hope, Minn., and Marissa DiCecco of Rochester, Minn., to add more size, solid defense and firepower to the Skyhawks’ program.

McMahon was a four-year starting center for the Ralston Valley team and was named the team MVP three years in a row.

Duffey was a five-year starter in an array of sports for Robbinsdale Armstrong, including lacrosse, hockey and volleyball, where she was named all-conference in multiple sports and earned all-state honors.

Duffey will be the third Robbinsdale Armstrong graduate to play for Fort Lewis, joining Skyhawks’ sophomores Abby and Ally Kvidera, who already are among the top-three career scorers in FLC’s young four-year history.

Fellow Minnesotan DiCecco was a four-year starting attacker for Rochester, where she served as a team captain and was nominated for Minnesota’s all-state lacrosse team as a sophomore.

DiCecco played for the Minnesota Lakers Select club team in 2012. She was MVP against the United Kingdom and Scotland in the U17 Ken Galluccio Memorial Festival in Hanover, Germany, in August 2011.