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Lafayette Softball Adds Three to the Class of 2017

Jan. 14, 2013

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EASTON, Pa. - Head coach Meaghan Asseltaannounced the signing of three future Leopards who will be members of the Class of 2017. Alexandra Beyer (Midlothian, Va./Cosby), Lindsey Cherry (Carol Stream, Ill./Glenbard North) and Jenna Orlando (Bloomfield, N.J./Bloomfield) will all arrive on College Hill in the fall.

"When recruiting this class we were aware that they'd be filling some pretty big shoes," Asselta said. "Not only are we excited, we're also confident that this group will fit right in."

A two-year letter winner in softball, the 5-1 Beyer played outfield at Cosby High School and has played travel softball for RBI Inferno since 2006. Beyer was a member of 2011 and 2012 Dominion District championship teams, as well as the Central Region Championship and VHSL AAA State Championship teams in 2012. Beyer had the game-winning hit in the 10th inning of the state title game in 2012.

Beyer, who plans to major in Civil Engineering at Lafayette was also a member of the National Honor Society, National Art Honor Society was and named a Scholar Athlete.

"Alex plays the game the way it should be played," Asselta said. "What she lacks in stature she makes up for in heart."

Cherry was a four-year letter winner in softball as a pitcher at Glenbard North High School. During her career, the 6-1 Cherry posted a 0.91 ERA and finished a perfect 13-0 in 2012. She was also named to the DuPage Valley Academic All-Conference team all four years. Cherry also competed on the varsity swimming team early in her high school athletic career. Cherry plans to major in Biology.

"It's scary to think that Lindsey has only tapped into half of her potential in the circle," Asselta said. "With assistant coach Brittany Spencer'sguidance, Lindsey will be a great addition to our pitching staff."

The 5-6 Orlando split time at shortstop and second base during her four years at Bloomfield. Orlando was named team captain her final two seasons and finished her junior year with a .348 batting average. She earned All-Essex County honors in 2012. Orlando also played four years of varsity volleyball, ending the 2012 season with 119 kills, 35 aces and 94 digs while garnering All-Essex County laurels her final two campaigns while also serving as team captain.

"Jenna's athleticism is something you can't teach, and I'm genuinely excited to have the chance to work with her," Asselta said.

The Leopards open the 2013 season on March 1, facing North Carolina A&T in a tournament hosted by North Carolina State.

Alexandra Beyer

Midlothian, Va./Cosby



High School:Two-year letter winner in softball...played travel softball for RBI Inferno...member of 2011 and 2012 Dominion District Championship teams...played on the 2012 Central Region Championship and VHSL AAA State Championship teams...knocked in the game-winning hit in the 10th inning of the state championship game...member of her school's National Honor Society, National Art Honor Society, National Beta Club, and Distinguished Honor Roll...named Advanced Placement Scholar and Scholar Athlete...awarded the Academic Achievement Award for Geometry...selected to participate in the 2011 Student Leadership Institute and the Cosby High School Physics Olympics.

Anticipated Major at Lafayette:Civil Engineering

Reason for coming to Lafayette:I chose Lafayette because it is a very prestigious school, and I knew that I would receive an excellent education, while still being able to fulfill my dream of playing collegiate softball. When I was visiting Lafayette, I fell in love with the welcoming and close-knit atmosphere, and knew that it was the perfect school for me.

One fact that someone might not know about you?I've been playing the piano since I was five, even though I'm tone-deaf.

Favorite Quote:"It's not who you are that holds you back, it's who you think you're not."

Lindsey Cherry

Carol Stream, Ill./Glenbard North



High School:Four-year letter winner in softball at Glenbard North...posted a 13-0 record and 0.91 ERA in 2012... participated on the varsity swim team...named to the DuPage Valley Conference Academic All-Conference team all four years for softball and one year for swimming.

Anticipated Major:Biology

Reason for coming:I wanted to be able to go to a prestigious school and to play Division I softball. I also liked the school for its small size and that I will be more than just a number on campus.

One fact you wouldn't know:I'm not as quiet as you might think I am.

Favorite Quote :"Adversity causes some to break and others to break records."

Jenna Orlando

Bloomfield, N.J./Bloomfield



High School:Played four years of softball and volleyball at Bloomfield, earning varsity letters in both sports all four years...finished 2012 season with a .348 batting average, splitting time at second base and shortstop...named softball and volleyball team captain during junior and senior seasons...selected to All-Essex County for volleyball in 2011 and 2012 and softball in 2012...awarded Bengal Pride Academic High Honors Award all four years...member of the National Honor Society and the World Language Honor Society...received Scholar-Athlete Award as a freshman, sophomore, and junior...also a member of the Bloomfield Choir and Italian Club.

Anticipated Major at Lafayette:Psychology

Reason for coming to Lafayette:I chose Lafayette because of its prestigious academic reputation and beautiful, welcoming campus. The fact that I could get all of these benefits in addition to getting the opportunity to play Division I softball made it the perfect school for me.

One fact that someone might not know about you (get creative):When I was in first grade, I was in a Nickelodeon commercial about 9/11.

Favorite Quote:"Believe in yourself and all that you are. Know that there is something inside you that is greater than any obstacle."- Christian D. Larson

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