15 - Lauren Vitkus
Lauren Vitkus
Height: 5-8
Year: Senior
Hometown: Skaneateles, NY
High School: Skaneateles HS
Position: M
Vitkus has break-away speed in the midfield and uses her strength to gain the advantage at both ends. Her power electrifies the Bears' attack. 2007: Played in all 16 games, earning 15 starts ... Was fourth on the team with 22 points (18g, 4a) ... Her 18 goals ranked second on the team ... Made the transition to her natural position in the midfield, after playing mostly on defense during the 2006 season ... Scored three goals against Sacred Heart, St. Mary's, and Cornell, with two against Holy Cross, including the game-winner, and Dartmouth ... Also had two assists against the Crusaders for a four-point game ... Had 14 ground balls, including three against St. Mary's, 13 caused turnovers, and 16 draw controls, including three against St. Mary's ... 2006: Started all 16 games primarily on defense and contributed eight points (6g, 2a) ... Led the Bears with 44 ground balls ... Also had 15 draw controls and eight caused turnovers ... Posted a career-high three points (2g, 1a) in the Bears' win over Holy Cross ... Had a season-high seven ground balls against New Hampshire ... Scored the game-winning goal at Ohio ... Before Brown: A two-sport athlete at Skaneateles High School, Vitkus played both lacrosse and soccer, earning four varsity letters as a member of the lacrosse team ... Named 2005 Honorable Mention All-American ... A captain of both the soccer and lacrosse teams as a senior, Vitkus helped to lead her lacrosse team to a League, Sectional, Regional, and New York State Championship, while posting a perfect, 24-0, record ... Named First Team All-League for three straight years, earning Second Team All-League honors as a freshman in 2002 ... Named First Team All-Central New York in 2005, after earning Second Team honors in 2004 ... Helped to lead team to a League and Section Championship in 2004 and a Section and Regional Championship in 2003 ... Won a Gold Medal at 2004 Empire State Games after winning Silver at 2003 Empire State Games ... Also played club lacrosse for Star Riders of Central New York ... Three-time Academic All-American and three-time recipient of Athletic Scholar Award ... Member of National Honor Society ... Recipient of the 2005 Outstanding Female Athlete Award of Skaneateles High School ... Personal: The daughter of Jim and Suzanne Vitkus, Lauren has two sisters, Karen and Dianne ... Concentrating in Engineering.