Mater Dei senior Grace Houser is one of ten players that signed National Letters of Intent in November to play women’s lacrosse at the University of California – Berkeley. Houser is a three-time First-Team All-County selection, two-time member of the Under Armour West Team and a 2016 US Lacrosse All-American. Houser will join the Bears for the 2017/18 academic year.
Cal currently competes in the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation but will begin playing in the PAC-12 in the 2018 season when women’s lacrosse becomes a PAC-12 sport.
The full press release from Cal Women’s lacrosse is below.
BERKELEY – Third-year head coach Brooke Eubanks recently announced the signing of 10 recruits to National Letters of Intent. The future Golden Bears will join the program next fall.
“We are very excited to add these 10 talented student-athletes to our roster,” Eubanks said. “They will add a lot of depth, athleticism and personality to the team. This 2021 class is hard working on and off the field and will fit well into the current culture of the program. We are excited to welcome them into the Cal lacrosse family.”
Four of the recruits are California natives – Ella Boyce (Encinitas), Cameron Gordon (Redwood Shores), Grace Houser (Santa Ana) and Ashley Ward (San Ramon).
Boyce, who serves as team captain for her La Costa Canyon High School squad, has led her team to CIF and Avocado League Championships on two separate occasions.
Gordon, who comes from a family of Cal graduates, is a three-time First Team all-league selection, an All-America West Team member and a two-time West Bay Athletic League champion. She currently plays club lacrosse for BearLax.
Houser was selected for the Under Armor Underclass Games in 2015 and 2016. A 2016 US Lacrosse All-American, she has been selected First Team all-county three years in a row.
Like Houser, Ward is also a 2016 US Lacrosse All-American. In 2015 and 2016 she was tabbed First Team All-East Bay and all-league. At California High School, she was tabbed Rookie of the Year in 2014.
Two future Bears originally from the East Coast but now residing on the West Coast are Sophia Cerino (Boca Raton, Fla.) and Marisa Kuberra (New Canaan, Conn.).
Cerino currently attends Eastside Catholic High School in Sammamish, Wash, where she won the Unsung Hero Award last year.
Kuberra currently attends Torrey Pines High School in Del Mar, Calif., and has racked up awards such as US Lacrosse All-American (2016), First Team All-CIF (2016), First Team All-League (2016), U.S. Lacrosse San Diego National Team (2015-2016), Second Team All-League (2015) and an Under Armour All-American Underclass West Team Member (2014, 2016). Her squad ranked third in the state, according to MaxPreps, and won the CIF Open-Division Championship and the Avocado League Championship in 2016.
Eubanks also brought in four future Bears from the East Coast – Lizabanks Campagna (Alexandra, Va.), Joanna Levin (Reisterstown, Md.), Marina Smith (Great Falls, Va.) and Nikki Zaccaro (Newtown, Conn.).
Campagna was named ISL All-League, All-Met honorable mention and won the Coaches Award in 2016. Her squad was league and tournament champions and finishing 7-0 in league play in 2016.
Levin played four years of varsity, lacrosse, field hockey and ice hockey at The Bryn Mawr School in Reisterstown, Md. She is a four-year winner of the Scholar Athlete Award which is given to students who participate in at least two varsity sports while maintaining Honor Roll status.
Smith was named the Heart and Soul MVP for lacrosse, as well as All-Met honorable mention. She is an eight-time scholar athlete and a three-time member of the all-academic Honor Roll.
Zaccaro is a three-time all-state and all-conference selection. A two-time team MVP and twice made the New Haven Register All-Area Team. She led her Lauralton Hall High School team to their best record in school history at 13-3 in 2015. They went 12-4 in 2016.
2016 Cal Lacrosse Signing Class
Hometown: Encinitas, CA
High School: La Costa Canyon
Hometown: Alexandria, VA
High School: Episcopal
Hometown: Boca Raton, FL
High School: Eastside Catholic School (Sammamish, WA)
Hometown: Redwood Shores, CA
High School: Sacred Heart Prep
Hometown: Santa Ana, CA
High School: Mater Dei
Hometown: New Canaan, CT
High School: Torrey Pines (Del Mar, CA)
Hometown: Reisterstown, MD
High School: The Bryn Mawr School
Hometown: Great Falls, VA
High School: Langley
Hometown: San Ramon, CA
High School: California
Hometown: Newtown, CT
High School: Lauralton Hall