Women’s Lacrosse Signs Highly Recruited Ohio Defender
(Standing: Chelsei's Parents, Gene and Melissa, Seated L to R: Coach Manieri, Chelsei, and HS coach Ally Minister)
WILMORE, Ky. - The Asbury women’s lacrosse team landed a much coveted defender out of Ohio on Tuesday. Chelsei Fullerton, a senior at Thomas Worthington High School in Columbus, signed a letter of intent to help kick off Asbury’s inaugural season in 2014-15. Fullerton is expected to anchor Asbury’s defense for the next four years.
“I’m so excited to be part of this,” said Fullerton. “To help build a program from the ground up was an opportunity I couldn’t pass up.”
“We’re absolutely thrilled to have Cheslei as a foundational part of our program,” said Rich Manieri, Asbury’s head coach. “She’s a great all-around player and an outstanding leader. There’s nothing on the field she can’t do. She’ll make everyone around her better, and she will have a major impact here off the field.”
Fullerton, also a starter on her high school basketball team, caught the eye of several college lacrosse coaches due to her mobility and her high skill-level. Last season, she blocked 13 shots and had 21 deflections. She also added 14 assists from a defensive position. Perhaps most important, she has earned a reputation for her leadership ability.
“Chelsei is everything you want in a student/athlete,” said Allyson Minister, Fullerton’s high school lacrosse coach. “She’s dedicated, focused, and extremely talented. She’ll be a force at the next level.”
Fullerton, an Academic All-American, is among nine student/athletes to commit to Asbury’s women’s program. The University is in the process of recruiting for both men’s and women’s lacrosse teams for the 2015 season.